BINGHAMTON RUMBLE PONIES
(20-21, 55-50), 2nd Eastern Division
(New York Mets)
(29-10, 60-45), T-1st Western Division
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 • 5:35 PM
NYSEG Stadium • Binghamton, NY
GM 1: LHP Kevin Smith (1-0, 2.38 ERA) vs. RHP Casey Mize (6-0, 1.99 ERA)
GM 2: RHP Joseph Shaw (1-3, 2.19 ERA) vs. LHP Tarik Skubal (0-1, 2.79 ERA)
Broadcast: NewsRadio 1290 AM WNBF, MiLB.TV
TONIGHT: The Binghamton Rumble Ponies continue their four-game series with the Erie Seawolves with a doubleheader at NYSEG Stadium.
LAST TIME OUT: The Rumble Ponies fell to the SeaWolves 5-1 in the series opener Tuesday. Cam Gibson hit a grand slam with no out in the top of the sixth off Ponies’ starter Tony Dibrell to break a 1-1 tie. Dibrell suffered the loss as he was tagged with five runs (four earned) on six hits in five-plus innings of work. Patrick Mazeika drove in the lone Ponies’ run with an RBI single in the first.
MAZEIKA RAISES RBI TOTAL: With his RBI single in the first inning Tuesday, Patrick Mazeika drove in his team-leading 57th run of the season. That total is good for third in the Eastern League and places him one behind Chris Gittens from Trenton, who sits in second. Mazeika was the only Rumble Pony with multiple hits on Tuesday as he went 2-4.
HAGGERTY EXTENDS HIT STREAK: Sam Haggerty extended his hit streak to a season-best eight games with his single in the eighth inning Tuesday. He is 12-36 (.364) during this stretch.
DOUBLEHEADER SUCCESS: The Rumble Ponies are playing in their 11th doubleheader of the season. They have swept four of the twin bills and split five of them. The one time the Ponies were swept in a doubleheader came at the hands of the SeaWolves on June 26 at NYSEG Stadium.
SHAW TO START GAME TWO: RHP Joseph Shaw will start the second game of the doubleheader for the Rumble Ponies. He is making his second start of the season and carries a 1-3 record with a 2.19 ERA into tonight. In his first start, Shaw tossed three scoreless innings over which he gave up just one hit and struck out four at Portland on July 11.
TURNING THE TIDE: After the Ponies won the first six games of the season series, the SeaWolves have now won the last seven games following Tuesday’s win. Three of their wins earlier this month came in walk-off fashion.
GIMENEZ VS. ERIE: Andres Gimenez went 1-3 with a double and a stolen base Tuesday night. He is now hitting .425 (17-40) with four RBI, four doubles and two home runs in 12 games against the SeaWolves. Seven of his team-high 21 stolen bases have come against Erie.
ERIE TURNS TO TOP PROSPECT: Righty Casey Mize will start in game one. Mize is the top-ranked prospect in the Tigers’ organization by MLB.com. On the season, he is 6-0 with a 1.99 ERA in 11 games. Last time out, Mize allowed one run on four hits in six innings against Trenton on July 26.
COMING UP: The Rumble Ponies wrap their four-game series with Erie Thursday at 6:35PM. The Ponies then hit the road for three games at Akron.