The last time Binghamton started a season 2-0, was 2002. They finished with a record of 73-68 that season.
Akron got on the board first Friday night, thanks to an odd sequence in the bottom of the second inning for Binghamton battery mates Cory Mazzoni and Juan Centeno.
After getting the first two outs, Mazzoni gave up a double to Roberto Perez. Ronny Rodriguez singled and Giovanny Urshela walked to load the bases.
After working a 0-2 count on Delvi Cid, Mazzoni got him to swing at a ball in the dirt. Centeno couldn’t corral the third strike and it kicked far enough away for Perez to score the first run of the game.
Centeno did pick up Binghamton’s first hit in the top of the third against Akron starter T.J. House, but was erased on a double-play.
Binghamton cracked the scoreboard for the first time in the sixth inning. Wilfredo Tovar and Alonzo Harris started the inning with back-to-back singles. House was then lifted for reliever Fabio Martinez. He faced Daniel Muno and promptly uncorked a wild pitch, allowing the runners to move to second and third.
Muno then hit a grounder to second, scoring Tovar and knotting things 1-1.
Mazzoni got through five innings, allowing four hits and was relieved by former starter Mark Cohoon, who will work primarily out of the bullpen this season for Binghamton.
That set the stage for Binghamton’s decisive seventh inning.
With Martinez still on the mound for Akron, Cory Vaughn walked and Cesar Puello was hit by a pitch. That was the end of Martinez night. He gave way to Kyle Landis. After a sac bunt, Landis gave a free pass to Francisco Pena, loading the bases. Wilfredo Tovar followed and he lifted a weak popup behind first base. Jose Ramirez raced over from second, but dropped the ball, allowing Vaughn to score the go-ahead run.
Binghamton hurler Jack Leathersich made his first appearance of the season in the ninth inning and worked around two walks, to pick up his first save of the season. He struck out two in the inning as well.
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The B-Mets, who went 1-for-9, last night with runners in scoring position, followed that up with a dismal 0-for-7 Friday night. Despite those issues, Binghamton will go for their third straight victory tomorrow afternoon at 2:05 p.m. in Akron.
Binghamton righty Logan Verrett makes his Double-A debut against LHP Matt Packer.