Burnitz's Arrival In Binghamton Not Enough in Loss

Jeromy Burnitz started in center field for the Binghamton Mets on Tuesday, but the addition of his bat to the lineup wasn't enough. The Akron Aeros took down the Mets for the second night in a row by a score of 5-4.

Ron Wright hit a two-run homerun in the bottom of the fifth inning gave his team the lead for the first and last time of the contest. The Aeros had been trailing or tied for the entirety of the game until Wright's blast turned a one-run deficit into a one-run victory.

Left fielder Luis Gonzalez also homered for the Aeros, mashing a solo shot in the third inning off of B-Mets starter Jake Joseph.

Joseph (2-4) took the loss after throwing 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks while fanning four. Joseph has not won a game since April 16, an 8-4 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs.

Francisco Cruceta (2-3) picked up a win despite some erratic pitching. Cruceta allowed 10 hits and a walk in five innings, giving up four runs - three earned - while striking out two.

Rafael Betancourt extended his scoreless-innings streak to 17 innings by pitching the ninth inning. Betancourt struck out two and allowed a hit while notching his fifth save of the season and second of this series.

The B-Mets have now lost three straight games, and five of their last six. But all is not lost in Binghamton. Jeromy Burnitz joined the team on a rehab assignment. Burnitz - who fractured a bone in his hand several weeks ago - had two hits, a stolen base, and an outfield assist in his double-A debut. Burnitz hit third in the batting order behind Frank Corr, who homered Monday night. Corr went 1-5 and scored a run for the B-Mets. Craig Brazell continued his red-hot hitting with a three-hit, two-RBI performance.

The B-Mets bullpen also looked sharp on Tuesday. Nick Mattioni and Steve Bennett combined to throw 3 2/3 innings of two-hit, shutout ball.

The third game of the four-game set between these two teams is on Wednesday morning at 10:35 am. Neal Musser (0-1, 3.46) will take the hill for Binghamton, filling in for the injured Bob Keppel for the third straight start. Musser will face Kyle Denney (4-1, 2.51) of the Aeros.

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