Rochester 2, Buffalo 1 – Rochester 5, Buffalo 0
By “Petey” Pete Shapiro
The Bisons dropped both ends of a double-header on Saturday to the Rochester Red Wings by scores of 2-1 and 5-0. The Herd could only muster 8 hits all day, and the twin-killings snapped a three-game winning streak, and dropped them into a second place tie with Lehigh Valley, one game behind the division leading Pawtucket Red Sox.
The lack of Bison offense in the first game wasted a decent pitching effort by Dylan Owen (2-2 2.96), who went 4.2 IP’s, surrendering two runs, one earned, on five hits, two walks and one strikeout, while absorbing the loss. Red Wing starter P.J. Walters (3-1 2.70) gets credit for a CG, earning the win by pitching 7 innings of one-run ball, with four hits, a walk, and seven strikeouts.
The Bisons scored their only run in the second inning on an RBI single by SS Omar Quintanilla that plated RF Matt Tuiasosopo which made the score 1-0. The Red Wings scored an unearned run in the third inning on a throwing error by Owen to tie the game at 1-1. Rochester would take the lead for good with a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by SS Brian Dozier that made the score 2-1.
In the night-cap the Herd were corralled before being branded with the loss by a score of 5-0. Four Rochester pitchers would hold the Herd down to only four hits in the game, with ex-Met farmhand Deolis Guerra (1-0 0.00), picking up the win in relief. Right-hander Anthony Slama picked up his seventh save. Garrett Olson (0-3 3.77) made the start for Buffalo cruising through the first three innings and surrendering just one hit.
Olson seemed to tire in the 4th when Rochester opened with three straight singles, making the score 1-0. Then with two-outs, and the bases loaded, he was replaced by Jack Egbert who gave up a double to LF Darin Mastroianni that knocked in two more runs, making the score 3-0, as the Red Wings went flying off with the game.
Rochester would add the final runs in the sixth off Josh Edgin with a couple of singles, a double-steal, and with one out it was again Mastroianni who got the big hit with a two-run single into center field. For the game Mastro was the Red Wing hitting star going 2-3 with a walk, a double, and four RBI’s. Despite the two runs against him, Edgin did manage to strike out the side in the bottom of the sixth.
Herd Rumblings: Sunday is a travel day for the Bisons as they stampede into the Peach State for a four-game set starting Monday night with the Gwinnett Braves, who at 18-10 sit in first place in the International League South. The probable starter for the Herd on Monday will be top prospect, right-hander Matt Harvey (2-1 4.80).
Harrisburg 2, Binghamton 1
By Joe DeCaro
The B-Mets were edged out by the Senators 2-1 in an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel that pitted Binhgamton’s Darin Gorski against Harrisburg’s Danny Rosenbaum.
Gorski pitched good enough to win allowing just one earned run in six innings of work. The Binghamton southpaw allowed just four hits and two walks while striking out four batters and took the loss although he lowered his ERA to a very cool 2.27 for the season.
The B-Mets were held in check by Rosenbaum who leads the Eastern League with a 0.80 ERA and a perfect 4-0 record. The only run for Binghamton came on an RBI double by left fielder Pedro Zapata to score third basemen Oswaldo Navarro who got on with a lead off walk and advanced to third on a couple of groundouts.
The B-Mets had singles in the seventh and eighth innings that were quickly erased by double plays. Rosenbaum (4-0) turned them down in order in the ninth to cap his stellar 109-pitch day. He walked just one and struck out five in his fourth win.
B-Mets Buzz: Second baseman Rylan Sandoval doesn’t get much attention but he quietly leads the team with a 1.040 OPS, but he has lost playing time since Reese Havens was activated from the DL. Havens is batting .278 in the six games he’s played. There was a lot of buzz in the clubhouse before the game surrounding newly promoted Gonzalez Germen who made his debut yesterday and retired 14 of the last 15 he faced. He also matched a season-high for a B-Mets starting pitcher with nine strikeouts. The B-Mets attempt to avoid the sweep today at 1:05 PM as right-hander Greg Peavey takes the hill.
St. Lucie 5, Dunedin 3
By Clayton Collier
After dropping the series finale to the Hammerheads, the Mets got right back on track, taking this one 5-3.
Cory Mazzoni got the start and and hurled six frames allowing just two runs in the fifth on six hits, picking up a no-decision. Things got interesting in the seventh however when Taylor Whitenton came on and proceeded to load the bases with nobody out. Adam Kolarek and cut down the next three batters to face him, surrendering the tying run on a sac fly in the process. Kolarek ended his evening with two hitless innings under his belt and three strikeouts to match, keeping his perfect 0.00 ERA in tact yet again.
The St. Lucie offense had the longball working for them as Robbie Shields, Blake Forsythe and none other than Cory Vaughn went yard, accounting for four of St. Lucie’s five runs including the go-ahead and insurance runs in the 7th and 8th innings respectively.
Then the seemingly unstoppable Adrian Rosario came in and struck out the side to pick up his seventh save of the year and St. Lucie’s pro-ball leading 23rd victory of the year. Rosario lowered his ERA to 1.17, has a .082 batting average against, and now has 21 strikeouts compared to only three walks in 15 1/3 innings. K-Rod, who Rosario was traded for last July, has an 0-3 record with a 6.08 ERA in 13 1/3 innings for the Brewers this year.
Lucie Logistics: Cory Vaughn has now homered in two straight games and six of his last eight. Look out Bingo, the Vaughn storm’s coming. Robbie Shields had a 3-4 performance with two RBIs, raising his average to .281 on the year. Alonzo Harris seemed to have busted out of his recent slump, going 2-3 with a run scored. The Mets continue their series against the Blue Jays today with a double header today starting at 1pm.
Savannah 5, Lakewood 3
By Joe DeCaro
Here come the Sand Gnats! Savannah matched a season-high six-game winning streak as they rode a pitching gem by starter Michael Fulmer to a 5-3 win over the Lakewood Blue Claws.
Fulmer was nearly perfect and threw five shutout innings – allowing just two hits and striking out four. It was the first win of the season for Fulmer who did not allow a baserunner to reach beyond second base.
The Gnats got on the board in third inning on a Dustin Lawley sacrifice fly that came with the bases-loaded. They struck again in the fifth inning when with two outs and the bases loaded, Travis Taijeron scorched a two-run single into left field to give the Gnats a 3-0 lead.
All three Blue Claws runs were unearned because of three Sand Gnat errors that came late in the game.
Gnats Gnotes: Taijeron went 3-4 and extended his hitting streak to six games. He is hitting .560 (14-for-25) with seven extra-base hits in his last six games and is batting .323 with seven home runs and 23 RBI in 27 games overall. Shortstop T.J. Rivera continues to rake and is fifth in the league with a 1.003 OPS and ranks third with a .364 batting average. The Gnats are still being cautious with Fulmer and was pulled in mid-shutout after five innings. I don’t know if this is coming from the top, but Fulmer has yet to pitch deep into a game and the five innings matched a career high. The Gnats will look for their seventh straight win when they send RHP Rafael Montero to the hill at 2:05 PM.