Courtesy: Erie SeaWolves
The SeaWolves dropped the series opener to the Binghamton Mets, 7-2, on Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium.
Binghamton got on the board with home runs off of Erie starter Matt Crouse in the first and second innings. Cesar Puello blasted a solo home run in the first with two outs and Richard Lucas led off the second with a deep ball to right for a 2-0 lead.
The SeaWolves responded in the top of the third against Mets starter Noah Syndergaard. Luis Castillo led off with a triple and was singled home by Marcus Lemon cutting the lead in half. Jamie Johnson doubled home Lemon, tying the game at 2-2.
Binghamton quickly regained the lead in the last of the third. Danny Muno singled with one out and moved into scoring position on a two-out Puello knock. Allan Dykstra singled home Muno for a 3-2 Mets lead. Puello scored on a wild pitch making it 4-2.
The Mets continued to swat the long ball to build on the lead. In the fourth, Rhyne Hughes homered to straight away center off of Crouse for a 5-2 lead. In the sixth, Lucas connected on his second home run of the day, this time to right, for a 6-2 lead off of reliever Will Clinard.
Binghamton added a run in the eighth against Michael Morrison. Dykstra led off with a walk and was doubled to third by Lucas. Dykstra scored on a Hughes sacrifice fly for a 7-2 lead.
The Mets pitching staff combined to hold Erie hitless over the final four innings of the game.
Crouse (4-6) took the loss allowing five runs on eight hits with no walks and four strikeouts in five innings.
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