Posted by Mack Ade at 2:49 PM
Binghamton Mets (22-17) at
Harrisburg Senators (16-22)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Washington Nationals)
RHP Luis Cessa (3-2, 2.97) vs. RHP Dakota Bacus (--)
• Game #40 • Road Game #23
Metro Bank Park • Harrisburg, PA • 6:30 PM
LAST GAME: Binghamton was handed their biggest loss this season, 10-1 in Harrisburg morning. The bats never awoke, as the B-Mets loss by nine for the second time this season. Binghamton was held to seven hits, hit into four double plays, and went 0-for-5 with men in scoring position. Both Jayce Boyd and Albert Cordero had multiple hits. Gabriel Ynoa suffered the loss, allowing five runs in five innings. The bullpen combined to surrender five runs in their three innings of work.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Luis Cessa makes his seventh start of the year and second against Harrisburg. The righty is coming off a loss last time out, allowing four runs in 6.1 innings against New Hampshire. The four runs tied a season-high, as Cessa also allowed his first home run of the year. He walked a season-high four batters. Cessa allowed an earned run in four innings pitched in his lone outing against Harrisburg. It was his shortest appearance of the season. Seven of the 13 runs he has allowed have come in the first two innings of his starts. Lefties are batting .333 against Cessa, compared to .211 for righties.
HARRISBURG STARTER: RHP Dakota Bacus makes his Double-A debut. He’s spent the past two seasons with Potomac (High-A), going 2-0 in eight appearances (five starts) this season. The righty pitched to a 2.33 ERA. He is coming off back-to-back wins, both against Frederick. Bacus allowed one total run and six hits in 11 combined innings. The starter struck out seven in both appearances. He registered a save in all three appearances out of the bullpen. Opponents hit .219 against Bacus.
FEAST OR FAMINE: Binghamton has played in 17 one-run games this season, while 13 other games have been decided by four or more runs. Those two outcomes account for 81% (30 of 37) of Binghamton’s games this season. Last season 68% of Binghamton’s games were decided by one run (19-16) or four or more (41-21).
DOUBLE-TROUBLE: Binghamton has grounded into seven double plays over the past two games, the most in a two game span since atleast 2007. The B-Mets have hit into a double pay in 24 of 39 games this season, including multiple in nine games, going 3-6. Binghamton is 12-12 when they hit into atleast one double play, and 10-5 when they don't. The B-Mets lead the league with 37 double plays, three more than any other team.
STRUGGLING VS. SENATORS: Dustin Lawley has played in all six games against Harrisburg, but is just 3-for-25 (.120) against Senator pitching. He has also committed three errors. Lawley is batting .272 against the rest of the league.
SCORING FIRST: The B-Mets have scored first in each of their last four road games, going 2-2. Overall, Binghamton has scored first in 14 of 22 road games, going 10-4 in those games. The road team has scored first in 27 of 39 Binghamton games this season. Overall, the B-Mets are 13-5 when getting on the board before their opponent.
HARRISBURG SLOW STARTS: The Senators have allowed 35 first inning runs in their 38 games this season. That total is 13 more than any other inning. Harrisburg has allowed a first inning run in eight of their last 12 games, surrendering 21 total runs during those frames.
PACE OF PLAY: The B-Mets games this season have been played in an average of , one minute longer than their 2014 average ( ). 11 of their 39 games have taken atleast three hours. Their 11th three hour game last season wasn’t until (game 65).