Jacobs Plays Hero, B-Mets Win Again

BINGHAMTON, NY - Mike Jacobs hit a walk off homerun in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Binghamton Mets (8-5) past the Trenton Thunder (4-7) for the third night in a row by a score of 8-7.

The Mets scored early and often, jumping out to a 6-1 lead by the fourth inning and chasing Trenton starter Andy Beal from the game. Beal worked 3 1/3 innings for the Thunder, allowing six runs - five earned - on nine hits and three walks while striking out three.

The Thunder stormed back in the top of the fifth inning, scoring three times off of Mets starter Joey Cole, knocking him out of the game. Cole went 4 2/3 innings and allowed just one earned run on four hits and three walks and whiffing four. Though Cole left with the Mets in the lead, he would not figure in the decision.

The Thunder bullpen managed to keep the Mets within site, as Alberto Garza and Adam Roller combined to toss 4 2/3 innings of one-hit baseball. After seven innings, the score was 7-4 in favor of Binghamton.

Mets closer P.J. Bevis came on in the top of the eighth inning to try and shut the door on the Thunder, but ended up surrendering three runs, including a game-tying two-run homerun off the bat of Aaron Rifkin - his second shot of the season. Bevis recovered from the blown save and pitched a scoreless top of the ninth.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Mike Jacobs was sent up to bat for the catcher, John Wilson, to face Mike Knowles. Jacobs took a 2-2 pitch from Knowles and hammered it out over the centerfield wall to end the game in dramatic fashion.

Aside from Jacobs, the Mets' offensive charge was led by third baseman Rodney Nye, who was 4-5 with a pair of RBI, Craig Brazell, who went 2-5 with an RBI and two runs scored, and Ron Acuna, who was 1-3 with three runs scored and also stole two bases. Acuna is working on an 11-game hitting streak.

Despite all the offense, which included eight walks, the Mets stranded 12 runners on base.

Mike Vento led the way for the Thunder with a 2-3 performance, which included a solo homerun.

Bevis (1-1) was credited with the win, Binghamton's fifth straight, and Knowles (0-1) was charged with the loss.

After an off day on Monday, the Mets will host the Portland Sea Dogs in a three-game series, while the Thunder head off to New Haven for a series with the Ravens.

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