The Binghamton Mets offense banged out 13 hits Saturday afternoon and starting pitcher Logan Verrett pitched six shutout innings, leading the B-Mets to a 7-5 win over the Akron Aeros, at Canal Field in Akron.
Designated hitter Blake Forsythe finished the day 3-for-4, with a double, triple and three RBI’s. He finished a homerun away from the cycle. Binghamton had seven extra-base hits in the game.
Verrett was on his game for much of the afternoon, giving Binghamton their third straight solid pitching performance. He retired 12 in a row at one point, before finding trouble in the seventh. He gave up a two-run homer to Jesus Aguilar and after allowing a walk, he was lifted.
Binghamton got the scoring started in the top of the first when Josh Rodriguez hit a bloop single over second base. That scored Darrell Ceciliani, who tripled earlier in the inning.
Binghamton struck again in the fourth inning, adding three runs. Cory Vaughn hit a triple off the top of the wall, plating Rodriguez who singled to start the inning, making it 2-0. Daniel Muno followed with a fly ball that right fielder Carlos Moncrief couldn’t find in the sun. Muno ended up on third and Vaughn scored to make it 3-0.
Forsythe followed that with an RBI single. It was the third straight two out hit fir Binghamton and gave the visitors a 4-0 lead.
Alonzo Harris started the Binghamton fifth with a double and moved to third on a fly out. Rodriguez then hit a grounder to third that Akron third baseman Giovanny Urshela couldn’t handle. It was ruled an error and allowed Harris to come home with the fifth Binghamton run.
Aeros starter Matt Packer was lifted after the error. He was tagged with the loss Saturday, after allowing five runs, four earned on nine hits in 4.2 innings pitched.
Aguilar’s two-run homer got Akron going in the seventh. After a walk, Verrett left the game in favor of John Church. The Aeros added a third run in the inning when Rodriguez fielded a grounder at third and his throw to first pulled Richard Lucas off the bag. That made it 5-3 in favor of the B-Mets.
The B-Mets answered back in the top of the eighth in an inning that featured a double steal of second and third by Muno and Vaughn, who just slid under the tag at third. Forsythe came to the dish next and drilled a triple, plating both runners and giving Binghamton a commanding 7-3 lead.
Adam Kolarek pitched a scoreless eighth inning for Binghamton, but Adrian Rosario was not so lucky in the ninth. He walked Chun-Hsiu Chen to start the inning. Quincy Latimore followed with a two-run blast to left. That cut the Binghamton lead to 7-5.
Rosario settled down after the homer and got the next three outs to nail down Binghamton’s third straight win to start the season. Last time the B-Mets started 3-0 was in 2000. They finished 82-58 that season and made the playoffs, losing in the first round.
Binghamton struggled with runners in scoring position in the previous two games of the series, going 1-for-16. They went 5-for-15 in Saturday’s game alone.
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The B-Mets will look to make it four straight in Sunday’s series finale in Akron.
Binghamton will start right-hander Tyler Pill in Sunday’s series finale. He will be opposed by righty Paolo Espino. Game time is 2:05 p.m.