B-Mets Lose In Bottom Of The Ninth To Trenton

TRENTON, NJ - For the third straight game, the Binghamton Mets had a contest decided in the final inning on Wednesday night. Tuesday night, the Mets pulled out a victory, but Wednesday would not be so forgiving. Mike Vento hit a two-RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the game for the Trenton Thunder 4-3.

It was the same story, different day for the B-Mets who have struggled to get runs across the plate. Binghamton was held scoreless until the eighth inning when Craig Brazell jacked a two-run homerun - his third of the season - off of Trenton starter Chien-ming Wang. Wang pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing just three runs on five hits and four walks while striking out four.

The Thunder got back into the game in the bottom of the eighth when Aaron Rifkin slapped an RBI double. Rifkin then scored the tying run on a fielding error by third baseman Rodney Nye. Nye, usually a solid fielder, had two errors in the game - the Mets had three overall - and now has six on the season.

The Mets retook the lead in the top of the ninth inning when shortstop Gil Velazquez, making the most of a rare start, drove in a run with an RBI single that scored John Wilson and put Binghamton up 3-2.

Closer P.J. Bevis was called upon to try for his fifth save of the season, but soon ran into trouble. Bevis walked two batters, and with two outs gave up the game-winning double to Vento. Bevis (1-3) was charged with the loss.

B-Mets starter Joe Cole pitched well for his team but did not figure in the decision. The right-hander lasted six scoreless innings, scattering five hits and a walk and striking out six. Cole lowered his ERA to 3.27 for the season.

David Glick (2-0) was credited with the win after relieving Wang in the ninth inning. Glick struck out the only two batters he faced.

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter played in the first of a five-game rehabilitation stay with Trenton. Jeter dislocated his shoulder on March 31, sliding head first into Toronto Blue Jays catcher Ken Huckaby. Jeter went 1-3 with a single, and also reached base on an error. He also cleanly fielded four ground balls during the game.

The rubber match of the series is Thursday night at 7:05pm, after which the B-Mets travel to Harrisburg to face the Senators for a three-game set.

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