Binghamton Mets (18-11) vs.
Akron RubberDucks (12-17)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians)
RHP John Gant (1-2, 4.22) vs. LHP Ryan Merritt (1-2, 4.09)
• Game #30 • Road Game #17
Canal Park • Akron, OH • 2:05 PM
LAST GAME: The B-Mets were able to hold off Akron, 5-4, at Canal Park to take the first two games of the series. Binghamton scored all five runs in the sixth inning, following a 19 minute rain delay. Dustin Lawley and Aderlin Rodriguez each had two hits, including Rodriguez’s first triple of the year. Michael Fulmer got his first win as a B-Met, allowing a run and five hits in five innings pitched. Jon Velasquez got the final out of the ninth, stranding the go ahead run on-base, for his seventh save of the season.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP John Gant makes his fifth start of the season and the first of his career against Akron. The righty is coming off a loss against Portland, allowing four runs and eight hits in five innings pitched. He walked a season-high four, while striking out four others. Gant has failed to make it through the sixth inning in three of his four starts. Opponents are hitting .305 against the starter, including .625 in the fourth inning. He has allowed seven of 10 earned runs in the fourth.
AKRON STARTER: LHP Ryan Merritt is making his sixth start of the season and first against Binghamton. The southpaw is coming off a loss, allowing six runs and nine hits in six innings against Bowie. It was the second time Merritt has allowed six runs in a start this season. Opponents are hitting .213 against the lefty in three starts at Canal Park this season, compared to .352 on the road. He has allowed eight runs and an opposing average of .417 in five sixth-innings this season.
DAY GAMES: Binghamton is 4-4 in day games this season, including 2-0 against Akron. The RubberDucks scored two total runs in the two matinee’s. John Gant has pitched to a 1.42 ERA in two day starts this season. Ryan Merritt has allowed 11 runs in 12.1 innings pitched in day games this year. Binghamton is hitting .262 in their eight day games.
VS. AKRON: The B-Mets have won their last five games against Akron, holding the RubberDucks to nine total runs. Akron is hitting .187 in the five losses. Binghamton is 12-1 in the last 13 games against Akron, dating back to June 10, 2014.
THE EXCEPTION: Brandon Nimmo is 2-for-26 against Akron pitching this season, with seven strikeouts. The outfielder is batting .300 against the rest of the league. Josh Rodriguezis 1-for-13 with five strikeouts against Akron. He is batting .370 against the rest of the league.
CLOSING TIME: Binghamton has registered a save in 13 of their 18 wins. The B-Mets have 17 total save opportunities in their first 29 games played.
THE LOWER THE BETTER: Aderlin Rodriguez went 2-for-3 , batting eighth for the second time in his seven year career. It was his first multiple hit game since April 28 vs. Portland and included the fifth triple of his career. His last triple came on June 12, 2014 when he was with St. Lucie (High-A). Rodriguez’s average is over .200 for the first time in a week. Rodriguez has never hit ninth before.
ROAD STREAK: Binghamton has won six consecutive road games for the first time since June 10-21, 2014.
SOUTHPAWS: The B-Mets are 2-2 against lefty starters this season. Binghamton is batting .233 against southpaws, compared to .271 against righty pitchers.
ONE RUN: Five of Binghamton’s last six wins have been by one run. It’s their most one run wins in a six win span, since doing the same from August 27, 2011 - April 7, 2012. In total, the B-Mets are 9-3 in one run games this season.