Binghamton Mets Season Comes To An Abrupt End; Swept By Trenton Thunder In Three

By Michael Lecolant

Sadly, and all too soon, the Binghamton Mets finest regular season ended on the losing side of a three game post-season sweep authored by the Trenton Thunder.  The New York Yankees AA-affiliate will move on to play in the Eastern League’s championship series.

Jul 31, 2012; London, United Kingdom; General view of empty seats in the women

The first two games of round one were played in Trenton, New Jersey, where the Mets dropped both.  Back home in Binghamton for Game Three, the BMets sent the circuit’s top winner to the mound.  Logan Verrett pitched six innings, allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits.  He walked one and struck out five.  In relief, Jim Fuller, Chasen Bradford and Frank Francisco all kept the Thunder scoreless over the final three innings.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t good enough.  The Mets offense was held scoreless, despite out-hitting Trenton by an 11-10 margin.  Binghamton was a dismal 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position and left an absurd fifteen runners on base.  Out of their eleven hits, just one went for extra bases; a double by first baseman Rhyne Hughes.  They drew six walks in the game but struck out twelve times.

Tempers flared during a tumultuous bottom half of the seventh inning.  With Xorge Carrillo on first and Daniel Muno on second base, Wilfredo Tovar grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.  An altercation ensued that caused the ejections of Binghamton manager Pedro Lopez, primary culprits Daniel Muno and Wilfredo Tovar for Binghamton, and for Trenton, only second baseman Jose Pirela.  All four were ejected by second base umpire Brian DeBrauwere.

Binghamton loaded the bases in the eighth but failed to score, and had runners on first and second in the ninth inning with just one out, before Rhyne Hughes and Travis Taijeron both fanned against Trenton’s Danny Burawa to end the game, and eliminating the Binghamton Mets from 2013 post-season play.

The Binghamton Mets ended the regular season with a franchise best 86-55 record.  They clinched the Eastern Division by a twelve game margin over this same Trenton Thunder ball club, only to get swept from the playoffs by them in return.

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