BINGHAMTON, NY - Two new additions to the pitching staff, Jeurys Familia and Brandon Sage teamed up for nine strong innings on the mound and the B-Mets hitters supplied five runs in their final two turns at the plate in a 5-2 come-from-behind win over the New Britain Rock Cats tonight at NYSEG Stadium.
Familia's Double-A debut got off to a bumpy start as Michael Hollimon led off with a single to right field. After a fielding error by Josh Satin moved the runner to third, Joe Benson bounced into a double play that plated Hollimon with the game's first run.
The Rock Cats added to their lead as Benson led off the fourth by stroking a screaming line drive that ricocheted off Eric Campbell at third base and landed in centerfield. Benson followed his single by swiping second base, his fifth successful steal of the year. The centerfielder came home to give New Britain a 2-0 lead on Evan Bigley's single later in the frame.
After allowing the pair of runs, Familia was able to shut the door on the Rock Cats over his final three innings of work. From the fifth through the seventh, the right-hander from the Dominican Republic posted three shutout innings and allowed just one hit. He finished his night with six strike outs and no walks over six innings.
On the flip side, the B-Mets could not figure out Rock Cats starter Steve Hirschfeld in the early stages. The right-hander tossed four no-hit frames before Allan Dykstra managed to stroke a single to centerfield to lead off the fifth.
The Utah native, who came in owning the sixth-best ERA in the league, escaped a jam in the fifth and tossed a perfect sixth before things unraveled in the seventh.
Trailing 2-0, Binghamton got the first two men aboard as Eric Campbell singled and Allan Dykstra walked. Raul Reyes pushed both runners up a base with a sacrifice bunt and Kai Gronauer got the B-Mets on the board with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
With Dykstra representing the tying run at second base, Rock Cats manager Jeff Smith made the call to the bullpen and brought in left-hander Jake Stevens. B-Mets skipper countered by sending up Carlos Guzman to pinch hit for Lorenzo Scott.
Guzman, batting right-handed, worked out a 2-2 count before dunking a ball in front of Evan Bigley in right field. Running on contact with two outs, Dykstra was able to slide in at home ahead of the throw with the game-tying run.
With the game knotted at two, Brandon Sage entered in the top of the eighth inning. The left-hander, who was added to the B-Mets' roster today, kicked off his Double-A career in style by working a perfect frame against the top of the Rock Cats order.
The B-Mets wasted little time against Stevens in the bottom half of the frame. Designated hitter Mike Fisher led off by squeaking a fly ball over the left field fence for his third home run of the season.
Owning their first lead of the night, Binghamton piled on. Brahiam Maldonado stroked an infield single to short and Eric Campbell followed by blasting his first home run of the year over the left field fence to give the B-Mets a 5-2 lead.
Sage picked up where he left off by working a perfect ninth to complete the B-Mets' comeback win. With two scoreless innings, the southpaw earned his first win in a B-Mets uniform.
The B-Mets (12-17) will complete their three-game series against the Rock Cats (17-13) tomorrow night with first pitch scheduled for 6:35pm. RHP Brandon Moore (3-0, 2.76) will square off against RHP Liam Hendricks (2-1, 3.33).