AA Saturday: B-Mets Clinch Playoff Berth And a Memory Trip To ’04

AA: @ Binghamton Mets 5, New Britain Rock Cats (MIN) 4

bmetslogoWith this win, which clinched their first playoff berth since 2004, the Binghamton Mets earned a champagne shower, for all.

Binghamton used a five-run rally in the sixth inning to erase the damage done by Twins’ prospect Miguel Sano’s 31st homerun of the year. (After hitting a whopping .330/.424/.655 in 56 games in the FSL, Sano is “down” to .243/.346/.580 in 53 games in AA. He turned 20 in May. He’s scary.)

Mark Cohoon (9-3, 4.18), who is the Binghamton career franchise leader in wins, innings, and strikeouts lasted six innings (6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). Cohoon is a great example of a guy who has reached his  level. He ran an ERA of 6.77 in AAA in 2011 and 2012. On the other hand, he’s a useful guy for a double-A staff, so this year, the Mets left Cohoon, who will be 26 in September in Binghamton all year to make 18 starts and help extend the B-Mets’ rotation.

The 2004 B-Mets earned the wild card thanks in part to a big first half fashioned by a 21-year-old 3B – Mr. David Wright who hit an obscene .363/.467/.619 in 60 games with 27 doubles, 10 homeruns and 20 stolen bases. Jose Reyes played four rehab games for the ’04 B-Mets. Other notable big leaguers from the ’04 playoff team included Angel Pagan (.287/.346/.405) as a 22-year-old CF and Jeff Keppinger (.338/.389/.416 overall in the EL) as a 24-year-old included in the Mets’ trade deadline deal for Kris Benson for Matt Peterson Jose Bautista and Ty Wigginton.  A 20-year-old Scott Kazmir made four starts for Binghamton before the July 30 trade that sent him to Tampa Bay for Bartolome Fortunato and Victor Zambrano. Tampa immediately pushed Kazmir to the big leagues where he struggled with his control.

The ’04 team was managed by Ken Oberkfell, who helmed the Mets’ AAA affiliate from 2005-2010 in Norfolk, New Orleans and Buffalo. Obie is now in independent ball with the Lincoln Saltdogs. He’s a baseball lifer who deserves better.

Tim Heiman’s radio call of the final out sounded like this:

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