Buffalo 14, Gwinnett 7
By Andrew O’Brien
Matt Tuiasosopo plated two runs in the bottom of the first-inning Wednesday night with an inside-the-park home run to give the Bisons an early 2-0 lead. The Bisons never looked back, mashing 17 hits en route to a 14-7 win over the Gwinnett Braves.
Tuiasosopo finished the game 3-for-5 with four RBIs and was a triple shy of the cycle.
The Bisons (23-17) scored four runs in the first inning and another four runs in the third inning behind starter Garrett Olson. Olson (1-3, 3.35 ERA) picked up his first Triple-A win of the season, allowing six hits, three runs, four walks and striking out six in five innings of work.
Jair Jurrjens (2-1, 5.06 ERA) was on the hill for the G-Braves and allowed 12 hits and 11 runs over 4.2 innings. Jurrjens struck out three and walked two.
Jack Egbert and Chuck James came on in relief for Olson. Each allowed two runs in a combined 3.1 innings of work.
Vinny Rottino went 2-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to 19 games. Omar Quintanilla went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a triple.
The series between Buffalo and Gwinnett is even at 1-1. The teams continue the four-game series at 7:05 p.m. Thursday.
Herd Rumblings: During Rottino’s 19-game hit streak, he’s 25-72—a .347 clip. The longest Bisons hitting streak ever is 28 games by Alex Ramirez in 1998. The Bisons are 9-7 in their last 16 games. Thursday is game three of the four-game series vs. Gwinnett. Right-hander Julio Teheran (3-1, 2.48) pitches for the Braves, while Chris Schwinden (2-2, 2.45) throws for Buffalo.
Binghamton 1, Trenton 0
By Tim Burns
Fans in attendance at NYSEG Stadium on Wednesday night were treated to a pitcher’s duel, as well as an exciting ending to the game. Behind strong outings by starter Collin McHugh and reliever Brad Holt, the B-Mets came away with the win in walk off fashion by a score of 1-0 over the visiting Trenton Thunder.
McHugh, making his eighth start of the season, pitched seven strong innings for the home team, giving up only six hits while striking out six as well. He threw 92 pitches in the game, 61 of them for strikes.
Holt came on in relief of McHugh in the eighth inning, and in two innings held the Thunder hitless, striking out three and walking one. Holt earned his first win of the season as he was the pitcher of record in the bottom of the ninth.
In the opposing dugout, Trenton starter Brett Marshall held Binghamton to only two hits in his seven innings on the mound. He fanned two B-Mets and walked one.
It all came down to the bottom of the ninth inning. Marshall had been replaced in the eighth by right handed reliever Preston Claiborne. Matt den Dekker led off the inning with a double to center field, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. The following batter, Josh Rodriguez, reached safely on a bunt attempt with den Dekker moving over to third. Reese Havens was up next, and walked to load the bases. Jefry Marte stepped up to the plate next, and with his single to right field the Binghamton Mets earned their second walk-off of the season.
Besides den Dekker’s double in the ninth, the only B-Mets batter to make it beyond first base was Juan Lagares’ triple in the bottom of the second. Lagares was stranded at third when the following batter, Eric Campbell, grounded out. Josh Rodriguez was the only B-Met with multiple hits in the game, going 2/3 with a walk.
Mid-Week Stat Snapshot: Matt den Dekker is tied for first in the league in doubles with 13 and triples with three, third in the league in runs scored with 26, and sixth in hits with 43. Josh Rodriguez still leads the league in walks with 24. For the pitchers, Collin McHugh and Zack Wheeler are now tied for fifth in the ERA category at 2.05. McHugh is also third in the league with 42 strikeouts, and sixth in WHIP at 1.10. Wheeler sits at sixth in strikeouts with 37. Robert Carson is tied for second in the league with four holds.
B-Mets Buzz: With the dismissal of D.J. Carrasco from the New York Mets, B-Mets relief pitcher Robert Carson was called up to the big club late Wednesday night. This is Carson’s second trip to the big leagues this year. He was called up to New York in April and spent three games there but didn’t make any appearances. The final game of the series against the Trenton Thunder will be at 6:35 on Thursday night at NYSEG Stadium, and will feature top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler (2-2, 2.05) against Cory Arbiso (1-0, 2.67). The B-Mets will travel to Portland after the game on Thursday night, where they will open up a three game series against the AA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
St. Lucie 6, Bradenton 3
By Clayton Collier
The marquee match-up between 2010 2nd over-all draft pick Jameson Taillon, and Major League pitcher Chris Young kinda fizzled yesterday in the first game between St. Lucie and Bradenton. Taillon stunk, and Young was mediocre in a game eventually won by the Mets by a score of 6-3.
For the day in his second rehab start, Young went 5.2 IP, giving up three earned runs on seven hits, with two strikeouts. Closer Adrian Rosario came in to relieve Young in the sixth and promptly blew his first save of the season, but pitched a scoreless seventh, and aided by a three-run Lucie rally in the bottom of the sixth, picked up his first win of the year.
Taillon was pretty dreadful for Bradenton going 5.2 IP and giving up six runs on seven hits, including home runs to 3B Wilmer Flores, his sixth, and LF Rafael Fernandez, his 2nd. Fernandez was the big hitting star of the game going 2-3 with a run scored, a double, a home run, and four RBI’s.
St. Lucie 4, Bradenton 0
On the second half of the double-header, the St. Lucie Mets completed the sweep, blanking the Marauders 4-0.
Erik Goeddel got the nod for the Mets and continued to prove his case for Bingo, putting up goose eggs over six frames. Goeddel lowered his ERA to 1.57 while picking up his second win of the year. Goeddel’s only problem keeping him from a Double-A promotion is the walks as he has nine in 23 innings. If he can find the strikezone a bit more, he’ll be with his old battering mate Gonzalez German in no time.
The St. Lucie bats beat up on Marauders starter Hunter Strickland as they amassed four runs and seven hits off the righty in just 2.1 innings of work. Both Robbie Shields and Rafael Fernandez homered in the four run effort. Shields and Wilmer Flores also has doubles on the afternoon as well.
Adam Kolarek came on for the first time since surrendering his first two runs of the season and didn’t skip a beat, punching out two in a scoreless seventh to give St. Lucie their league-leading 31st win of the year.
Lucie Logistics: Rafael Fernandez went 3-6 on the day with two home runs and an astonishing seven RBIs. Fernandez has really come into his own lately after his demotion from Bingo, batting .438 with three homers and 11 RBIs in his past ten games. Wilmer Flores seems to have busted out of his recent skid, going 3-5 with a home run, a double and a walk, boosting his average to .321. In addition to his 1-2 performance, Wilfredo Tovar also picked up his 7th and 8th stolen bases of the season. Cory Vaughn continued to struggle, as he went 1-7 in the double header, lowering his average to .229. The Mets hope to continue flying high as the take on the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Tonight’s game is at 6:30 pm with right-hander Cory Mazzoni (3-0, 2.55) toeing the bump for the visitors and righty Luis Angel Sanz (1-0, 8.31) makes his first start of the season for Lakeland.
Charleston 14, Savannah 5
By Pete Shapiro
The Savannah Sand Gnats were the only Mets farm team to lose on Wednesday and they lost in a big way, by a score of 14-5, courtesy of the Charleston RiverDogs. Left-hander Alex Panteliodis (3-2, 2.94) who had been sensational so far this year, came down to earth long enough to give up eight earned runs in 3.1 innings on the way to his second loss of the year.
Fellow south-paw Carlos Vasquez came on to relieve Pants in the fourth inning and he was no better, surrendering five earned runs in 1.2 innings of work. So by the fifth inning the horses were out-of-the-barn on this one.
Caleb Cotham (3-1, 2.31) picked up the win going six innings and allowing two earned runs on three hits with two strikeouts. The Gnats saved their best for last, scoring three runs in the ninth off of reliever John Brebbia. It was actually done with one swing, a three-run bomb off the bat of Aderlin Rodriguez, his fourth of the year and first since April 15th.
The other two runs by the Gnats were plated in the third inning after a lead-off single by C Albert Cordero and a double by RF Greg Pron put runners on second and third. Then RBI infield groundouts by SS Luis Nieves and 2B Brandon Brown got the runners home.
Gnats Gnotes: The 14 runs given up were the most by the Sand Gnats this year, and the most since August 30th, 2010 when they also gave up 14 in a game against Greensboro. Despite yesterday’s ugly loss, the Gnats have won 12 of their last 15 games and sport an over-all record of 24-14. They reside in second place in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League, 1.5 games behind the front-running Charleston RiverDogs. The Gnats head home for a seven-game home stand starting with four against the Augusta GreenJackets. Probable pitcher to open the series tonight for Savannah is right-handed fire-baller Domingo Tapia (3-1, 3.94). First pitch is 7:05 pm.