B-Mets complete sweep, down RubberDucks 5-2
Akron struggled to generate runs on Sunday, going 1-for-6 with RISP.
BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Mets were looking for a three-game sweep of the AkronRubberDucks entering Sunday’s series finale at NYSEG Stadium. Lefty Steven Matz made sure they got it.
Matz (6-4) dealt five innings of shutout baseball, striking out six in the process, and the Mets defeated Akron, 5-2, to finish a weekend sweep. Matz, a former second round pick by the Mets in 2009, began the year in Class-A, but has excelled at the AA level. He lowered his ERA to 2.17 in 11 starts since his promotion. Sunday was his first career appearance against Akron.
The playoff-bound Mets (81-52) sent eight batters to the plate and scored three times in first inning against Will Roberts (12-12). Jace Boyd got the scoring started with a RBI single followed by a sacrifice fly by Darrell Ceciliani and another run-scoring single by T.J. Rivera. The Mets scored 22 runs in the series.
Roberts, who leads the EL in innings pitched and is second in wins, lasted five innings and allowed five runs on seven hits. After the rocky start, he retired 11 Mets hitters in a row at one point.
Anthony Gallas ripped a solo homer just inside the foul pole in left in the seventh inning to get Akron on the board.
It was Gallas’ 16th of the year. Joe Wendle singled home a run with two outs in the ninth, and the RubberDucks got the potential tying run to the plate against lefty Adam Kolarek, but Kolarek managed to fan Jordan Smith to end the game.
Akron remains two games behind first-place Richmond, who lost to Bowie, 1-0, on Sunday. The RubberDucks have a magic number of four for clinching a playoff spot. The top two teams in each division earn post-season berths.
The RubberDucks (72-62) will open up the final homestand of the regular season on Monday night at 7:05, when they welcome in the Trenton Thunder for the start of a four-game series. LHP Dan Camarena (1-6, 6.53) is the expected starter for Trenton, while the RubberDucks are expected to go with RHP Cody Anderson (4-9, 4.76). The game will be broadcast on WARF 1350 AM and online at www.AkronRubberDucks.com.
The Akron RubberDucks are the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The 2014 season is the 18th since moving to Canal Park and the first as the RubberDucks. For more information, including official team merchandise, go to www.AkronRubberDucks.com or call 330-253-5151. Fans may also follow the team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AkronRubberDucks and Twitter at @AkronRubberDuck.