Posted by Mack Ade at 12:00 PM
Binghamton Mets (21-15) vs.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (17-19)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays)
RHP Seth Lugo (2-1, 2.45) vs. LHP Matt Boyd (2-1, 1.21)
• Game #37 • Home Game #17
NYSEG Stadium • Binghamton, NY • 1:05 PM
LAST GAME: Binghamton followed an 83 minute rain delay with four sixth inning runs en route to a 6-1 victory over New Hampshire afternoon at NYSEG Stadium. Binghamton stroked seven hits, scoring four times in the sixth. John Gant picked up his second win, both coming against the Fisher Cats. In the two outings, Gant has held New Hampshire to one run and eight hits over 13 total innings. Adam Kolarek earned his first save in over 11 months, tossing three scoreless innings to push his scoreless streak to 14 innings.Aderlin Rodriguez extended his season-high hitting streak to eight game, driving in seven runs during that span. It was Binghamton’s largest margin of victory in the month of May.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Seth Lugo makes his sixth start of the season and the first of his career against the Fisher Cats. The righty is coming off his first loss of the season, allowing four runs on seven hits, while striking out eight batters over seven innings, all season-highs. He also allowed his first home run of the year. The four earned runs allowed in his last outing were more than his first four starts combined. The starter has struck out 14 batters over his last 13 innings. Both of his wins have come at NYSEG Stadium.
NEW HAMPSHIRE STARTER: LHP Matt Boyd is making his eighth start of the year and third against Binghamton. Boyd has allowed a run in only five of his seven starts. He earned a no-decision last time out, allowing an unearned run to New Britain over five innings. He allowed four hits, while striking out seven, the most in five starts. Boyd is 1-0 against the B-Mets, allowing three earned runs in 11.2 innings. He has struck out nine, while holding Binghamton to a .209 batting average over the two games. Of the five earned runs allowed this year, three have come against the B-Mets. Opponents are hitting .153 against the southpaw, including .123 on the road.
ERRORS: Binghamton has won their last two games, despite committing three errors in each. It was the third and fourth time the B-Mets have had three errors in a game this season, and the first time they’ve done it back-to-back since April 27-28, 2014. Binghamton was previously 23-46 in games with three or more errors over the past eight seasons.
ITS GOOD TO BE KING: Jared King hit second, for the second time this season, in game and drove in his 20th run of the year. King leads all EL lead-off batters in total RBI this season. 18 have come when batting in the actual lead-off spot, which is also tops in the EL. Altoona’s Keon Broxton is second with 17. King has hit first in 29 of 31 starts.
A-ROD: Aderlin Rodriguez is currently on a season-high eight-game hitting streak, batting .345 (10-for-29) with seven RBI during the stretch. Rodriguez was two for his prior 17. It’s his longest streak since a 16-gamer last June.
J-ROD: Josh Rodriguez is on a season-high five-game hitting streak, going 7-for-19 (.368) during that span. J-Rod is batting .327 this season, ninth best in the EL.
DAYMEN: The B-Mets are 3-1 in day games against New Hampshire, compared to 2-4 at night. Overall Binghamton is 5-6 in matinee’s this year. Binghamton is batting .273 and average 3.9 runs during the day. The B-Mets are hitting .270, averaging 4.9 runs at night.
SOUTHPAWS: Binghamton is facing their ninth lefty starter of the season, having gone 4-4 against the first eight. They’ve won the last two. The B-Mets are 1-1 against Matt Boyd.