After being atop the Northern division for more than half the season the B-Mets faltered late in the year as their roster was depleted by injuries and call ups. They lost their last nine games of the season which included an eight game home stand. While their starting pitching held up, their relievers imploded and their bats were colder than a Binghamton winter. "It looks like they're going to the plate scared" said Mets' hitting coach Howard Johnson before the playoffs started.
The first game of the series proved no different. Gustavo Chacin
, the FisherCat ace, held the Mets to just one hit in the first game. In the second game, it was the Mets pitching that wouldn't hold up as they gave up ten runs early and lost 10-4. Facing elimination the B-Mets came back to NYSEG stadium, having lost eleven in a row, yet retaining their good spirits and high hopes. It was an amazing pitcher's duel as both teams were held scoreless for nine and one half innings. In the bottom of the tenth with the score knotted at zero FisherCat shortstop Aaron Hill
booted a grounder which allowed Aarom Baldiris to score from third for the games only run.
Though they ended their eleven game losing streak on Friday night with an impressive and uplifting ten inning 1-0 victory, their momentum and season ended together at NYSEG stadium tonight when they lost to the FisherCats 5-2. The B-Mets lost the opening series of the 2004 playoffs 3 games to 1. Ken Chenard pitched valiantly, giving up only 3 runs in seven innings walking one and striking out six. However, the silent Mets' bats, that pervaded the last three weeks of the season, proved to be their downfall, as they were unable to make a comeback.
After being shutout for the first six innings, and down 3-0, the B-Met bats finally came alive in the bottom of the seventh when Gil Velazquez
and Wayne Lydon
had back to back RBI hits making the score 3-2. The excitement and exhilaration were short lived as Micah Mangrum surrendered two unearned runs in the top of the eighth inning. Two errors, one by Mangrum and one by Harper, preceded a bases loaded wild pitch which all but sealed the fate of the Binghamton Mets.
Saturday's game marked the end of a very successful season for the Binghamton Mets. They reached the playoffs for the first time in four years. Several players who wore the Binghamton uniform are now in the majors including Heath Bell
, Jeff Keppinger, Scott Kazmir
, and David Wright
. Most importantly, the B-Mets have a very talented team that is slated to return for the 2005 campaign.
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