Madness In Binghamton: B-Mets Take Double-Header

It was an interesting day to say the least at NYSEG Stadium, as the Binghamton Mets returned home to face the New Haven Ravens in a double-header. The first game picked up where the May 1 game left off. That game was washed out after the B-Mets had loaded the bases with a 3-1 lead. With a team that has a lot of new faces, the B-Mets completed the victory, 7-6. In the second game, a seven-inning affair, Binghamton stomped all over New Haven, 15-7.

The game that started on May 1 featured players like Danny Garcia and Chris Basak who have since been called up to triple-A. Basak was even on base when the game was called. Pinch runners and hitters were called upon to take their places as the Mets finished off the Ravens.

Jeff Duncan, who was batting with the bases loaded when the game was called originally, singled home a run to start things off again and give his team a 4-1 lead. Brian Shipp followed with an RBI fielder's choice, batting for the departed Garcia. Shipp later added a two-RBI single in the eighth to put his team up for good, 7-6. Not bad for a player who wasn't even on the roster when the game started.

Joseph Cole pitched a combined 7 1/3 innings, allowing four earned runs on eight hits and a whopping five walks, striking out seven. Cole left after allowing two runs to score in the eighth inning, giving way to Mike Cox.

Cox (1-0) was credited with the win when Binghamton scored in the bottom of the frame. In 1 2/3 innings of work, Cox allowed two hits and hit a batter, but was good enough to pick up his first win with the B-Mets in 2003.

John Ogiltree (1-2) was charged with the loss after allowing two runs to score in just 1/3 of an inning. Gustavo Chacin pitched four scoreless innings for the Ravens, but Ogiltree blew the save, costing Chacin a win.

In the second game, the B-Mets came out swinging. They pounded out season-high 19 hits and 15 runs and it was only a seven-inning game.

David Mattox made his first start after being placed on the disabled list way back on April 21. Mattox pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing just three runs on six hits while striking out three, but he would not figure in the decision.

Aaron Hee (1-0) pitched the remainder of the fifth inning and part of the sixth, and picked up his first win of the season despite allowing three runs on two hits and three walks.

Hee was granted the win due to the explosion at the plate that the Mets had. Mike Jacobs, Craig Brazell and John Wilson each had three hits and two RBI to help their team win.

Jacobs hit a solo homerun in the fifth inning, and an RBI double during the Mets' seven-run sixth inning. Brazell hit an RBI triple in the first, and capped the scoring in the sixth with an RBI single.

Duncan, Frank Corr and Marvin Seale all had two RBI as well for the B-Mets who finally scored some runs after putting on a dismal offensive showing during their last road trip.

Chris Baker (3-2) started for the Ravens and was beaten up by the Mets. He was charged with the loss after allowing eight runs on 12 hits through 4 2/3 innings. He also struck out four batters.

Phil Seibel (3-5, 3.09) will get the start in the third game of this four-game set. Seibel threw eight innings of one-hit ball to pick up the win in his last start, and he flirted with a perfect game. He will face Dave Gassner (2-2, 3.32) of the Ravens.

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