Posted by Mack Ade at 3:47 PM
Binghamton Mets (39-37) at
Erie SeaWolves (29-47)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers)
RHP Seth Lugo (2-4, 4.21) vs. RHP Tommy Collier (2-0, 1.99)
• Game #77 • Road Game #40
Jerry Uht Park • Erie, PA • 7:05 PM
LAST GAME: The B-Mets bats awoke in their 10-5 win over Erie night at Jerry Uht Park. Eight of the nine Binghamton starters had a hit, including multiple from five. Eudy Pina led the attack, going 4-for-5 with three RBI.
Michael Conforto hit his third home run of the season as Binghamton matched a season-high with 17 hits. Robert Gsellman enjoyed his second win with Binghamton, allowing three runs in six innings.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Seth Lugo is making his 13th start and the third against Erie. His first two outings of the year came against the SeaWolves, with the B-Mets winning one of them. Overall, Lugo allowed two runs in 11.1 innings while striking out 13. More recently, Lugo has pitched to a 6.42 ERA in his last six starts. Opponents are hitting .295 with four home runs against Lugo during that time. The righty is looking for his first win since . The B-Mets are 2-6 in his eight starts since, with Lugo going 0-4.
ERIE STARTER: RHP Tommy Collier is making his seventh start with Erie this season and the third against Binghamton is in his career. The righty is coming off a win, allowing two runs in seven innings against Altoona. Collier has allowed two runs or less in all six starts. It’s his third season with Erie, as Collier made two starts against Binghamton last season. He allowed nine runs in 3.1 innings for the loss in his first outing against the B-Mets, at Jerry Uht Park. He followed that up with seven shutout innings of one-hit ball at NYSEG Stadium later in the year for the win.
DOUBLE-DIGITS: was the third time this season the B-Mets scored double-digit runs. It was also the 31st time in Pedro Lopez’s four year tenure. Under Lopez, the B-Mets are 11-19 in the games that follow, averaging four runs scored. Lopez lost his first 12 games following a 10-run output as B-Met manager, and 15 of the first 16. However, Binghamton has won 10 of the last 14 games when scoring 10 runs or more in the game prior.
J-ROD: Josh Rodriguez was one of four B-Mets selected to the EL All-Star game. He currently leads the league with 13 home runs and ranks second with 50 RBI. Rodriguez is also third in the league in slugging percentage. J-Rod is a career .215 hitter in 26 games at Jerry Uht Park. His home run against the SeaWolves at NYSEG Stadium earlier this season was the first of his career in 53 games against Erie.
0-FOR: Brandon Nimmo is hitless in his last five games (0-for-17) since a career-high 14 game hitting streak, in which he hit .383. Nimmo was the lone B-Met without a hit in win.
JUNE SWOON: Binghamton went 13-13 in the month of June, following a 14- It’s the first time Binghamton has had back-to-back months without winning records since May and June of the 2012 season. It’s just the second time since May and June of the 2011 season. This season was Binghamton’s first non-winning June since 2012.
VS. ERIE: Binghamton has now beaten Erie in three straight games for the fifth time in the past three seasons, and for the sixth consecutive year. They haven’t won four in a row since July, 2012.
STRUGGLING: Gavin Cecchini is batting .139 in his last 19 games, going hitless in 11 of them. He has two hits in his last 22 at-bats.
MR. DEPENDABLE: Paul Sewald is 13-for-13 in save opportunities since . Sewald has the fourth most saves in the EL, converting 14 of 15 in total this season. Sewald was one of four B-Mets named to the EL All-Star game.