Posted by Mack Ade at 4:00 PM
from press release;
Binghamton Mets (12-13) at
Akron Aeros (17-6)
Double-A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians
RHP Collin McHugh (3-2, 2.33) vs. RHP Mason Radeke (1-0, 0.00)
Game #26 • Thursday, May 3, 2012
Canal Park• Akron, OH • 7:05 PM
LAST GAME: Akron starter Giovanni Soto struck out nine over seven innings to lead the Aeros past the B-Mets by a 3-1 score last night at Canal Park. The defeat extended Binghamton’s losing streak to three games, their longest of the season. Akron secured their eighth-straight victory. The Aeros took advantage of a Rylan Sandoval throwing error at short to score a run in the first and collected a pair of doubles and a single in a two-run fourth. B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon suffered the loss. Binghamton got their only run on an RBI single by Reese Havens in the sixth. Kyle Landis tossed two scoreless innings to earn his first save. Armando Rodriguez supplied three perfect innings of relief for the B-Mets.
STARTING PITCHING MATCHUP: RHP Collin McHugh (3-2, 2.33) takes the mound for the sixth time this season and second against the Aeros. McHugh suffered his second loss in his most recent start, allowing three runs on three hits over 4.1 innings against the Erie SeaWolves on April 28. McHugh took a loss on Opening Day against Akron, giving up two runs on four hits over five innings. McHugh, an 18th round draft pick by the Mets in 2008, made 16 starts with Binghamton last year, going 8-2 with a 2.89 ERA. He was named the team’s Pitcher of the Year following the season.
RHP Mason Radeke (1-0, 0.00) makes his first Double-A start tonight. The righty from California earned the win in his Double-A debut on Monday night, tossing a scoreless tenth inning in Akron’s 6-5 walk-off win. Now in his second professional season, Radeke was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 35th round of the 2011 draft out of Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Following the draft, he made nine starts with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (SS-A) last year. He began this year with the Lake County Captains (Low-A), going 1-1 with a 2.77 in six relief outings before getting promoted to Akron on April 29.
SKID HITS THREE: The B-Mets have lost three games in a row for the first time in 2012. They capped the 2011 season by losing four straight to the Reading Phillies. It was the last time they have been swept in a series. The defeat secured their fourth series loss in 2012.
KEEPING THE BROOMS AT BAY: Binghamton has not been swept in series by the Akron Aeros since the middle of 2009. The Aeros took all three games of a series at NYSEG Stadium stretching from July 31 to August 2. The B-Mets’ last four-game sweep at the hands of the Aeros happened in Binghamton from July 4-7, 2008. Akron’s last sweep of Binghamton at Canal Park came from July 1-3, 2005.
THAT WAS A QUICK ONE: After playing in their longest game of the season on Monday night (3:26), the B-Mets played their shortest game of the season last night, clocking in at 2:26.
ANOTHER STREAK ENDS: B-Mets third baseman Jefry Marte watched his eight-game hitting streak come to a close with an 0-for-4 night at the plate. It was just the second time in his 21 games that he has failed to reach base safely.
BULLPEN BACK: One night after allowing a season-high nine hits, the B-Mets bullpen bounced back with a perfect performance last night. Armando Rodriguez matched a season-high with three innings on the hill, retiring all nine he faced.
LOOKING FOR THE LONGBALL: The B-Mets have not hit a home run in three games, tied for their longest drought of the season. In six games against the Aeros this season, Binghamton has failed to hit any homers.
NO OFFENSE AGAINST AKRON: Through six games in 2012, the B-Mets have hit .197 as a team and scored just 11 runs versus the Aeros. The Akron pitching staff has compiled a 1.06 WHIP in those games.
NEXT GAME PREVIEW: The B-Mets head home to start a six-game homestand. They welcome in the Harrisburg Senators starting tomorrow night at 7:05 PM. RHP Zack Wheeler takes the mound for Binghamton.