Binghamton is not only in the driver’s seat, they’re heading home to NYSEG Stadium for the remainder of the Eastern League Championship Series up 2 games to none.
With Wednesday evening’s 5-1 victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the BMets are 2/3 of the way to a title.
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
Binghamton opened the scoring in Game 2 with a pair of runs in the top of the 2nd inning. Despite scoring 3 more in the 8th, their early lead was enough, as Mets pitching limited the Flying Squirrels to just 1 earned run on 6 hits.
Greg Peavey made Wednesday’s start for the visitors, and pitched a gem. He went 7 strong innings for his first victory (1-1) of the playoffs. He allowed Richmond their only run in the bottom of the 2nd on back to back doubles, but no more.
- Peavey faced 24 batters, allowed only 5 hits, walked none and fanned 9 before exiting after 105 pitches, with 79 (75%) going for strikes. This was a somewhat dramatic turnaround from his start in Game 2 of the first round against Portland, in which he only lasted 2 innings and surrendered 8 hits.
To his credit, Richmond starter Adelberto Mejia pitched well. He threw 6 innings, limited the BMets to 2 earned runs on just 3 hits (1 home run). He walked a pair and fanned 5 before departing on the losing side of a 2-1 game.
- Bottom 2nd inning – Mario Lisson hit a lead-off double. Next batter, Devin Harris followed with another double to score Lisson.
- Top 8th inning – Brandon Nimmo drew a 1-out walk. With 2 outs, Brian Burgamy drew an intentional walk. Travis Taijeron hit a 3-run home run to left.
- Final Score – Binghamton 5; RICHMOND 1
- The Binghamton Mets own a 2-0 lead in the series by winning the first two games on the road. The series shifts to NYSEG Stadium for Game 3 (and Games 4 and 5 if necessary).
- In 2 games, the BMets have outscored Richmond by a 10-3 margin, and out-hit them by a 16-12 margin.
- Catcher Xorge Carrillo – 2 for 4, double, home run, 2 RBI.
- Right fielder Travis Taijeron – 1 for 4, home run, 3 RBI. He now has 6 RBI in 7 playoff games.
- In 7 playoff games, the BMets bullpen has combined on 24.2 innings, 15 hits, 3 earned runs, 4 walks, 27 strikeouts, 1.11 ERA – Stellar!
9/12 – Friday, 7:05pm (ET), GAME THREE – Richmond Flying Squirrels @ Binghamton Mets, from NYSEG Stadium.
- Southpaw Ty Blach, 23, will be looking to put the brakes on Binghamton’s offense. He earned a victory over Akron in Game 3 (Round 1) with 6.1 innings of shutout, 2-hit ball, with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. In his 2nd season of pro ball, he started 25 games for Richmond, posted an 8-8 record with a 3.13 ERA. In 141 innings he allowed 142 hits, walked 39, and struck out 91 batters.
- Fellow southpaw Steven Matz, 23, is coming off a no-decision in Game 3 (Round 1) against Portland. He pitched 5 innings, allowed 3 earned runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, with 5 strikeouts. In his 3rd season, Matz split 2014 between St. Lucie and Binghamton. In 12 starts for the BMets, Steven posted a 6-5 record, with a 2.27 ERA. In 71.1 innings, he allowed 66 hits, only 14 walks for a 1.8 W/9 average, and fanned 69 for an 8.7 K/9 average.