Posted by Mack Ade at 3:00 PM
Binghamton Mets (83-54) vs.
New Britain Rock Cats (69-68)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Minnesota Twins)
RHP Greg Peavey (11-3. 2.94) vs. LHP Jason Wheeler 5-4, 2.94)
• Game #138 • Home Game #71
NYSEG Stadium • Binghamton, NY •
LAST GAME: The Binghamton Mets blew a two-run lead in the ninth and surrendered five runs in the 11th in an 11-7 loss to the New Britain Rock Cats night at NYSEG Stadium. Cody Satterwhite suffered just his second blown save of the season and his first since nd. Adam Kolarek went 1.1 innings and gave up five runs (four earned). Four Binghamton players tallied three-hit performances. That includes, Brandon Nimmo who extended his hitting streak to a season-long nine games. Tyler Pill started for the B-Mets and went five innings and struck out seven. It was only the second time this season that the team had lost a game when leading after seven frames.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Greg Peavey takes the ball for Binghamton for the 18thtime this season and the second against New Britain. The righty is coming off a win in his last outing. He tossed five innings, walked five batters, but gave up just one run on two hits in a 5-1 Binghamton win over Akron on Saturday, August 23. Peavey tied a season-high with nine strikeouts in the game. The Vancouver, Washington native struggled in his only other appearance against New Britain. He surrendered four runs on nine hits in 4.2 frames on . Binghamton lost the game 6-4. The Oregon State product was taken by the Mets in the sixth round of the 2010 draft.
NEW BRITAIN STARTER: LHP Jason Wheeler is on the mound for the 12th time in 2014 and the second against Binghamton. The southpaw gave up just one run on three hits in six innings and picked up the win in his last outing on Saturday, August 23. He also tallied eight strikeouts as New Britain beat Altoona 6-1. Wheeler earned the win in his only other matchup with the B-Mets. He threw six stanzas and gave up two runs on three hits as the Rock Cats won 9-6. Wheeler was taken by the Twins in the eighth round of the 2011 draft out of Loyola Marymount
POWER OUTAGE: Binghamton leads the league with 121 home runs on the year, but hasn’t hit one in their last six games. That’s their longest drought of the season. The team has been held to just two long balls on their current homestand. B-Mets INF/OF Dustin Lawley is second on the team with 20 home runs, but hasn’t hit one since August 6 (15 games).
WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES: Binghamton enters having already clinched a playoff spot and is two games back of Portland for first place in the Eastern Division. The B-Mets are winners of 11 of their last 15 games, but have their elimination number down to three with five games remaining. The Sea Dogs hold the tiebreaker between the squads by winning the season series 12-9.
THREE MORE: If Binghamton goes 3-2 over their final five games, they will tie a franchise record for wins at 86. That mark was set last season with the team won the Eastern Division title. The B-Mets are 51-24 since and are in the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time in franchise history.
WE BE STREAKIN’: B-Mets INF T.J. Rivera and OF Brandon Nimmo are each riding hitting streaks. Rivera’s stands at eight games and is hitting .586 (17-for-29) in that time. That includes six multi-hit performances and three games with three base knocks. Nimmo is riding a season high nine-game hitting streak. He’s batting .324 (12-for-37) during the stretch and has raised his average 14 points.
IT’S NOT GOOD-BYE, IT’S SEE YOU LATER: Binghamton plays its final home game of the regular season , before returning next week for the postseason. The team is 45-25 at NYSEG Stadium this year, good for the best home mark in the league.