This Sunday marked the 24th game in the Binghamton Mets’ franchise history for a two-hitter game as it took down the Akron RubberDucks 6-2 at Canal Park. On top of that, the B-Mets pitcher, Luis Cessa, pitched seven scoreless innings in the game. This is a huge feat as Cessa’s dominance on the mound helped the team win its second two-hitter game in its last three games, and also gain the season-opening series victory.
Making his first start of the season, Cessa was able to prove himself from his first pitch as he began the first inning with eight straight perfect pitches. He continued this consistency into the fifth inning, adding a double play in the fourth to eliminate a single. In the sixth inning, Brandon Nimmo hit a home run over the wall in right-center field in order to get the B-Mets on the scoreboard. This marked the third-consecutive game that the B-Mets scored its first runs in the sixth inning of its game.
Cessa used the team’s lead to carry on pitching a scoreless game for the next two innings. A catch by Gilbert Gomez in centerfield in the sixth inning helped preserve Cessa’s perfect pitching game, and for the last ten hitters he pitched to he did not give away any chances for them to get a single hit.
In the eight inning, the B-Mets scored two more runs from Jared King and T.J. Rivera. With the lead growing, Cessa was replaced by Beck Wheeler on the mound who made his first Double-A career start. Cessa finished with 58 strikes to 78 pitches, 5 groundouts, and 4 foulouts for the 21 players he pitched to, making a very impressive season start for the pitcher, especially when compared to Wheeler’s 18 strikes for 33 pitches in the last two innings of the game. Wheeler was able to continue the scoreless game through the eight inning, but in the ninth Ollie Linton hit an RBI single to right field, getting the RubberDucks on the scoreboard for the first time all game. Wheeler allowed only one more run later that inning before the B-Mets were able to secure their victory and take the claim as winning the first series of the 2015 season.
The B-Mets are looking to continue this success as they start on Monday a three-game series with the SeaWolves in Erie. With the pitching staff accumulating a 0.67 ERA so far this season, it marks a strong start that Cessa and the other B-Mets pitchers can continue use as motivation as they strive to throw perfect scoreless games for the season.