Binghamton wasted no time getting on the board in the first inning. Kyle Johnson started the ballgame by getting hit by Kyle Davies’ 1-2 pitch. Johnson moved into scoring position when Dustin Lawley walked. Matt Clark brought him home with the game’s first run by lining a single into right.
Tyler Naquin used his speed to tie the game in the first. Akron’s leadoff hitter laced a single up the middle, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch, and crossed home on a groundout by Francisco Lindor.
The game didn’t remain tied for long. With Xorge Carrillo on second in the top of the season, Wilfredo Tovar launched a 2-0 pitch over the left-field wall for his first home run of the season. Tovar collected four round-trippers as a B-Met last year.
Robles made the lead stand for four innings. The righty posted a perfect second, used a double play to erase a leadoff single in the third and used another twin-killing to nullify an Akron rally in the fourth.
Davies fought through three more shutout innings after allowing Tovar’s homer. The Georgian exited after five innings, his shortest outing as a RubberDuck. He was tagged for three runs on seven hits and struck out one.
Robles’ run came to an end in the sixth. Naquin worked an eight-pitch at-bat before ripping a leadoff double to center. Two batters later, Giovanny Urshela lifted an 0-2 pitch over the left-field fence, tying the game at three. Akron chased the B-Mets starter from the game with back-to-back two-out singles. Jack Leathersich took over and struck out Tony Wolters to end the threat.
Akron grabbed their first lead of the game in the seventh. Justin Toole flared a one-out single to right and moved into scoring position on Naquin’s bunt groundout. With two outs, Lindor poked a single into right field. As Toole rounded third, Cory Vaughn bobbled the roller, allowing the go-ahead run to score standing up.
Jordan Cooper took over from Davies and put the B-Mets down in order in the sixth and seventh. Given a one-run lead, he walked Matt Reynolds to start the eighth. Reynolds advanced to third with two outs, but was left stranded when Cory Vaughn struck out. Tyler Sturdevant worked around a two-out single to put up a shutout ninth inning, securing his second save of the season.
Cooper (2-0) tossed three hitless innings of relief to collect his second win of the season. Leathersich (1-1) surrendered the go-ahead run in the seventh in the loss. Robles allowed three runs on eight hits over 5-2/3 innings in the no-decision.
The B-Mets (12-10) conclude their three-game visit to Akron with a Wednesday morning game. RHP Greg Peavey takes the mound against RHP Gabriel Arias with first pitch set for 10:35 AM. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show begins at 6:20 PM on ESPN 1360 WYOS.
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