Posted by Mack Ade at 11:50 AM
Binghamton Mets (31-30) vs
New Britain Rock Cats (35-26)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Colorado Rockies)
RHP Seth Lugo (2-3, 3.62) vs. RHP Brett Marshall (0-1, 5.73)
• Games #62 • Home Game #33
NYSEG Stadium • Binghamton, NY • 1:05 PM
LAST GAME: The B-Mets notched two wins against New Britain at NYSEG Stadium. The two teams first completed game, which was suspended in the middle of the fourth inning, as the B-Mets went on to win 7-2. Binghamton then won the second game, a seven-inning affair, by a score of 2-1. Michael Conforto hit his second home run with the B-Mets and Aderlin Rodriguez doubled. Those were the only two hits for the B-Mets, who matched a season-low in the victory. Robert Gsellman picked up his first career Double-A win, allowing a run in six innings. Paul Sewald stranded the go-ahead run in scoring position in the seventh for his 10th save of the year.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Seth Lugo is making his tenth start of the year and the first of his career against New Britain. He allowed season-highs eight hits and nine runs in his last start, taking the loss against Reading. He allowed three earned runs over his first four starts combined. He has since allowed three earned runs or more in four of his last five starts.
NEW BRITAIN STARTER: RHP Brett Marshall is making his third start of the year, his first season in the Colorado organization. Marshall made three appearances with the New York Yankees in 2013 and spent 2012 with Trenton. He allowed four runs in five innings against Harrisburg his last time out, earning a no-decision. He made three starts against Binghamton in 2012, going 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA (8 ER in 18 IP).
OFFENSIVE AWAKENING: Binghamton has scored four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games, including five of their last six.
START ME UP: The B-Mets have scored first in each of their last four wins. Binghamton is 20-8 this year when scoring before their opponent.
CLOSING TIME: was the B-Mets first save since May 31st (11 games). Binghamton had blown their previous two save opportunities in the month of June.
BACK-TO-BACK: Binghamton has now won back-to-back series for the first time since . The B-Mets had previously gone eight series without a victory (0-6-2).
THREE IS A MAGIC NUMBER: Binghamton has won three games in a row for the first time since . The B-Mets haven’t won four in a row since 4/28-5/2
SWEEP: A win Sunday would give the B-Mets their first sweep since taking all three in Portland, .
RBI MACHINES: Brock Peterson has driven in 11 runs in his first seven games with the B-Mets and 17 runs in his last 11 games. Meanwhile, Josh Rodriguez has driven in 10 runs in his last 17 at-bats. Saturday snapped a stretch of four straight multiple-RBI games for Rodriguez.
FIRST IMPRESSION: Michael Conforto has reached base in all 13 games played with the B-Mets, recording a base hit in 11 of them. He has drawn 12 walks through his first 13 games, including atleast one in nine. Conforto reached base in his first 12 games with Brooklyn (SS-A) in 2014.
NOW WE’RE KOCH-ING: Since moving to the bullpen, Matt Koch has allowed two runs in 24.2 innings (15 appearances).
WHEELIN & DEALIN: Beck Wheeler has not allowed a run since , making nine scoreless appearances (nine innings) since then. He previously allowed 16 earned runs in his first 16 innings pitched.