Aeros 1, Binghamton 0
Key situation: The Aeros didn’t score an earned run. They didn’t need one with how well right-hander Austin Adams was in his Double-A pitching debut.
The lone run of the game came when catcher Chun Chen reached first base with a single, following another single by Matt McBride, right fielder John Drennen hit a ball down to Binghamton first baseman Allan Dykstra.
Dykstra turned and tried to throw McBride out at second, instead throwing into left field. Binghamton Left fielder Raul Reyes then tried to throw out Chen at home and through the ball into the net.
It was the second time this series the two teams scored a lone, unearned run in a game. The Aeros lost the season opener on Thursday because of a wild pitch.
``Its nice to be on the other side this time,’’ Aeros manager Chris Tremie said. ``Both were good games, well pitched games for the most part and good defense in both games. There were some errors made in both games and we were able to get a run out of it today.’’
Adams excellent on the mound
Adams was spectacular as he kept Binghamton hitters off balance, limiting them to two hits and no runs in six innings of work. He only allowed three base runners overall, none moving farther than second base.
``The one walk I just threw a changeup on a 3-2 pitch to see if I could get him swinging,’’ Adams said.
He struck six and got 50 of his 73 pitches across for strikes including throwing first-pitch strikes to 17 of the 21 batters he faced.
``That’s what we have been working on, a lot of first pitch strikes and getting ahead of guys and being able to throw pitches when I want to really; late in counts,’’ Adams said.
Cory Burns struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his second save of the season….Jason Donald (fractured finger) played his first game on rehab assignment Sunday and went 1-for-3 at the plate wit ha single. He had three assists in the field at third base….Nick Hagadone struck out four in two innings of relief...B-Mets starter Robert Carson was impressive too. He gave up six hits and no earned runs through five innings. He struck out four and walked none... The game featured just one extra base hit, a fourth inning double by Binghamton's Eric Campbell...The B-Mets struck out 10 times on Sunday. They now lead the Eastern League with 45 strikeouts through four games...The great pitching led to a speedy game that lasted two hours and eight minutes Sunday.
Next game: Left-hander Matt Packer gets his first start of the season for the Aeros. Right-hander Aaron Pribanic will throw for Altoona at 7:05 p.m. today. Rehabbing Indians Grady Sizemore, Joe Smith and Jason Donald are all expected to play.