BINGHAMTON, NY - Despite receiving a season-high eight innings from P.J. Conlon, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies were shut out by the Akron RubberDucks, 1-0, Thursday night at NYSEG Stadium. Following his one-hitter from five days earlier, Conlon struck out six RubberDucks without dishing out a walk. The Rumble Ponies suffered their second shutout loss of the season and were held to a season-low two hits by three RubberDuck pitchers.
Dorssys Paulino's two-out single in the fourth inning proved to be the difference maker in Binghamton's tenth one-run game of the season. Mike Papi singled to begin the frame and moved to third base on a pair of groundouts. Paulino hit a slow roller directly up the middle, which found its way into the outfield for a hit and a 1-0 Akron lead.
The Binghamton bats left seven on base and were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. Tomas Nido doubled and Jio Mier singled to provide the lone Rumble Pony hits off three Akron arms.
Luis Lugo (2-1) tossed six scoreless frames while walking five, before the combination of Matt Whitehouse and Neil Holland finished off the Rumble Ponies in the final three innings.
P.J. Conlon (3-2) has now allowed one run in 15 innings with one walk and 15 strikeouts in his last two starts.
The Rumble Ponies (18-12) continue their five-game series with Akron on Friday night at 7:05 PM. RHP Donovan Hand takes the hill against RubberDucks RHP Julian Merryweather. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting at 6:50 PM on Newsradio 1290 WNBF and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies channel on TuneIn.
POSTGAME NOTES: Jio Mier extends his hitting streak to six games…Binghamton falls to 7-3 in one-run games…The game was played in two hours and four minutes, the shortest nine-inning game of the season
Tickets for the game and Binghamton's entire home schedule can be purchased at the NYSEG Stadium box office, online on www.bingrp.com and over the phone at (607) 722-FUNN.
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