Center fielder Lorenzo Scott and starting pitcher Mark Cohoon did their part to give the Binghamton Mets a chance to win their second game of the 2011 season on Friday night. Unfortunately the bullpen, which was such a sore spot last year, failed to finish the job in a 6-4 road loss at Akron.
Binghamton (1-1) jumped out to an early lead when Scott drew a leadoff walk against Joe Gardner, who was working in his Double-A debut. Things got interesting from there.
Scott proceeded to steal second and after Jordany Valdespin drew a walk of his own, Scott stole third. With runners at the corners and Josh Satin at the plate, Valdespin took off for second prompting Aeros' catcher Chun Chen to throw and that allowed Scott to score ahead of a throw from second baseman Cristo Arnal, to the plate. Scott’s theft of second, third and home gave the B-Mets a 1-0 lead. Valdespin was later thrown out at the plate on a fielder’s choice.
Binghamton built on that lead in the second with back-to-back singles by Raul Reyes and Carlos Guzman. One out later, Catcher Kai Gronauer singled to left field, to pick up his first RBI of the season and give the B-Mets a 2-0 lead.
Scott was next to the plate and he scorched an RBI double to center and upped the lead to three.
Cohoon struggled a bit in the third as he gave up two singles to start the frame and one out later, gave up a single to John Drennen to load the bases. Matt Lawson plated the home squads first run with a sacrifice fly to left.
Cohoon settled down from there, getting through the required five innings, before giving way to Dylan Owen. Cohoon finished the night with five strikeouts. He allowed seven hits, while walking two.
Unfortunately, Owen had an outing to forget. Tim Fedroff doubled to left to start the big inning. After Arnal walked, Owen struck out Donnie Webb, but with Jordan Henry batting; Owen threw a wild pitch, moving the runners up. Henry then smoked a bases-clearing double to center, tying the score at three. Juan Diaz then provided the Aeros with the lead for good, with an RBI triple to left, scoring Henry. Chen followed with an RBI single to score Diaz, making it 5-3.
Owen was tagged with a blown save and the loss. He gave up four runs on four hits and retired only one batter. His ERA now stands at 108.00 – and no, that’s not a typo.
Edgar Ramirez was called on to take Owen out of his misery and despite a wild pitch in the inning; he did escape the sixth without further damage. Webb dealt the final blow in the seventh, stroking a solo homer to center to make it 6-3.
Binghamton’s last run of the game came in the eight when Raul Reyes doubled in Eric Campbell.
For more info: Binghamton @ Akron Boxscore
The third game of the series is slated for 1:05 PM Saturday. Brad Holt makes his first start of the season against Akron’s Scott Barnes.