Buffalo Bisons 4 | Indianapolis Indians 13
Tonight ended a stretch of three quality starts in a row for Josh Stinson and boy was it awful. The 2nd inning was an inning where you feel bad for the pitcher as you sit there and watch hit after hit. There was nothing he could throw that was going to record an out.
He started off the game fine, cruising through the first inning, and then things started to unravel piece by piece in he 2nd inning in part because of Val Pascucci‘s defensive woes. Pascucci made no attempt to stop a groundball hit past him that went down the line for a double to open the inning, missed a catch on an easy throw from the shortstop to allow the run to reach, and then with runners at the corners he came home to try and prevent the run instead of attempting to turn two. Instead of being 1-0 with two outs in the inning and no one (or at least one out and one on) it was 1-0 with two on and no outs. In classic fashion the next batter deposited a long fly ball over the left field wall for a three run homerun. After that it was just extra base hit galore and Stinson was removed after six of the next seven batters reached safely.
In the 4th inning with two outs the Indians pitcher left a hanging breaking ball the first pitch in the at-bat that Lucas Duda turned on a pulled for his 9th homer of the season. He cannot get any hotter at the plate. He looks so locked in at the plate and has a real approach every time he steps up to the plate. I just love Michael Fisher‘s approach at the plate. He doesn’t try to do too much at the plate, takes what the pitcher gives him, and sprays the ball all over the field. Smart enough to become a valuable role player.
Stars of the Game: 1. Lucas Duda (2-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI) (34pts) 2. Michael Fisher (1-for-4, single, RBI, R) (17pts) 3. Luis Hernandez (3-for-4, 3 singles, R) (4pts)
Binghamton Mets 5 | Harrisburg Senators 6
This great pitching prospect matchup only lived up to some of the hype. Neither pitcher dominated the competition, but Peacock outshined the Mets Jeurys Familia a bit in this outing. Familia was only able to last five innings because of the high pitch count he worked up by walking four batters. After walking just eight batters in 36.1 innings for St. Lucie Familia has walked 16 in 33 for Binghamton. Familia’s control problems on the day looked like nothing in comparison to Eric Niesen‘s who walked SEVEN in just two innings. Niesen showed so much promise in 2009, but hasn’t been nearly the same pitcher since suffering his concussion.
In the 5th inning, after Raul Reyes strung together an 11 pitch at-bat, Jordany Valdespin hit a pinch hit homerun. The homerun is especially significant because it is Valdespin’s first appearance since June 2nd when Wally Backman removed him from the game for a lack of effort. Valdespin has already burned a lot of bridges in the organization and been sat for disciplinary reasons multiple times in the past so while he is extremely talented and has put up some good numbers these type of reports are not encouraging to hear. Reese Havens hit his first homerun of the year off of unorthodox right hander Zech Zinocola.
Stars of the Game: 1. Reese Havens (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, 3 K) (7pts) 2. Raul Reyes (2-for-3, 2 singles, RBI, K) (5pts) 3. Allan Dykstra (0-for-1, R, 2 BB, K) (24pts)
Binghamton Mets 6 | Harrisburg Senators 7
A second crushing lose on the day for the B-Mets. After giving up three runs in the 7th and final inning of the first game of the double header and falling short in the bottom half of the inning trying to battle back, they coughed up a 3-run lead in the 7th and again fell short while trying to even things up.
Roy Merritt was called upon to make the spot start, the first of his career, and pitched very effectively. He was able to give the team four innings and walked none. While the Turgeon family was celebrating today with the Mets drafting of Erik Turgeon younger brother in the 22nd round by the Mets Erik’s day was not nearly as good. He picked up his third blown save and forth loss of the year by giving up five runs on five hits including back-to-back homeruns with two outs.
In the opening inning Josh Satin and Bubba Bell went back-to-back, but in order to one up Bell, Satin hit his second homerun in the game in his next at-bat. Now I understand Wally Backman wanting to make a double switch in the 7th, but I think it is just insane to take out the guy who is 2-2 with two homeruns and sac fly, but that’s just me.
Stars of the Game: 1. Josh Satin (2-for-2, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI) (46pts) 2. Roy Merritt (4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 SO) (4pts) 3. Bubba Bell (1-for-3, HR, R, RBI, K) (1pt)
St. Lucie Mets 5 | Palm Beach Cardinals 0
Matt Harvey might be the best prospect in the St. Lucie rotation, but no pitcher has had a better year or improved his stock more than Darin Gorski. I keep expecting him to falter even if it is just a little bit, but the kid just keeps on churning out great starts. He has allowed more than two runs in just one appearance and one run or less in 10 of his 13 appearances. The command was impeccable as usual and he continues to pile up the Ks. He is now up to one 5.2 strikeout for every walk. There hasn’t been on flaw in his game all season. All the advanced statistics show there is no reason to doubt this performance.
Matt Den Dekker led the offensive charge with his second homerun in the last four games after hitting two homeruns over the first 52. Power isn’t the name of his game, but his .502 SLG% is pretty impressive. Den Dekker paired up with Juan Lagares at the top of the order to go 5-for-9 with 2 doubles, a homerun, 3 runs, and 3 RBIs. Zach Lutz finally came off the DL and played in his first game since April 21st.
Stars of the Game: 1. Matt Den Dekker (3-for-4, 2B, HR, R, 3 RBI) (33pts) 2. Darin Gorski (W, 7 IP, 4 H, BB, 7 SO) (9pts) 3. Juan Lagares (2-for-5, 2B, 2 R, K) (27pts)
Savannah Sand Gnats 5 | Palm Beach Cardinals 0
Yohan Almonte was great again trying to work his way back to full strength. The 21-year-old Dominican went fourscoreless innings striking out three and picking up five of the seven outs on balls in play on the ground. As the usual plan has been, he was piggy backed by Ryan Fraser who was also on top of his game today. Fraser earned the win in “relief”. With the tying run coming up to the plate in the 9th inning the Gnats brought in closer Josh Edgin to get the lefty/lefty matchup and he went on to strikeout the batter.
Albert Cordero had another good game. After tripling his season total for walks yesterday he doubleD his season total for homeruns today… That was all the offense they Gnats needed and they didn’t do much more. They tacked on a run in the 9th inning with a two out single from Darrell Ceciliani.
Stars of the Game: 1. Albert Cordero (1-for4, HR, R, RBI) (8pts) 2. Ryan Fraser (W, 4.2 IP, 3 H, 4 SO) (4pts) 3. Darrell Ceciliani (1-for-4, RBI, 2 K) (23pts)