Saturday, June 9, 2012

Thunder pounded by B-Mets

TRENTON – Tony Franklin says he has no idea what his record is on games he has managed on his birthday.
That’s good because last night’s loss he suffered on his 62nd birthday is one he would just as soon forget.
On a night when a crowd of 7,433 came to Waterfront Park, mostly to see the post-game fireworks show, the Binghamton Mets provided some early fireworks of their own.

They unloaded four home runs – two by Eric Campbell – and coasted to a 12-0 win, the worst dubbing of the year Trenton has suffered as it dropped its second in a row Saturday night.
“I don’t know what my record is on my birthday. It’s probably lousy,” said Franklin. “I never tell anybody it’s my birthday, so nobody makes a big deal about it.”
The B-Mets were the only ones celebrating this night.
In its last four games with the B-Mets, Trenton is 0-4 and has been outscored 32-10. Binghamton plays its final game of the season here at Waterfront Park today at 1:05 p.m. with Brett Marshall (6-3) hoping to stop the bleeding and keep Trenton from being blanked in its first series of the season.
For the second night in a row the middle of the B-Mets lineup pounded Trenton pitching.
Josh Rodriguez, the No.2 hitter in the lineup went 5-for-5 and drove in two runs. Matt den Dekker, who went 5-for-5 in Friday’s win made it seven straight hits and 8-for-10 in the series. His RBI single in the first followed a Rodriguez triple off starter and loser Shaeffer Hall and launched what would soon become a rout.
Campbell had three hits and drove in five runs, slamming a 2-run homer of Ryan Pope in the seventh and a solo homer off Kelvin Perez in the eighth. Leadoff batter Reese Havens hit a solo homer – also off Pope – in the sixth.  
Hall kept it from getting even worse in the early going when he escaped bigger damage by retiring three straight Mets after giving up singles to Reese, Rodriguez and den Dekker to start the third.
For Franklin, who says he’s never thought about managing on his birthday and wasn’t even going to mention the occasion until he got a pregame cake from his players and a birthday call from his son in California, it was one birthday he wishes had a happier ending for his first place Thunder.


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