Binghamton Mets (23-18) vs.
Akron RubberDucks (18-23)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians)
RHP John Gant (2-3, 4.18) vs. LHP Shawn Morimando (3-4, 2.95)
• Game #42 • Home Game #19
NYSEG Stadium • Binghamton, NY • 7:05 PM
LAST GAME: Jayce Boyd’s first home run in 59 games gave Binghamton their 12th one-run victory of the season, beating Akron, 3-2, night at NYSEG Stadium. Michael Fulmer did not allow an earned run in his no-decision, lasting 5.1 innings. Matt Koch and Paul Sewald combined out of the bullpen to retire all 10 batters faced, earning the win and save respectively. Boyd had two hits and scored two runs, as David Cooper drove in his fourth run in game number seven as a B-Met, and Gilbert Gomez drove in RBI number five on his seventh hit of the season.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP John Gant is making his seventh start of the season, and second against Akron. He earned a win in his last start, allowing one run and four hits over six innings. He struck out four, or more, for the fifth consecutive start. Both wins this season have come against New Hampshire. Gant took the loss against Akron, surrendering four runs and seven hits in five innings. He tied his season-high with four walks. Excluding his two wins against New Hampshire, Gant has pitched to a 6.53 ERA in his other four starts. Righties are batting .308 against Gant, who has worked to a 3.24 ERA at home, compared to 5.17 on the road.
AKRON STARTER: LHP Shawn Morimando is making his ninth start of the season and second against Binghamton. Morimando is coming off a win, shutting out Altoona over six innings, allowing just two hits. In his first outing against Binghamton, he tossed a five inning shutout, allowing just five baserunners while striking out five. Opponents are hitting .199 against the southpaw this season, including .184 on the road. Lefties are hitting .148 against Morimando.
LAST FIVE: Binghamton is batting .231 in their last five games, fourth worse in the league. The B-Mets have hit three home runs, but have scored a total of 13 runs in the five games. Binghamton is 2-3 in the five game stretch.
ERRORS: Binghamton has committed 19 errors in their last 11 games. The B-Mets lead the league with 51 errors and rank last in the EL with a .967 fielding percentage. No team has ended a season with a fielding percentage below .968 since the stats became available in 2005. Only four teams have ended a season below .970 during that span, including three by Binghamton (2005, 2007, 2011).
BOYD: Jayce Boyd is currently on a season-high eight game hitting streak. It’s his longest since June of 2013 (16 game streak). The home run was Boyd’s first in 59 games, with the last one coming against Akron as well, nine months prior to the day (August 22, 2014).
VS. AKRON: Binghamton is hitting .235 in eight games against Akron, the lowest for the B-Mets against any opponent this season. Binghamton is averaging 3.8 runs per game in the eight contests, going 6-2.
DUCK HUNTING: The B-Mets have won 13 of their last 15 meetings with the RubberDucks, going 6-2 this season. The B-Mets have won five straight against Akron at NYSEG Stadium, outscoring the RubberDucks 30-12 during that time. This is Akron’s lone trip to Binghamton this season.
VS. SOUTHPAWS: The B-Mets are 4-5 against lefty starters this year, batting .256 against LHP in total.
FEAST OR FAMINE: Binghamton has played in 18 one-run games this season, while 14 other games have been decided by four or more runs. Those two outcomes account for 82% (32 of 39) of Binghamton’s games this season, 14% higher than 2014.