B-Mets Win Streak Ends, Fall To Portland 5-1

BINGHAMTON, NY - It wasn't worth the wait for the Binghamton Mets. After an 80-minute rain delay, the Portland Sea Dogs defeated the B-Mets by a final score of 5-1. The loss snapped Binghamton's five-game winning streak and dropped them into a tie for first place in the Northern Division.

The first pitch of the game, which was originally scheduled to begin at 6:00pm, was thrown at 7:20 by Binghamton starter Phil Seibel. Seibel did not bring his best stuff, as he walked three of the first four batters of the game. A two-RBI double off the bat of Portland right fielder Justin Sherrod put the Sea Dogs up 2-0, and those would be all the runs they would need.

For the most part, the Mets' bats stayed quiet throughout the night. They threatened in the fourth inning when the first two batters reached base and were moved into scoring position by a sacrifice bunt, but nothing would come of it.

Finally in the fifth inning, the Mets would manage to manufacture a run. Marvin Seale led off with a bunt single. Seale then stole second base and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jeff Duncan. Finally, Seale scored on a sacrifice fly from Danny Garcia - his 12th RBI of the season. For the Mets, who don't rely on the long ball, manufacturing runs with their speed is the most efficient way for them to score. But in this game, that would be their only run.

Portland padded their lead by scoring two runs in the seventh inning off of Mets reliever Chad Elliott. Elliott came on and gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases. Two runs scored on Raul Nieves' base hit and the score was 4-1. In the ninth inning, Portland tacked on their final run off of Aaron Hee. With Nelson Castro on second and Nieves on first, Hee balked to move the runners over. Kevin Youkillis was then intentionally walked to load the bases, and Justin Headley hit a sacrifice fly to score the final run of the game. Hee actually balked one more time before ending the inning.

The Mets had one last chance in the bottom of the ninth when Rodney Nye led off with a walk. But Chris Basak struck out, and pinch hitter Pat Deschenes lined into a double play on the first pitch he saw to end the game.

Seibel (1-2) was charged with the loss. He worked three innings, allowing just the two runs on two hits and four walks while striking out two. Steve Bennett pitched very well in relief, throwing three innings of hitless baseball. Bennett also fanned three Portland batters.

Eric Glaser (1-0), fresh off a stint with AAA Pawtucket, picked up the victory in relief of starter Jorge De La Rosa. Glaser pitched three innings, allowing one run on one hit while striking out four. De La Rosa pitched well in four innings, allowing just two hits and two walks with four whiffs, but did not pitch long enough to get the win.

The two teams face off again on Wednesday as Jake Joseph (2-0) takes the mound for Binghamton to meet Portland's Tim Kester (1-1) for game two of this three-game series.

Notes: Portland catcher Jeff Smith played three innings while rehabbing on his way back to AAA Pawtucket … Sea Dogs second baseman Carlos Leon will be out until June after Danny Garcia slid into him last Monday … Garcia meanwhile, was named the Eastern League Player of the Week for the week ending April 20th. … Going into Tuesday's game, Ron Acuna was leading the league in batting average at .429 … The B-Mets' pitching staff was leading the league with a 3.08 ERA before Tuesday's game.

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