Akron Completes Sweep of B-Mets

AKRON, OHIO - Akron's Eric Crozier and Tyler Minges led the Aeros to a 6-3 victory over the visiting Binghamton Mets, completing the four-game sweep. Crozier and Minges each drove in a pair of runs as Fernando Cabrera held down the Mets, sending them to their fifth consecutive loss.

Joe Cole (2-1) started for the B-Mets and struggled with his control. In the fourth inning, he allowed a bases loaded walk to Crozier as part of a four-run Akron rally. In all, Cole took the loss after allowing five runs, five hits and three walks through 3 1/3 innings while striking out just one.

Minges drove in the first run of the game with an RBI-double in the third inning to give his team the 1-0 lead. He followed Crozier in the fourth with a run-scoring single.

Binghamton scored on all three of their runs on one swing from Jeromy Burnitz. Burnitz hammered out a three-run homerun in the top of the fifth inning off of Cabrera that scored David Bacani and Frank Corr. He is finishing up a rehab stint with Binghamton on his way back from a broken hand bone. The New York Mets expect him back in their lineup Friday night.

Bacani, filling in at second base for the departed Danny Garcia, had three hits in the game from the leadoff position. Corr had a single while starting in left field.

Cabrera (3-2) picked up the victory after throwing five innings, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk while fanning six batters. The victory was the Aeros' eleventh in their last fifteen games

Rafael Betancourt continued his dominance, picking up his sixth save of the season by pitching a perfect ninth inning and striking out two.

P.J. Bevis and Aaron Hee combined to throw in 4 2/3 innings of one-run relief after Cole was removed from the game. The one run came on a homerun by Crozier off of Bevis in the sixth.

This was the first time Binghamton has been swept in a series this season. They are now 19-23 on the season, five games out of first place.

The B-Mets continue their never-ending road trip with a four-series against the Altoona Curve, the AA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Phil Seibel (2-5, 3.79) will take the mound for Binghamton to face Mike Connelly (3-2, 3.15) of Altoona in game one, which is Friday at 6:35 pm.

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