BINGHAMTON, NY - Five Binghamton Mets pitchers issued eleven walks and the B-Mets offense was limited to four hits in a 7-1 Opening Night loss to the Akron RubberDucks on Thursday at NYSEG Stadium. Akron third baseman Giovanny Urshela led the charge with four RBI and fell a triple shy of the cycle.
The B-Mets bumpy pitching performance started immediately. Starter Darin Gorski missed the strike zone on his first six pitches and walked three in the inning. The RubberDucks failed to cash in on the free passes, but broke through in the second on two bloop singles and Gorski's fielding error on Tyler Holt's sacrifice bunt.
The unearned run was the first of seven unanswered tallies by the RubberDucks following Binghamton's first-inning run. Darrell Ceciliani led off the frame against Cody Anderson by scorching a triple over center fielder Tyler Naquin's head. Ceciliani was chased home with the game's first run on an RBI ground out by Brian Burgamy.
Urshela started his offensive tear and broke the tie game for good with a home run to left field to lead off the fourth. Gorski was pulled from the contest two batters later after reaching 85 pitches through 3-2/3 innings. Cody Satterwhite made his B-Mets debut in relief and collected the final out of the frame, not before issuing back-to-back walks.
Satterwhite worked around two more walks in the fifth before handing off to TJ Chism, another new B-Met, in the sixth. The southpaw worked a scoreless sixth in his Double-A debut, but surrendered a game-sealing two-out, two-run double to Urshela in the seventh.
Anderson settled in comfortably after allowing a run in the first. The right-hander cruised through five more innings, coaxing ten groundouts from the B-Mets. The California native never faced more than four batters in any inning en route to his first career Double-A victory. Giovanni Soto, Shawn Armstrong and Kyle Crockett each tossed a scoreless inning of relief to close the game.
Jack Leathersich provided a brief bright spot on the hill for the B-Mets by striking out three in the eighth. Akron put the game to bed with three runs off John Church in the ninth.
Gorski (0-1) was tagged for two runs (one earned) on three walks, four hits over 3-2/3 innings. He struck out two and surrendered on home run. Anderson (1-0) allowed one run on four hits over six innings.
The B-Mets (0-1) continue their season-opening series against the RubberDucks (1-0) Friday night at 7:05 PM. RHP Rainy Lara makes his Double-A debut against RHP Joe Colon. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show on Newsradio 1290 AM WNBF starts at 6:50 PM.
POSTGAME NOTES: The 11 walks were the most the B-Mets have issued since 6/7/11 when they handed out the same total to the Harrisburg Senators in the first game of a doubleheader…with 11 walks and 11 strikeouts on the hill, it was the first time since 8/28/10 against the Reading Phillies that the B-Mets have reached double figures in both categories...the B-Mets are now 14-9 on Opening Day…the B-Mets hit into 18 groundouts
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