B-Mets strike early and often, defeat Aeros 10-2
Myers struggles in rehab outing
AKRON, OH -- The Binghamton Mets scored early on Brett Myers and never let up, beating the Akron Aeros 10-2 Saturday night at Canal Park.
Myers -- who started for the Aeros (63-69) on a major league rehab assignment -- did not look good. The right-hander was throwing in the uppers 80s but did not seem to have a command of his pitchers. Myers threw 16 pitches in 0.1 innings -- nine for strikes -- while allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits, no walks, and no strikeouts.
Manager Edwin Rodriguez was not concerned about Myers' struggles, however, and was encouraged instead by seeing the right-hander simply back on the mound.
"I think the priority, the main thing for Myers is just pitching without pain," Rodriguez said. "It's not the quality of the pitches, just working on the mound, mak[ing] sure he works on his release point, and all of that. I don't think it's fair to rate him on this performance."
The B-Mets (82-51) wasted no time getting to Myers (1-2, 4.15 ERA, 6.42 FIP). After the second baseman Daniel Muno reached on a fielding error by second baseman Ronny Rodriguez to lead-off the game, Myers uncorked a wild pitch to move him to second. Myers then allowed three singles back-to-back-to-back, driving in one run.
The B-Mets scored another two runs on a groundout to first base and on a throwing error by shortstop Jose Ramirez before the Aeros brought right-hander Enosil Tejeda in to stop the bleeding. Tejeda did by inducing a 6-4-3 double play, but the B-Mets were already up 3-0 before Akron had a chance to bat.
Even if the Aeros had pitched well, it might not have mattered much against Binghamton starter Darin Gorski. The left-hander shut down the Aeros all night, only allowing one hit through seven innings and finishing the night with two runs on three hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts in 7.2 innings.
E. Rodriguez noted that Gorski (5-1, 2.01 ERA, 2.66 FIP) just had everything working Saturday night, especially getting ahead early in the count.
"I think that he established his fastball in and then his changeup was working," Rodriguez said. "His best pitch was [getting] strike one. First pitch, strike one."
Despite Gorski's success, Rodriguez was a little annoyed that his team did not make adjustments to get to the left-hander.
"We could've made adjustments, but we didn't," Rodriguez said. "He was pitching the same, same approach [from] the first inning all the way through the eighth. We were unable to make adjustments. Everything was around the plate."
Normally a starter, right-hander Will Roberts began his night in the second inning due to Myers' rehab. Roberts looked to be rebounding well after allowing six runs in four innings on Monday, but the wheels came off for the right-hander in the sixth inning.
Binghamton batted around in the sixth, scoring six runs on six singles and two walks. The B-Mets chased Roberts (7-9, 4.52 ERA, 4.28 FIP) in that sixth inning, leaving the right-hander with seven runs allowed in 4.1 innings on seven hits, three walks, and six strikeouts.
The cause of Roberts' problems in that sixth innings stemmed from not throwing first pitch strikes, according to Rodriguez.
"The same reason that their pitcher stayed there for eight innings, Roberts was not doing that," Rodriguez said. "First pitch strikes. This is Double-A. It just gets tougher. If you're pitching behind in the count, you're going to have trouble. That goes for starting pitchers, relievers, any pitcher. Behind in the count, they'll make you pay."
Right-hander Shawn Armstrong relieved Roberts, and while he did not allow any runs in his 1.2 innings, Armstrong did allow both of his inherited runners to score.
Throughout the night the B-Mets did not destroy the ball -- J. Rodriguez's triple was their only extra-base hit -- but Binghamton consistently made solid contact. The B-Mets ended the game with 13 hits.
The Aeros finally got their bats to wake up in the eighth inning, though it was too little too late. Following two walks and a single to load the bases, Ramirez lined a single to left field to score two and avoid a shutout.
Third baseman Giovanny Urshela -- who had the walk-off single for the Aeros Friday night -- went 0-for-3, snapping his streak of four-straight, two-hit games.
Despite the loss, the Aeros will look to take the four-game series Sunday afternoon at Canal Park with right-hander Cody Anderson (0-0, 6.23 ERA, 7.01 FIP) making his third start of the season for Akron. Binghamton will counter with right-hander Greg Peavey (2-1, 2.00 ERA 3.53 FIP). First pitch is at 2:05 p.m.
Attendance: 7,662... Time of Game: 2:45... First pitch was at 7:11... Game time temperature: 78 degrees... Carlos Moncrief had the night off, leaving his hit streak alive at nine games… Before the game, right-hander Kyle Blair was placed on the disabled list with an elbow injury and catcher Chris Wallace was activated.
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