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Binghamton Mets (24-19) vs.
Akron RubberDucks (19-24)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians)
RHP Rainy Lara (3-1, 3.41) vs. RHP Cody Anderson (2-2, 1.93)
• Game #44 • Home Game #21
NYSEG Stadium • Binghamton, NY • 1:05 PM
LAST GAME: The B-Mets were held to four hits, a season-low, for the third time this season in their 4-2 loss against Akron night at NYSEG Stadium. The B-Mets hit for a cycle as a team, but those were the only hits they managed. Josh Rodriguez hit his eighth home run of the year. The last 11 B-Mets were set down in order. Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless seventh inning, allowing a double and striking out the last batter he faced.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Rainy Lara makes his eighth start of the season and second against Akron. He’s coming off his shortest outing of the season, allowing four runs in two innings against the Senators. Lara shutout the RubberDucks in 6.2 innings pitched in his first start of the season. Akron managed just two hits while Lara struck out a season-high five. Lefties are hitting .340 against Lara, who is allowing a .406 batting average to leadoff hitters. The B-Mets have on five of seven Lara starts, including his last two.
AKRON STARTER: RHP Cody Anderson is making his ninth start of the year and third against Binghamton. He allowed two runs and two hits in six innings against New Britain in his last start. He has allowed one total run and six hits in his 11.1 combined innings against the B-Mets, going 0-1. He has allowed four of his nine earned runs in the first inning of his starts. He is looking for his first win in five starts.
CHICKS DIG THE LONG BALL: Binghamton has hit six home runs in their last seven games for the third time this season. It’s their second highest total in a seven game stretch this season. Meanwhile, the B-Mets pitching staff has allowed seven home runs in the last nine games.
ROAD WARRIORS: Akron has scored in the top of the first inning in each of the last two games. The road team has scored first in 29 of Binghamton’s 43 games this season. The road team has scored first in 15 of the B-Mets 20 home games this year. Binghamton has allowed a run in the top of the first inning in eight of those games, including five of the last seven, totaling 11 runs.
NOCTURNAL: Binghamton is 5-8 in day games this season. The B-Mets average 3.4 runs during day games, compared to 4.7 runs in their night games. Binghamton has scored one total run in their last two day games, losing both.
GO, GO, GOMEZ: Seven of Gilbert Gomez’s 11 hits have come against Akron. Gomez is 7-for-19 (.368) against Akron with three RBI and seven runs scored in six games. He’s 3-for-48 (.063) with three RBI and five runs against the rest of the EL (19 games). All four extra-base hits have come against the RubberDucks.
SEVEN DOWN: Binghamton is batting .225 in their last seven games, averaging 2.9 runs during that time. The B-Mets matched a season-low night with four hits. Binghamton is 3-4 in the seven games.
BUOYED BY BOYD: Jayce Boyd is currently on a season-high 10-game hitting streak. He is batting .400 (16-for-40) during that time, with multiple hits in six of the 10 games. It’s his longest hitting streak since June of 2013 (16-game streak).
TAKE THE PEN!: The Binghamton bullpen has pitched 12 scoreless innings in the series against Akron. Seven different relievers have combined to allow four hits during that stretch, while striking out 18. Both wins in the series have come from a reliever.
AKRON’S KYRPTONITE: Akron has committed the fewest errors in the league, but 11 of their 34 errors have come against Binghamton (10 games).