Nido Celebrates Being Named May’s Player of the Month with a Home Run

Just thirty minutes after Tomas Nido was named the Binghamton Baseball Boosters’ Player of the Month for May, the Rumble Pony catcher hit a home run off of Richmond’s Matt Gage in the bottom of the first inning. Nido went on to go 2-4 for the night, which turned out to be a 6-3 loss to the Richmond Flying Squirrels. In the month of May Nido hit .312, with 2 home runs and 15 RBIs, statistics just good enough to edge out right fielder Kevin Kaczmarski for the award.

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Before hitting his homer, Nido fouled off a ton of piches in an lengthy at-bat agains Matt Gage, Richmond’s southpaw starter.

Nido has been with Binghamton since the start of the season, coming off a great year in St. Lucie, where he led the Florida State League with a .320 batting average. Entering this season Baseball America ranked him as the tenth best prospect in the entire Mets organization.

Between the lines of the diamond, Nido is aggressive as they can be and is a man in perpetual motion. Whether he is trying to pick off a baserunner or running out to the mound to chat with his pitcher, Nido is a take-charge player on the diamond.

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Former New York Met Tim Teufel, now a minor league instructor for the Mets, threw batting practice before the game.

June 8th Game Notes: Starter Cory Oswalt, who has pitched superbly this season, left the game in the top of the second inning with discomfort in his arm. Lefty Kelly Sechrist replaced him, but was ineffective, as he gave up six runs and seven hits in the second inning. After Nido’s homer, the Rumble Ponies scored two runs to make the final score 6-3. The Flying Squirrels retired the final 20 Ponies in a row; ironically the Ponies bullpen outdid the pen of the Flying Squirrels after allowing the six runs in the second inning. The Pen for the Ponies retired the final 22 batters for the Flying Squirrels!

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Matt Gage, a product of Siena College, which is only about two hours from NYSEG Stadium, went 7 innings, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits against the Ponies.

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