Make that two in a row. The Binghamton Mets defeated the Harrisburg Senators for a second straight evening. Game Two between the league’s two division leaders went to the visiting Mets by a 3-2 final.
Logan Verrett started for Binghamton, and pitched five full innings for his tenth victory of the season. He allowed two earned runs on just three hits, only walked one batter and struck out seven before giving way to the bullpen in the sixth.
His team mates staked him to a 3-0 lead after three innings. In the first, Daniel Muno led off the game with a single off Harrisburg starting pitcher Nate Karns. Batting second and catching for the Binghamton Mets this evening, Travis d’Arnaud homered over the left field wall to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. In the third inning, Daniel Muno once again led off by drawing a walk. Travis d’Arnaud then doubled to put runners on second and third, and a sac-fly by third baseman Josh Rodriguez to right field scored Muno for the Mets third run.
Harrisburg picked up two runs off Logan Verrett in the fifth, but no more. The Mets bullpen held the Senators scoreless over the final four innings in relief of Verrett. Chasen Bradford and Chase Huchingson combined on three innings, and closer Jeff Walters pitched the ninth inning, picking up his thirty-second save of the season.
Senators starter Nathan Karns pitched eight strong innings in defeat. He allowed three earned runs on five hits, walked two batters and struck out an impressive eleven batters.
Travis d’Arnaud finished the night 2 for 4, with a double, home run, two runs batted in, and one strikeout. This was just his third game playing with Binghamton, where he now has three hits in thirteen at-bats. Travis previously returned to action in the Gulf Coast League on July 24th, where he played six games, and had seven hits in twenty-two at-bats.
Saturday’s win improved the Binghamton Mets league best record to 69-43, while the Harrisburg Senators dropped to 61-53 on the season. The third and final game of this series is penciled for Sunday afternoon. Noah Syndergaard is scheduled to climb the hill for Binghamton and will be opposed by Harrisburg’s Robert Gilliam.