Jared King stroked a walk-off single up the middle in the ninth to push the Binghamton Mets past the Portland Sea Dogs, 5-4, night at NYSEG Stadium. King’s hit secured a four-game series split and a winning homestand. Josh Rodriguez carried the offense before King’s single, plating four runs on a double and a home run.
With the game tied at four in the ninth, Eudy Pina worked out a walk against Pat Light, his second of the game and third of the season, and stole second as Albert Cordero struck out. King, pinch-hitting for Gilbert Gomez, bounced a 1-0 pitch up the middle and into center, plating Pina for Binghamton’s second walk-off win of the season.
Binghamton overcame a pair of blown leads to earn the victory. The B-Mets struck first for the first time in the series, as Rodriguez drove in two runs with a two-out double to left field in the opening frame.
The lead was short-lived, as Portland struck for three a half-inning later. With one out, Blake Tekotte tripled to center field, driving in two. Portland took the lead two batters later on a sac fly by Mike Miller.
With Binghamton down one, Rodriguez struck again in the sixth, blasting a two-run homer off Robby Scott, his sixth of the season.
Once again, the B-Mets lead lasted just a half-inning. After quickly getting the first two outs of the seventh, Ynoa allowed a Jantzen Witte wall-ball double to left field, his third hit of the night. Oscar Tejada drove him in one batter later with a single to left field, ending Ynoa’s night. Dario Alvarez came on and stuck out Keury De La Cruz to strand a man in scoring position.
Alvarez got in trouble in the eighth inning, allowing back-to-back one out baserunners. He was relieved by Paul Sewald, who was greeted with a Kevin Heller single to load the bases. Sewald proceeded to induce a 1-2-3 inning-ending double play from Mike Miller to get out of the jam, keeping the score tied at four.
Sewald (2-0) got the win, tossing 1-2/3 scoreless innings. Light (0-1) picked up the loss, allowing the walk-off base hit in his 1-2/3 innings of work.
The B-Mets (16-11) begin a six-game road trip and start a three-game series against the Akron RubberDucks night at . RHP Luis Cessa gets the ball against RHP Mike Clevinger.
POSTGAME NOTES: Binghamton had two hits in their previous 16 at-bats with men in scoring position prior to King’s base hit...Josh Rodriguez is batting .423 (11-for-26), with four home runs and 13 RBI in his seven games playing first base…Rodriguez now leads the league in home runs (6) and is tied for the lead in RBI (22) - Team press release