The Reading Fightin Phils hammered the Binghamton Mets pitching staff for 17 hits to hand Binghamton a 9-0 loss afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium. The B-Mets dropped their fourth straight game and suffered their first shutout loss with their matinee defeat. Dominic Smith doubled twice in the losing effort.
The Fightins broke the game open with a four-spot in the fourth. Following an RBI single by Logan Moore, KC Serna hit a potential inning-ending double play ball to short. Phillip Evans’ accurate throw to first went untouched as Smith failed to cover the base. The mental lapse opened the door for Harold Martinez to scamper home and for Reading to put two more runs on the board.
The four-run inning put a sour note on Casey Delgado’s Double-A debut. The right-hander allowed five runs on eleven hits over four innings in the loss.
Offensively the B-Mets were their own worst enemy. Binghamton racked up eight hits and walked three times, but bounced into three inning-ending double plays and had two runners nabbed on the bases.
Reading third baseman Harold Martinez capped a four-hit game and helped the Fightin Phils tack on with a two-run double in the seventh off Kelly Secrest. Dylan Cozens added a solo homer off Mike Hepple in the eighth.
Reading starter Ben Lively (5-0) scattered four hits over six blank inning to pick up the victory. Michael Mariot and Mark Leiter Jr. tossed the final three innings to close Reading’s pitching tab.
Logan Taylor provided a bright spot for Binghamton with five strikeouts over two scoreless innings of relief. The righty has fanned ten in his last two appearances.