BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Rumble Ponies dropped their third straight contest, 2-1, to the Erie SeaWolves Thursday afternoon at UPMC Park. Rumble Ponies collected just one hit on eight tries with men in scoring position and left four aboard in the final three innings. Binghamton outhit Erie in all three games of the series, but suffered their first three-game sweep of the season.
Trailing by one run in the seventh inning, Binghamton’s Matt Oberste launched a one-out double and moved to third following Jio Mier’s groundout. SeaWolves Manager Lance Parris turned to left-hander Jairo Labourt to diffuse the danger and he did. Needing just one pitch, Labourt induced a Gustavo Nunez groundout to strand the potential tying run on third base.
Binghamton threatened again in the eighth inning, after a Champ Stuart walk and Kevin Kaczmarski double. Parrish again turned to his bullpen, summoning Bryan Garcia to finagle his way out of the one-out jam. In his second Double-A appearance, Garcia struck out Tomas Nido and Cody Decker to keep the SeaWolves 2-1 lead in tact.