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The Binghamton Mets Are 2014 Eastern League Champions

By Michael Lecolant

For the first time in 20-years, and the third time in their history, the Binghamton Mets are Eastern League champions.

Playing before their home crowd on Friday evening, the B’s captured Game 3 with a dominant performance on the mound, and with dramatic flare at the plate to complete a series sweep of the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

Binghamton starter Steven Matz pitched a near masterpiece, and unfortunately walked away with a no-decision.

He worked into the 8th, allowing 1 earned run on 2 hits and 2 walks.  He faced 24 batters, threw 106 pitches with 72 (67.9%) going for strikes.  Steven set a new career high with 11 strikeouts, but truly punctuated his effort with 7.1 innings of no-hit baseball.

Sep 29, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Fans cheer for the New York Mets after the final game of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. The Mets won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Game 3 was indeed a well pitched duel.

One run was all Binghamton could muster against Richmond starter Ty Blach, whom also pitched superbly, and like Steven Matz, earned a no-decision once his mates made this a brand new ball game in the 8th.

Ty lasted 7 innings, allowing 1 earned run on 5 hits.  He faced 26 batters, threw 84 pitches with 61 (72.6%) going for strikes.  He walked no batters, and struck out 7.

But with 3 hits off Richmond reliever Steven Okert in the bottom of the 9th, the Binghamton Mets were able to capture the title upon Gavin Cecchini‘s arrival home with the winning run.

Reliever Cody Satterwhite earned the victory for his scoreless work in the top of the 9th.

Scoring Summary:

The teams remained scoreless until Binghamton broke through with a run off Richmond starter Ty Blach in the home 4th.  Right fielder Travis Taijeron led-off with a hard single.  With 1-out, center fielder Brandon Nimmo singled to center; Taijeron advanced to third.  Catcher Xorge Carrillo‘s sac-fly to center plated Taijeron.

Richmond finally tied the game in the 8th.  With 1-out, right fielder Elliot Blair got the first hit off Steven Matz – a single to right.  Pinch hitter Eliezer Zambrano followed with a second hit.  Hansel Robles then relieved starting pitcher Steven Matz.  With 2-outs, center fielder Daniel Carbonell singled home Blair to tie the game at one.  The run was charged to Matz.

With 1-out in the home 9th, Xorge Carrillo singled off reliever Steven Okert.  Wilfredo Tovar followed with another single; Carrillo advanced to second.  Gavin Cecchini replaced Xorge Carillo as a pinch runner.  Batting for the pitcher, pinch hitter Jayce Boyd delivered a series clinching double to center field.  Cecchini scored, and the celebration at NYSEG Stadium began post haste.

Notes and Highlights:

  • Eastern League Titles: 1992, 1994, 2014
  • Binghamton became an affiliate of the New York Mets in 1992.
  • Reliever Hansel Robles was charged with a blown save, but pitched well in 4 playoff appearances: 6.1 innings, 0 runs, 5 hits, 0 walks, 10 strikeouts.
  • Throughout the series, Binghamton’s starting pitching carried the day.  Tyler Pill, Greg Peavey, and Steven Matz combined on 20.1 innings, allowed just 4 earned runs, 13 hits, and 2 walks, with 23 strikeouts.
  • Jayce Boyd – game winning RBI.
  • Brandon Nimmo finished the playoffs 11 for 34, with a .324 average.
  • T.J. Rivera also finished the playoffs 11 for 34, with a .324 average.  He hit safely over his final 5 games (7 for 21, .333).
  • This was Pedro Lopez‘ 3rd season as skipper of the Bmets.  The team posted a 68-74 record in 2012, then set a franchise record in 2013 with an 86-55 mark.  In the post-season, Binghamton was swept out of the first round by the Trenton Thunder.  The Bmets posted an 83-59 record this season, defeated the Portland Sea Dogs in 5 games, and completed a series sweep of the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Friday.