Battle Shipp: B-Mets Sink Harrisburg

A blow out turned into a blow up at NYSEG Stadium on Tuesday night. After the Binghamton Mets pulled ahead to a 7-0 lead over Harrisburg, the Senators came flying back to score seven runs in the eighth inning to tie the game. Brian Shipp hit two homeruns, including the game-tier, and Mike Jacobs hit a walk-off single to give Binghamton the dramatic win.

Jeff Duncan led off the game with a homerun, and it appeared as though the B-Mets would steal the show for the evening.

Jason Scobie kept the Harrisburg bats quiet for six innings, before allowing a run in the seventh. He scattered five hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out three but didn't figure in the decision.

Scobie didn't earn a win due to the sudden collapse of Binghamton's bullpen. Nick Maness, making just his second appearance for the B-Mets after being called up from single-A, served up five runs in just a third of an inning to Harrisburg.

And the madness didn't stop there. Tim Lavigne was called upon to stop the bleeding, but allowed two more runs before recording the final out of the eighth inning. Lavigne pitched the ninth inning scorelessly, keeping his team within reach.

Now, with the score 8-7 in Harrisburg's favor, the stunned B-Mets would have to make a comeback after being ahead by seven runs just a few innings before.

But come back they did. Led by Shipp, who hit a three-run homerun in the B-Mets' six-run sixth inning, led off the bottom of the ninth inning with his second round-tripper of the game – tying the score at eight.

After Marvin Seale got out, Frank Corr hit a single, Pat Deschenes walked and Chris Basak walked to load the bases, setting the table for hot-hitting catcher Mike Jacobs. Jacobs, who was named the Eastern League Player Of The Week two weeks ago, grounded a single to score Corr and finally end the game.

Lavigne (2-2) was granted the victory, totaling 1 2/3 innings pitched. The reliever allowed three hits, a walk and two runs while striking out one.

Luis Torres (0-4) took the loss for the Senators. Torres pitched just 2/3 of an inning, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out two. Torres left the game after loading the bases in favor of Dustin Seale, who allowed the single to Jacobs.

Binghamton has now won three straight games, after losing five in a row earlier in the week. The B-Mets look to complete the sweep over the Senators on Wednesday night at 7:00 pm at NYSEG.

Notes: Craig Brazell returned to action Tuesday night, going 0-1 in pinch-hitting duties. Brazell has missed the last week and a half with an injured shoulder.

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