Wolves Battle Back; Stun Binghamton in Extras

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ERIE 10-16-1
BINGHAMTON 8-11-1

The SeaWolves were down to their final out on Thursday night at NYSEG Stadium but plated two runs in the ninth and two in the 10th, taking down the Binghamton Mets, 10-8, earning their first come from behind win of the season.

The Mets struck first in the last of the first against Erie starter Brennan Smith. Derrik Gibson stepped to the plate with one out and belted a solo home run to center for a 1-0 lead. With two outs, Dominic Smith singled and stole second. Matt Oberste singled home Smith for a 2-0 Mets advantage.
The SeaWolves tied the game in the top of the second against Mets starter Andrew Barbosa. Dean Green led off with a double and was doubled home by Connor Harrell making it 2-1. Harrell moved to third on a Dominic Ficociello single and scored on a Jeff McVaney groundout.

Erie took the lead in the third. Gustavo Nunez and Alberto Gonzalez each singled. Tyler Bortnick singled home Nunez making it 3-2 in favor of the ‘Wolves.

Binghamton regained the lead in the last of the fourth. Stefan Sabol walked with one out and Xorge Carrillo connected on an opposite-field home run to make it 4-3. Maikis De La Cruz followed with a single. He stole second and moved to third on an error. The Mets loaded the bases on back-to-back walks by LJ Mazzilli and Gibson. Niuman Romero followed with a sacrifice fly, plating De La Cruz for a 5-3 lead.

Erie again tied the game in the sixth. Austin Green walked and Ficociello singled putting two on for McVaney. McVaney laced a two-run double down the left field line, tying the game at 5-5.

The Mets quickly regained the lead in the last of the sixth. Carrillo led off with a single and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Mazzilli singled home Carrillo making it 6-5 Binghamton.

In the top of the seventh, Bortnick walked and moved to third on a Dean Green single. Kody Eaves laid down a squeeze bunt, scoring Bortnick to once again tie up the game.

Binghamton would add a run in the seventh against reliever Joe Mantiply. Oberste walked and moved to third on a Victor Cruzado base hit. Sabol lifted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Oberste making it 7-6.

In the eighth, De La Cruz led off with a walk and scored on a two-out Smith single off of Lendy Castillo making it 8-6.

The Mets turned to closer Akeel Morris in the ninth. Morris retired the first two batters before walking Eaves, bringing the tying run to the plate in Austin Green. Green smashed a game-tying, two-run home run over the wall in left. Morris has blown saves in consecutive games for Binghamton.

The  game moved into the 10th after Castillo worked a scoreless ninth. Morris walked McVaney to start the inning. Krizan smashed a double to right and McVaney scored by sliding around the tag by the catcher Carrillo, giving Erie a 9-8 lead. Krizan would come home on a one-out Alberto Gonzalez single for a 10-8 lead.

Paul Voelker came into the game in the bottom of the 10th and gave up a leadoff double to Carrillo. He followed the knock by striking out the side, earning his second save of the season, completing the comeback.

Castillo (1-1) earned the win allowing a run on two hits with a walk and two strikeouts in two innings of work.

Morris (0-1) took the loss for Binghamton allowing four runs on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts in two innings.

The SeaWolves and Mets meet on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium at 7:05 p.m.
 

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