The Binghamton Mets enjoyed their 1-0 shutout of Richmond Thursday night so much, that they did it again to the Trenton Thunder on Friday.
Binghamton (33-34) pitching shutdown a very potent Trenton Thunder offense in game one of the Subway Series North, in front of a season-high 5,738 at NYSEG Stadium. With the back-to-back shutouts, Binghamton hurlers have not allowed a run in 22 innings.
Trenton (40-25) had hits in each of the first five innings but Binghamton starting pitcher Chris Schwinden (2-4) got key outs when he needed them in his 6.1 innings of work. He gave up all seven of the Thunder hits, but walked only one, while striking out five. He struck out the side in the first inning, despite giving up a double.
It was the kind of start Schwinden needed, as he came into Friday’s game having lost four straight decisions.
“Schwinden did a great job,” said B-Mets manager Tim Teufel. “We got in early this morning (from Richmond) and he had legs, giving us a strong outing. He gives you what he’s got and doesn’t pull punches. He’s either on, or he’s gonna give you what he’s got.”
The lone Binghamton run came off the bat of the number nine hitter in the order, Brahiam Maldonado, who was called-up before the game from St. Lucie. He hit a homer over the wall in right center. He also went 3-for-3 on the night and was a triple shy of the cycle.
“He’s got some pop in that bat to the pull side and if he gets that stroke down, he’s a dangerous bat in the lineup,” said Teufel of Maldonado. “He has a little game to him too, he’s a hustler, he plays the game hard and I like his style of play. Having Maldi out there is an asset right now.”
In the top of the seventh, Binghamton first baseman Nick Evans made the defensive play of the night. Schwinden gave up a single to Luis Nunez with one out and then was pulled from the game in favor of Derrick Ellison. The first batter he faced, Justin Snyder hit a rocket to Evans at first that he made a spectacular grab on and doubled up Nunez at first to en the inning.
Trenton starter Hector Noesi (3-1) was tagged with his first loss of the year despite going seven strong innings, striking out five and not allowing a walk.
Emary Frederick was called on to get one out in the eighth inning for Binghamton and he did just that, before turning things over to Manuel Alvarez, who earned his first save against Richmond on Thursday, and came in to slam the door on the Thunder in the ninth Friday night.
“He has the attitude of gimme the ball,” said Teufel of Alvarez. “He pitched two innings last night and we were thinking he might be down tonight, but he wanted to get back on the horse and ride it again tonight and he had just as good stuff tonight as he did last night.”
“They asked me if I could pitch today and I said yeah,” said Alvarez. “So I went out and did my job.”
All the Binghamton pitchers did their job on this night. There seems like an urgency out there right now,” said Teufel. “We hit a groove pitching wise and everybody’s contributing.”
Binghamton will look to keep that groove going on Saturday when game two of the series commences at 7:05 PM.
Scott Shaw (4-5, 6.94) will get the call for Binghamton and Cory Arbiso (0-1, 3.46) will toss for Trenton in a spot-start.
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Game Notes: Evans has now hit in five straight games. He went 2-for-4 on Friday, with a first inning double and a single in the sixth… Binghamton’s victory snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Thunder, including all seven previous meetings this season at Waterfront Park.
Roster Move: Binghamton made one more roster move Friday in addition to the ones earlier in the afternoon. Righty reliever Edgar Ramirez was reinstated from the Disabled List. He did not appear in Friday’s game.