(14-14), 4th EL Eastern, 7.0 GB
(New York Mets)
READING FIGHTIN PHILS
(20-11), 2nd EL Eastern, 2.5 GB
• 11:35 AM
FirstEnergy Stadium • Reading, PA
RHP Casey Delgado (0-0, —) vs. RHP Ben Lively (4-0, 2.12)
WYOS 1360 AM
Posted by Mack Ade at 3:00 PM
LAST TIME OUT: KC Serna hit a two-run tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and the Reading Fightin Phils beat the Binghamton Mets 5-3 night at FirstEnergy Stadium. Tyler Pill set a new career high with 12 strikeouts but allowed five runs on ten hits over 7.1 innings. Pill went 1-for-3 with two RBI at the plate. Phillip Evans was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Casey Delgado will make his Double-A debut today. He opened the season with St. Lucie (High-A) and was 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA over four starts before joining the B-Mets. Delgado was signed by the Mets 5/28/15 after spending parts of three seasons in the independent Frontier League. Delgado finished 2015 with Savannah (Low-A) and went 8-4 with a 3.17 ERA over 17 appearances and 16 starts.
READING STARTER: RHP Ben Lively will hope to continue his hot start, he has four wins and two no-decisions in his six starts. Lively has lasted at least five innings in all of his starts and has not allowed more than three runs in a given outing. He is in his second season in the Eastern League, having spent all of 2015 with the Fightin Phils. He made one start against Binghamton last season and took a no-decision with four runs allowed in 5.1 innings on 9/1, an eventual 7-6 Binghamton win.
A LONG ROAD TRAVELED: Today’s starter Casey Delgado took a serendipitous route to his Double-A debut. After going undrafted out of Austin Peay University in 2013, he signed with the Frontier Greys of the independent Frontier League, a team that plays every game on the road. Delgado then spent parts of two seasons with the Traverse City Beach Bums before the Mets signed him 5/28/15. In his affiliated debut with Savannah (Low-A) he struck out seven in four shutout relief innings vs Charleston.
A.M. BASEBALL: Today’s start is the second morning start for the B-Mets in the last week. Binghamton fell at Portland , 2-1, in a game that started at The B-Mets will play five morning games in 2016.
GOOD HIGHS AND BAD HIGHS: Tyler Pill recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts in loss at Reading. It was the most strikeouts by a B-Met pitcher since Matt Bowman struck out 12 at New Britain 5/31/14. Pill also allowed ten hits and five runs, season highs for a Binghamton starter.
EVENED UP: loss dropped the B-Mets to 14-14, the first time Binghamton has been at .500 since a 4/27 win over Portland made them 9-9. The B-Mets have lost three in a row.
GETTING ACCLIMATED: Phillip Evans went 2-for-4 in Reading, his third multi-hit game in his last four starts. After starting his Double-A career 1-for-14, Evans is 6-for-13 over his last four games.