MMO Farm Report: Buffalo Prevails While St. Lucie Keeps Rolling

22-4? The St. Lucie Mets are a regular riot...

Buffalo 5, Syracuse 2

The purple skies beyond Coca-Cola Field flashed with bursts of lightning south of the Queen City. Between the lines in Buffalo, the Herd struck just as fast for a victory over the rival Chiefs.

The Bisons made quick work of a two-run deficit to score a 5-2 win over Syracuse from Coca-Cola Field. A 23-minute rain delay may have shortened Matt Harvey’s second home start, but it didn’t come earlier enough to slow down the Herd attack.

The delay came in the bottom of the fourth inning, but after the Bisons rallied from an early 2-0 deficit. The Buffalo lineup jumped all over first pitch deliveries from Chiefs starter Erik Arnesen. Rob Johnson led off the third inning with a single and Omar Quintanilla followed with a first-pitch triple to right field to get the Herd on the board.

Harvey followed with a 390 ft sacrifice fly to tie the game at two.

Buffalo then struck for three runs in the fourth inning. Dustin Martin gave the Bisons the lead with an RBI-single and then Johnson hit a first-pitch triple to centerfield for a 4-2 lead. When the rain delay knocked Harvey from the game, pinch hitter Josh Satin hit the first pitch he saw for an RBI ground out.

Harvey struck out three batters over his four innings. While the Bisons had the lead before the rain delay, the righty did not pitch long enough to qualify for his third consecutive win.

Justin Hampson earned the victory with three shutout innings of work. Fernando Cabrera worked the ninth inning for his fifth save of the season.

Herd Rumblings: Rob Johnson was activated off the disabled list before the game. He missed five games with a left knee strain. Catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere was transferred to Single-A Brooklyn…Vinny Rottino extended his hit streak to 13 games with a second-inning triple…The Bisons are now 14-1 when they outhit their opponent…Harvey now has four RBI on the season. (From team report)

Akron 3, Binghamton 1

By Tim Burns

If three in a row constitutes a streak, then the Binghamton Mets are officially on a three game losing ‘streak’, their longest of the 2012 season. The Akron Aeros, who are on a streak of their own winning their last eight games, defeated the Binghamton Mets again on Wednesday night, this time by a score of 3-1. The B-Mets scattered six hits over nine innings in the game, their only multi hit inning being the sixth, an inning in which they scored their only run.

Matt den Dekker led off the sixth with a walk, and advanced to second on an Oswaldo Navarro single to center field. Reese Havens came up next, and singled to center field as well, scoring den Dekker from second base on the play. A strikeout by Jefry Marte and Eric Campbell hitting into a double play ended the B-Mets threat in the inning.

Reese Havens, who returned to action after having Tuesday night off, went 2/4 and had the lone RBI on the night. Eric Campbell, who returned to the lineup from the DL the same day as Havens this past weekend, went 2/4 as well with two doubles to his credit. First baseman Oswaldo Navarro completed the B-Mets hit total on the night, going 2/3 with a walk and a strikeout.

Binghamton starter Mark Cohoon took the loss. Cohoon pitched five innings giving up three runs on five hits while striking out three and walking only one. Armando Rodriguez came on in relief in the sixth inning and held the Aeros hitless for the final three frames. On the season, Rodriguez now has a 1.06 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 17 innings worth of work.

Akron starter and game winner Giovanni Soto could be considered the story of the night, going seven innings and allowing only four hits and striking out nine B-Mets batters. Soto’s record remains perfect on the season now standing at 3-0.

B-Mets Buzz: Game four of the series in Akron, and the seventh game of the road trip, is slated for 7:05 tonight at Canal Park. Collin McHugh (3-2, 2.33 ERA) will take the hill for the B-Mets against the Aeros Mason Radeke (1-0, 0.00 ERA). Radeke was the pitcher of record on Tuesday night when the Aeros beat the B-Mets in walk off fashion in the bottom of the tenth. This will be Radeke’s first start of the season at any level, as well as his first career Double A start, as he was utilized as a relief pitcher for the Lake County Captains (Midwest League, Single A) to begin 2012.

Mid Week Stats Snapshot: In batting, Matt den Dekker is tied for third in the league with eight doubles, tied for second with two triples. Pedro Zapata leads the league in triples with three. Josh Rodriguez is sixth in OBP at .421. Looking at the pitching stats, Zack Wheeler is fifth in ERA at 1.75, fourth in strikeouts with 30. Robert Carson leads the league in holds with four. As a team, the B-Mets lead the league in triples with 12, and also are the league leaders in OBP at .349. Pitching wise, the B-Mets are fifth in the league, out of 12 teams, in ERA at 3.26. They also rank second in hits given up at 197, with only the Akron Aeros giving up fewer runs so far in 2012 at 153.

St. Lucie 3, Jupiter 2

By Clayton Collier

The Mets continued to show why they’re the best team in professional baseball, holding on to best the Hammerheads 3-2 last night.

Erik Goeddel got the nod yesterday and continued his stretch of dominance, going five frames of one-hit ball while walking five and punching out five, earning his first win of the year.

The St. Lucie offense continued to have success as every starter in the lineup had a knock. However, even with 11 hits and 2 walks, they only mustered three runs, giving the bullpen little wiggle room.

Things however got interesting in the ninth when the ever-reliable Adrian Rosario came on and gave up a leadoff home run to the Hammerheads Marcell Ozuna to make it a 3-2 ballgame. Rosario however was unfazed as he retired the next three batters to secure his sixth save and St. Lucie’s 22nd victory, the most of any team in either the minor or major leagues.

Lucie Logistics: Cory Vaughn went 2-2 with a walk yesterday. So long he keeps this up, Vaughn will be in Bingo in no time. Cesar Puello continued to stay hot, going 2-3 with an RBI. Left fielder Rafael Fernandez went 1-3 with a run, a walk and a stolen base. Reliever Adam Kolarek went 1.1 scoreless innings, maintaining a spotless 0.00 ERA. The Mets complete their series in Jupiter, going for the sweep and their eighth straight win tonight at 7:05

Savannah 7, Delmarva 1

By Sean Kenny

After a strong pitching effort from Alex Panteliodis and a great offensive game including the continued hot streak of Travis Taijeron, The Sand Gnats won the series opening game against the Delmarva Shorebirds.

Alex Panteliodis was great from the start of the game, going six innings allowing no runs on two hits, walking two and striking out five. Alex also hit a batter, but was never in serious trouble. Carlos Vasquez pitched two innings, allowing one run on two hits, walking one and striking out one. Chasen Bradford finished off the the game with an inning allowing one hit and striking out one.

The game was 3-1 until the seventh, when bouts of wildness from the Shorebirds pitchers put across two runs, and an error allowed another run in. Travis Taijeron sent another ball over the fence for his seventh HR on the season. Alberto Cordero had three RBI’s, including two sacrifice flies. T.J. Rivera is 1 for 5, dropping his average .380. Dustin Lawley went 2 for 4 with a walk and a run.

Gnats Gnotes: Savannah has won its last four games, and the pitching has been great. The late offensive explosion never hurts for a win. TJ Rivera extend his hitting streak to eight straight games. The Gnats send RHP Domingo Tapia (3-1, 0.68) to the mound in game two of the series.