The Erie SeaWolves (63-54) had their bats held in check for most of the night, but clutch hitting led to a 6-4 comeback win over the Binghamton Mets (74-46). This marks the tenth time this year that the ‘Wolves have rallied to victory when trailing after six innings.
The Mets threw the first punch in the second inning when Rhyne Hughes sent a leadoff home run over the right field wall. Binghamton then flexed their two-out muscle when Wilfred Tovar and Alonzo Harris each reached base on walks and advanced into scoring position on a on a wild pitch. Daniel Muno singled to put the Mets ahead 3-0.
Binghamton would tack on another run in the fifth inning when Tovar opened the frame with a double. Tovar was brought home home on a RBI single from Josh Rodriguez, extending the Mets’ lead to 4-0.
The SeaWolves would start a string of six unanswered runs in the seventh inning. Tyler Collins and James McCann led off the frame with back-to-back walks. Wade Gaynor scored Collins with a RBI double. After Binghamton’s Armando Rodriguez set down the next two SeaWolves, James Robbins sent a three-run blast into right field, tying the game 4-4.
Erie would take control in the eighth. Daniel Fields kicked things off with a base hit and scored on Ramon Cabrera’s RBI double. After advancing to third on McCann’s single, Cabrera was plated on a suicide squeeze bunt from Gaynor, giving the SeaWolves a 6-4 lead. Erie’s defense would close things out with a three-up, three-down ninth.
SeaWolves pitcher Will Startup (5-1) picked up the win a perfect 1.2 innings of relief, striking out five. Reliever Melvin Mercedes earned his eighth save of the season in his lone inning of work, picking up a strikeout. Starter Drew VerHagen received a no decision for his three innings of work, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts.
B-Mets pitcher Armando Rodriguez (1-1) was tagged with the loss in three innings of relief, giving up 6 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard finished with a no decision after going 5 innings, giving up no runs on 2 hits, 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts.
Erie will close out the home stand tomorrow afternoon with a 1:35 pm first pitch. Erie will send LHP Ramon Garcia (0-2, 5.32 ERA) to the mound against LHP Mark Cohoon (7-3, 4.23 ERA).