BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Tyler Pill takes the mound for the 23rd time this season and his 22nd start. The righty didn’t factor into the decision in his last outing. He tossed five innings, allowed just two runs on five hits and struck out seven in an 11-7 Binghamton loss to New Britain in 11 innings on Wednesday, August 27. Pill has not taken a loss since (17 appearances). He came out on the wrong end in his only other appearance against Portland in 2014. The Covina, California native gave up five runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings on . Pill was taken by the Mets in the fourth round of the 2011 draft out of Cal State-Fullerton.
PORTLAND STARTER: LHP Brian Johnson is on the hill for the 21st season and the third against Binghamton. The southpaw didn’t factor into the decision in his last outing. He tossed five scoreless innings and surrendered just two hits in a 3-1 Portland loss to Reading on Thursday, August 28. In three outings against the B-Mets, Johnson is 2-1 and has allowed 10 runs (eight earned) in 13.2 innings. That includes allowing a season-high seven runs on at NYSEG Stadium. He hasn’t given up more than two earned runs in any other game this season. Johnson was taken by Boston in the first round (31st overall) of the 2012 draft out of the University of Florida.
TAIL SPIN: Binghamton lost their sixth straight game and their seventh their last eight chances. The stretch is the team’s longest losing streak of the season and includes blowing three ninth inning advantages. The B-Mets have been held to three runs or less three times during the stretch. Their 12-4 loss tied the largest margin of defeat for the B-Mets in 2014.
B-METS/SEA DOGS SEASON SERIES: Portland was the only team in the Eastern League to beat Binghamton in their season series. The B-Mets dropped 12 of the 21 meetings. However, the boys from the Southern Tier have one five of the last seven meetings this season.
BACK, BACK, BACK...OH: The B-Mets finished the year with the second most home runs in the league at 122, but have hit just one since August 23. This comes after Binghamton smacked 11 long balls in their previous ten games.
HERE ONE MINUTE, GONE ANOTHER: Binghamton has said good-bye to three players in the last two weeks. First, INF Dilson Herrera had his contract selected by New York (NL) . Then, C Juan Centeno and LHP Dario Alvarez have been added by New York as rosters expand with the beginning of September. Centeno had a hit in 12 of his last 14 games, while Herrera was batting .340 with 30 extra-base hits. Alvarez had not allowed a run in five Double-A appearances.
NYSEG NOSTALGIA: The B-Mets finished the regular season with the second-best home record in the Eastern League at 45-26. That includes a 7-4 mark against Portland.