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Cleveland Indians

Mets rally late for extra-inning win; Head out temporarily

By sstorm Published: April 16, 2008

Starting pitcher David Huff limited Binghamton to three hits over five innings and struck out eight.

Despite being limited to just three hits, Aeros third baseman Wes Hodges hammered his third home run in two games. Left fielder Nate Panther followed with a solo homer of his own three innings later to give the host Aeros a 2-0 lead.

In fact, all that was missing for the Aeros on the warm and sun-splashed Wednesday morning affair attended primarily by some 2,000 local school kids was the all-important shutout relief.

Of course, that's a pretty tall order against this season's offensive juggernaut that is the Binghamton Mets, who rallied for seven unanswered runs against the Aeros bullpen to top the host 7-2 in 10 innings.

Those dangerous hitters would be third baseman Daniel Murphy (who finished the game batting .480 on the season), first baseman Nick Evans (whose batting average now sits at a lofty .420) and designated hitter Mike Carp (who rounds out the group at a healthy .451.)

Combined, the trio drove in four RBI and recorded six of the Mets 11 hits. But early on against Huff, they were limited to a pair of harmless hits as the Aeros finally got the solid starting pitching they've been searching for out of a young prospect group of hurlers.

Huff, 23, aggressively attacked the free-swinging Mets, quieting their bats with a full four-pitch arsenal of changeup, fastball, curveball and slider.

If not for a mounting count that hit 90 pitches, the Indians sandwich selection (39th overall) in the 2006 draft out of UCLA might have cruised though the entire game.

But right-handed veteran J.D. Martin replaced Huff in the sixth and pitched into the eighth before running into trouble capped by a Carp two-run single that tied the game.

The Mets clinched the victory in the 10th inning with five runs (but just one earned) against new Aeros reliever Scott Roehl - a frame highlighted by a two-out, three-run homer by Mets left fielder Josh Petersen.

* Aeros RF Stephen Head, who was pinch-hit for in the fifth inning of the Aeros 11-10 win Tuesday night, did not play in Wednesday's game. He is listed as day-to-day (I know, aren't we all) with a sore right wrist he jammed while sliding into base in the third inning Tuesday.

--30--[ep

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