B-Mets avoid sweep at hands of Squirrels

BINGHAMTON, NY (WWBT) - The Binghamton Mets staved off a sweep attempt from the Richmond Flying Squirrels, claiming the finale of a three-game set, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon. The Squirrels did take the series, but finished their six-game road trip 3-3, trailing the Bowie Baysox by 4 ½ games in the wild-card race.

The B-Mets got after Richmond lefty Mike Kickham in the second inning, notching the first two runs of the ballgame. Allan Dykstra started the threat with a lead-off single. Eric Campbell followed with a double off the wall in left-center field to put runners at second and third base with nobody out. Juan Centeno bounced out to score Dykstra and Wilfredo Tovar lifted a sacrifice-fly to right field to plate Campbell for a 2-0 lead.

Binghamton got three more in the third, sparked when Kickham hit Juan Lagares with one out. Reese Havens followed with a double and Lagares scored from first for a 3-0 advantage. A batter later, Dykstra cracked a single to score Havens. Campbell capped the inning with an RBI double to make it 5-0.

Kickham (10-10) lasted just four innings and took his 10th loss of the year. He was tagged for five earned runs on six hits, walked one and struck out three. Kickham lost for the second time on the road trip and second time on the season to Binghamton in his second start against them.

Meanwhile, Binghamton right-hander Gonzalez Germen cruised through six scoreless innings. Richmond finally broke through against him in the seventh when Ehire Adrianza and Joel Weeks delivered back-to-back singles to right field. Luke Anders pinch-hit in the pitcher's spot and drilled an RBI double through the alley in right-center field, putting the Squirrels on the board. Gary Brown followed with a sacrifice-fly to trim the Richmond deficit to three runs, 5-2.

Germen (7-10) called it a night following the seventh, earning the win. He conceded just two runs despite eight hits, walked none and struck out three. Right-hander Brad Holt worked the eighth and righty Drew Carpenter earned his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

In a losing effort, Richmond right-handers Jacob Dunnington and Austin Fleet combined for four scoreless innings of relief.

The Flying Squirrels return home to open a three-game series with Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles) on Monday night. First pitch at The Diamond is scheduled for 7:05 PM as Richmond RHP Justin Fitzgerald (7-7, 3.41) will make the start against Bowie RHP Dylan Bundy (1-0, 3.38).

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