Erie, PA - The Binghamton Rumble Ponies (40-40, 5-11) lost to the Erie SeaWolves (42-37, 11-2) in walk-off fashion for a second straight night by the exact same score, 5-4, this time in 10 innings Tuesday evening at UPMC Park. This time it was Derek Hill with the game-winning RBI single off Adonis Uceta (3-3) in the tenth scoring Luke Burch from third.
It is the third time in the last four games that the Ponies have been walked off by the opponent and also the Ponies fourth straight loss overall. After starting the year 6-0 against Erie, Binghamton has also dropped five straight games to Erie.
It was the Ponies getting off to a 3-0 lead in this game with Andres Gimenez hitting a sacrifice fly in the fourth and Gavin Cecchini hitting a two-run homer in the fifth. It was Cecchini's first homer of the season. Then the SeaWolves responded with three in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at 3.
Frank Schwindel hit a solo homer off of Church to begin the sixth giving Erie a 4-3 lead but Cecchini drew a bases loaded walk in the top of the 8th to tie the game at four.
After Uceta escaped trouble in the ninth, he allowed a single to Cam Gibson in the 10th putting runners on first and third with no one out. That set up Hill's game-winning hit as Uceta took the loss. Will Vest (2-3) pitched two and a third frames of perfect relief getting the win.
Binghamton was 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base. Church allowed eight hits over five and two thirds innings in the no-decision. Blake Taylor replaced Church and also threw two and a third perfect innings.
The Rumble Ponies look to avoid the sweep against the SeaWolves as the series and eight-game road trip concludes Wednesday night from UPMC Park. First pitch is at 7:05PM on Newsradio 1290 WNBF and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies channel on TuneIn. The Horizons Federal Credit Union pregame show begins at 6:50PM.
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