BINGHAMTON, NY – On the back of 25 base runners in eight innings of offense, the Binghamton Mets erased an early 3-1 lead in a 9-4 victory over the Trenton Thunder Sunday afternoon.
Before 2,423 fans at NYSEG Stadium, the Thunder jumped ahead in the 2nd inning off Binghamton starter, Rainy Lara. The 24-year old set down the first five batters he faced before Taylor Dugas doubled off him to the right-centerfield wall. Just moments later, Francisco Arcia crushed a two-run homer to right field to put the Thunder on the board, 2-0.
After Binghamton scored in the bottom of the 2nd, Trenton wasted no time extending the lead back to two runs. Cito Culver, playing before over a dozen family and friends who made the Sunday ride from his hometown of Rochester, NY, connected for a leadoff home run to put Trenton ahead 3-1. The home run was his third of the season and currently leads active Thunder players. That blast would be it for the Thunder offense until the top until the top of the 9th inning against Jeff Smoker, but they never got the tying run as far as the on-deck circle in their late rally effort.
Meanwhile, Binghamton scored in six of their eight innings and never were retired in order in any frame. In fact, only once did Thunder pitching the first two batters of any inning. The game was started by Caleb Smith who lasted just 4.0+ innings before being relieved by Conor Mullee. Mullee and Cesar Vargas were the two bullpen arms used in the game—both of whom were charged with multiple runs.
The top two members of the B-Mets lineup (Gavin Cecchini and L.J. Mazzilli) matched career-highs with four hits in the game, and Cecchini matched a different career-high with his 4 RBI. Overall, Binhamton collected 16 hits, walked eight time and were hit by one pitch.
The Trenton Thunder pile on the bus after the game and head east to Hadlock Field where they begin a three-game series with the Portland Sea Dogs Monday night. It is a scheduled 7:00 p.m. first pitch with pre-game coverage beginning at 6:45 p.m. on 91.3 FM and online at www.trentonthunder.com.