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Games #32 & #33 - B-Mets (14-17) at Sea Dogs (11-23) - 5:00 PM

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BINGHAMTON METS
(14-17), 5th EL Eastern, 8.0 GB
(New York Mets)
PORTLAND SEA DOGS
(11-23), 6th EL Eastern, 12.5 GB
(Boston Red Sox)

Friday, May 13, 2016  5:00 PM  Hadlock Field  Portland, ME
G1: LHP Andrew Barbosa (1-0, 3.47) vs. RHP Justin Haley (2-2, 2.37)
G2: RHP Rainy Lara (2-3, 3.38) vs. RHP Mitch Atkins (0-0, 3.15)
WNBF 1290 AM

LAST TIME OUT: Matt Oberste socked a two-run homer run in the ninth inning to avoid a shutout but the Binghamton Mets fell to the Portland Sea Dogs 6-2 Thursday night at Hadlock Field. Oberste was 3-for-4 with a run and two RBI, the only B-Met with multiple hits in the game. Robert Gsellmansurrendered three runs on six hits with five strikeouts over five innings.

BINGHAMTON STARTERS: LHP Andrew Barbosa will start the first game of the doubleheader for the B-Mets, his third start against Portland this season. Barbosa is 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA against the Sea Dogs in 2016. He struck out a season-high ten batters over 7.1 innings on 4/26 at NYSEG Stadium and picked up his first win as a B-Met on 5/3 at Hadlock Field. RHP Rainy Lara will start the second game. He has missed the last six games on the disabled list and last pitched on 5/5 at Hadlock Field. Lara allowed two runs over six innings and took the loss in a 2-1 Portland win.

PORTLAND STARTERS: RHP Justin Haley gets the ball for the Sea Dogs in game one, his first start against the B-Mets this season. Haley has spent parts of the last three seasons with the Sea Dogs, first joining Portland in 2014. He is 1-2 lifetime with a 5.54 ERA in three starts against the B-Mets, all of which occurred in 2015. RHP Mitch Atkins will start the second game. The usual reliever has made one start, his last appearance in game two of a doubleheader Saturday in Reading.

LET’S PLAY TWO: Today’s doubleheader is the result of a postponement on 5/2, the first scheduled game of the B-Mets previous visit to Hadlock Field. This will be Binghamton’s first doubleheader of the season. In 2015 they played four twin bills and were swept once and split three times.

IN FIFTH: Binghamton fell to fifth in the East after spending the past 20 days in fourth. The B-Mets are a season-high eight games out of first place.

OBERSTE STREAKING: Matt Oberste has now hit safely in seven straight games. He is batting .400 (12-30) with two homers, eight RBI and five runs during the streak.

SWING A BIG STICK: With his two-run shot last night, Matt Oberste became the second B-Met to homer in consecutive games this season. Oberste hit a grand slam on Wednesday in Reading. Victor Cruzado hit homers in back-to-back games on April 24 and 25. Oberste is tied for the team lead with three home runs and is second with 18 RBI.

HITTING THE SKIDS: The B-Mets have lost six in a row for the second time this season. They dropped a half-dozen straight from 4/18 to  4/23 against Akron and Erie. Binghamton’s last seven-game losing streak occurred in Pedro Lopez’s first season in 2012 (6/26-7/2).

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