Pawtucket 5, Buffalo 0
By Joe D.
There’s only one storyline for the Bisons in this game and it was the stellar performance by one, Matt Harvey, who put on a dazzling display of pitching in his ten strikeout, seven inning show last night. He made just one bad pitch and it cost him big-time as it sailed over the wall for a three-run homer to put Pawtucket up 3-0 over the The Herd.
Harvey was gunning for his sixth win of the season and it looked like he’d get it as he worked through the opposing lineup with precision tossing 5.2 consecutive innings of scoreless and hitless ball, before he ran into Pawtucket’s buzz saw.
The one thing you take away from this was how far the big right-hander has come with his changeup which was the best it’s ever been since turning pro. Sure, Harvey took the loss last night, but the game could have been a turning point for this exciting prospect.
Offensively, there was nothing to speak of aside from what seemed like a boatload of double-plays everytime we’d get somebody on base which wasn’t all too frequent. The Bisons were only able to muster four hits in the game, three singles and a double by Rob Johnson.
Herd Rumblings: Matt Harvey equaled his longest longest outing of the season with his seven inning stint last night. Justin Turner, on rehab assignment from the Mets, made his first 2012 start for the Herd and went 1-for-4 on the night. Pedro Beato saw his scoreless innings streak end at 13.0 innings after allowing a run to score on a sac fly last night in the top of the 9th. Dylan Owen will get the start tonight as the series with Pawtucket continues at 7:05 PM.
Binghamton 8, Reading 5
By Tim Burns
The rubber match belonged to the Binghamton Mets on Thursday morning at NYSEG Stadium, as they defeated the Reading Phillies by a score of 8-5. In front of 5,713 jubilant school kids, the B-Mets scored six runs in their final three at bats for the win.
Zack Wheeler got the start for the B-Mets, and worked six innings. He gave up three runs on seven hits, striking out three and walking two. Wheeler threw a total of 102 pitches in the game, 67 of them for strikes. It was the most hits Wheeler has given up in his last ten games, and his strikeout tally tied him for the least number of strikeouts in as many games as well.
B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez went to the bullpen four times in relief of Wheeler. Edgar Ramirez, who was credited with the win (his first of the season), and Brad Holt, who was credited with his third hold of 2012, each worked an inning. Neither pitcher allowed a run or a hit.
Adrian Rosario was called upon to finish the game out in the ninth, but in 2/3 of an inning he allowed the R-Phils to scored two runs on three hits, struck out one and walked one. Robert Carson came was called in to relieve Rosario, faced one batter – Sebastian Valle – who he promptly got to fly out to center fielder Juan Lagares to end the game. Carson was credited with his third save of the season.
The B-Mets hit total in Thursday’s game, eleven, equaled their total from both games on Wednesday night. Leading the way was Eric Campbell, Dustin Martin, and Juan Centeno, each going 2/4 in the game. Both of Campbell’s hits were doubles, and he also scored a run and had an RBI. Martin had a double as well, with a run scored and RBI. Centeno scored twice in the game and had one RBI to his credit. Juan Lagares was 1/2 with a triple, three walks, two RBI’s and two runs scored.
All three of the B-Mets extra base hits came off of Reading starter Austin Hyatt. Hyatt pitched 5 1/3 for the visitors, and struck out nine Binghamton batters in the game. It was Hyatt’s single game season high at the Double A level for strikeouts in only his third start for the R-Phils. He had begun the season with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, and was sent down to Reading at the end of May.
The loss in the game was charged to R-Phils reliever Frank Gailey, who gave up two runs on two hits in only an inning of work.
B-Mets Buzz: The Altoona Curve, Double A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, come to town on Friday to open a three game series. This will be the first meeting of 2012 for the two teams. Friday’s matchup will be Gonzalez Germen (2-4, 4.50) against the Curve’s Brandon Cumpton (7-4, 2.97). The two teams will meet on Saturday night, and then again on Father’s Day afternoon, before the B-Mets head out on the road for a seven game stretch that will take them to Akron, Ohio and Erie, Pennsylvania.
St. Lucie Rained Out
By Clayton Collier
The St. Lucie Mets were rained out yesterday in their last game before the All-Star break in which they will send eight representatives as well and of course their entire coaching staff to this year’s Florida State League All-Star Game. Wilmer Flores, Cory Vaughn, Wilfredo Tovar, Richard Lucas, Blake Forsythe, Cory Mazzoni, Adam Kolarek and Chase Huchingson will grace the South division with their presence as they take on the North at Charlotte Sports Park Saturday starting at 7:05.
Savannah 6, Rome 0
By Joe D.
Break up the Sand Gnats! Winners of their last four in a row, Savannah was firing on all cylinders last night as top prospect Michael Fulmer took the mound and dominated the Rome Braves in an impressive 6-0 win for the Gnats.
Fulmer pitched with the poise of a veteran and had no trouble in what was easily his best start of the season. The 19-year old righty scattered just three hits and two walks while striking out three in seven-plus innings of work. He earned his 4th win of the season while improving his ERA to 3.35. After a rough start to the season, Fulmer has stringed together four solid starts in a row.
The Gnats gave their ace plenty of run support in their 15-hit assault on Rome. Outfielder Dustin Lawley led the attack with a 4-for-6 day at the plate including his seventh home run of the season. Albert Cordero and T.J. Rivera each had three-hit games and Travis Taijeron had two hits including a booming double that fell about a foot short of a home run.
Gnats Gnotes: T.J. Rivera continues to wield a hot bat and raised his average to .341 last night to go with seven home runs and 33 RBI this season. The Herd hit into four double-plays last night which contributed greatly to their lack of runs. The series with the Rome Braves continues tonight with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM.