Syracuse 8, Buffalo 0
By Andrew O’Brien
After a rainout Monday night, the Buffalo Bisons winning streak came to a screeching halt Tuesday night after losing to Syracuse, 8-0, in the first game of a four-game set.
Garrett Olson (0-2) was on the hill for the Bisons and struggled early. Olson went five innings, allowed six hits, three runs (three earned), struck out four and walked three.
The big damage came in the fifth inning, though, when Brad Holt came on in relief of Olson in the top of the sixth inning. Holt idn’t record any outs and allowed two runs on two hits.
Syracuse starter Zach Duke (2-1) went seven innings, allowing just three hits while striking out five and walking three. The Bisons managed just four hits in the game.
Buffalo continues its four-game series against Syracuse at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday.
Herd Rumblings: Vinny Rottino — who could be called up to the big league squad today as part of the Taxi Squad service — extended his hitting streak to 12 games after going 1-for-3 with a walk. Rottino is now hitting .316 on the season. Lucas May, the other candidate for a call-up, went 1-for-3 with a double and improved his average to .204. Chuck James pitched two innings of shutout relief and has allowed just one run in nine appearances this year. Newly signed Fred Lewis made his first start of the season for the Bisons and went 0-4..
Akron 6, Binghamton 5
By Tim Burns
For the second night in a row the Binghamton Mets were on the wrong end of a one run decision, dropping their second game in a row to the Akron Aeros by the score of 6-5. Elvin Ramirez’s first off night of the 2012 season would prove to be the Mets downfall as he gave up the tying run in the bottom of the ninth, and allowed the winning run on in the bottom of the tenth. Prior to tonight’s game, Ramirez had been solid for the B-Mets, allowing no runs on three hits while striking out 16 in eleven innings worth of work.
Offensively for the Mets, they tagged Akron starter T.J. House for four runs on four hits over six innings in his first start at the Double-A level. The Mets would score in each of the first two innings, and tack on three more in the seventh, when they chased House from the game. The five runs scored by the Mets however would prove to be one short of enough on this night. Matt den Dekker was 1/4 in the game, and had one RBI. Den Dekker’s single in the second inning kept him in the lead for hits on the B-Mets with 28 on the season so far. First baseman Oswaldo Navarro, 2/4 including a double, RBI, and run scored and Rylan Sandoval who played second base in tonights game and went 1/3 with a double and two runs scored both had productive nights at the plate, accounting for better than half of the runs scored by Binghamton. Eric Campbell (0/3, two walks) and Juan Lagares (1/5) scored the B-Mets other two runs.
B-Mets starter Greg Peavey went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits, and struck out four Akron batters, which including ringing up DH Nick Weglarz twice, looking each time. Kevin Mulvey replaced Peavey in the bottom of the seventh, and in only 1/3 of an inning worth of work allowed two runs on two hits, Akron second baseman Ryan Rohlinger’s third home run of the season being one of those run/hit combinations. Robert Carson was brought in to finish out the seventh, which he did in quick order by getting both batters he faced in the frame to ground out. Carson pitched another 2/3 of an inning in the eighth before being replaced by Elvin Ramirez. For their efforts, both Mulvey and Carson earned their second and fourth holds of the season respectively.
B-Mets Buzz: Wednesday night’s matchup at Canal Park will feature B-Mets LHP Mark Cohoon (2-2, 2.25 ERA) against Akron LHP Giovanni Soto (2-0, 4.05 ERA). The trickledown effect in the Mets organization that saw Raul Reyes assigned to Binghamton from Buffalo continued today as center fielder Rafael Fernandez was assigned to St. Lucie from Binghamton. In four games with the B-Mets, Fernandez was 1/10 with 5 strikeouts and two runs scored.
St. Lucie 15, Jupiter 6
By Clayton Collier
The St. Lucie Mets offense erupted in Jupiter, besting the Hammerheads 15-6. They are 21-4 people!
Yohan Almonte got the start for St. Lucie and continued his theme of inconsistency, surrendering 6 runs (4 earned) on six hits while walking three and punching out seven.
But the Mets could have sent Oliver Perez to the mound and they still would have won this one, as the St. Lucie bats demolished any pitcher that attempted to stand before them, most exemplified by a nine-run second inning that set the tone for the remainder of the game.
The second inning alone accounted for 2 of the five St. Lucie homers and 7 of the 19 hits, scoring nine times to put the Mets in the driver’s seat for good.
Everyone except Alonzo Harris had a hit in yesterday’s offensive-laden contest, who took an 0-4. Six Mets had a two hit game and seven had at least one extra base hit. This ballclub continues to prove why they have one of the best records in professional baseball. I guess my comment about the St. Lucie Mets having “just enough offense” got back to them ;).
Lucie Logistics: Of the more notable performances, Cory Vaughn went 3-6 with a solo shot, a double, and four RBIs, Wilmer Flores went 4-6 with a home run and two runs scored and Richard Lucas went 2-4 with a 2-run bomb and four RBIs on the night. Flores now has 19 RBIs on the year and Vaughn has amounted 17. Vaughn leads the FSL in SLG and HR’s with six, while Flores is tied for third in the league in HR’s with four. With a 21-4 record, St. Lucie takes on the Hammerheads today at home in a 10:30 matinee.