5/28/14

Binghamton Mets 2014 Game Notes

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Binghamton Mets (28-21) vs.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (17-33)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays)

RHP Rainy Lara (4-1, 4.40) vs. RHP Casey Lawrence (2-4, 3.90)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014  Games #50 and #51  Home Games #28 and #29
NYSEG Stadium  Binghamton, NY  5:35 PM

LAST GAME: The Binghamton Mets and New Hampshire Fisher Cats played into the bottom of the second inning before intense rain suspended play on Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium. Binghamton owned a 6-0 lead behind another strong performance from Kevin Plawecki. The catcher doubled home two runs in the first and threaded a three-run homer inside the right-field foul pole in the second.

RESUMPTION RELIEVER: RHP Tyler Pill will take over for Binghamton on the hill in the resumption of the suspended game. In his most recent start against the Rock Cats on Friday, May 23, Pill allowed one run on six hits over six innings in a no-decision. In his last five games, Pill has compiled a 1.65 ERA. Tonight marks his first relief outing as a B-Met and first overall since June 20, 2012 when he tossed 5.1 innings with St. Lucie (High-A).

BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Rainy Lara takes the mound for the B-Mets in the second game today. The righty lasted just three innings in his most recent start against the Sea Dogs on Thursday, May 22. He allowed three runs on two hits and issued a season-high four walks. Lara has gone 2-0 with a .188 opponent batting average and a 2.33 ERA in three starts versus the Fisher Cats this season.

NEW HAMPSHIRE STARTER: RHP Casey Lawrence takes the mound for the Fisher Cats in today’s second game. The righty is winless in his last five starts, including two games against the B-Mets. He’s gone 1-1 with a 4.88 ERA in four games (three starts) against Binghamton in 2014.

SUSPENDED CONTEST: Tuesday night marked Binghamton’s first suspended game of the season. The B-Mets matched a franchise record with three suspended games last season.

HE’S GOT THE “MAY”DAS TOUCH: B-Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki has had the golden touch against Eastern League pitching in the month of May. The Indiana native has batted .393 with nine doubles, four home runs, 22 RBI and 12 multiple-hit games. Over 21 games, he’s compiled a .643 slugging percentage and hit safely in all but three contests. His five RBI on a double and home run in the first two innings on Tuesday night will not be officially counted towards his statistics until the game is completed.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Binghamton Mets collected their sixth-straight win at NYSEG Stadium on Monday afternoon. They have won eight of their last nine home games, kicking their record in Binghamton to 18-9, tied for the most home victories in the Eastern League.

BRADFORD BOUCING BACK: Since compiling a 3.77 ERA in his first 12 games of the season (through May 9), B-Mets reliever Chasen Bradford has tossed seven straight scoreless appearances. The righty has held opponents to a .188 batting average during the scoreless stretch.

AGAINST THE FISHER CATS: The B-Mets have gone 9-4 versus New Hampshire this season and won the last four meetings, including a three-game sweep in Manchester last weekend. The B-Mets are hitting .280 as a team and have compiled a 2.95 staff ERA in the previous 13 meetings. Binghamton has won three of the four series this season.

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Fisher Cats have lost 21 of their last 26 games, including an 11-game losing streak stretching from May 11 to May 21. They have hit just .214 in the month with a .330 team slugging percentage. Their .221 overall batting average ranks last in the league.

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