Binghamton Mets (9-8) at
Portland Sea Dogs (7-10)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox)
RHP Matt Koch (0-1, 4.96) vs. RHP Mike Augliera (0-3, 5.65)
• Games #18 & #19 • Road Games #12 & #13
Hadlock Field • Portland, ME • 5:00 PM
SUSPENDED PLAY: night’s action was halted in the bottom of the second inning with the game tied at two. The teams will play the nine-inning game to completion and follow with a seven-inning contest.
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.Jared King and Xorge Carrillo each went deep in the series finale win.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Matt Koch makes his fourth start of the season and first against the Sea Dogs. The Cherokee, Iowa native comes off his longest outing of the season, tossing seven innings against the SeaWolves last Monday night. He allowed one run and struck out six in the no-decision. Koch, selected by the Mets in the 3rd round of the 2012 draft.
PORTLAND STARTER: RHP Mike Augliera makes his fourth start and looks to end a season-opening three-game losing streak. The former Binghamton University pitcher was tagged for five runs on eleven his over 4.1 innings in his last start against the Thunder on April 23. The Old Bridge, NJ native went 8-10 with a 4.56 ERA over 24 starts with the Sea Dogs in 2014.
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. B-Mets starters have average 5.2 innings pitched per start through the first 17 games of the season.
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.