B-Mets Fall Just Short Against Norwich

NORWICH, CT - Down by four runs in the top of the ninth inning, the Binghamton Mets were looking for some magic. They scored three runs, and had the tying run on third base, but Rodney Nye struck out against Matt Montgomery of the Norwich Navigators as the Gators defeated the Mets 8-7.

Binghamton first baseman Craig Brazell continued his red-hot hitting with a 2-4 night. Both hits were productive however, with the first being a solo homerun in the seventh inning off of Gator starter Noah Lowry, and the second being a two-RBI single to cap off the Mets' four-run ninth inning comeback attempt. Brazell has very quietly been putting together an 11-game hitting streak, and his batting average is all the way up to .271.

Rodney Nye went back-to-back with Brazell in the seventh, launching his first round-tripper of the season.

Norwich left fielder Alejandro Friere led the charge for the Gators with a 3-3 performance. He hit a solo homerun off of Mets starter Phil Seibel as part of a five-run second inning. In total, Friere scored three runs for his team. Joe Jester added a two-RBI single as part of that big inning.

Phil Seibel did not pitch well for the Mets in the game. He was charged with his third loss of the season for allowing seven runs - six earned - on nine hits and a walk over just two innings. Seibel was relieved by Aaron Hee, who pitched four innings of one-hit baseball out of the pen.

Noah Lowry started the game for the Gators and picked up his first winning decision of the year. He tossed six innings, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks. Lowry also struck out three.

Alberto Montes began the ninth inning for the Gators, but loaded the bases in quick fashion. With one out, Montes was lifted in favor of Montgomery, Norwich's dominating closer who has not allowed a run in 12 innings so far this year. Montgomery did allow all of the inherited runners to score, but he caught Nye looking to end the game, stranding the tying run at third base. The save was Montgomery's fifth of the season.

The B-Mets took two out of the three games against Norwich and sit alone atop the Northern Division with a record of 11-6. Norwich, which has won just twice in their last six games, is in third place with a 9-10 record.

Binghamton returns home for the remainder of the week for an eight-game, seven-day homestand. They start off with five games against the New Haven Ravens, who they have not faced yet this year due to postponements. Game one is Monday at 6:00pm.

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