The Akron Aeros ended the Binghamton Mets season opening, three game win streak in a big way on Sunday. The Aeros sent nine men to the plate in the sixth and seventh inning, scoring a combined nine runs on 12 hits and rolling to a 13-3 trouncing of the B-Mets.
Binghamton had won the first three games of the series, with their highest run output coming Saturday night in a 7-5 win.
Binghamton got off to a good start, plating two runs in the second inning. Wilfredo Tovar was hit by a pitch to start the inning. He moved to second one out later when Akron starting pitcher Paolo Espino balked. A Darrell Ceciliani double scored Tovar to make it 1-0.
Josh Rodriguez walked and came home one out later on a Blake Forsythe RBI double, making it 2-0.
B-Mets hurler Tyler Pill meanwhile was cruising right along in his Double-A debut. He pitched three scoreless innings, retiring nine in a row before a single by Jose Ramirez started the Akron fourth. Pill struck out five to that point, including mowing down the side in the third inning.
Things started to unravel in the fourth, as third baseman Richard Lucas committed an error and Ramirez later scored on a sac fly by Jesus Aguilar, making it 2-1. Pill limited the damage, but it was a sign of things to come.
After a 1-2-3 inning in the fifth, the B-Mets endured a three inning nightmare that they would not recover from.
Pill faced just four batters in the sixth, allowing all of them to reach. He left with the bases loaded, giving way Mark Cohoon, The Aeros greeted him rudely, as the first five batters reached including the three inherited runners all scoring.
When all was said and done, the Aeros sent nine men to the plate, scoring four runs on six hits. That turned a 2-1 lead into a 5-2 deficit and it would not get any better.
Pill was charged with five runs in five innings, striking out five and walking two.
Cohoon’s struggles continued in the seventh. He allowed three more hits and three runs, before he left in favor of Adrian Rosario. He recorded one out, before giving up a two-run single to Quincy Latimore. Those runs were charged to Cohoon, who ended his day facing 10 batters, giving up eight hits and five runs.
Akron scored nine runs on 12 hits in the sixth and seventh inning and still weren’t done. They tacked on three more in the eighth, helped by two Binghamton errors on the same play.
Binghamton’s third run came in the seventh inning. Tovar led off with a double and came home on a Ceciliani single. Ceciliani finished 2-for-5 with two RBI’s. Lucas and Tovar each had two hits as well.
Akron pounded out 15 hits in all, led by 3-for-4 days by Ramirez and Aguilar. Ramirez scored four runs.
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Binghamton (3-1) will look to get back on the winning side of the ledger Monday night, when they open a series against the Erie SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park. Right-hander Erik Goeddel will make his Double-A debut on the mound for Binghamton, against righty Victor Larez.