(PR) Binghamton, NY) – Leading 4-2 in the ninth inning, the Trenton Thunder defense committed errors on three consecutive batters to allow the Binghamton Mets a come-from-behind 5-4 victory Sunday night at NYSEG Stadium. David Adams’ missed-catch error allowed the winning run to score on a fielder’s choice ground ball.
In the race for the Eastern Division wild card spot, Reading still holds a one-game lead over New Britain with one game to play for each club. The Thunder will face either the Phillies or Rock Cats in a best-of-five series beginning on the road on Wednesday night. Trenton will host game three next Friday night (Sept. 7) at Waterfront Park, then games four and five if necessary on Saturday and Sunday.
Francisco Pena led off the ninth for Binghamton with a looping single to left. The next batter Wildredo Tovar hit a fly ball to left field that was simply dropped by Shane Brown putting runners on first and second. Pedro Zapata then laid down a bunt attempting to sacrifice, but catcher J.R. Murphy’s throw sailed wide of first base allowing a run to score and leaving runners on first and third.
Ryan Pope (3-6) uncorked a wild pitch with Juan Lagares batting to bring home Tovar with the tying run and advance Zapata to third. Lagares then hit a grounder to shortstop, and Addison Maruszak tried to catch Zapata advancing to third base. His throw was missed by Adams and rolled away allowing Zapata to get up and score the winning run.
Trenton had erased an early 2-0 deficit by scoring single runs in the third, sixth eighth and ninth innings. Zoilo Almonte’s solo home run in the eighth gave the Thunder their first lead at 3-2, his 21st of the season. Rob Segedin drove home what appeared to be an insurance run with an RBI groundout in the ninth.
Trenton and Binghamton conclude the series and the regular season Monday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 pm. The Thunder have yet to announce a starting pitcher while the Mets are expected to throw righty Gonzalez Germen (8-11, 4.42). Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and also streaming online begins at 12:50 pm.