6/18/12

B-Mets Shelled in Rubber Match, 15-6

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BINGHAMTON,NY – The Altoona Curve pounded out a season-high 20 hits and pummeled theBinghamton Mets in the rubber match of a three-game series by a 15-6 score Sundayafternoon at NYSEG Stadium. The loss bumped Binghamton’s record back to threegames under .500, matching their low-water mark on the year.

TheCurve immediately jumped out to a lead just two pitches into the game. RobbieGrossman led off the first with an opposite field home run against starter GregPeavey. Jarek Cunningham scored later in the frame on a sac fly.

Binghamtonoffered a response and briefly held a lead. Altoona starter Shairon Martiswalked the first two he faced in the second and paid for it when Travis Ozgablasted a three-run homer to right. It was Ozga’s fourth long ball of theseason; all have been as a left-handed hitter.

Thelead evaporated as quickly as it appeared. The Curve cashed in on two Binghamtonerrors in the third, taking the lead for good with a four-run inning. QuincyLatimore provided the highlight with a two-run homer to left.

Theclubs then traded runs over the next four innings, with Binghamton nevergetting closer than two runs. Eric Campbell provided an RBI single in the thirdand Pedro Zapata supplied a run-scoring single in the sixth.

Peavey(3-3) exited after five innings after allowing seven runs (four earned) oneight hits and two walks. He struck out just one in the losing effort.

Leadingby 7-5 in the seventh, the Curve fully unleashed their offense against theBinghamton bullpen. Stefan Welch took Adrian Rosario deep down the right fieldline for his first home run as a member of the Curve. Altoona added two moreruns against Rosario in the eighth.

Thefloodgates opened in the ninth under Robert Carson’s watch. The lefty wastagged for five runs on six hits while recording just one out. Edgar Ramirezentered and allowed an RBI single to Altoona reliever Jeff Inman before collectingthe final out.

Inmansurrendered a run on two hits and two walks in the ninth before closing out thegame with his second inning of relief. Martis (4-3) allowed five runs on fivehits over 5.2 innings in the winning effort. Matt McSwain retired the only manhe faced to end the sixth and Hunter Strickland contributed with a scorelessseventh inning to close the pitching tab for Altoona.

TheB-Mets (31-34) enjoy a day off on Monday before kicking off a criticalnine-game roadtrip. The swing begins in Akron, Ohio where the B-Mets willcomplete five games in three days. The clubs will resume a game on Tuesday thatwas suspended at NYSEG Stadium back on June 4. First pitch is scheduled for6:05 PM.  A seven-inning game will follow.The Horizons Federal Credit Union pre-game show begins at 5:50 PM on Newsradio1290 WNBF.

from team press release

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