Musser Takes Matters Into His Own Hands

Since joining the Binghamton Mets on May 11, Neal Musser had pitched brilliantly in four starts with nothing to show for it. The B-Mets had averaged just 0.8 runs per game in his starts, depriving Musser of a win. Sunday, he decided to take matters into his own hands, spinning seven innings of shutout ball to pick up his first win in Binghamton, as the Mets beat the Portland Sea Dogs 5-0.

The B-Mets finally gave Musser some kind of run support, scoring once in the second and then putting up a four-spot in the third. Chris Basak led the charge for the Mets – who have now won four of their last six – with a 2-3 performace. Basak also scored once and drove in a run.

Musser (1-3) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against first-place Portland, before allowing a two-out single to Chris Leon. Musser pitched seven innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out nine to notch the victory.

P.J. Bevis pitched the final two innings, allowing just three hits with three strikeouts to complete the shutout. It was just the second time Portland has been shut out all season.

Tim Kester (2-4) took the loss for Portland. He allowed five runs on ten hits and a walk while striking out six through six innings.

Musser had been suffering from an abysmal amount of run support. Twice in his starts, the B-Mets have been shut out, giving Musser hard-luck losses. The one time the Mets scored more than one run behind him, he was forced to take a no-decision when the bullpen blew his lead in the ninth inning.

The B-Mets have an off day on Monday, and then head to Norwich for a three-game series with the Navigators. Game one is on Tuesday at 7:05pm and will see a matchup between Binghamton's Joe Cole (3-1, 4.57) and Norwich's Boof Bonser (2-4, 3.16).

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