Binghamton Mets (3-3) at
Portland Sea Dogs (1-7) RHP Zack Wheeler (0-1, 6.00) vs. LHP Chris Hernandez (0-1, 5.40)
LAST GAME: The B-Mets packed five runs on five hits into their first three innings to defeat the Portland Sea Dogs 5-1 last night at Hadlock Field. Binghamton starter Collin McHugh al-lowed four hits in the first inning, but allowed just one run. The right-hander served up a solo homerun to Juan Carlos Linares on his first pitch and did not allow another run. McHugh fired 6.2 innings and struck out a season-high six to earn his first win. Binghamton plated two runs on Jefry Marte’s single in the first against Portland starter Brock Huntzinger. They added three more in the third, highlighted by Josh Rodriguez’s two-run double. A fielding error and hard-hit single with two outs spelled the end of McHugh’s night in the seventh. Elvin Ramirez en-tered with a four-run lead and struck out Derrik Gibson to end the threat. Ramirez fanned the side in order in the eighth and Josh Edgin hurled a scoreless ninth. Jeremy Kehrt struck out five B-Mets over four shutout innings of relief and Josh Fields tossed a perfect ninth for Portland.
STARTING PITCHING MATCHUP: RHP Zack Wheeler (0-1, 6.00) will make his second start of the season. The right-hander from Georgia was traded to the Mets from the Giants in exchange for Carlos Beltran prior to the trade deadline last year. Before the trade he went 7-5 with a 3.99 ERA in 16 starts with the San Jose Giants (High-A). He finished the season with six starts with the St. Lucie Mets (High-A), going 2-2 with 2.00 ERA. In 115.0 innings last year, he racked up 129 strike outs. He allowed two runs on four hits and three walks over three innings in a loss to the Akron Aeros in his first start on April 6.
LHP Chris Hernandez (0-1, 5.40) makes his second start as a Sea Dog. In his debut against the Reading Phillies on April 7 he allowed three earned runs on four hits and walked three over five innings in a losing effort. The southpaw was selected in the seventh road of the 2010 draft out of the University of Miami. Hernandez spent all of 2011 with the Salem Red Sox (High-A). He went 10-7 with a 3.18 ERA over 25 starts. He induced the most double plays (19) on the team and finished third on the team in starts and second in innings pitched (127.1)
MARTE ROLLING: B-Mets third baseman Jefry Marte’s two-run single in the first inning last night extended his hitting streak to five games. He is hitting .389 (7-for-18) over the stretch. Marte, the youngest B-Met on the roster, has collected seven RBI, 35% of Binghamton’s total of 17 RBI on the year.
MANY HITS, ONE WIN: B-Mets starter Collin McHugh allowed seven hits over 6.2 innings and earned the win. It was the most hits allowed by a B-Mets starting pitcher in a win since Brandon Moore allowed seven hits in a 6-4 win over the Erie SeaWolves on 8/23/11. McHugh allowed eight hits over 5.2 innings in a 7- 2 win over the Akron Aeros on 6/23/11. Last night was the longest outing for any B-Met starter this year.