Brazell, Yates Propel Binghamton Past New Britain

Craig Brazell hit a two-run homerun in the bottom of the third inning to give Binghamton a quick two-run lead, and newcomer Tyler Yates (1-0) made sure that the two runs were enough as Binghamton outlasted New Britain 2-1. The B-Mets won the first game of their three-game set with the Rock Cats.

Chris Basak singled to lead off the third inning, then moved to second on New Britain starter J.D. Durbin's balk. Brazell then connected on his tenth homerun of the season to start and end the scoring for the B-Mets. Brazell leads the team in homeruns, as well as RBI with 43, and has been Binghamton's best hitter for the majority of the season.

Yates was impressive in his second start since being called up from single-A. In his first outing, he didn't allow a run against New Haven and Monday would be the same story. Through five innings, Yates allowed just three hits and one walk. He struck out four without allowing a run to score to earn his first victory in Binghamton and kept his ERA at a nice, level 0.00.

Durbin (0-1) pitched well also, but allowed eleven hits in seven innings of work. He also walked three batters and gave up Brazell's homer to take the loss.

Steven Bennett gave up a run in relief of Yates. In the sixth, Josh Renick singled and came around to score two batters later on Jeff Deardoff's RBI single.

But the Binghamton bullpen clamped down after that, as Nick Mattioni and Tim Lavigne combined on three innings of one-hit ball to end the game. Lavigne notched his eight save of the year, retiring the final two batters of the game.

Joe Mauer, the Minnesota Twins' top prospect, started at catcher and went 1-3 in the game with a walk.

It was Binghamton's third-straight win – they took the final two games from Akron previously – and they are two wins shy of matching their season-long streak. David Mattox (2-2, 2.25) will take the hill for Binghamton in game two. New Britain will send Willie Eyre (3-3, 3.57) to the mound.

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