Binghamton Mets (26-24) vs
Trenton Thunder (27-24)
(Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankess)
RHP Rainy Lara (3-2, 3.57) vs. LHP Eric Wooten (0-1, 7.43)
• Game #51 • Road Game #25
NYSEG Stadium • Binghamton, NY • 6:35 PM
LAST GAME: The B-Mets rallied late, beating Altoona, 5-3 night at Peoples Natural Gas Field to salvage the final game of the series. Binghamton tied the game on a Michael Conforto seventh-inning triple, his first RBI with Binghamton. They took the lead in the eighth inning with the help of an Altoona error and balk, allowing the decisive two runs to score. The B-Mets first two runs came off the bat of Aderlin Rodriguez, who had his first multiple-home run game since August, 2013. Matt Koch got the win in relief, while Paul Sewaldnotched his ninth save of the year.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Rainy Lara is making his ninth start of the year and the second of his career against Trenton. The righty is coming off a loss against Akron, allowing four runs for the second straight outing. He allowed eight hits while striking out a season-high seven. In his lone start against Trenton, Lara was touched up for seven runs and 11 hits in 5.2 innings last July. The seven runs were a season-high, while the 11 hits matched a season-high for the starter. Lefties are batting .327 against Lara.
TRENTON STARTER: LHP Eric Wooten is making his fourth start of the season with Trenton and the first of his career against Binghamton. The southpaw’s last outing came with Scranton-Wilkes Barre (AAA) on May 24. Wooten allowed six runs and nine hits in 5.1 innings of relief. Between the two teams, Wooten is 1-4 with a 6.75 ERA in nine appearances, allowing an opposing batting average of .318. He was 3-3 with a 4.08 ERA in seven outings with Trenton in 2014.
VS. TRENTON: This is the first series between these two teams in 2015. They split the season series in 2014, each winning four games. They didn’t meet for the first time in 2014 until after the All-Star break. Binghamton hit .240 against Trenton, with six home runs and eight stolen bases in the eight games. The B-Mets had three blown saves.
WINNING TEAMS: The B-Mets are in the middle of a stretch of three straight series against winning teams. Binghamton faced a team with a winning record in just six of their first 47 games this year, going 5-1. It ends a stretch of 24 straight games against teams with records below .500.
SHINING STAR: Gavin Cecchini is batting .385 over his last 13 games, going 20-for-52 with two home runs and seven RBI. He has registered multiple hits in four straight games.
DEBUT: Michael Conforto reached base in his first two games with the B-Mets. He reached in his first four games with St. Lucie (High-A) and his first 12 with Brooklyn (SS-A), driving in a run in his first three games with each team.
TOUGH MONTH: Binghamton is coming off their first losing month since going 15-16 in August of 2012. The B-Mets finished May 14-16, after a 12-8 April. It was the first time Binghamton ended a month more than one game under .500 since July of 2012. The B-Mets had the third lowest batting average (.247) and third highest ERA (4.36) in the EL in May.
RISP STRUGGLES: The B-Mets are batting .132 (8-for-59) with men in scoring position over their last eight games, going 2-6 during that time. Binghamton is averaging 2.8 runs in the eight games.
VS. SOUTHPAWS: Binghamton is in a stretch of facing four consecutive lefty starters. The B-Mets are 6-5 against lefty starters this year, winning their last two. Binghamton is batting .244 against lefties, compared to .263 against righty pitching. Binghamton averages a run every 7.5 at-bats against righty pitchers, compared to a run every 14.3
at-bats against portsiders.