Binghamton Drops Series To New Britain

The Binghamton Mets continued their recent struggles, dropping the rubber match of a three-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats by a final score of 8-3. The Rock Cats pounded B-Mets starter Nick Maness (0-1) early, forcing him to take an early exit, and then cruised to victory.

Five Rock Cats had multi-hit games to power New Britain past the B-Mets. The 1-4 hitters in the lineup combined to go 9/17 and score five of New Britain's eight runs. Joe Mauer and Kevin West each had a pair of RBI, and only two Rock Cat starters went hitless.

Brent Schoening (7-3) was the recipient of all of the Rock Cats run support. Schoening pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed just three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out two batters. Jesse Crain pitched 3 2/3 innings of one-hit baseball to notch his seventh save of the year the hard way.

Binghamton scored one run in each of the second, fifth and sixth innings. In the second, Mike Jacobs connected on his seventh homerun of the season. Craig Brazell added on a run-scoring single in the fifth, and Rodney Nye hit just his third homerun of the season to cap the B-Mets scoring.

Maness took the loss, lasting just 3 1/3 innings and allowing four runs - three earned - on six hits. Tim Lavigne surrendered the other four New Britain runs during his 2 1/3 innings of work. The Rock Cats were helped by two Binghamton fielding errors, one by Josh Pressley and one by Brazell.

Wednesday's game was the finale of a homestand for Binghamton during which they compiled a 3-4 record. During the stretch, Binghamton's offensive woes continued. They scored an average of just 2.5 runs per game during those seven games.

After an off day on Thursday, Binghamton heads to the road for a three-game set with the Trenton Thunder to be followed by a four-game series with New Britain. Game one of the Portland series is on Friday at 7:05 pm.

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