Recap 06/26: Binghamton Bats Explode in 11-6 Win

AKRON,
OH – The Binghamton Mets offense hammered the Aeros pitching staff again
Saturday night, winning by the final score of 11-6 at Canal Park. Each team
collected 14 hits in front of the 4,324 fans in attendance, but the B-Mets
capitalized on monster nights from first baseman Nick Evans and right fielder
Raul Reyes. Akron (36-38) has now lost eight of their past 12 contests to fall
2.5 games behind the Bowie Baysox for second place in the Western Division
while the streaking Mets (38-36) have won eight of 10.

The
night started off well for the Aeros as the team had a monster bottom of the
first inning against Binghamton starter Mark Cohoon. It was the Double-A debut
for the young lefty and he made a crucial mistake in allowing a two-out Matt
McBride RBI double to left-center. Right fielder John Drennen followed with a
run-scoring single and shortly after, designated hitter Jerad Head gave the
hosts the quick 3-0 lead with a liner to left.

Akron
starter Scott Barnes could not maintain the advantage as the Mets attacked in
the top of the third. Reyes smacked a one-out two-run homer to right while a
Jason Kipnis error at second prolonged the frame. Binghamton collected six hits
quickly and after the rally was finally over, the three-run edge turned into a
6-3 deficit for the Aeros.

Reyes
began the fourth inning with his second home run of the night and the team then
added two more runs against Barnes in the fifth. The Mets extended the lead to
10-3 in the next inning on a solo shot by Evans, his team-leading 13th
homer of the season.

Cohoon
cruised until the sixth where he faced trouble with one out in the frame as Drennen,
shortstop Josh Rodriguez and Head loaded the bases with three consecutive
singles. Tim Fedroff then struck out looking for Cohoon’s first strikeout of
the game, but catcher Damaso Espino followed with a huge two-run single to right
field.

The
comeback would fall short as Binghamton added a run in the eighth on an RBI
single by Marshall Hubbard against reliever Zach Putnam. The Aeros then
provided the final margin thanks to another clutch two-out run-scoring hit by
Espino later that inning.

Cohoon
(1-0) earned the win despite conceding five runs on 11 hits in 5.2 innings
pitched while the lefty Barnes (3-7) took the loss. He permitted eight hits,
four walks and two home runs in just four innings total as the nine runs (five
earned) he allowed were the most by an Akron pitcher this season. Relievers
Connor Graham and Putnam each allowed a run in two frames and Steven Wright delivered
a shutout ninth.

Five
different Aeros finished with multi-hit performances led by the impressive
outings from Head and Espino. Head was a perfect 4-for-4 with two doubles, a
run scored and an RBI while Espino was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Meanwhile,
Binghamton is now averaging 7.2 runs and 10.9 hits in the 13 meetings between
these teams on the year.

The
Mets look for the three-game weekend sweep of the Aeros Sunday afternoon with a
1:35 p.m. first pitch. It is a busy day at Canal Park highlighted by the
National Pro Football Hall of Fame Day, featuring former Detroit Lion Lem
Barney. Sunday is also Orbit’s Birthday Bash, presented by ACME Bakeries, and
many of Orbit’s favorite local mascot friends will be on hand for the game.
Akron lefty Kelvin De La Cruz (1-4, 5.61 ERA) makes the start in the home stand
finale against Binghamton’s Jenrry Mejia (0-0, 3.86 ERA). Sunday’s game
broadcast begins at 1:20 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com. For more information,
please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

—AEROS—

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