B-Mets Get B-Bombed

BINGHAMTON, NY - New Haven Ravens starting pitcher Cam Reimers kept the Binghamton Mets under control for 7 2/3 innings as the Ravens steamrolled the Mets 9-1 on Tuesday night.

The first inning of the game looked like it might turn out to be a shoot out. New Haven jumped on Mets starter Jake Joseph early, when Alexis Rios tripled with one out. Simon Pond knocked him in two batters later to give the Ravens a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second, the Mets came right back to tie the game. Danny Garcia hit a ground-rule double to right field and scored on Ron Acuna's RBI single to tie the game. Little did the B-Mets know that that would be the only run they would bring home.

Reimers (2-0) kept the Mets unbalanced throughout the next seven innings, not allowing another hit until there were two outs in the seventh. Reimers picked up the win with 7 2/3 innings pitched, allowing just the one run on three hits and two walks while striking out three. In the third through fifth innings, the right-hander set down the entire Mets lineup in order, one through nine.

Simon Pond led the offensive assault for the Ravens, with a huge 5-5 performance. His five hits included a solo homerun and two doubles as he fell just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.

Justin Singleton and catcher Guillermo Quiroz - who homered again Tuesday for the second straight night - contributed two RBI each.

Joseph (2-1) did not pitch well for the Mets, after entering the game with a 0.87 ERA. The righty took the loss after allowing five runs - four earned - on seven hits and two walks while striking out two in just 4 1/3 innings.

Tim Lavigne relieved Joseph in the fifth inning, but left the game in the sixth after falling down while fielding a grounder. Lavigne looked like he injured his right ankle on the play, but was able to leave the field under his own power.

Steven Bennett replaced Lavigne and allowed two unearned runs in 1 2/3 innings. PJ Bevis pitched the final two innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. It was the second night in a row that Binghamton's bullpen was ineffective.

Games three and four of the five game series will be played Wednesday in a double header. Game one begins at 5:00 PM and game two begins twenty minutes after game one ends. Bob Keppel (3-1, 1.80) will start game one for the Mets against New Haven's Chris Baker (2-0, 2.00). Game two will feature two southpaws as Aaron Hee (0-0, 4.50) takes the hill for the Mets to face the Ravens' Dave Gassner (0-0, 2.70).

Notes: Catcher Mike Jacobs, who left Monday's game with an injured shoulder, was in the starting lineup Tuesday as the DH. John Wilson started behind the plate … Craig Brazell's 12-game hitting streak ended tonight as the first baseman went 0-4. Brazell also committed two errors in the field … Ravens designated hitter John-Ford Griffin was doubled up at first by right fielder Ron Acuna after Acuna caught Kurt Keene's fly ball in the third inning.

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