7-2 loss snaps Akron win streak
Verrett shuts down Akron bats
BINGHAMTON- The Binghamton Mets snapped the Akron Aeros’ longest win streak of the season with a 7-2 victory Saturday afternoon.
Akron’s loss evened the series at 1-1, with one more game to play in Binghamton.
Akron’s offense was no match for the Mets’ starting pitcher Logan Verrett. Verrett pitched eight innings and allowed only two runs. Not a single player in the Aeros’ lineup would record more than one hit. Even designated hitter Chun-Hsiu Chen, with the sixth highest batting average in the Eastern League, was unable to obtain a hit.
Matt Packer took the mound for the Aeros in the first inning. Binghamton’s batters were able to take advantage of Packer and scored a run every inning. Packer has also allowed the most hits and runs of anyone on the roster this year.
It was in the second inning that Catcher Chris Wallace put the Aeros on the board with a home run to left field. It was the first home run for Wallace, who was traded to the Indians earlier this season from the Houston Astros to add catching depth to the Indians minor league system.
The Aeros challenged Verrett once more in the sixth inning. After shortstop Ronny Rodriguez tripled to centerfield, third baseman Giovanny Urshela popped a sacrifice fly out to center bringing Rodriguez in to score. This would mark Urshela’s tenth RBI of the season. Akron wouldn’t score the next four innings.
The 6-foot, 6-inch righty Cole Cook replaced Packer in the middle of the fifth inning. Cook was able to finish the inning scoreless. The Mets returned in the sixth to continue obliterating Akron’s pitching as they scored three runs on Cook before he was able to finish the inning. Cook has struggled in Akron allowing the second most runs and hits on the team, putting up a 2.51 whip.
Trey Haley came on in the eight for the Aeros and pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Haley is one of two pitchers on the roster who have yet to allow a run this season.
The loss to Binghamton ties the Aeros for last place with the Altoona Curve. Akron has one game left in the split series with the Mets, before they continue their away stance in Altoona to face the Curve for a three-game series.
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