Binghamton Mets (18-12) at
Richmond Flying Squirrels (9-18)
(Double-A Affiliate of the San Francisco Giants)
RHP Seth Lugo (2-0, 1.37) vs. LHP Jack Snodgrass (2-3, 5.04)
• Game #31 • Road Game #18
The Diamond • Richmond, VA • 6:35 PM
LAST GAME: The B-Mets fell, 9-4, against the Akron RubberDucks afternoon at Canal Park. The B-Mets went 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position, leaving a season-high 11 men on base. John Gant took the loss, allowing four runs in five innings. The bullpen allowed the final five runs in their three innings of combined work. Brandon Nimmo and Josh Rodriguez each had two hits for the B-Mets. The loss snapped Binghamton’s six game road winning streak. It was Akron’s second win against Binghamton in their last 14 meetings.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Seth Lugo makes his fifth start of the season and the first of his career against Richmond. Lugo has allowed three earned runs total in his first four starts. The righty is coming of a win last time out, allowing a run and five hits in 6.2 innings pitched. It was Lugo’s longest start of the year, as he walked one and struck out six. The starter has not allowed an earned run in 7.1 innings pitched on the road. Lugo has struck out six or more in three of four starts.
RICHMOND STARTER: LHP Jack Snodgrass is making his sixth start of the season and the third of his career against Binghamton. The southpaw is coming off a win in Altoona, allowing a run and four hits in six innings pitched. He walked one, while striking out six Curve batters. The win snapped a three game losing streak for Snodgrass who has factored in the decision in all five starts this season. Opponents are hitting .290 against the starter, including lefties batting .375. Snodgrass allowed six runs in 7.1 innings in his two starts against the B-Mets last season, going 0-1.
VS. RICHMOND: The B-Mets won the season series, 9-4, against Richmond, including the postseason, in 2014. Binghamton won the first six games before dropping the final four of the regular season against Richmond. The B-Mets got the last laugh, winning all three games of the Championship. Binghamton was 5-4 in the series on the road, and are 11-9 all-time at The Diamond. Binghamton has never lost a season series to Richmond, including splits in three straight seasons (2011-2013).
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.
THE LOWER THE BETTER: Aderlin Rodriguez has registered a hit in all four games since being dropped in the lineup. A-Rod is batting .157 when hitting cleanup (12 games), and .267 when batting sixth or lower (12 games). Nine of his 14 RBI have come when not batting cleanup.
SOUTHPAWS: The B-Mets are in the midst of a three game stretch against lefty starters. Binghamton has gone 2-3 against lefty starters this season. The B-Mets are hitting .254 against lefties, compared to .270 against righty pitching. They average a run every 12.9 at-bats against lefties, compared to a run every 6.9 at-bats against righties. Binghamton hit .310 in two starts against Snodgrass last season, going 1-1.
SCORING: Binghamton is averaging 3.6 runs per game over their last 7, never scoring more than five runs in a contest. The B-Mets have gone 4-3 in that stretch. Binghamton averaged 5.0 runs per game over their first 23, going 14-9.
OFF ON THE GOOD FOOT: Binghamton is 6-3 in series openers this season.
CLOSING TIME: Binghamton has registered a save in 13 of their 18 wins. The B-Mets have 17 total save opportunities in their first 30 games played.