B-Mets 6, Senators 1
The Senators dropped the rubber match of their series to the Binghamton Mets on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Metro Bank Park in front of 4,158 fans.
Caleb Clay suffered his first loss of the season despite a solid performance for seven innings. The righthander made a couple of mistakes up in the zone with his change-up and the B-Mets made him pay with a couple of home runs. Clay scattered six hits and allowed four runs while striking out two. Manager Matt LeCroy was sympathetic to how Clay’s line looks in the boxscore and said it seemed like nitpicking because the offense failed to generate much support in plating only one run.
Anthony Rendon and Destin Hood led the Senators with two hits apiece, but the team’s real failures came with runners in scoring position. They went a dismal 1 for 14 with RISP and none stung more than the SportsCenter worthy double play turned on Jimmy VanOstrand’s ball up the middle after Justin Bloxom and Destin Hood reached base safely to lead off the second inning.
Player of the Game: Anthony Rendon
From the Windup
• Prior to the game Marcos Frias was placed on the disabled list as a result of taking a liner off his calf during Saturday night’s game. The corresponding move was activating Pat Lehman who had been working on his mechanics with pitching coach Paul Menhart. Lehman looked good in his one inning of relief as he struck out two batters and worked a clean frame.
• Ricky Hague was benched in favor of Jose Lozada after Hague lollygagged his way to first during a flyout to the center fielder to end the fourth inning.
• Brian Goodwin was given a complete day off as he was held out of batting practice, the lineup, and any substitution situation short of an emergency. LeCroy wanted to give the centerfielder a day to refresh and recharge his batteries after playing in the first 29 games of the season.
• The B-Mets set a couple of season highs with three home runs and striking out the Senators 15 times