BINGHAMTON, NY - Kevin Plawecki finished a triple shy of the cycle and the Binghamton Mets rallied to erase a pair of deficits in an 8-6 victory over the New Britain Rock Cats on Saturday night at NYSEG Stadium. Plawecki launched his third home run in as many games and reached base safely in all five plate appearances to lead the B-Mets to their second straight win.
The B-Mets were forced to play catch up as the Rock Cats jumped on B-Mets starter Hansel Robles for four runs in the first three innings. Corey Wimberly put New Britain on the board with an RBI single in the second and Tony Thomas delivered a three-run double in the third.
Binghamton answered in the next two frames. Plawecki cleared the left-field wall with a solo shot off Tyler DUffer in the third. The B-Mets kept the momentum going in the fourth inning. Dustin Lawley and Darrell Ceciliani tallied back-to-back singles to start the frame. With two outs, Kyle Johnson doubled to right field to plate both runners and cut the deficit to one. Matt Reynolds singled home Johnson to tie the game at four.
The Rock Cats took the lead back in the fifth. Nate Hanson doubled to left-center field and moved to third on a groundout. Reynaldo Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly to center field that brought home Hanson to give New Britain their second lead.
The advantage was extended in the sixth. Hamilton Bennett came in to relieve Robles with a runner on first and two outs. Wimberly smoked a triple to the gap in left field to make it a two-run lead for the Rock Cats.
Binghamton came right back. In the bottom of the sixth, Travis Taijeron led off with a no-doubt home run over the wall in left field. Later in the frame, Reynolds worked a two-out walk and stole second base. Plawecki doubled home Reynolds to tie the game at six.
Binghamton completed their comeback against Adrian Salcedo in the seventh. With the game knotted at six, the B-Mets put the first two aboard. B-Mets center fielder Ceciliani ripped the first pitch he saw into right for a two-run single, giving Binghamton the lead for good.
John Church and Adam Kolarek combined to post a scoreless eighth and Chasen Bradford tossed a blank ninth to earn his tenth save of the season.
Church (2-0) struck out three over 1-1/3 innings to earn his first win. Salcedo (0-6) allowed the game-winning run in his sixth loss. Four B-Mets relievers combined to throw 3-1/3 scoreless innings after Robles exited after allowing six runs.
The B-Mets (26-21) continue their series against the New Britain Rock Cats on Sunday at 6:35 PM. LHP Angel Cuan goes for Binghamton opposite against LHP Sean Gilmartin for New Britain. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show, starting at 6:20 PM, can be heard on Newsradio 1290 WNBF and on the Binghamton Mets Baseball Network via the TuneIn App.
POST-GAME NOTES: Matt Reynolds singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 11 games… Kevin Plawecki is hitting .395 with 4 home runs and 21 RBI in the month of May…five B-Met players tallied multi-hit nights…New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud is scheduled to make a Major League rehab appearance with the B-Mets on Sunday night
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