Dom Smith put the B-Mets on top with an RBI single in the eighth and the Binghamton Mets took down the Portland Sea Dogs, 3-2, night at NYSEG Stadium. Reliever Akeel Morris received his 2015 New York Mets National League Championship ring before the game and retired all five batters he faced to earn his first career Double-A win.
With the game tied and a runner on second, Smith went to the opposite field with a line drive to left, allowing Kyle Johnson to sprint home from second for a 3-2 B-Mets advantage.
The first Binghamton run crossed in the third thanks to aggressive base running from L.J. Mazzilli. He led off with a walk and took second on a wild pitch. Xorge Carrillo then bounced a grounder to third and Mazzilli took off after the throw to first. Tim Roberson fired back across the diamond that sailed high, allowing Mazzilli to trot in and score for a 1-0 B-Mets lead.
Portland put up a pair in the sixth on one swing. Jordan Betts walked, Jose Vinicio singled and both scored on a Bryce Brentz double to right. The two-out, two-RBI double put Portland on top 2-1.
Binghamton tied it in the sixth with more aggressive base running. This time Johnson reached on a hit by pitch and promptly stole second. Maikis De La Cruz then hit a weak grounder up the first base line that Portland catcher Jake Romanski fielded and threw to first. With nobody covering home plate, Johnson rounded third and took off for home, scoring with no throw to tie the game at two.
Smith’s game-breaking hit forced Andrew Barbosa’s sparkling outing to the back-burner. The lefty went 7-1/3 innings, the longest outing by any starter this season. Barbosa struck out a season-best ten, including three in the seventh.
Morris (1-1) struck out three, including two in the ninth, to earn his first victory since July 2014. Nik Turley (0-1) took the loss for Portland with one run allowed over 1-1/3 innings. Sea Dogs starter Teddy Stankiewicz allowed only two hits and two runs, one earned, in his six innings.
Smith was 2-for-4 with an RBI and he extended his hitting streak to six games. Johnson reached base three times thanks to a hit by pitch and two walks. He stole one base and scored two runs.
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POSTGAME NOTES: Dom Smith’s six-game hitting streak is the longest of the season for the B-Mets, he has at least one RBI in each of the six games…Binghamton pitchers struck out 13, a season high…Pedro Lopez, Luis Natera, Glenn Abbott and Dane Inderrieden also received championship rings in a pregame ceremony attended by New York Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and General Manager Sandy Alderson