Buffalo Bisons 5 | Gwinnett Braves 7
This game was nowhere near as close as the score would dictate.
Mike Minor pitched the most dominating minor league performances I’ve watched all year throwing a near perfect game, giving up just a walk and hit in the 7th inning. He made Kirk Nieuwenhuis look silly during his at-bats. Captain Kirk struckout swinging on three pitches in the 1st inning, getting beat by two up and in fastballs—the exact pitch scouts fear will affect him in the majors because of a hole in his swing. Nieuwenhuis’s second at-bat wasn’t any better. He saw just two pitches and wound up hitting a weak groundball back to Minor on a changeup he rolled over. Lucas Duda looked much more comfortable against the tough lefty than Nieuwenhuis, working a couple of deep counts and being just a few close calls away from having two walks.
Mark Cohoon pitched very effectively through the first three innings working both sides of the plate and keeping all his pitches down in the zone. The only thing that was alarming during these innings, was that even though Cohoon is known for having a great pickoff move and having the ability to hold runners on, the Braves were getting great jumps off of him and executing hit and runs like it was taking candy from a baby. The 4th inning was a disaster for him. His command disappeared as he was missing way down in the dirt with his changeup and leaving all of his breaking balls up in the zone. No one was being fooled. The first homerun he gave up he missed with a fastball right down the middle that got crushed to opposite field and then the second one he lollipoped a hanging curveball that was long gone. There did seem to be a lot of confusion between Cohoon and Raul Cahvez regarding pitch selection throughout the game and Cohoon did need sometime to adjust when being promoted to Double-A so there is no reason to get overly concerned with two not so hot starts in Triple-A.
Stars of the Game: 1. Lucas Duda (1-for-4, single, run, RBI, 2 K) (29pts) 2. Dylan Owen (2 IP, 1 H, 3 SO) (6pts) 3. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (1-for-4, single, run, 2 K) (48pts)
Binghamton Mets 5 | Akron Aeros 7
It is safe to say this start didn’t go nearly as well as the Double-A debut for Collin McHugh. His main problem today was his command, and much like Cohoon, he cannot afford to not have his command working. McHugh was consistently getting behind hitters early on and pitching into deep counts. He managed to pitch around these struggles early on, but as he tired out from throwing so many pitches he left more pitches over the middle and got hit harder, giving up a lot of line drives for hits.
The offense did nearly all its work in the 7th inning. They managed just seven baserunners all game and four of them came in the three run inning. Reese Havens set the table in the inning with a leadoff walk, was moved to second with a Bubba Bell single, and scored on a Brahiam Maldoando double before the Aeros got their pitcher out of there just in time. Josh Satin picked up an RBI on a groundout and then it was Allan Dykstra who came through big again to drive the man in from third base with a single. The rest of the game was meaningless.
Stars of the Game: 1. Allan Dykstra (1-for-3, single, RBI) (23pts) 2. Salomon Manriquez (2-for-3, double single, K) (7pts) 3. Brahiam Maldonado (1-for-4, double, run, RBI) (28pts)
St. Lucie Mets 2 | Palm Beach Cardinals 3
Woohoo another not dominating performance from Jack Egbert in a league he should be carving up hitters in. If he was not a Staten Island and Rutgers boy I would be calling for his head by this point. The staff combined to give up just three runs, but the only guy who really pitched well was Nick Carr. Carr’s phenomenal season continued with two perfect innings of relief. The notoriously wild fireballer looks like a completely different pitcher this year with just six walks in 19.1 innings.
These Mets offense is giving me nothing to write about as of late. Mets fans can breathe easy now that they see Wilmer Flores is okay and the last two games were nothing more than time off. The Mets tried to put together a two out rally in the 5th, but things fell short. With men on the corners Juan Lagares pulled a hard hit single to score a run followed by Matt Den Dekker‘s second walk of the game to load the bases only to see Jefry Marte flyout to kill the rally. Stefan Welch‘s homerun in the 8th tied the game up, but it didn’t take Jeff Kaplan long to blow the game, not recording a single out in the 9th and giving up a bases loaded walk-off single.
Stars of the Game: 1. Juan Lagares (1-for-3, single, RBI, BB) (26pts) 2. Stefan Welch (1-for-4, homerun, run, RBI, K) (19pts) 3. Matt Den Dekker (0-for-2, 2 walks, strikeout) (30pts)
Savannah Sand Gnats 8 | Asheville Tourists 5
When things are going as good for you as they have been for Greg Peavey you get games like this where you don’t pitch well and still manage not to take the lose thanks to your offense picking you up. Peavey allowed one or more baserunners in five of the six innings he pitched, but it was really just a three batter sequence that killed his night. Nearing the end of his night in the 6th inning Peavey gave up a solo homerun, hit the next batter, and then gave up a two run homerun all with one out in the inning.
How about these two lefties out of the pen? I already knew of Angel Cuan who has had some prior success starting, but is thriving with the move to the pen. He has really seemed to found a home there. But it is Josh Edgin that has been the huge surprise. A snickered a bit when Toby Hyde ranked him the No. 33 prospect in the system because I didn’t think or know much of him despite superb numbers after being drafted last year. Well, we have seen enough of him at this point to believe these numbers are for real. In 60.1 innings since being drafted Edgin has posted a 1.94 ERA with 13 saves, elite groundball tendencies, and a ludicrous 22:82 BB:K ratio. Really looks like the complete package as a late inning reliever.
A couple of days ago I mentioned that Darrell Ceciliani finally looked like he was recovering from his hamstring injury and tonight solidified that fact for me. After Wildredo Tovar had just tied the game up with an RBI double Ceciliani hit a two run jack to put the Sand Gnats ahead for good and cap off a great night for him. Alberto Cordero TRIPLED his season total for walks on the night by picking up two free passes.
Stars of the Game: 1. Darrell Ceciliani (3-for-5, HR , 2 R , 2 RBI, K) (22pts) 2. Rafael Fernandez (2-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI, BB, K) (12pts) 3. Josh Edgin (SV, 1.2 IP, BB, 4 SO) (2pts)