Binghamton Mets (25-24) at
Altoona Curve (28-19)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates)
RHP Seth Lugo (2-2, 2.56) vs. LHP Zack Dodson (2-2, 2.63)
• Game #50 • Road Game #26
Peoples Natural Gas Field • Altoona, PA • 6:00 PM
LAST GAME: The B-Mets suffered their sixth loss in their last seven games, falling 13-4 against Altoona night at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Robert Gsellman made his B-Met debut and allowed eight hits and six runs in four innings pitched for the loss. Bobby Parnell surrendered five runs, while registering just one out in the seventh inning. Gavin Cecchini led the offensive attack, going 3-for-4 with two RBI.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Seth Lugo is making his eighth start of the year and the first of his career against Altoona. The righty is coming off a loss, allowing four runs and seven hits in six innings pitched for the second time in three starts. Lugo surrendered three total earned runs through his first four starts, but has allowed eight over this last three outings. Eight of the 11 earned runs he has allowed have come in the fifth inning or later.
ALTOONA STARTER: LHP Zack Dodson is making his ninth start of the year and the fifth of his career against Binghamton. The lefty allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings against New Britain in his last start. He has surrendered 18 hits and eight runs in 12 total innings over his last two starts. He has pitched to a 1.35 ERA in three home starts, holding opponents to a .191 average. This is Dodson’s third season with Altoona. He made his Double-A debut against the B-Mets, allowing 12 baserunners and six runs in four innings for the loss. He is 0-3 with a 8.32 in his career against Binghamton.
SWEPT AWAY: Binghamton is trying to avoid getting swept for the first time this season. They were last swept by Richmond in the final series of their 2014 regular season. It would be Altoona’s first sweep of the B-Mets since August 20-22, 2010, when the Curve outscored the B-Mets 25-14 over the three games at NYSEG Stadium.
TOUGH MONTH: Binghamton has secured their first losing month since going 15-16 in August of 2012. The B-Mets are currently 13-15 in the month of May.
BOTTOM HALF: Binghamton is in fourth place for the first time since , when they were 9-8 and two games out of first place. Binghamton has spent a total of four days this season below third place. The B-Mets were in fourth place or worse in the division for five days in the 2014 season, and never after April.
RISP STRUGGLES: The B-Mets are batting .132 (7-for-53) with men in scoring position over their last seven games, going 1-6 during that time. Binghamton is averaging 2.4 runs in the seven games.
SHINING STAR: Gavin Cecchini is batting .375 over his last 12 games, going 18-for-48 with two home runs and seven RBI. He has registered multiple hits in three straight games for the first time since May 1-3, 2014, going 8-for-12 over his last three games.
PINA, PINA, PINA: Eudy Pina owns the B-Mets last three triples, hitting them all in his past seven games. It’s the most triples he has hit in a month since having three in June, 2010 with the DSL Mets. Those triples came in a span of 23 games.
BACK TO .500: Binghamton is in danger of falling back to.500 for the third time this season, and the first since being 8-8 on after losing three straight games.
ROAD STRUGGLES: The B-Mets are now under .500 on the road this year (12-13), including 2-7 in their last nine. Binghamton has been held to fewer than three runs in four of their last six road games.