Buffalo 3, Columbus 2
By Andrew O’Brien
The Buffalo Bisons scored two runs in the top of the first inning Thursday night and never trailed en route to a 3-2 win over the Columbus Clippers.
Garrett Olson (2-3) started for the Herd, pitching five innings while allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits and striking out three and walking two.
Corey Wimberly led the game off with a single but was later caught trying to steal third base. But with two outs, Valentino Pascucci singled home Fred Lewis, who reached on a throwing error. Then Raul Reyes singled home Pascucci with two outs.
Wimberly plated Dustin Martin in the top of the sixth with the eventual game-winning run.
Wimberly finished the game 2-for-4 with an RBI. Sean Kazmar, who has been mentioned as a possible stopgap replacement for the Mets at shortstop, went 2-for-4 with one strikeout. Kazmar, 27, is more of a defensive player and is hitting just .125 with Buffalo.
Manny Acosta pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in relief while striking out three.
Josh Edgin continues to improve since being promoted to Triple-A. In 1.2 innings Thursday night, Edgin struck out three hitters. In Edgin’s last 10 games, he has a 1.98 ERA with 16 strikeouts and three walks in 13.2 innings pitched.
Fernando Cabrera picked up his 13th save of the season after allowing just one hit in the ninth inning.
Herd Rumblings: Fernando Cabrera’s 13th save of the season Thursday night makes him the IL leader in front of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre closer Kevin Whelan, who has 12. Matt Harvey and Val Pascucci lead All-Star voting in their respective positions. Matt Tuiasosopo and Fernando Cabrera are in position to be voted to the All-Star Game. First baseman Josh Satin was designated for assignment by the Mets Thursday. After losing the first game of the series 21-3, Buffalo (35-26) looks to win its third straight game and take the series 7:05 p.m. Friday.
Binghamton 4, Harrisburg 1
By Tim Burns
The Binghamton Mets took the rubber match on Thursday night in Harrisburg, with Zack Wheeler taking the win in a duel of two of the Eastern League’s top pitchers by a score of 4-1. Danny Rosenbaum was on the hill for the Senators and took the loss in the game.
Wheeler lasted seven innings, throwing a total of 104 pitches, 61 for strikes. He allowed only two hits in those seven innings, striking out seven along the way and walking four.
Adrian Rosario relieved Wheeler in the bottom of the eighth, and gave up no runs on two hits, striking out four, enroute to his second save of the season for the B-Mets. The save was his first since May 19th; Rosario continues to blank his opponents in the run column since being called up to Binghamton.
The Senators only run in the game came in the bottom of the sixth, and was an unearned run, a direct result of three fielding errors by the B-Mets infielders.
The B-Mets jumped out to an early lead again in the game, plating their first run in the top of the first inning. They put two more across in the fourth inning, and scored their final run of the game in top of the seventh.
Juan Lagares was the top hitter for the B-Mets in the game, going 2/4 with a double, RBI, and two runs scored. Matt den Dekker was 2/4 with a run scored; Josh Rodriguez was 1/4 with a double and run scored as well.
B-Mets Buzz: Harrisburg’s starter Danny Rosenbaum, who had been one spot higher than Zack Wheeler in ERA and WHIP before the game started, gave up all of the runs the B-Mets scored in the game. Rosenbaum pitched seven innings, striking out seven B-Mets and issuing no walks. He gave up eight B-Mets hits, and three of their four runs were earned. By the end of the game, Wheeler had decreased his ERA from 1.88 to 1.66, while Rosenbaum’s had increased from 1.75 to 1.93. It won’t be long until Wheeler and Collin McHugh get bumped to Buffalo. It’s a real pleasure getting to watch these two compete and have the seasons that they are having. What a treat! It’s off to Trenton, New Jersey for the Binghamton Mets now. A three game set starts Friday night at 7:05 at Waterfront Park.
Clearwater 3, St. Lucie 2
By Clayton Collier
Unable to overcome a rough beginning to the day for Angel Cuan, the St. Lucie Mets fell to the Clearwater Threshers 3-2.
Coming off a masterful, six-shutout innings performance in his last start, Cuan struggled in the opening few innings of the ballgame. In the top of the first, Cody Asche scored on a throwing error by Cuan to stake the Threshers to an early 1-0 lead. In the second frame, Zach Collier (no relation ;-)) hit a two-run bomb off of Cuan to make it a 3-0 ballgame; a lead that would be held for the remainder of the ballgame. Cuan would eventually settle down and end the evening with a final line of 5 1/3 innings pitched, the 3 runs (2 earned) on six hits while walking none and punching out five, taking his second loss of the year.
Mario Hollands of the Threshers however, had a bit more success on the evening. Hollands went six innings allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and picked up his second win in as many starts since being promoted to Clearwater last week.
After Hollands day was done, Hector Neris and Tyler Knigge came on and stifled the St. Lucie bats even further. over three innings of work, the pair did not allow a single hit. Knigge lowered his ERA to 0.82 and picked up his fifth save of the year.
The only real source of run production outside of a Robbie Shields groundout was Cory Vaughn’s 11th home run of the season. The guy has major power and so long as he can maintain some consistent contact hitting to match his extraordinary power, he’ll be in Bingo, and eventually the show, in no time.
Lucie Logistics: Reliever Ryan Fraser has been promoted to Double-A Binghamton. Fraser had a 3-2 record with a solid 2.04 ERA in 19 outings for the St. Lucie Mets. Besides Vaughn, Francisco Pena was the only other Met to record hits on the day, going 2-3 with a double in the loss. The team really missed Wilmer Flores today, who had a much needed day off as the offense went 0-5 with RISP. The Mets will finish off their series with the Clearwater Threshers and go for a series victory Friday at 6:30 PM.
Savannah and Asheville Split Doubleheader
By Sean Kenny
The Gnats would play a twi-night double header today, and split the double header to win the series against the Asheville Tourists.
Game 1 – Asheville 2, Savannah 0 (7 innings)
RHP Rafael Montero started today, and had a good start but there was a sign something was wrong with his stuff from the beginning. Montero is primarily a groundball pitcher, and today he got one out on the ground and five on flyouts. Montero’s final line was six innings allowing two runs on six hits including a home-run that plated both runs, while walking one and striking out four. Rafael had quality stuff, but it seemed as if the Tourists were waiting for Montero to elevate the ball to try and put it into the outfield. RHP Chasen Bradford pitched the final inning, striking out one.
The Gnats only put across three hits on the day, with two hits by Cam Maron and one hit by Travis Taijeron. They only struck out twice as a team, but continually producing weak contact, not producing an extra-base hit and only getting a runner to second once will do that to a team.
Gnats Notes: The early game seemed to play more like a getaway day game, with a lack of aggressiveness and desire from both teams. Travis Taijeron now has seven more walks than he had last season with close to the same amount of at-bats, but the same amount of strikeouts. Rafael Montero has not allowed more than three runs in any one of his last six starts dating back to May 6th.
Game 2 – Savannah 5, Asheville 4 (7 innings)
Game two had more excitement with Savannah scoring late after a mediocre start from Michael Fulmer in their 5-4 win that sealed the series win.
RHP Michael Fulmer went five innings, allowing four runs on five hits, while walking two and striking out four in five innings. Fulmer was victimized in the third inning by some bouts of wildness, as well as giving up three of his fits hits. Michael hasn’t allowed this many runs in a start since April 28th. The Gnats bullpen continued its great work, with LHP Carlos Vazquez going one inning while walking two batters and LHP T.J. Chism notched his tenth save of the season while allowing one hit in his one inning of work.
The Gnats bats seemed to have been saving all of the offense for the second game, pushing across runs in the third, fourth and fifth. Charles Thurber tripled in the third and scored on an Albert Cordero RBI groundout. Travis Taijeron and Brian Harrison both had RBI doubles in the fourth. Brandon Brown homered in the fifth inning, scoring Albert Cordero. When the offense comes alive and gets it going it seems to happen for a few innings.
Gnats Notes: Aderlin Rodriguez is on a bit of a slide, going 0 for his last 10, striking out four times. Travis Taijeron went 2 for 2 with a walk, a run scored, a stolen base and a RBI. The production is there. Michael Fulmer wasn’t his best today, but still notched a win for the Gnats. Congratulations to T.J. Chism, T.J. Rivera, and Travis Taijeron who have each been named to the SAL All-Star team. The Gnats hit the road now for a three game weekend series against Charleston.
Today’s Mets Question: Proud Mary or Lazy Mary?