Binghamton Mets (3-1) at
Erie SeaWolves (1-3)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers)
Game 1: RHP John Gant (0-0, ---) vs. RHP Warwick Saupold (0-0, ---)
Game 2: RHP Seth Lugo (0-0, ---) vs. RHP Jeff Ferrell (0-0, ---)
• Games #5 & #6 • Road Games #5 & #6
Jerry Uht Park • Erie, PA • 4:35 PM
LAST GAME: The B-Mets tossed their second two-hitter in three games, and 24th in franchise history, beating the Akron RubberDucks 6-2 at Canal Park. Luis Cessa got the win, facing the minimum through seven shutout innings. The righty allowed just one hit, induced an ensuing double play, and struck out eight, his most since June 12, 2014. Beck Wheelerpitched the final two innings to earn his first career save at the Double-A level. Brandon Nimmo broke an 0-for-14 stretch to open the season by hitting his first home run of the year.T.J. Rivera had two hits, Gilbert Gomez had two extra base hits and Gavin Cecchini drove in two runs. The B-Mets took three out four from Akron to open the season.
BINGHAMTON STARTERS: RHP John Gant makes his Binghamton debut after spending last season with the Savannah Sand Gnats (High-A). The Savannah, Georgia native went 11-5 with a career-low 2.56 ERA in 21 starts. The Mets picked Gant in the 21st round in 2011 out of Wiregrass HS (FL). RHP Seth Lugo makes his Double-A debut in the nightcap. He went 8-3 with a 4.11 ERA in 27 games (4 starts) with St. Lucie (High-A). He worked in long relief before joining the rotation in mid-August. Lugo was selected by the Mets in the 24thround of the 2011 draft out of Centenary College.
ERIE STARTERS: RHP Warwick Saupold returns for his 2015 debut after spending the past two seasons with the SeaWolves. The Australian went 8-11 with a 5.01 ERA in 27 starts last season, tossing two complete games. He has faced Binghamton twice in his career, once at home, allowing one earned run in 13 total innings. RHP Jeff Ferrell takes the mound for the first time this season in the nightcap. He spent all of last year with Erie, going 10-9 with a 5.54 ERA in 25 starts.
GOOD START(ERS): The B-Mets rotation has thrown 20.2 consecutive scoreless innings. On the year, the rotation has pitched to a 1.07 ERA with 18 strikeouts and just two walks. In contrast, Binghamton’s bullpen has worked to a 10.24 ERA , allowing 13 total runs (11 earned) in 9.2 IP.
CLUTCH: All three of T.J. Rivera’s RBI this season have come with two outs. The infielder is hitting .342 (102-for-298), with 93 RBI, in his career when batting with two outs and runners in scoring position. The 26 year-old is one of two B-Mets (Eudy Pina) to record a hit in all three games played this season.
OOPS I DID IT AGAIN: The SeaWolves lead the EL in errors (9) and have committed multiple in three of their four games. The nine errors have led to 10 unearned runs.
SLOW STARTS: The B-Mets have yet to score a run in the first four innings of a game this season, batting a combined 5-for-54 (.093) during that time. Meanwhile, Binghamton is hitting .304 (24-for-79) in the final five innings of games, scoring all 14 runs during those frames.
666: The B-Mets have broken a scoreless tie with a sixth-inning run in each of their last three games.
HOMERLESS: Dating back to last postseason, the Binghamton pitching staff has not allowed a home run in seven consecutive games, their longest stretch since a 10 game streak, July 30-August 8, 2013.
EXTRA, EXTRA: Gilbert Gomez hit a double and a triple , his first career hits in Double-A. It was the first time the outfielder had two extra base hits in the same game since doubling and tripling on July 1, 2013 (51 games ago) with St. Lucie (High-A). He doubled and tripled in that game too.