Squirrels Fall Short in Binghamton

Binghamton, NY (WWBT)- The Binghamton Mets drilled three home runs to sink the Flying Squirrels, 7-3, in the finale of a three-game series on Sunday night. With the loss, the Squirrels dropped the series and finished their road-trip at a record of 2-4.

B-Mets right-hander Collin McHugh started the ballgame by hitting Francisco Peguero. It would prove costly, as Richmond took the early lead in the first inning. Charlie Culberson followed with a single to move Peguero to third base. Wendell Fairley bounced into a double-play, but Peguero scored on the play for a 1-0 lead.

Richmond left-hander Chuck Lofgren held off the Binghamton Mets for the first two innings, but allowed a lead-off single to Raul Reyes in the third. Two batters later, Lofgren issued a walk to Reese Havens to put two aboard. Juan Lagares followed and clubbed a 2-2 pitch over the wall in left field. The three-run home run put Binghamton in front for the first time, 3-1.

The Squirrels got one run back in the fifth inning when Peguero opened the inning with a single. Peguero stole second base, and a batter later, Fairley laid down a bunt-single to put runners at the corners with nobody out. With Chris Dominguez at the plate, McHugh unleashed a wild-pitch, allowing Peguero to score.

The ballgame didn't remain close for long, as Binghamton blasted two more home runs in the fifth inning to blow it open. Reyes again led off with a single and Allan Dykstra pinch-hit for McHugh in the ninth spot in the Binghamton order. He smacked a two-run home run over the video board in right-center field for a 5-2 lead. With two outs in the inning, Lagares singled cleanly into right field. Brahiam Maldonado then belted his second home run of the series, a massive two-run shot to left field to stretch the lead for Binghamton to 7-2.

McHugh departed to the victory after five innings. He conceded two earned runs on six hits, walked two and struck out four as he earned his sixth victory of the season.

Richmond scratched a run across in the sixth inning against right-hander Tobi Stoner. Juan Perez and Sharlon Schoop recorded back-to-back singles to start the inning, and Skyler Stromsmoe made it 7-3 with a sacrifice fly to right field.

Lofgren took his first loss as a Squirrel, working five innings. He surrendered seven runs - all attributable to home runs - on six hits. He walked two and struck out three.

Stoner recovered to limit the Squirrels to the lone run over three innings of relief. He handed it off to right-hander Josh Stinson in the ninth inning. Stinson closed out the win for Binghamton with a scoreless inning.

The Squirrels return home for a series with first place Bowie beginning on Tuesday.

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