Binghamton Mets (24-18) vs.
Akron RubberDucks (18-24)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians)
RHP Seth Lugo (2-1, 1.93) vs. RHP Mike Clevinger (1-2, 2.82)
• Game #43 • Home Game #20
NYSEG Stadium • Binghamton, NY • 6:35 PM
LAST GAME: The B-Mets walked-off for the fourth time this season, beating Akron, 5-4, night at NYSEG Stadium on a Louis Head wild pitch. The pitch was the first of the at-bat with Jayce Boyd, allowing Gilbert Gomez to score with two outs in the inning. Gomez went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and his first home run of the season. Gavin Cecchinialso homered, going 3-for-5. John Gant allowed four runs in 3.2 innings, earning a no-decision. Three relievers combined to allow two hits over 5.1 shutout frames, striking out 10. Beck Wheeler picked up his second win.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Seth Lugo is making his seventh start of the season, and the first of his career against Akron. The righty is coming off a no-decision, having not allowed a run for the second time this season. He tossed seven shutout innings against New Hampshire, allowing five baserunners while striking out six. Lugo has never walked more than one batter in any start. He has struck out 20 in his last 19 innings. Righties are batting .209 against the starter.
AKRON STARTER: RHP Mike Clevinger is making his ninth start of the season and third against Binghamton. The righty is coming off a no-decision, allowing two runs in five innings against New Britain last time out. In his two starts against the B-Mets, he’s been touched up for five runs and 11 hits in 12 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting .381 against Clevinger after the fifth inning this year.
GO, GO, GOMEZ: Six of Gilbert Gomez’s nine hits have come against Akron. Gomez is 6-for-17 (.353) against Akron with three RBI in five games. He’s 3-for-58 (.052) with three RBI against the rest of the EL. His first home run of the season came against Akron night.
IT ONLY TAKES ONE:13 of Binghamton’s 24 wins this season have been by one run. The B-Mets had 19 one run wins all of 2014. 19 of Binghamton’s 42 games have been decided by one run, going 13-6 in those contests.
SIXPENCE NONE THE RICHER: Binghamton is batting .238 in their last six games, scoring 18 total runs. The B-Mets have homered five times in the six games, their second most in a six game span this season. Binghamton has gone 3-3.
BUOYED BY BOYD: Jayce Boyd is currently on a season-high nine game hitting streak. He is batting .417 (15-for-36) during that time, with multiple hits in six of the nine games. It’s his longest hitting streak since June of 2013 (16 game streak).
TAKE THE PEN!: The Binghamton bullpen has pitched nine scoreless innings in the series against Akron. Five different relievers have combined to allow two hits during that stretch, while striking out 14. Both wins in the series have come from a B-Met reliever.
AKRON’S KYRPTONITE: 10 of Akron’s 33 errors have come in their nine games against Binghamton.
VS. AKRON: Binghamton is hitting .239 in nine games against Akron, the lowest for the B-Mets against any opponent this season. Binghamton is averaging 3.9 runs per game in the nine contests, going 7-2.
DUCK HUNTING: The B-Mets have won 14 of their last 16 meetings with the RubberDucks, going 7-2 this season. The B-Mets have won six straight against Akron at NYSEG Stadium, outscoring the RubberDucks 35-16 during that time.