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EL Playoffs: Binghamton Mets knot series at two with 11-4 victory in Portland; decisive Game 5 tomorrow

By Michael Lecolant
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Down 2-1 in the series, playing on the road, and facing elimination in Game 4, the Binghamton Mets trailed the Portland Sea Dogs in Saturday’s game by a 2-1 margin after 4 innings.

However, the BMets took a 4-2 lead in the 5th, then rolled to an 11-4 final thanks to a 7-run outburst in the 6th inning.

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

With the first round series now tied at two games apiece, the Binghamton Mets and Portland Sea Dogs will play a decisive Game 5 Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field.

The winner will advance to the Eastern League Championship series.

Game Four Recap:

Rainy Lara climbed the hill for visiting Binghamton, and was opposed by Portland’s Mike Augliera.

The Sea Dogs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the 1st.  With 1-out, first baseman Mike Miller singled.  Second baseman Sean Coyle followed with a double to left which advanced Miller to third.  Left fielder Keury De La Cruz then reached safely on a fielder’s choice to first.  Miller scored on the play.

Binghamton tied the game in the 3rd.  Brandon Nimmo stroked a 2-out single.  T.J. Rivera followed with another single right, and Nimmo advanced to third on an E-7 charged to Shannon WilkersonBrian Burgamy then connected on Binghamton’s third straight single to deliver Nimmo from third.

Portland regained the lead when catcher Carson Blair led-off the bottom of the 4th with a home run to right.

Three straight BMets hits to lead-off the 5th and a walk ended pitcher Mike Augliera‘s afternoon.  Wilfredo Tovar led-off the inning with a single, and reached third on Brandon Nimmo‘s double to center.  T.J. Rivera singled to plate Tovar.  Brian Burgamy then walked to load the bases.  Mike McCarthy entered the game in relief of Augliera.  After retiring Jayce Boyd on a pop-out, McCarthy walked Darrell Ceciliani.  Nimmo scored.  Then with 2-outs, McCarthy’s wild pitch allowed Rivera to cross the plate, thus giving the Mets a 4-2 lead.

The Binghamton Mets sent 11 men to the plate in the 6th en route to scoring 7 earned runs off Mike McCarthy and reliever Pete RuizWilfredo Tovar ignited the outburst with a lead-off single.  He then singled again later in the inning, and drove home 2 runs.  Walks issued by McCarthy and Ruiz with the bases loaded plated another pair of runs, and Darrell Ceciliani‘s double drove in 2 more.  The 7th run of the inning came when Pete Ruiz unleashed a wild pitch allowing Xorge Carrillo to score.

Portland picked up 2 runs in the 8th, but no more.  Pitching for Binghamton in relief of starter Rainy Lara, Jon Velasquez walked the lead-off batter.  Then with 1-out, designated hitter David Chester homered to left making it an 11-4 game.

In relief of Velasquez, Randy Fontanez closed out the Sea Dogs with a scoreless 9th.

  • Starter Rainy Lara earned the victory.  He pitched 6 full innings, allowed 2 earned runs on 5 hits (one home run) and one walk.  He fanned a pair, committed a balk, and hit 2 batters.  Lara faced 27 batters, and threw 100 pitches with 66 going for strikes.
  • Batting lead-off, Brandon Nimmo was 3 for 5, with a double, and 3 runs scored.
  • Wilfredo Tovar – 3 for 5, 2 hits in one inning, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored.

Next:

9/7 Sunday, 1:00pm (EST) – GAME FIVE

Binghamton Mets @ PORTLAND SEA DOGS

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