B-Mets Bats' Wake Up In Big Way

PORTLAND, Maine - There would be no blown leads in this game. On Tuesday, the Binghamton Mets (4-4) pounded the Portland Sea Dogs (3-3) 12-0 to tie the three-game series at one game each. The Mets pitching staff combined on a three-hit shutout in the process.

The Mets jumped all over Portland starter Jorge De La Rosa (0-2) in the third inning, scoring five runs and batting around. De La Rosa lasted only 2 2/3 innings giving up the five runs on five hits and a walk to take the loss for the Sea Dogs.

Daniel Garcia and Marvin Seale led the charge for the Mets. Garcia went 2-4 with four RBI and two runs scored, while Seale went 4-4 and scored three times. Shortstop Chris Basak also contributed three RBI on one hit.

Over the past few games, Binghamton hadn't been able to put all the pieces together. Throughout the Norwich series, the bats were silent. In the first game against Portland, the bats woke up but the pitching staff could not hold on. Tuesday night was a whole other story as the bullpen was as effective as can be.

Binghamton starter Phil Seibel (1-1) picked up his first victory of the young season after pitching five innings of two-hit baseball. The southpaw also struck out four while walking just one.

Chad Elliott came on to pitch in the sixth inning and threw two innings of hitless baseball. Aaron Hee and Nick Mattioni pitched the final two innings allowing just one hit between them. In total, the B-Mets pitching staff struck out seven and walked just two.

The Sea Dogs bullpen was almost as bad as the Mets was good. After De La Rosa was pulled, Charles Weatherby came on and gave up six runs - only two earned - in 2 2/3 innings. Brian Adams also gave up a run in the ninth.

Portland did have something to cheer about however, left fielder Tee Brown extended his hitting streak to include all six games, and third baseman Kevin Youkillis reached base three times. Youkillis has now reached base safely in 12 of his last 16 plate appearances.

The B-Mets and Sea Dogs face each other again on Wednesday at 6pm for the rubber match of the three-game set. Right-hander Jake Joseph takes the hill for the Mets to face the Sea Dogs' Tim Kester.

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