The Binghamton Mets used a four-run seventh inning to defeat the visiting Altoona Curve 8-5 Wednesday night at NYSEG Stadium. The victory earned the B-Mets sole possession first place in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division.
Erik Goeddel toed the rubber for Binghamton and watched the Curve jump out 1-0 on an RBI single by Andrew Lambo. The visitors extended the lead to 3-0 in the second inning when Adalberto Santos plated two with a single to left.
Binghamton started to chip away in the bottom of the inning when Blake Forsyth sent his fourth bomb of the season over the wall in in left.
Cesar Puello and Allan Dykstra teamed up to cut the deficit to one when they hit back-to-back doubles to start the fourth inning.
The B-Mets (30-22) took their first lead of the night in the bottom of the sixth, with a two-run frame. Cesar Puello drew a one out walk and stole second. Dykstra was then hit by a pitch. After Cory Vaughn grounded out, Darrell Ceciliani smoked a double to left, giving Binghamton a 4-3 lead.
Goeddel night finished after six innings of work. After his slow start, he battled back to retire the last 10 batters he faced. He was charged with three runs, on three hits and struck out six.
Shawn Teufel relieved Goeddel in the seventh, but did not retire a batter. He issued three walks and was lifted in favor of Adam Kolarek. Mel Rojas tied the game on a sacrifice fly, but Kolarek was able to limit the damage by retiring the next two batters.
The tie was short lived, as the Binghamton offense came alive in the bottom of the seventh, against new Altoona hurler Luis Angel Sanz.
Wilfredo Tovar started things with a single and was sacrificed to second on a grounder by Xorge Carrillo. Daniel Muno followed by drawing a walk. Tovar came home on a single by Josh Rodriguez, giving Binghamton a 5-4 lead. After a fielding error moved Rodriguez to second, Puello walked to load the bases.
Dykstra followed with an RBI single and Vaughn followed with a bases loaded walk, giving Binghamton a 7-4 lead. Ceciliani put the final B-Mets run of the night on the board with a sacrifice fly.
The Curve managed to get one run back in the eighth when Jarek Cunningham led off with a triple and came home on a Justin Howard single. That was as close as they would get, as Jack Leathersich was called in from the Binghamton bullpen and fanned the last two batters of the inning.
Leathersich continued his dominance in the ninth, as he struck out the first two batters he faced before giving up a single. Leathersich finished things off with a strikeout of Cunningham, giving five of his six outs on strikeouts to end the game.
With the victory, the B-Mets earned their 30th victory of the season. The B-Mets Media Department noted that it was the first time Binghamton reached 30 wins prior to June 1, since 2004.
Game Notes: Josh Rodriguez went 1-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 14 games.
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Kolarek, who earned the win for Binghamton, was also credited with a blown save.