Hot Hitting Drives B-Mets Past Sea Dogs

PORTLAND, Maine – If the Binghamton Mets (5-4) could play like this all the time, they'd be unstoppable. Wednesday, the Mets jumped all over the Portland Sea Dogs' (3-4) pitching for the third night in the row and won the rubber match of the series by a final score of 8-4.

Binghamton starter Jake Joseph came out and dominated from the beginning. Joseph (2-0) tossed five shutout innings against the Sea Dogs, allowing just one hit while striking out four en route to his second victory of the season.

The Mets scored three runs in the fourth inning, three in the fifth and another two in the sixth, all against Portland starter Tim Kester (0-1). Kester was charged with the loss for his outing, which included the eight earned runs on 11 hits over five innings. Kester also struck out four batters.

The Sea Dogs attempted a comeback in the seventh inning against Binghamton's Tim LaVigne. LaVigne gave up four runs in the inning, including a three-run homerun off the bat of Andy Dominique.

Jason Saenz relieved LaVigne to end the inning, but ran into trouble of his own in the eighth inning, when the Sea Dogs managed to send the tying run to the plate. LaVigne was then pulled in favor of P.J. Bevis, who struck out Justin Sherrod to end the inning and the threat.

Bevis picked up his second save of the season for pitching 1 1/3 inning, giving up just one hit and a walk while striking out three.

In keeping with the unpredictable nature of the weather so far this season, strong wind gusts knocked over a screen in left field during the game, draping the screen over the fence, which is newly named the "Maine Monster."

Daniel Garcia, Ron Acuna and Chris Basak lead the charge for the Mets. Garcia was 3-5 for two runs scored and an RBI. Acuna was 2-3 with two RBI hits, and Basak launched a two-run homerun in the sixth inning, and was 2-4 on the game.

The Mets won the series 2-1 after dropping the first game. During the series, they outscored the Sea Dogs 27-13 after scoring just six runs during their four-game set against the Norwich Navigators less than a week earlier.

The Mets have an off day next on the schedule. They next face the Yankee's AA affiliate, the Trenton Thunder (4-3) for a three-game weekend series.



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