Nearly Perfect: Seibel Rights Ship For B-Mets

Phil Seibel took a perfect game into the seventh inning before allowing his first and only hit of the game as he led the Binghamton Mets to a 1-0 victory over the Altoona Curve. Seibel also scored the only run for the Mets, who finally stopped a five-game losing skid.

Phil Seibel (3-5) retired the first twenty batters that he faced in a nail-biter in Pennsylvania. With two outs in the seventh inning, Seibel finally allowed a single to Curve second baseman Jose Castillo to break up the perfecto. That would be the only hit that Seibel would allow as he picked up his first victory since May 2. The twenty-four-year old pitched eight innings, allowing just the one hit, walking nobody and striking out five batters to more than earn the win.

The Mets scored their only run in the eighth inning when Tony Calabrese pinch-hit for shortstop Gil Velazquez. Calabrese ripped a double that scored Seibel who had singled earlier in the inning.

The B-Mets were able to muster just five hits against the Curve's Mike Connolly who was charged with the tough-luck loss. Connolly (3-3) pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing just the one run on five hits and a walk while fanning four. Mike Johnston relieved him in the eighth inning and retired all four batters he faced.

Tim Lavigne grabbed his fourth save of the season by pitching a perfect ninth inning against Altoona, who has now lost 11 straight home games.

More good news for B-Mets came before the game: one of their lost bats is returning to the lineup. Jeff Duncan is returning to the Mets lineup after being sent down when Jeromy Burnitz was activated off the disabled list.

Duncan picked up his first two major league hits - both bunt singles - in his first major league start on Thursday for the Mets. Before leaving Binghamton, Duncan was batting .254 with 27 runs scored and 12 stolen bases.

Burnitz, who homered for Binghamton in his final game on Thursday, hit a grand slam in his return to the Mets on Friday.

Binghamton looks to build on their first victory in almost a week on Saturday at 6:30 pm. Jason Scobie (2-2, 3.41) takes the mound for the B-Mets. Ben Shaffar (1-3, 4.22) of the Curve will oppose him.

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