This Just In…
RHP Elvin Ramirez has been promoted to Buffalo
RHP Gonzalez Germen has been promoted to Binghamton,
LHP Chuck James placed on DL
In eight relief appearances Elvin Ramirez had a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings pitched. The 24 year old right-hander is coming back after missing a year with arm woes.
Germen, 24, had a 3.04 ERA over four starts and one relief appearance for St. Lucie. He had a 1.24 WHIP and in 26 innings pitched he struck out 21 batters while walking eight.
Congrats to both of them!
Buffalo 6, Syracuse 5
The comeback Bisons were at it again on Thursday night Coca-Cola Field, erasing a two-run deficit in a 6-5 victory over the Chiefs. Buffalo scored two runs in the sixth inning and two more in the eighth for their sixth win in the last seven games.
The Bisons are now 16-11 on the season. Eleven of those wins have come in games they have trailed. On Thursday, Syracuse took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth before the Herd cranked up their rally mojo.
Rob Johnson homered to lead off the sixth and pinch hitter Michael Fisher scored all the way from first on Dustin Martin’s double to right field to tie the game.
In the eighth, Bisons manager Wally Backman went to the bench three times to scratch across a pair of runs. A single from Brad Emaus and a double from Johnson had the Herd set up at second and third with no outs. Pinch hitter #1 Valentino Pascucci struck out and pinch hitter #2 Bobby Scales was intentionally walked. Pinch hitter #3 Lucas May then beat out a potential inning-ending doubleplay to allow the game-winning run to score.
Vinny Rottino added the much-needed insurance with an RBI-single to centerfield. It proved to be the game-winning run as Syracuse scored a fifth tally in the ninth inning.
Rottino had two hits in the game, extending his hit streak to a Bisons’ season-high 14 games.
The win for Buffalo went to reliever Jack Egbert, who got the Herd out of a jam in the seventh inning. Fernando Cabrera pitched the ninth for his sixth save of the season and second in as many days.
Jeurys Familia started for the Bisons and allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings of a no-decision. He also had an RBI-double in the second inning.
Herd Rumblings: In two games since being activated off the disabled list, Rob Johnson is 5-7 with double, a triple, a home run and two RBI…Mets’ RHP D.J. Carrasco joined the Bisons on his MLB injury rehabilitation assignment and allowed a sixth-inning home run to Syracuse’s Carlos Maldonado. He also picked up a strikeout in his one inning of work…Bisons pitchers now have five hits and six RBI on the season. The staff had eight hits and six RBI in all of 2011. (From team reports)
Binghamton 7, Akron 3
By Tim Burns
Just like that, the ‘losing’ streak comes to an end. The B-Mets ended their seven game road trip on a positive note with a 7-3 win at Canal Park in Akron, Ohio on Thursday night. B-Mets starter Collin McHugh earned his fourth win of the season by defeating the top team in the Eastern League. Akron had won eight straight coming into the game, and held a 17-6 record. McHugh pitched 7 1/3 innings, striking out five along the way, giving up all three of Akron’s runs on six hits.
The Mets got to Akron starter Mason Radeke early, scoring three runs in the top of the first. After Radeke walked Mets second baseman Reese Havens, and Jefry Marte reached on a throwing error by Aeros shortstop Juan Diaz, Binghamton right fielder Raul Reyes put one over the right center field wall to give the visiting team the 3-0 lead before the Aeros ever came to bat. The Mets added three more runs in the fourth inning, aided in part by doubles in the frame courtesy of Josh Rodriguez, Juan Lagares, and Travis Ozga. The Mets would score their seventh run in the top of the sixth on consecutive doubles by Pedro Zapata and Matt den Dekker.
Raul Reyes went 1/3 with a walk and a three run shot in the top of the first in his second game back in a B-Mets uniform. Every other batter on the Mets roster had at least one hit on the night except for Reese Havens. Havens was 0/4 with a walk, run scored, and three strikeouts. Matt den Dekker was 1/4, with his team leading ninth double in the sixth. Den Dekker also had two RBI’s for the B-Mets in the game.
McHugh (W, 4-2) pitched a solid 7 1/3 innings, throwing 68 strikes out of a total of 99 pitches. Erik Turgeon pitched a scoreless 2/3 of an inning in relief of McHugh in the eighth, and Robert Carson pitched a clean sheet in the ninth in a non-save situation. Akron starter Mason Radeke took the loss in his first Double A start, giving up three runs on three hits and only striking out one in three innings of work.
B-Mets Buzz: In case you haven’t heard, the Mets have put starting pitcher Zack Wheeler on the 7-day DL, retroactive to May 2nd with a right middle fingernail avulsion. Wheeler’s next start was to be against Harrisburg on Friday night in Binghamton. A report on MLB.com is stating that RHP Gonzalez Germen (3-0, 3.04 with St. Lucie) will start in Wheeler’s place on Friday. In other pitching news, Washington Nationals pitcher Chien-Ming Wang was assigned to the Harrisburg Senators on Thursday, and news reports stated he would throw five or six innings in their game against the New Britain Rock Cats on Thursday night. As of the seventh inning, however, Wang had not as of yet been inserted into the game. It’s unknown if he will pitch for the Senators at any point during their three game set in Binghamton over the weekend.
Jupiter 6, St. Lucie 1
By Clayton Collier
The Mets were unable to conjure enough offense up to catch up to the Jupiter Hammerheads, losing their fifth game of the season and dropping the series finale 6-1.
Angel Cuan got the start for St. Lucie and compiled a quality start, going a respectable six innings, while allowing three runs on six hits including two home runs, no walks and striking out five, taking his first loss on the year.
Ryan Fraser came in for relief and hurled two innings, allowing one run on three hits, then handed the ball to John Church who did not have the same success as the two pitchers to preceed him. Church gave up two runs (one earned) in the ninth on two hit batters, a single and an error.
Matthew Neil of the Hammerheads on the other hand had the Mets number. Neil went seven frames allowing just the one run on four hits while punching out four as well, improving to 4-0 on the year and lowering his ERA to 2.56.
The only source of offense for St. Lucie came in the form of yet another Cory Vaughn solo shot. He now is batting .293 with seven homers and 18 RBIs on the season. Bingo awaits Mr. Vaughn.
With a team used to such incredible pitching on a daily basis, there has to be some days when they just aren’t quite as effective; this was one of those days.
Lucie Logistics: With that home run, Vaughn has now homered in five of his last seven ballgames. Wilmer Flores went 1-for-3, raising his average to a team-leading .316. With two hits yesterday, Danny Muno has boosted his average to .298 on the year. The St. Lucie Mets are off today but begin their home series against the Dunedin Blue Jays tomorrow at 6:30.
Savannah 3, Delmarva 1
By Sean Kenny
For the second game in a row, the Sand Gnats relied on some quality starting pitching from prospect Domingo Tapia and some timely hitting to dispatch the Delmarva Shorebirds, clinching a series win
Domingo Tapia was electric today, going seven and one-third innings, allowing one run on five hits walking one and striking out three. Tapia was consistently getting groundouts compared to flyouts 3 to 1. Estarlin Morel came out for the unconventional save and went one and two-third innings, walking two while striking out two. Tapia’s season stat-line is skewed by one poor start on April 26, and without that would have a much more respectable ERA.
The offense today didn’t erupt like it did yesterday, but many of the same characters came to play. Travis Taijeron went 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored, and most importantly zero strikeouts. Albert Cordero hit a solo home run, his first of the year and Charlie Thurber hit an RBI triple.
Gnats Gnotes: T.J. Rivera’s hit streak ends at 8 games. The Gnats are on a three game winning streak. Aderlin Rodriguez continues to struggle in making solid contact, going 0 for 3 and dropping his average to .198 on the season, striking out in over 25% of his at-bats. The Gnats look for the sweep Friday when right-hander Tyler Pill (2-1, 2.11) opposes right-hander Tyler Wilson (3-1, 2.45).