B-Mets Win Third Straight, Defeat Thunder 6-1

BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Mets (6-5) batted around in the third inning, scoring all six of their runs, and Bob Keppel pitched masterfully to pick up his second win of the season as the Mets defeated the Trenton Thunder (4-5) by a final score of 6-1.

Jeff Duncan led off a wild third inning with a walk. He then scored on Daniel Garcia's second homerun of the season to put the Mets on the board. After Craig Brazell and Ron Acuna reached base, Thunder starter Javier Ortiz gave up an RBI single to Mike Jacobs. Ortiz then ran into some control problems during Rodney Nye's at bat. Acuna scored on a passed ball, and Jacobs came around to score on a wild pitch. Eventually, Nye reached base and scored on Jeff Duncan's RBI double.

Ortiz was ejected from the game for his actions, as was manager Stump Merrill. Ortiz was credited with the loss after throwing just two innings and allowing all six runs on six hits and two walks. Ortiz also struck out two.

The only run the Thunder managed to score came in the fifth inning when second baseman Jason Maule singled home left fielder Mitch Jones.

Keppel picked up the win for pitching five innings, giving up just one run on four hits and a walk, while striking out six. Keppel is now 2-1 on the season.

Binghamton also got some good innings out of its bullpen, which has been excellent since last Monday's implosion. Steven Bennett, Eric Cammack and Chad Elliot combined to throw four innings of two-hit ball to keep the Thunder down.

The B-Mets bullpen has an ERA of just 3.00 over the past three games, a span of 12 innings.

In six innings of combined work, the Thunder bullpen did not yield a run either, including a three-inning, five-strikeout performance from Eric Schmitt.

The B-Mets, who have now won three in a row, look to make it four straight against the Thunder on Saturday. David Mattox (0-0) takes the hill for the Mets against Trenton's Bryan Grace (0-0).


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