(Binghamton, NY) - Jeremy Kehrt's wild pitch with two outs in the
ninth inning scored Josh Rodriguez from third base, giving the
Binghamton Mets (29-22) a 6-5 walk-off win over the Portland Sea Dogs
(28-21) on Monday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium. After taking the
opener, the 'Dogs dropped the final three games of the series, and are
tied with the Mets for the top spot in the Eastern Division.
Jeff Walters (2-2) allowed the go-ahead hit in the eighth inning but
worked 1.2 scoreless on two hits to earn the win. Kehrt (0-1) suffered
the loss for Portland, giving up four hits and three runs over 2.2 IP.
Both starters were outstanding, taking no-decisions with six innings
of work. Brandon Workman tied a season-high with nine strikeouts.
The righty yielded seven hits, three runs (two earned) and one walk.
Jacob deGrom fanned nine on eight hits, two runs (one earned) and two
Rodriguez started the rally in the ninth with a ground-rule double.
Cesar Puello advanced Rodriguez to third base on a ground out. The
wild pitch was on a 1-2 pitch to Cory Vaughn.
The Sea Dogs took a 1-0 lead in the first on Michael Almanzar's
bases-loaded RBI single. Portland's first 4 batters reached, but
managed only one run.
In the fifth inning, the 'Dogs took a 2-0 lead on a throwing error by
deGrom, trying to pickoff Xander Bogaerts at first base. Shannon
Wilkerson was allowed to score from second base, as the throw went
into the stands.
Binghamton tied the game against Workman in there half of the fifth.
Joe Bonfe led off the inning with and advanced to third base on a
single by Wilfredo Tovar but Matty Johnson committed an error on the
hit. Danny Muno and Josh Rodriguez produced run-scoring groundouts to
Allan Dykstra snapped a 2-2, blasting a solo-homer on the first pitch
of sixth, his fifth of the season and second in as many days. Dykstra
delivered again, nailing a run-scoring double off Kehrt in the
seventh, giving the B-Mets a 4-2 lead.
The Sea Dogs rallied in the eighth inning, taking a 5-4 lead with a
three-spot off righty John Church. Matt Spring (double), Kolbrin Vitek
(single) and Heiker Meneses (single) had consecutive run-scoring hits.
Binghamton tied the game in there half on a sac-fly by Bonfe.
Binghamton went 0-for-14 with runners-in-scoring position and 0 for
their last 31 in the series.
Prime Motor Group Player of the Game: Brandon Workman
The Sea Dogs open up a six-game homestand against the New Hampshire
Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field
with a 6:00 PM start. Right-hander Matt Barnes (3-1, 4.50 ERA) makes
his 10th start of the season for Portland.