Binghamton Mets (11-8) at
Portland Sea Dogs (7-12)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox)
RHP Rainy Lara (2-0, 2.04) vs. RHP Mike McCarthy (2-1, 4.80)
• Game #20 • Road Game #14
Hadlock Field • Portland, ME • 6:00 PM
LAST GAME: The B-Mets threw their third two-hitter of the season, beating Portland 7-1 night in seven innings at Hadlock Field. The two teams first finished their suspended game from , which the B-Mets took 11-7. Binghamton scored multiple runs in four different innings, as three B-Mets drove in multiple runs. Jake Kuebler then started the second game, allowing just one hit over four shutout innings. It was his first start since 2013. Beck Wheeler got the win in relief, as he and Chase Huchingson closed out the two-hitter. Dustin Lawley hit his third home run of the season, as Binghamton scored all seven runs in the first two innings. Four different B-Mets had multiple hits in the seven inning affair.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Rainy Lara makes his fourth start of the season and third on the road. The righty allowed an earned run in six innings pitched against New Hampshire last time out, earning a no-decision. He received wins in each of his first two starts. Opponents are hitting .183 against the starter, including .190 (4-for-21) with men on base. Righties are batting .154 (6-for-39) against the 24 year-old. Lara was 0-1 with a 4.05 ERA in three starts against the Sea Dogs last season. He picked up the win in the EDCS, allowing two runs in six innings in his lone start.
PORTLAND STARTER: RHP Mike McCarthy makes his fourth start of the season and third at home. The righty is coming off back-to-back wins, allowing four hits in six shutout innings against the Trenton Thunder last time out. The 27 year-old is working on an 11 inning scoreless streak, surrendering just six hits and striking out eight during that time. This is his third season in the EL, after spending 2014 between Portland and Pawtucket (AAA). In total, he went 10-4 with a 4.74 ERA in 28 appearances, 12 starts, last year. He’s 3-2 with a 2.86 ERA in six career appearances, five starts, against the B-Mets.
THE POWERFUL KING: Jared King has driven in a run in five straight games for the third time in his career. He had a career-high six game streak from July 31-August 7, 2014 with St. Lucie, where he hit two home runs and drove in seven. King is batting .381 (8-for-21) with two home runs and six RBI during the current stretch, hitting leadoff in five of six games.
ERRORS: Binghamton has committed an error in seven straight games and 13 of their last 14. The 18 errors in their last 14 games have led to eight unearned runs allowed. The B-Mets had committed an error in one of their first five games to start the year. The B-Mets are currently tied for the third most miscues in the league.
HITTING STREAKS: Both Dustin Lawley and Eudy Pina are currently on seven-game hitting streaks. Lawley is batting .391 (9-for-23) with two home runs and six RBI during the streak, which followed an 0-for-17 stretch. It’s his longest streak since a 14-gamer, May 21-June 14, 2014. Pina is batting .370 (10-for-27) with three RBI during his streak. It’s his longest streak since a nine-gamer, July 26-August 4, 2014. Pina has recorded a hit in 12 of 13 starts this season. The dual seven game streaks are tied for the longest (with T.J. Rivera) for Binghamton this season.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME: Binghamton has won their last four games at Hadlock Field, dating back to last postseason. The B-Mets have averaged 10 runs per game during that stretch, outscoring the Sea Dogs 40-23.
SERIES FINALES: The B-Mets are 3-2 in series finales this year, winning their last two. Binghamton was 3-4 in series finales against the Sea Dogs in 2014.