Bullpen Blows Late Lead, B-Mets Lose Again

PORTLAND, Maine - Just when it looked like the Binghamton Mets' (3-4) struggling offense had found some life on Monday, their bullpen betrayed them as the B-Mets lost the first game of a three-game set to the Portland Sea Dogs (3-2) by a final score of 9-7.

Things were looking up early on as the Mets took a 3-1 lead after two innings. They tried their best to give starting pitcher Jeff Cole all the run support they could muster. In five innings of work, Cole gave up four earned runs on four hits and two walks. He also struck out two.

That wasn't the end of the story however; Cole was pulled in the bottom of the sixth inning with two runners on base in favor of Eric Cammack. Cammack allowed both runners to score, and gave up an additional three runs - two on Portland designated hitter Dustin Brisson's second homerun of the year - that tied the game at seven.

Binghamton's bullpen woes wouldn't end there however. After Cammack pitched a scoreless seventh inning, closer P.J. Bevis - who normally has very good stuff - gave up the go-ahead run and an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Bevis took the loss for the Mets.

Portland's starter, Junior Herndon, did not pitch well either, going five innings and allowing six runs (five earned) on 11 hits and a walk while striking out two.

The Sea Dogs' bullpen though was much better than Binghamton's. Reliever Felix Villegas picked up his first win of the season by pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings. James Johnson came on with one out in the ninth and struck out Kirk Asche and Chris Basak to pick up his first save of the season.

Binghamton's bats finally made some noise though, after struggling throughout the homestand against Norwich. Jeff Duncan, Danny Garcia and Mike Jacobs all had three hits for the Mets, and Rodney Nye contributed a two-rbi double.

Kevin Youkillis led the charge for the Sea Dogs, with a three-hit performance of his own to go with Brisson's big night.

Game two of the three-game series is Tuesday night at 6pm. In a match up of southpaws, Phil Seibel (0-1) takes the hill for the Mets against the Sea Dogs' Jorge De La Rosa (0-1).

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