Norfolk 5, Bisons 0
By Dave (Retire 31)
The Bisons were shutout last night by the Norfolk Tides 5-0 as they were held to only two hits by the veteran Jamie Moyer (5 IP) and Brad Bergersen (4 IP). Moyer was made his first start since signing with the Orioles Triple-A affiliate last week.
Jenrry Mejia started for Buffalo and fell victim to some shoddy defense that resulted in five unearned runs in his 4.2 innings of work. He did allow four hits on the night, but one of them was a homerun. He walked two, struck out two, and threw 68 pitches before being pulled. Mejia received his first loss with the club, but saw his ERA come down to 1.13.
Offensively, the only hits came off the bats of Brad Emaus and Raul Reyes, while Josh Satin drew the only walk of the game.
Jack Egbert, who just returned to Buffalo, tossed 2.1 scoreless innings of relief, only giving up two hits and striking out one. Pedro Beato was solid and threw two scoreless and hitless inning while striking out three.
Herd Rumblings: According to a team source, this was supposed to be Mejia’s final start for Buffalo and he is expected to start working out of the bullpen going forward. Expect Beato to get another shot with the club soon with these types of relief outings. Saturday night was Star Wars night, and the team sported new jackets styled after the famous movie franchise. Up next the Bisons continue to host the Tides for game two of this this four-game series.
Binghamton 12, Trenton 0
By Joe D.
Last night, the Binghamton Mets totally demolished the Trenton Thunder in a 12-0 trouncing as they bulldozed their way to a .500 record with their third consecutive win.
Lets begin with Darin Gorski who tossed a career-high eight shutout innings, scattering seven hits and walking none in his eight solid inning of work. Gorski struck out three and earned his second straight win to improve to 4-3 with a 3.97 ERA. According to the pitching coach, Gorski was working on his secondary pitches and was told to start throwing more of them in his prior two starts where he had some obvious command and control issues, but it looks like it’s starting to pay off as he had everything working tonight against a very good Norfolk team. I could see Gorski reeling off a bunch of solid starts from here on in.
The B-Mets exploded for a season high 18 hits on Friday night, including a season-high four home runs. The game was packed with offensive goodies of all kinds beginning with shortstop Josh Rodriguez who went 5-for-5 with a double, triple, two runs scored and two RBIs.
Eric Campbell had a huge night as well, picking up three hits and blasting two of the Bisons’ four home runs and cashing in on a career-high five RBIs for the night. Rylan Sandoval and Reese Havens connected for the other two home runs, both were solo shots.
Matt den Dekker had two hits to improve his average to .338 (second in the Eastern League) and had two RBIs in the game. Third baseman Joe Bonfe replaced Jefry Marte in the game and went 2-for-2 with an RBI. I’ll try to find out why Marte came out of the game later today.
B-Mets Buzz: The B-Mets has a season high 18 hits and continue to wield some offensive muscle in June. Eight of the starting players had at least one hit in the game. Reese Havens committed his fourth error of the season and is batting .174 for Buffalo. The B-Mets look for their first road series sweep of the season on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 PM. RHP Greg Peavey takes the mound against RHP Brett Marshall.
Charlotte 6, St. Lucie 4
By Connor O’Brien
After Gary Carter Night in Port St. Lucie was rained out on Friday night, the St. Lucie Mets headed west to face off against the Charlotte Stone Crabs. They received a valiant effort from starter Cory Mazzoni, but couldn’t halt the Charlotte offense late in the game, costing them the game by a score of 6-4.
St. Lucie sent Cory Mazzoni to the hill. Mazzoni, who had a perfect 5-0 record coming into the start, started off the game very well. Mazzoni held the Stone Crabs scoreless through four, but they got to him in the fifth. After Alonzo Harris hit an RBI-single to give the Mets the 1-0 lead in the top of the inning, Ricco Torrez lead off the bottom half with a single for Charlotte. The next batter Philip Wunderlich, drove him home with an RBI-double. Later in the inning, after Wunderlich was thrown out at home while trying to advance from third on a grounder to Wilfredo Tovar, Cody Rogers tripled to center, driving home Lucas Bailey. That was all the Stone Crabs would get in the fifth, but it kept coming in the sixth.
Charlotte quickly loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth with a walk, a single, and an error by Cory Mazzoni, all with no outs. Ricco Torrez hit a sac fly to make it 3-1 and knock Cory Mazzoni out of the game. Mazzoni finished with a line of: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER,) BB, 4 K. Lefty Jim Fuller came in to get the final outs of the sixth, but was just as unsuccessful. His first batter was Philip Wunderlich, who hit another double to drive in another run. Fuller struck out the next two batters to end the frame, but the damage had been done.
The seventh, eighth, and ninth innings were all about missed opportunities on offense for St. Lucie. After driving in a run, Alonzo Harris was caught stretching a single into a double to end the seventh. In the top of the eighth, the Mets could only muster up one run. Charlotte scored two more, this time off John Church, to take 6-3 lead going into the ninth. In the ninth, after the Mets scored a run to put them within two, Juan Torres and Harris stranded a runner on third to end the ballgame with a final score of 6-4.
Lucie Logistics: The Mets just got out hit last night in Charlotte. The 3-4-5 hitters combined for a 1-12 night. Wilmer Flores and Blake Forsythe were both 0-4 at the plate. Cory Vaughn hit his first triple of the year, but didn’t come up couldn’t come up big with a runner on third in the eighth inning and finished 1-4. John Curch allowed a run in a relief for the sixth time in his last nine outings, but it was Mazzoni who got the loss (his first of the year,) and dropped to 5-1. The Mets face off against Charlotte again tomorrow at 5:30.
Charleston 8, Savannah 7
Saturday night in Charleston the Savannah Sand Gnats let one get away as the Charleston Riverdogs (NYY) walked off with an 8-7 win by scoring three in the bottom of the ninth, overcoming a 7-5 Gnats lead and handing closer TJ Chism his first blown save of the season.
The Gnats (35-26) scored first with 4 runs in the top of the 4th , scoring a couple on a single by TJ Rivera (2-6, 2 RBI) and two more on a triple by the suddenly red hot catcher Cam Maron (3-6, 2 RBI), putting the Gnats up 4-0, a lead which did not last long as the R-Dogs (38-23) touched up Gnats starter Alex Panteliodis for four runs of their own in their half of the 4th, to even it up at 4-4.
The Gnats would take the lead in the top of the fifth scoring two runs on RBI singles by Charles Thurber (1-4, 1 RBI) and Gilbert Gomez (3-5, 2 RBI) giving Savannah a 6-4 advantage. Charleston got a run back in the bottom of the sixth, with three singles chasing Gnats starter Alex Panteliodis (3-4, 4.04). The Gnats got the run back in the top of the 7th on an RBI groundout by Gomez giving the Gnats a 7-5 lead.
The Sand Gnats would send closer TJ Chism (1-2, 3.28 10 SV) to the hill in the ninth looking for his 11th save with the score still 7-5, but it wasn’t his night as he let up three runs that clinched the win for Charleston.
Gnats Gnotes: After getting off to an excellent start, 2011 9th round pick Alex Panteliodis has been roughed up in four of his last five starts. Pants’ ERA has ballooned up to 4.04. TJ Chism suffered his first blown save of the year Saturday night after converting his first ten save opportunities. Gnats shortstop TJ Rivera has raked since day one. hitting .323 with 39 runs, 75 hits, 13 doubles, seven home runs and 30 RBI. Excellent offensive production for a SS however TJ’s defense has been shaky with 13 errors already this season.