Posted by Mack Ade at 4:32 PM
Binghamton Mets (9-8) at
Portland Sea Dogs (7-10)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox)
RHP Seth Lugo (1-0, 1.54) vs. RHP Luis Diaz (0-1, 5.14)
• Game #18 • Road Game #12
Hadlock Field • Portland, ME • 6:00 PM
LAST GAME: The B-Mets tossed their third shutout of the season, blanking New Hampshire 3-0 afternoon at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. John Gant allowed four hits in seven innings, while Dario Alvarez and Jon Velasquez combined to throw two perfect innings of relief. Gant notched his first win of the year, while Velasquez picked up his fifth save. Offensively, the long ball carried the B-Mets, as Jared King got Binghamton on the board with a leadoff home run to begin the game. Xorge Carrillo later chipped in a two run homer, his first of the season.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Seth Lugo makes his third start of the season, and first against a team other than Erie. Lugo got the win last time out, allowing two runs in 5.2 innings pitched. The righty struck out seven in the outing. Opponents are hitting .238 against the starter so far this season, including .207 with the bases empty. Lugo was 8-3 with a 4.11 ERA in 27 appearances, four starts, last year with St. Lucie (High-A). The 25 year-old was drafted by the Mets in the 34th round of the 2011 draft.
PORTLAND STARTER: RHP Luis Diaz makes his fourth start of the season and third of his career against the B-Mets. The righty allowed seven runs, five earned, and nine hits in 4.2 innings pitched last time out, picking up the loss in New Britain. The 23 year-old has made it through the fifth inning once, topping out at 5.1 innings pitched. Diaz was 3-4 with a 3.74 ERA in 13 starts with Portland last season. He was
0-1 in two starts against Binghamton, allowing seven runs in 12.2 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting .317 against the starter this year, including righties batting at a .351 clip.
VS. PORTLAND: The Sea Dogs won the season series 12-9 in 2014. Binghamton got the last laugh, beating Portland in five games in the first round of the playoffs. The B-Mets won the season series in 2013, 13-7.
HAD-LOCKDOWN: Portland won eight of 10 games at home against the B-Mets last season, including a stretch of seven straight wins. The Sea Dogs outscored Binghamton 48-35 in the 10 games. The B-Mets went on to take two out of three at Hadlock Field in the postseason and won five of eight matchups in 2013.
IT’S GOOD TO BE KING: Jared King has homered twice in a three game span for the first time in his career. King went 140 at-bats in between home runs, before hitting two in a seven at-bat span. He averages a home run every 83 at-bats for his career.
SE7EN: B-Met starters have made it through seven innings four times this year, including twice in the last 13 games.
LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE: Binghamton has homered twice in three of their last 13 games. They had done it three times in their previous 30 games.
ERRORS: Binghamton has committed an error in five straight games and 11 of their last 12. The 12 errors in their last 12 games have only led to four unearned runs allowed.
FOREVER YOUNG: Brandon Nimmo has played, and hit second, in all 17 games this season. He is one of 11 players in the EL to play in every game this year.
HOME SWEET HOME: The B-Mets have been much more successful at home, where they have hit .315 and scored 33 runs in six games. In addition, the B-Mets pitching staff has a 4.50 ERA at NYSEG Stadium. On the road, the B-Mets are hitting .249 with 40 runs scored in 11 games. The B-Mets pitching staff has thrown to a 4.93 ERA away from home. Binghamton is 5-6 on the road this season.