B-Mets Blow Lead, Waste Calabrese's Big Night

The Binghamton Mets jumped out to an early 4-0 lead over the Altoona Curve, and it looked like things were going to finally swing their way. But the Curve battled back with a four-run sixth inning and Shaun Skrehot scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch to send the B-Mets to their seventh loss in their last eight games.

The B-Mets struck first in the second inning, scoring on RBI hits from Calabrese and Marvin Seale to make the score 2-0. Calabrese later launched his first homerun of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth inning that gave the Mets a comfortable 4-0 lead.

Calabrese finished the evening with a 3-4 performance, including two runs scored and three RBI. Brian Shipp – activated in time for the game – joined him as the only B-Met to record more than one hit on the evening. Shipp went 2-4 with a run scored.

But the pitching and defense failed to hold. In the sixth inning, Jeff Duncan – making his first start in centerfield since returning from the majors on Saturday – made a costly error that helped the Curve put up four runs, capped by Skrehot's two-RBI single.

B-Mets starter Jake Joseph allowed four runs – three earned – through 5 1/3 innings on eight hits and a walk while striking out two. Joseph would not figure in the decision as Nick Mattioni finished the sixth inning without allowing Altoona to take the lead.

John VanBenschoten made his double-A debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate and pitched reasonably well. The top minor league prospect in the Pittsburgh organization allowed two runs on eight hits and two walks through four innings while fanning five batters. However, VanBenschoten would not figure in the decision either.

Shaun Skrehot would figure in the decision though. In the eighth inning, the shortstop was hit by a pitch, stole second base, advanced to third on a fly-ball out and finally scored on a wild pitch by P.J. Bevis to give his team the lead.

Bevis (1-4) was charged with the loss. He allowed the run in one inning of work on one hit while striking out two batters.

Neal McDade (1-3) picked up the win for the Curve, pitching two innings of scoreless, one-hit ball and striking out three. Mike Johnston pitched the ninth inning to garner his third save of the season.

Duncan went 1-4 in his return to the leadoff spot of the batting lineup.

Game four of the four-game series will be on Monday at 6:05 pm. Neal Musser (0-2, 2.37) gets the start for the B-Mets for the fourth time this season. He will face Sean Burnett (4-2, 2.12), the #2 prospect in the Pirates' organization according to Baseball America.

The B-Mets will be looking for a split with the Curve after winning the first game and losing the next two. All three games in the series have been decided by one run.

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