Vini, Vidi – Victory. The Binghamton Mets arrived in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Friday evening, and this afternoon completed a three game sweep of the Senators.
Noah Syndergaard climbed the hill for the Mets and pitched five scoreless innings. He allowed the Senators no runs on only two hits, walked one batter and struck out three before giving way to the bullpen. In relief, Armando Rodriguez pitched another three scoreless innings, and yielded Harrisburg’s third and final hit. Ryan Fraser pitched the ninth and preserved the shutout.
Shortstop Daniel Muno led-off the game with a triple to right, then scored on second baseman Josh Rodriguez‘ sac-fly to center to give the BMets a quick 1-0 advantage. The game stayed that way through five full innings. Senators starting pitcher Robert Gilliam didn’t allow a hit again until the forth inning, and struck out five batters along the way. The Mets sacked him in the sixth inning however. Daniel Muno led-off the frame again with his eighth home run of the season. After a single by Travis d’Arnaud and Josh Rodriguez drew a walk, first baseman Rhyne Hughes sent them both scampering home with another triple to right field. The Mets then scored their fourth run of the inning when Travis Taijeron doubled home Hughes.
The Mets tacked on one more run in the ninth for good measure, and closed out the game winning by a 6-0 final score, and completing the weekend series sweep.
Noah Syndergaard has now made eight starts for Binghamton and owns a 5-0 record. He entered the game with a 2.25 ERA, and lowered it to a 1.98 mark with Sunday’s effort. In forty-one innings pitched for the BMets, he has fifty-one strikeouts. In twenty combined starts between Port St. Lucie and Binghamton, Syndergaard has an 8-3 record, with a 2.67 ERA. In 104.2 total innings pitched he has 115 strikeouts, good for a 9.9 K/9 average.
Catcher Travis d’Arnaud finished the game 1 for 5 with a run scored, and struck out twice. Daniel Muno finished 3 for 5, with a triple, home run, two runs scored, and a run batted in.
For Binghamton, this was their seventieth victory of the season, against just forty-three losses – good for a .619 winning percentage; by far tops in the league. They were the first Eastern League team to achieve sixty wins, and now seventy. The Harrisburg Senators have the next highest win total with sixty-one victories to their credit.
The league standings remained unchanged. Binghamton leads the Eastern Division by 11.5 games over the Trenton Thunder. The Harrisburg Senators lead the Western Division by just a half-game over the Erie SeaWolves.
Binghamton will now head back home to New York and enjoy a well deserved day off on Monday.