Binghamton Mets (15-10) vs.
Portland Sea Dogs (10-15)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox)
RHP Rainy Lara (2-0, 2.91) vs. RHP William Cuevas (3-1, 3.44)
• Game #26 • Home Game #12
NYSEG Stadium • Binghamton, NY • 6:35 PM
LAST GAME: The B-Mets used great pitching and timely hitting to beat the Sea Dogs, 3-1, night at NYSEG Stadium. The win helped Binghamton avoid a third straight loss.Seth Lugo got the win, allowing a run in 6.2 innings pitched. Adam Kolarek and Paul Sewald then combined to retire all seven batters they faced. Kolarek, who hasn’t allowed a run in his last 5.1 innings pitched, picked up his second hold. Sewald notched his fifth save in six tries, extending his scoreless streak to eight innings and six outings. The B-Mets only had five hits, but three brought in a run with two outs in an inning. Josh Rodriguez stroked two hits and drove in a run.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Rainy Lara makes his fifth start of the season and second consecutive against Portland. Last time out, the righty allowed three runs and six hits in a no-decision. It was the second straight start that Lara did not factor in the decision, after wins in his first two outings. Opponents are hitting .218 against the 24-year old. It will be Lara’s second start at NYSEG Stadium, beating Harrisburg in the first go-round. Opponents are hitting .400 against the righty when leading off innings.
PORTLAND STARTER: RHP William Cuevas is making his fifth start of the season and first of his career against Binghamton. The 24-year old is coming off back-to-back wins, allowing one run in 11.1 total innings pitched. The righty has struck out four or more in three of four starts. Cuevas hasn’t allowed a run in the first two innings of any start this year. It will be the starter’s third road start this year and second in a row. Cuevas went 2-6 with a 4.70 ERA in 24 games with Salem (High-A) last season.
TAKE THE PEN: The Binghamton bullpen has surrendered a run in one of their last seven games. In addition, the pen has allowed an earned run to score in just three of their last 33 innings pitched. On the other side, the Sea Dogs bullpen has only allowed five runs in their last 30.2 innings pitched, spanning seven games.
TWO OUT HITTING: All three of Binghamton’s runs night came with two outs in an inning. The B-Mets lead the league in two out runs (51) by 13. 43% of Binghamton’s runs have come with two outs in a frame (51 of 118). The B-Mets are batting .336 when hitting with two outs and a runner in scoring position this season.
THIRD TIME’S A CHARM: Despite hitting .342, Josh Rodriguez’s current three game hitting streak is the longest of his season. Rodriguez is tied for the league lead with five home runs and also ranks fourth in slugging percentage (.579) and sixth in batting average.
HITTING STREAK: Gavin Cecchini has recorded a hit in all 11 games since April 15. The infielder is batting .333 during the stretch, his longest since a 16-game streak in 2013.
NOT SKIPPING A BEAT: TJ Rivera has registered a hit in all four games since returning from the disabled list. Rivera is 5-for-18 (.278) since his return. The infielder is on a five-game hitting streak, dating prior to his stint on the DL.
HOMERS: Portland has eight home runs this season, but three have come in their last five games.
ERRORS: There have been 13 combined errors between Portland and Binghamton in the first seven games of the season series. The B-Mets are tied for the third most errors (26) in the league, while Portland (27) ranks second, only behind New Britain.