The Binghamton Mets had two costly errors on one play in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game at Akron. That was the difference in the game, as Akron took the final game of the season opening series by the score of 1-0.
Lefty hurler Robert Carson watched helplessly as his defense faltered. Carson deserved a better fate, pitching five innings and striking out four. He gave up six hits and did not walk a batter.
Two of those hits came in that fourth inning. Chun-Hsiu Chen and Matt McBride hit consecutive singles with one out. John Drennen came to the plate and hit a groundball to first baseman Allan Dykstra. Dykstra fielded it but his throw to second was wide and McBride was safe atsecond. The ball ended up going into left field, Raul Reyes picked it up and attempted to throw out Chen at the plate but threw the ball to the backstop, allowing the runners to move to second and third. The B-Mets then got McBride out at home on a fielders’ choice and Carson struck out Karexon Sanchez to end the inning.
Akron starter Austin Adams was on his game, limiting Binghamton to two hits over his six innings of work.
Binghamton catcher Kai Gronauer singled with two down in the third and Eric Campbell hit his first double of the season in the fourth, but that’s all the B-Mets could muster against Adams.
Binghamton (2-2) showed signs of life in the eighth against reliever Nick Hagadone. Carlos Guzman singled and moved to second on a sac bunt by Jon Malo. Gronauer moved him to third with a sac fly, but Lorenzo Scott who had a good series, ended the inning with a harmless grounder.
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Chris Schwinden and Eric Niesen, who was seeing his first action of the season following a three-game suspension, pitched well in relief for Binghamton. Schwinden worked two scoreless innings and Niesen was perfect in the eighth.
Binghamton's season-opening road trip continues Monday at 6:35 when they start a three-game series at Jerry Uht Park against the Erie SeaWolves, the Double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Binghamton has yet to name their starter, but Erie will send RHP Mark Sorenson (0-0) to the hill.