Binghamton Mets (16-11) vs.
Akron RubberDucks (12-15)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians)
RHP Luis Cessa (2-1, 2.14) vs. RHP Mike Clevinger (1-1, 1.95)
• Game #28 • Road Game #15
Canal Park • Akron, OH • 6:35 PM
LAST GAME: The B-Mets beat Portland, 5-4, night at NYSEG Stadium in their second walk-off win of the season. After coughing up two leads, pinch-hitter Jared King put Binghamton on top for good when he stroked a single to center field to score Eudy Pina with two outs in the ninth inning. King was hitless in his previous 14 at-bats. Josh Rodriguezdrove in Binghamton’s fist four runs of the game, including his sixth home run of the season. Paul Sewald (2-0) got the win in relief. Gabriel Ynoa allowed four runs and a career-high 12 hits in the start, lasting 6.2 innings. Binghamton won the homestand (4-3), including splitting the four game set with Portland.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Luis Cessa makes his fifth start of the season, and second against Akron. He tossed seven shutout innings at Canal Park in his season debut, surrendering just one hit while striking out a season-high eight batters. Cessa registered the win his last start, allowing one run and seven hits in five innings. The righty has allowed four earned runs in his last 6 innings pitched, after surrendering one in his first 15 innings. Lefties are hitting .324 against the starter.
AKRON STARTER: RHP Mike Cleviner makes his sixth start of the season, and second against Binghamton. The righty allowed a run and three hits in six innings against Binghamton, getting saddled with a loss. The 24-year old has allowed two runs or less in all five starts. All six runs allowed have come after the third inning of his starts. Opponents are hitting .217 against the starter at Canal Park.
VS. AKRON: The B-Mets opened up the season with four games at Canal Park. After losing the opener, Binghamton proceeded to take the final three games, two by shutout. Akron hit .208 and scored 16 runs in the four games, but just two total over the last three games. Binghamton hit .218 and stole five bases. Akron committed five errors in the series.
FIRST THING’S FIRST: Josh Rodriguez is batting .423 with 13 RBI in seven games played at first base this season. Four of his six home runs have come in those games. Rodriguez had never played first base in his 10-year career prior to this season. The infielder is batting .293 with two home runs and nine RBI in his other 18 games.
LEADERBOARD: Josh Rodriguez now has sole possession of the league lead for home runs (6). He is also tied for the league lead with 22 RBI. Rodriguez is ninth in batting average (.333) and fourth in slugging (.595) and on-base (.424)percentage. night was J-Rod’s third game this season with four or more RBI.
HOME RUNS: Akron has hit five home runs this season, the least in the EL. Akron hasn’t homered since April 22 (17 games ago), when they hit a long ball in three consecutive games.
HITLESS: Albert Cordero is 0-for-14 in his last four games, while Gilbert Gomez is 0-for-23 in his last seven.
GOING THE DISTANCE: Gabriel Ynoa became the seventh B-Mets starter night to get an out in the seventh inning of a start this season. Five B-Met starters have made it through the seventh this year.
TWO OUT HITTING: 52% of Binghamton’s runs have come with two outs in a frame (65 of 126). The B-Mets are batting .336 when hitting with two outs and a runner in scoring position this season.