Posted by Mack Ade at 11:23 AM
Binghamton Mets (83-57) vs.
Richmond Flying Squirrels (77-63)
(Double-A Affiliate of the San Francisco Giants)
RHP Gabriel Ynoa (3-2, 4.70) vs. LHP Ty Blach (8-8, 3.29)
• Game #141 • Road Game #69
The Diamond • Richmond, VA •
LAST GAME: The Binghamton Mets blew their third straight ninth-inning lead and fell to the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 7-6, night at the Diamond.Randy Fontanez gave up three runs (two earned) without getting an out in the ninth. The B-Mets had taken the lead with five runs in eighth inning. Travis Taijeron went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI. Brian Burgamy and Dustin Lawley each collected two base knocks. T.J. Rivera went 1-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to a season-long 11 games. Hansel Robles struck out three and didn’t allow a run in two innings of relief. Binghamton has lost four straight games.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Gabriel Ynoa makes his 11th start of the season and his first against Richmond. The righty took the loss in his last outing. He gave up five runs on six hits and struck out seven batters and tossed a complete-game seven innings in game one of a doubleheader against New Britain on Tuesday, August 26. Binghamton lost the game 5-1. Ynoa has had an up-and-down season with the B-Mets. He’s surrendered two runs or less five times and four runs or more on five other occasions. The La Vega, Dominican Republic native was signed as a minor league free agent on November 19, 2009.
RICHMOND STARTER: LHP Ty Blach is on the hill for the 25thtime this season and the third against Binghamton. The southpaw is coming off a loss in his last outing He gave up three runs (two earned) and struck out five in 5.2 innings on Tuesday, August 26 against Altoona. The Flying Squirrels lost the game, 3-2. Blach is 0-1 in his two other appearances against the B-Mets. He’s allowed one run on nine hits and has tallied eight walks in 12 innings this season. The Denver, Colorado native was taken by San Francisco in the fifth round of the 2012 draft out of Creighton University.
SPEED BUMPS: Binghamton lost their fourth straight game and their fifth their last five chances. The B-Mets have had the lead in each of the four losses. That includes blowing three ninth inning advantages. The team has been held to three runs or less three times during the stretch. They lead the league in home runs with 122, but have hit just one since August 23 (nine games).
SEE YOU : Binghamton’s loss, coupled with a Portland win, guaranteed the Sea Dogs home-field advantage in the Eastern Division Championship Series. NYSEG Stadium hosts the first two games of the best-of-five starting . Binghamton is in the postseason for the consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history. The team was swept by Trenton in the Eastern Division Championship Series in 2013.
BULLPEN BLUNDER: The B-Mets bullpen gave up three more runs to bring their total to 15 in the last four games (13 innings). The unit’s ERA has risen from 3.63 in 3.80 in that time. They have blown their last three save opportunities.
T.J. ON A TEAR: B-Mets INF T.J. Rivera went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to a season-long eleven games. The 25-year-old is hitting .537 (22-for-41). That includes eight multi-hit performances and three games with three base knocks. Rivera leads the team with a .370 average in 52 games this season.
AUGUST LOOK BACK: Binghamton wraps up it’s August schedule with a chance to win it’s 19thgame in the month. That would tie for the most wins the team has had in any month this season. The B-Mets also won 19 games in June. Binghamton has not had a losing record in any month this season.