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EL Playoffs: Binghamton Mets facing elimination after 6-3 Game 3 loss in Portland

By Michael Lecolant
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The Binghamton Mets must now win their next two road games in Portland, or suffer being eliminated from this year’s Eastern League playoffs.

After taking the series opener from the Sea Dogs on Wednesday, the Binghamton Mets were shut out Thursday in Game Two, and most recently dropped Game Three on Friday by a 6-3 score.

Jul 4, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; MLB baseballs and a glove sit on the field prior to the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Philadelphia Phillies at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steven Matz climbed the hill for the first game played in Portland, and was opposed by the Sea Dogs’ Eduardo Rodriguez.

In the 2nd inning, Portland put together 3 hits and scored on a sac-fly to gain a 1-0 lead.  In the 5th, 2 doubles and a single gave the Sea Dogs a 3-0 lead, and ended Steven Matz‘ outing.

  • Steven Matz pitched 5 innings, and walked the only batter he faced in the 6th.  He allowed 3 earned runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, and fanned 5 batters.  At the time, he exited on the losing side of a 3-2 game.

Eduardo Rodriguez retired the first 9 Binghamton batters in order.

Left fielder Brandon Nimmo finally became the Mets first base runner with a lead-off walk in the 4th.  However, second baseman T.J. Rivera popped-up, and first baseman Brian Burgamy bounced into a 6-4-3 double play to keep Eduardo Rodriguez at the minimum batters faced.

The Mets then went down in order again in the 5th.  Rodriguez was yet to allow a hit.

Binghamton finally managed some offense against Rodriguez in the 6th.  A 1-out double by Xorge Carillo was followed by a 2-out RBI double from Brandon Nimmo, whom also advanced to third on an E-9.  Then with T.J. Rivera batting, Eduardo Rodriguez unleashed a wild pitch permitting Nimmo to score.

Binghamton finally knocked Rodriguez from the game in the top of the 7th after he walked Darrell Ceciliani with 2-outs, and surrendered a game tying RBI double to Travis Taijeron.

Portland stormed right back against reliever Paul Sewald in the home 7th with 3 consecutive 1-out singles to give the Sea Dogs a 4-3 lead.  Chase Huchingson relieved Sewald, and surrendered a 2-out base hit to catcher Carson Blair which plated another pair of runs.

Binghamton mustered nothing more, and fell by a 6-3 final score.

Reliever Paul Sewald was credited with the loss.

For Portland, Aaron Kurcz earned the victory in relief of starter Eduardo Rodriguez.

  • Binghamton was limited to just 4 hits, and drew 3 walks.

Next:

9/6 Saturday, 12:00pm (EST)

Game Four: Binghamton @ PORTLAND

Eastern League Playoffs:

  • The Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Akron Rubber Ducks by a 1-0 score on Friday, and lead their series 2-1.  Game 4 is scheduled for Saturday in Richmond.
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