Binghamton starter Bob Keppel, Jason Saenz and Tim LaVigne combined for a seven-hit shutout, striking out six batters and walking just one between them. Keppel was credited with his first win of the season for going five innings. LaVigne notched his first save of the season after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning that ended with Norwich first baseman Alejandro Freire grounding into a 6-4-3 double play.
With this win, Bob Keppel and the B-Mets avenged a 6-3 loss at the hands of Bonser on April 6. Bonser was charged with the loss despite pitching six innings of strong baseball. He gave up only five hits and one walk while striking out five Mets. Both Keppel's and Bonser's records are now 1-1.
Aside from Garcia, the Mets offense was lead by Jeff Duncan and Ron Acuna who each had two hits. The Gators were lead by first baseman Matt Cervenak, who went 3-3 with a walk. Despite Cervenak's strong performance, no Gator made it past second base during the game.
Navigator catcher John Pachot threw out two baserunners during the game. He has thrown out 80% of would be base-stealers so far during this series.
The final game of the series will be played Sunday at 1:30 pm as the Mets' David Mattox (0-0) goes up against Jeff Clark (0-1). The Mets will be looking to earn a tie in the series and bring their record back over .500 for the season, before heading to Portland for a three-game series against the Sea Dogs.
Notes: The game was played in an extremely timely 1:54 … The attendance was announced at just 1,371 despite the nice weather.
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