Victor Cruzado cranked a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to push the Binghamton Mets past the Portland Sea Dogs, 6-4, on Monday night at NYSEG Stadium. Binghamton overcame a two-run deficit and used Cruzado’s second homer in as many games to earn their second straight win.
With the game tied at three in the seventh, Matt Oberste led off with a line drive single to right-center. Cruzado then clobbered a Chandler Shepherd offering deep to right, giving Binghamton a 5-3 lead.
Binghamton first got on the board in the second thanks to some control issues from Kevin McAvoy. He walked four in the inning and hit one more. A bases loaded walk to Kyle Johnson pushed in a run to make it 1-0.
McAvoy exited the game with two outs in the second having walked six batters. He allowed only the one run and struck out one with no hits against.
The entirety of Portland’s offense came in the fifth inning, starting with back-to-back singles from Jake Romanski and Tim Roberson. Both men scored on a Tzu-Wei Lin double. Anuery Tavarez later sprinted home when Robert Gsellman issued a wild pitch and the Sea Dogs led 3-1.
Binghamton then managed a run in both the fifth and the sixth innings. Dom Smith knocked in Johnson on a fielder’s choice in the fifth then Jared King scored thanks to a Lin throwing error in the sixth, tying the game at three.
After Cruzado’s homer in the seventh gave the B-Mets the lead, they added one more in the eighth. Smith pulled a single to right, again scoring Johnson to put Binghamton on top 6-3.
Beck Wheeler came on to work the ninth and after a pair of groundouts he surrendered a two-out home run to Jordan Betts, cutting the lead to 6-4. He rebounded to strike out Lin and record his first save of the season.
Gsellman took a no decision after allowing three runs on four hits over six innings. Logan Taylor (2-0) struck out three over two shutout frames to pick up the win and Chandler Shepherd (1-1) was tagged with the loss for Portland, giving up three runs over two four-hit innings.
Binghamton and Portland continue the three game series with a Binghamton Mets channel on TuneIn. scheduled first pitch on Tuesday. LHP Andrew Barbosa will make his second B-Mets start, opposed by Portland’s RHP Teddy Stankiewicz. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting at on Newsradio 1290 WNBF and the
POSTGAME NOTES: Victor Cruzado has now homered in back-to-back games…the B-Mets went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11…Dom Smith’s two RBI give him 12 for the season, most on the team and T-7th in the league