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Mets win pitching duel 7-3

Haley's rough finish dooms Akron's chances

Mets win pitching duel 7-3
May 14, 2013
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BINGHAMTON- In a pitching duel between the Akron Aeros and the Binghamton Mets, a terrible outing by Trey Haley doomed the Aeros in the eighth as the Aeros fell 7-3.

While things ended poorly for Akron, the Aeros got things started in the top of the first off of Binghamton starter Logan Verrett.

After shortstop Jose Ramirez lined out to start the game, centerfielder Tyler Holt roped a triple to right center. Right fielder Carlos Moncrief then walked and stole second base to put men on second and third with one out. First baseman Chun Chen brought both home with an RBI single and the Aeros were out to a 2-0 lead.

Things were very quiet for three and a half innings until the fireworks began in the fifth.

Third baseman Kyle Bellows smacked a solo home run to start things off, which extended Akron’s lead to 3-0. Verrett settled down and got the next three Aeros out in order. Luckily for Verrett, his offense finally responded in the bottom of the inning.

Left fielder Corey Vaughn lead the inning with a single, and subsequently got to second base on a throwing error by Akron starter Paolo Espino. Espino was able to get the next two Mets to pop out, but the trouble started again when he walked center fielder Alonzo Harris with two outs. With men on first and second, shortstop Wilfredo Tovar singled and brought home Vaughn, cutting the Aeros lead to 3-1. Harris moved to third on the hit and Tovar reached second on the throw home from Holt. Second baseman Daniel Muno  then smacked a double to the gap, scoring both Tovar and Harris to tie the game at 3-3.

After allowing the tying run, Espino got third baseman Josh Rodriguez to strikeout and the Aeros were out of the jam.

That was it in terms of runs off of either starter. Both Espino and Verrett pitched well, (in fact, almost identically), on the evening. Espino finished the day with five hits, three earned runs, one walk, and six strikeouts in six innings on his way to a no decision. Verrett pitched seven innings allowing five hits, three earned runs, three walks, and five strikeouts, also in a no decision.

With the game tied up at 3-3 heading into the bottom of the eighth, the Mets made a game-winning push. After Tovar hit a single off of reliever Trey Haley and was thrown out at second base, trying to stretch the single into a double, Haley walked three straight batters to load the bases with one out.

Looking for the double play ball to end the Binghamton rally, designated hitter Allan Dykstra hit an infield single to Chun Chen and the Mets took the lead 4-3. Vaughn took the next pitch from Haley and drove it up the middle, bringing an insurance run and extending the lead, 5-3. Haley then walked catcher Blake Forsythe, bringing in the third run of the inning and making the score 6-3.

After allowing three runs and allowing six straight batters to reach base safely, Haley was pulled and replaced by reliever Bryan Price.

Price was able to get the Aeros out of the inning, but not without throwing a wild pitch and allowing the Mets to score their fourth run of the inning and the seventh run of the game.

In 1/3 of an inning, Haley allowed three hits, three runs, and four walks, while also taking the loss for the Aeros.

The nightmarish eighth inning would be too much for Akron, as they were unable to mount any sort of a comeback in the top of the ninth, and the final score was 7-3. The Aeros dip back below .500 at 19-20. The Mets improved to 21-18 on the season.

The Aeros will try to avoid a Binghamton sweep in tomorrow night’s series finale, which features Aeros starter Jordan Cooper facing off against Mets starter Jacob deGrom.

First pitch is set for 6:35 pm.

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