Binghamton Mets (26-26) vs
Trenton Thunder (29-24)
(Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankess)
RHP Luis Cessa (4-3, 3.09) vs. LHP Caleb Smith (2-3, 5.03)
• Game #53 • Home Game #27
NYSEG Stadium • Binghamton, NY • 6:35 PM
LAST GAME: For the second straight game the Trenton Thunder beat the B-Mets 6-4 at NYSEG Stadium night. After overcoming three different deficits in the first game of the series, the B-Mets coughed up two leads of their own in game number two. Bobby Parnell took the loss, allowing three seven inning runs that proved to be the difference in the outcome. The offense reached double digit hits for the second straight game, getting multiple hits from four different players. Jared King and Aderlin Rodriguez each had two hits for the second straight game, while Josh Rodriguez notched two hits and two RBI. Gavin Cecchini registered multiple hits for the sixth straight game.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Luis Cessa is making his ninth start of the year and the first of his career against Trenton. The righty did not allow an earned run in his last start for the third time this year. He held Portland scoreless over six innings, working around three two-out base hits while striking out five. Cessa has pitched to a 1.69 ERA in his first four home starts. All fifteen earned runs have either come in the first two innings or the fifth. Lefties are batting .306 against the starter this season.
TRENTON STARTER: LHP Caleb Smith is making his ninth start of the year and the first of his career against Binghamton. The southpaw allowed a season-high 12 hits in the last start, surrendering five runs in six innings against Portland. His ERA is 3.35 runs lower on the road than at home this year. He has pitched to a 3.06 ERA in his last four starts, after opening with a 7.16 ERA through his first four. Fellow lefties are batting .340 against the portsider.
ROUGH STRETCH: Binghamton is 8-14 in their last 22 games. It’s their worse stretch since going 8-16 from May 19 - June 9, 2014. They then went 51-23 in their next 74 games. The B-Mets are 1-6 in their last seven home games.
LOSING SERIES: After dropping the first two games of their series with Trenton, the B-Mets have now gone winless in their last seven series. They’re 0-5-2, losing each of their last three. Binghamton hasn’t won a series since taking two of three in Akron, 5-8/5-10.
.500: Binghamton is .500 for the third time this season and for the first time since , when they were 8-8. The B-Mets haven’t been under .500 since beginning the season 0-1. Binghamton was never under .500 after starting 1-2 in 2014. It’d be the latest the B-Mets are under .500 in a season since the end of 2012.
SERIES FINALES: The B-Mets are 7-8 in series finales this year, but have won their last two.
LOCKED IN: Gavin Cecchini is batting .417 over his last 15 games, going 25-for-60 with two home runs and eight RBI. He has registered multiple hits in a career-high six straight games, going 15-for-24. Cecchini now has as many extra base hits as strikeouts (16). Cecchini is the third hardest active player to strikeout in the EL (once every 11.1 at-bats).
A-ROD: Aderlin Rodriguez is batting .338 over his last 20 games with 13 extra-base hits and 15 RBI. He has recorded multiple hits in each of his last three games for the first time since May 6-8, 2013.
RETURNING OFFENSE: Binghamton has scored four or more runs in their last four games for the first time since (21 games in between). The awoken offensive attack coincides with the additions of Michael Conforto (four RBI) and Yeixon Ruiz (five runs scored). Binghamton has scored four or more runs in five straight games since .