Binghamton (2-4) has committed eight errors in six games thus far this season. The final error on Tuesday came in the bottom of the ninth with John Lujan on the mound. He gave up the tying runs in the eighth and his luck didn’t improve in that ninth inning.
Erie took an early lead against Binghamton starter Josh Stinson in the bottom of the first, on a sac fly by Michael Bertram. Binghamton answered in the third inning with a one out triple by Lorenzo Scott. He scored on a sac fly by Jordany Valdespin.
Maldonado’s second homer in as many nights, gave Binghamton a short-lived 2-1 lead in the fourth inning. Erie answered in a big way in the bottom of the inning.
After striking out the first batter, Stinson gave up a double to Bryan Holaday. An Audy Ciriaco single moved Holaday to third. Lorenzo Scott’s throw back into the infield missed the mark and allowed Ciriaco to move to second. Deik Scram got Holaday home on a fielders’ choice to tie the game at two and Ciriaco moved to third. Justin Henry was up next and reached when Binghamton first baseman Michael Fisher booted a ball, allowing Ciriaco to score.
Jamie Johnson’s RBI single gave the SeaWolves a 4-2 lead and capped off a string of five straight hitters reaching base.
The B-Mets closed the gap in the sixth. Joshua Satin started things with a single. Two outs later, Maldonado drew a walk and Michael Fisher drove Satin in with a single, making it 4-3.
Stinson gave way to Chris Schwinden in the sixth, after allowing four runs on eight knocks and striking out six.
The B-Mets offense kicked it into high gear in the eighth, with a three-run inning of their own. Raul Reyes drew a walk against reliever Cory Hamilton. Two outs later, Kai Gronauer singled home Reyes, to tie the game at 4-4.
Gronauer proceeded to steal second and Carlos Guzman singled him home, giving Binghamton their second lead of the night. After Jon Malo was hit by a pitch, Valdespin singled Guzman home, making it a 6-4 contest. Malo attempted to score on the play as well, but was meat at the plate.
Lujan was called on in the eighth and after a walk and an error allowed the first two hitters to reach, Holaday laid down a sac bunt, moving the runners to second and third. Gronauer then let Lujan pitch pass him by, scoring one run. The tying run crossed soon after on a double by Ciriaco.
Reyes reached on an error in the top of the ninth, but Binghamton couldn’t push him across.
Lujan came back out for the bottom of the ninth and Johnson greeted him with a single. Brandon Douglas dropped down a sac bunt and after an intentional walk to Bertram; the SeaWolves had runners at first and second.
Bryan Pounds then hit a soft comebacker to the mound that had the makings of a double-play as he tapped it back to Lujan. However, Lujan fielded it and threw the ball into centerfield, allowing Johnson to score the winning run.
Satin led Binghamton’s 10-hit outburst, with a 3-for-5 night. Valdespin contributed two hits and two RBI’s.
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Roster move: INF Allan Dykstra placed on 7-day disabled list retroactive to April 11 with a left ankle sprain. INF Michael Fisher transferred from Brooklyn (SS-A) to Binghamton (AA).
The final game of the B-Mets season-opening road trip takes place Wednesday at 12:05 PMin Erie. Mark Cohoon (0-0, 1.80) will take the mound for the B-Mets against L.J. Gagnier (1-0, 1.80).