The Mets answered back with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame. Danny Garcia made up for his earlier error by hitting a triple to center field with one out off Portland starter Tim Kester. Craig Brazell knocked him home with an RBI single, but was forced out when Ron Acuna grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. Brazell had an excellent day for the Mets, going 3-3 with two RBI, which is a great sign for the slumping first baseman.
Joseph ran into trouble again in the third inning however. With runners on the corners, catcher Mike Jacobs couldn't handle Joseph's pitch in the dirt, and Headley scored on the passed ball.
Binghamton's erroneous play almost cost them the ballgame, but they managed to slowly creep back and tie the game with runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
In the fifth, Pat Deschenes singled home Rodney Nye, who had doubled just before. What could have been the start of a rally was stopped however, when Deschenes was picked off first by Kester.
But the Mets came right back in the sixth, when Jeff Duncan singled to lead off the inning. Duncan stole second base and went to third on Portland catcher Andy Dominique's throwing error. Danny Garcia's RBI double scored Duncan to tie the score at three. Garcia stole third base, but was thrown out as part of a double play when Ron Acuna lined out to the pitcher, and the inning was over.
Mets reliever Eric Cammack escaped an extremely tight jam in the top of the eighth. Cammack allowed two quick singles to put runners at the corners with nobody out. The righty fanned Justin Sherrod next, got Dominique to ground out to the mound, and whiffed Tonayne Brown to end the threat.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Mets put their rally caps on. Chris Basak led off with a walk against Portland reliever Felix Villegas and moved to second on Marvin Seale's sacrifice bunt. Jeff Duncan singled home Basak next, and then stole second again. Duncan's two steals give him eight on the season. After Garcia popped out to the pitcher, James Johnson relieved Villegas. Johnson promptly gave up an RBI single to Craig Brazell, and the Met lead was two. Johnson gave up a single each to Acuna and pinch-hitter John Wilson, but Acuna was thrown out at third before Brazell could score to end the inning.
Nick Mattioni came on in the ninth to close out the game, but ran into some trouble with two outs. After a long at-bat, Mattioni hit Porland shortstop Nelson Castro with a pitch and then walked Raul Nieves. Kevin Youkillis singled to left for his third hit of the night, and the bases were loaded for Justin Headley. With the crowd of 1,338 cheering him on, Mattioni got Headley to ground out harmlessly to the mound and the game was over.
Cammack (1-1) picked up the win for pitching three innings of shutout relief. He also struck out five. Mattioni notched his first save of the season for his ninth-inning efforts. Villegas (1-1) was charged with the loss after allowing two earned runs in 1 2/3 innings pitched.
The Mets head over to Norwich next for a four-game series with the Navigators. Bob Keppel (2-1, 2.57) gets the ball for Binghamton. He will face Norwich's Jeff Clark (1-2, 8.44).
Notes: B-Mets starting pitcher David Mattox will miss his next start with a strained oblique. Mattox injured himself on Sunday in the second inning … Brazell raised his season average almost 40 points with his 3-3 performance tonight … Porland third baseman Kevin Youkillis was thrown out at the plate twice during the game, once by Ron Acuna, once by Eric Cammack.
Do you have an opinion on the Mets? Be sure to let us know on the message board. NYfansonly.com is always looking for die-hard Mets fans who would like to be writers for the site. Click here to learn more on how to become a Mets beat writer for NYfansonly.com.