(14-16), 4th EL Eastern, 8.0 GB
(New York Mets)
PORTLAND SEA DOGS
(10-23), 6th EL Eastern, 13.5 GB
(Boston Red Sox)
• 6:00 PM
Hadlock Field • Portland, ME
RHP Robert Gsellman (1-1, 1.77) vs. RHP Keith Couch (0-0, 1.50)
WNBF 1290 AM
LAST TIME OUT: Matt Oberste belted a grand slam, the B-Mets hung five runs in the top of the eighth and brought the tying run to third but fell 9-6 to the Reading Fightin Phils at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mickey Jannis allowed seven runs on six hits and four walks over five innings. Maikis De La Cruz went 2-for-4 and scored two runs. Colton Plaia went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Robert Gsellman takes the mound for the B-Mets, coming off of a no-decision in his last start against Akron. Gsellman allowed only one run over six innings in an eventual 2-1, 11-inning loss to the RubberDucks. This is his second start this season against Portland, having previously taken a no-decision in a 4/25 start against the Sea Dogs at NYSEG Stadium. Gsellman tossed six innings with three earned runs against, the most he has allowed this season. Binghamton went on to win 6-4.
PORTLAND STARTER: RHP Keith Couch makes his second Double-A start of 2016. He appeared in two games, starting one, with Pawtucket (BOS: AAA) and went 0-1 with a 3.48 ERA before joining the Sea Dogs. Couch held Reading to one run on three hits over six innings but took a no-decision as the Fightin Phils went on to win 2-1. The Mineola, NY native spent parts of 2013 and 2014 with the Sea Dogs.
WASN’T IT GRAND?: Matt Oberste launched a grand slam in the eighth inning of 9-6 loss at Reading, the third of his career. Oberste’s blast was Binghamton’s first of the season and the first since Josh Rodriguez hit one 8/4/15 in the fifth inning of a 8-2 win over Bowie.
GSELLMAN...DEALING: starter Robert Gsellman leads the B-Mets rotation with a 1.77 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. His ERA is the fourth-lowest in the league while his WHIP is tenth.
SWEPT AWAY: The B-Mets were swept for the second time this season. They previously were swept by Akron in a three-game set 4/18-4-20, part of a season-long six-game losing streak.
JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED: The B-Mets have had the Sea Dogs number in 2016, taking five of the six meetings to this point. Binghamton is hitting .284 as a team against Portland and averaging 5.8 runs per game. B-Mets pitchers have held Portland to a .197 team batting average and own a 2.16 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 50 innings.
CRAZY EIGHTS: The eighth inning of loss at Reading equaled Binghamton’s most productive inning of the season. The B-Mets totaled five runs on six hits, matching what they did in the eighth inning in Erie on 4/14. Binghamton went on to win that game 12-2
TAKE A BREATHER: Dominic Smith did not play for the first time this season in Reading.