Binghamton tops Bowie in pitchers' duel, 1-0 Harriger's gem gives Mets a split


The Bowie Baysox and Binghamton Mets combined for 27 hit in the first game of last night's doubleheader, but Erik Schullstrom and Denny Harriger would have none of that in the second game.

Baysox right-hander Schullstrom made one mistake, but it cost him the game as the Mets won the second game, 1-0, on Chris Buttersfield's home run to the left-field corner in the third inning before 2,041 fans at Memorial Stadium.

"It was a dead fastball right down the middle to a fastball hitter," said Schullstrom, who had his three-game win streak snapped. "The first time through the lineup, I like to throw as many fastballs as I can. If it was a perfect world, I would have thrown him a changeup."

In the first game, actually the completion of Tuesday's game, which had been suspended in the fifth inning by thunderstorms with the score tied 8-8, Bowie defeated Binghamton, 10-9, on an two-out, RBI single by Jimmy Roso in the ninth inning.

The Baysox (32-21) racked up 17 hits and 10 runs in the first game, but managed just six hits and went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position against the worst pitching club in the Eastern League in the second game. Bowie also stranded Kyle Washington at third in the ninth inning.

The Mets' pitching staff sits at the bottom of the league in both hits and earned run average (4.79), but Harriger (4-4) dazzled Baysox batters in his first start against them and finished by retiring 11 of 13 batters in his first complete game.

Schullstrom (3-3) also remained consistent as he faced the minimum number of batters in four of the game's seven innings.

"I'm not happy with my performance. I don't like to walk anybody," said Schullstrom, who walked four Mets. "The way I was throwing, I was lucky that it was just one run."

Binghamton stayed in last place in the league with a record of 20-35.

In the first game, backup catcher Jimmy Roso hit a two-out ninth-inning single to left to win the game for the Baysox. Binghamton had intentionally walked Brad Tyler to get to Roso.

Baysox right-hander Chuck Ricci pitched the five innings last night improve to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in five games against Binghamton.

Mets reliever Bryan Rogers (2-4) took the loss and has surrendered four runs in just over five innings against Bowie this season.

NOTES: Bowie shortstop Tim Holland was promoted to Triple-A Rochester last night. Holland will replace Manny Alexander, who is out for at least a week because of an ankle injury.

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