B-Mets Fall Below .500 After Losing to Aeros 9-7

Akron Aeros catcher Vic Valencia led his team to a 9-7 victory over the visiting Binghamton Mets Monday night. Valencia hit a double and scored in the first inning to put his team up 2-0, and later connected on a homerun in the sixth inning to give the Aeros a 9-2 lead.

Derrick Van Dusen (4-3) pitched his way to his third straight victory. The big lefty threw 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs - two earned - on nine hits and a walk, while striking out one.

The Mets, playing from behind from the beginning of the contest, tried to make it more interesting in the eighth inning. They scored four times in the frame to pull within two runs, but ultimately fell short. Rafael Betancourt pitched a perfect ninth inning for the Aeros to notch his fourth save of the season. Betancourt has not been scored upon in 10 straight appearances, a span of 16 innings.

Jason Scobie did not pitch well for Binghamton, allowing six runs - five earned - on 10 hits and three walks in just five innings. He fanned just one batter and was charged with the loss.

The only bright spot of the evening for the Mets was the performance of newcomer Frank Corr. Corr launched his first homerun for the Mets off of Blake Stein in the eighth inning. Corr - replacing CF Jeff Duncan who was called up the majors on Sunday - finished the night with three hits, three runs scored and three RBI.

Catcher John Wilson also had three hits for the Mets, who were only out-hit 12-13 by Akron.

Aeros second baseman Maicer Izturis had two hits, two RBI, a run scored, and two stolen bases to contribute to his team's victory.

The loss dropped the B-Mets to 19-20 on the season. This is the first time that Binghamton has been below .500 since early in the season when they were 4-5. Akron meanwhile, raised its record to 25-19 and has now won eight of their last 11 games.

Game two of the four game series takes place at 10:35 am Tuesday morning. Francisco Cruceta (1-3, 3.41) takes the hill for Akron to face Jake Joseph (2-3, 5.02) of Binghamton.

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