Game 39: Senators 4, Mets 1
If it ain't broke, why fix it? On Saturday, the Harrisburg Senators found the recipe for beating the Binghamton Mets and they followed that same game plan on Sunday to a T to garner the 4-1 victory.
Jump out to an early lead and make the B-Mets play from behind
The Senators jumped on the board in the first inning with an Alex Valdez single that scored Josh Johnson after the shortstop walked and went all the way to third base on an errant pickoff attempt. Harrisburg also tacked on two in the second inning on Stephen King's first Double-A home run and another Valdez single that plated Johnson.
Patience at the plate
The Senators drew five walks and worked deep counts against highly touted Mets pitching prospect Jeurys Familia to end his day after only five innings of work.
Let the B-Mets beat themselves
A day after committing six (six!?!?) errors, the B-Mets were back at it again as they registered two more errors that accounted directly for two of the Senators' runs. The costly miscues were the aforementioned pickoff attempt that saw Johnson get to third base with no one in the out and the first inning and Brahiam Maldonado slipping in right field as the Valdez single in the 2nd inning got by him scoring Johnson all the way from first.
Strong starting pitching that goes deep into the game
After a horrendous first start last week in Richmond, Tanner Roark rebounded with a gem as he threw six complete innings only allowing one run on three hits while striking out four.
• In working the last three innings of relief, Erik Arnesen and Hassan Pena retired the final nine B-Mets they faced.
• Jonathan Tucker added an insurance run in the top of the 9th inning with a home run, his second of the season.
• The victory pushed the Senators a game above .500 and just a half game out of first place as they begin a four-game series against the 21-23 Akron Aeros.
The Sports 'Burger Star of the Game: Tanner Roark (6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K)
Next Game: Tomorrow at 7:05 PM @ Canal Park vs. Akron Aeros
Probables: Shairon Martis (HAR) 1-1, 3.08 ERA vs. Kelvin De La Cruz (AKR) 2-3, 3.28 ERA