The Binghamton Mets propensity for giving the opposition multi-run innings proved costly again on Monday, as the Bowie Baysox used a four-run second inning to propel themselves past the visiting B-Mets, 6-2.
Binghamton did dent the scoreboard first with a home run off the bat of Nick Evans, who recently returned from a stint with the big club in Flushing. It was Evans’ 16th homer of the season and gave Binghamton (50-46) a short-lived 1-0 lead.
The Baysox (51-45) evened things up in the bottom of the inning off Mets’ starter Chris Schwinden. Brian Roberts led off with a double and later scored on a single by Tyler Henson.
Schwinden (4-6) had an inning to forget in the second. He walked leadoff batter Brandon Waring, one out later he threw a wild pitch, allowing him to move to second and with two outs, he walked Greg Miclat. Following the walk, he tried to pickoff Waring at third and threw the ball away. Waring scored to make it 2-1. Roberts followed with an RBI single and Ryan Adams added to the misery with a two-run blast over the right field wall, putting Bowie up 5-1.
In the Binghamton of the fourth, Kirk Nieuwenhuis started things with a walk, but was picked off by Bowie starter Eddie Gamboa. The call didn’t sit well with first base coach Luis Natera. He argued and was subsequently ejected by first base umpire Max Guyll.
Raul Rivero (1-0) relieved Gamboa in the fifth and was credited with the victory after two innings of scoreless relief.
Schwinden was lifted after five innings, giving up five runs and six hits. He walked three and struck out six. Eddie Kunz, Eric Niesen and Roy Merritt all pitched one inning each.
Niesen gave up Bowie’s sixth and final run when he issued a bases-loaded walk, one of two he had in the inning.
Binghamton picked up a run in the eighth when Kirk Nieuwenhuis drew a two-out walk and went to second on a wild pitch by Brandon Cooney. Sean Ratliff made Cooney pay with his 14th double of the season to make it a 6-2 ballgame.
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Game Notes: The game started 31 minutes late due to rain; Bowie’s Tyler Henson hit the showers early, as he was ejected while playing left field by home plate umpire Andy Dudones.
Game two of the series is at 7:05 PM Tuesday. Mike Antonini (6-7, 3.70) will pitch for Binghamton against Steve Johnson (3-6, 5.90) of Bowie.