B-Mets finish sweep, beat Aeros 9-4
Six-run fifth inning pushes Binghamton past Akron
BINGHAMTON- The Akron Aeros ran into the Binghamton Mets at the wrong time.
Coming into the series, the Mets and Aeros had the same record at 19-18. The Aeros were playing some good baseball and had climbed their way back over the .500 mark. Clearly, the Mets were the kryptonite that the Aeros needed to avoid at all costs.
Looking a lot like last night’s affair, the Mets took this game and blew out the Aeros in the midst of a single inning.
Last night, tied at three going into the eighth inning, the Mets scored four in the bottom of the eighth and won 7-3. Tonight, the Mets were down 3-0 going into the fifth inning, and scored six in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-3 lead. After adding three more in the bottom of the sixth, the Binghamton rout was on.
Things got started in the top of the fourth with the Aeros offense putting a crooked number on the board.
Designated hitter Chun Chen started the inning off with a double and was followed by first baseman Jesus Aguilar, who singled, moving Chen to third. Right fielder Carlos Moncrief connected for the third straight hit of the inning, doubling and bringing home Chen for the game's first run. After third baseman Kyle Bellows grounded out for the first out of the inning, left fielder Bo Greenwell brought in Moncrief and Aguilar on an RBI single, extending the Akron lead to 3-0.
The six run inning for the Mets started with two outs when shortstop Wilfredo Tovar singled up the middle. Second baseman Daniel Muno followed suit with a single of his own, moving Tovar to third. Third baseman Josh Rodriguez continued the streak of consecutive singles and brought home Tovar in the process. Down 3-1, right fielder Cesar Puello hit yet another consecutive single, bringing home Muno and cutting the lead to 3-2. First baseman Allan Dykstra ended the streak of singles, but continued the streak of consecutive men on base with a walk.
With the bases loaded and two outs, designated hitter Cory Vaughn blew things open with a monster grand slam over the left field fence, essentially ending the chances of an Aeros win and making the score 6-3.
After four solid innings of work from Cooper and two outs in the fifth, the Mets teed off and had five of their ten hits on the day in a single inning.
Aeros reliever Bryce Stowell uncharacteristically allowed three runs of his own in the bottom of the sixth, just furthering the damage and officially declaring the game a blowout.
Neither team added a run in the eighth or ninth and the Mets swept the Aeros with a 9-4 win.
Cooper took the loss for Akron, while Mets starter Jacob deGrom got his first win of the year.
The Aeros will take a day off tomorrow to travel back home and hopefully clear their minds from this dreadful sweep.
The Aeros take on the Erie SeaWolves for a three-game series starting Friday night. Akron will be having Mardi Gras Fireworks at Canal Park after the game.
The opening game of the series will feature SeaWolves’ starter Matt Crouse against an Aeros starter that is yet to be determined.
First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.