Game 1: Reading 3, Binghamton 1
By Tim Burns
The Binghamton Mets jumped out to the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first in game one of their double header against the Reading Phillies on Wednesday night, but in the end found themselves on the losing end of the final score by a 3-1 tally.
The B-Mets first only run was scored by Josh Rodriguez, who was on first base when Jefry Marte doubled to left field. It was Marte’s third double of the 2012 season, all of which have come over the last six games, as well as his eleventh RBI in the same number of games.
Mark Cohoon got the start for the home team and pitched well for the first six innings of his outing, which included getting the R-Phils to go three up and three down in three of those innings. Then in the seventh the wheels fell off for Cohoon. Two consecutive singles and the R-Phils Jeremy Barnes reaching on a fielder’s choice loaded the bases. Cohoon faced one more batter at this point, Readings shortstop Miguel Abreu, who hit a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Brandon Tripp from third base.
Adrian Rosario came in to relieve Cohoon at this point, inheriting runners on second and third. The first batter Rosario faced, Cesar Hernandez , hit a ground ball to right field scoring both runners. Dustin Martin, playing in his first game as a B-Met, threw Hernandez out at second base when he tried to leg out a double ending the inning.
Cohoon’s line on the night, in a game in which he took the loss, read 6 2/3 innings worth of work, three earned runs on seven hits allowed with three strikeouts.
The B-Mets batters scattered five hits over seven innings, with the first inning being the only one in which they had multiple hits. Dustin Martin was 0-2 with a walk in his B-Mets debut. Jefry Marte was 2-3 in game one, his double being the only multi-base hit of the game for Binghamton.
Game 2: Reading 1, Binghamton 0
In game two of the doubleheader the B-Mets didn’t fare much better. With Collin McHugh on the mound, the B-Mets offense was absent and in the end the R-Phils shutout the home team by a score of 1-0.
McHugh pitched 5 2/3, allowing one run on five hits while striking out seven Phillies batters. His lone blemish in the game came in the top of the fourth when he gave up a triple to Cesar Hernandez who scored when the following batter, Darin Ruf, hit a sacrifice fly to right fielder Dustin Martin.
Robert Carson came out of the bullpen to pitch the final 1 1/3, allowing no runs on no hits, and striking out two.
On the offensive side for the B-Mets, no batter had more than one hit in the game, and Reese Havens was the only hitter with a multi-base knock. His double in the sixth inning proved to be the only time in the game that a B-Met got past first base.
B-Mets Buzz: Reports now indicate that Reading will not send Phillies top prospect Trevor May to the mound to face off against the Mets top prospect Zack Wheeler on Thursday morning. Instead, the R-Phils will hold May’s next start until their home game against Akron on Friday. Originally, the B-Mets series preview had stated that it would be Wheeler versus May for the second ‘Baseball in Education’ date.
Palm Beach 6, St. Lucie 1
By Clayton Collier
Unable to bounce back from their tough 7-6 loss in the opener of the series with Palm Beach, the St. Lucie Mets fell again to the Cardinals, this time by a score of 6-1.
Yohan Almonte took the hill for St. Lucie looking to build on his recent hot streak in which he had only surrendered one run in his previous three starts. However, this time around, Alomnte did not enjoy the same level of success, surrendering two runs over three frames before having his evening end early when the game hit a 1 hour and 19 minute rain delay. Almonte didn’t surrender a hit until the third, where possibly the rain played a factor in his unfortunate frame. It started with an innocent base hit by Nicholas Longmire, then a balk, followed by a throwing error, which was followed by two singles and a sacrifice fly to stake the Cardinals an early 2-1 lead before the rain became too much for home plate umpire Chris Tipton. Almonte would take his first loss of the season, falling to 6-1 while raising his ERA to 3.81.
After the rain delay was over, Jack Leathersich came on to replace Almonte and had himself a dominant outing, hurling two frames of one-hit ball while punching out two to lower his ERA to 1.76. Once Leathersich’s day was done, it got ugly again for the St. Lucie pitching staff. Hamilton Bennett came on and threw a scoreless sixth before melting down in the seventh, allowing four hits, three for extra bases to score three runs and hand Palm Beach a commanding 5-1 lead over the Mets. Taylor Whitenton pitched the eighth and surrendered a run on a double and two wild pitches to make it a five run advantage.
There wasn’t a whole lot to right home about as far as the offense was concerned outside of a Robbie Shields RBI double in the second. Other than that, it was merely a poor game by St. Lucie all around.
Lucie Logistics: Robbie Shields was the only Met to have a multiple hit game, going 2-4 with an RBI double. Rafael Fernandez went 1-4 with a double and a run. Playing third base today, Wilmer Flores had himself an 0-4. The other three St. Lucie hits were off the bats of Wilfredo Tovar, Francisco Pena and ZeErika McQueen. The Mets will look to avoid the sweep today at home against Palm Beach for their last game before the All-Star Break starting at 6:30 PM.
Game 1: Savannah 3, Charleston 1
By Sean Kenny
After Marcos Camarena started the game on Sunday before it was rained out, he was pitching effectively. With todays continuation, Randy Fontanez went to the mound and pitched three and two-thirds innings of scoreless ball, allowing two hits while walking two and striking out two. Today matched Fontanez’s longest outing of the season, and he did it all without allowing a run. Chasen Bradford came out for an inning and allowed a hit, and Jeffrey Walters finished off the game for his second save of the season, allowing a hit, but striking out all three batters he faced. Walters has only allowed three runs on the season.
The offense untied the game on a Travis Taijeron two-RBI triple in the seventh inning. The first run of the game scored on a Brian Harrison RBI single. Albert Cordero continues to struggle in Savannah, with his batting average now below .160 at .159. Gilbert Gomez, after starting on a tear has gone 3 for his last 24, and all three of those hits came in one game. T.J. Rivera is working on yet another three game hit streak, and the man may have some questions about his glove, but the bat is serious.
Game 2: Savannah 3, Charleston 2
Logan Verrett had his second straight quality outing, allowing two runs on six hits in five and two-third innings, walking none and striking out eight. Logan has been overmatching the Lo-A hitters with his stuff, and was only victimized by a home run. The Savannah rotation has a ton of projection, and Logan is one of the key cogs in the pitching machine. Due to the circumstances, today’s game was seven innings, so LHP T.J. Chism came out for the one and one-third inning save, his eleventh of the season, giving up two hits and striking out one.
The offense only saw four Gnats manage a hit, but three of those four Gnats got RBI’s to go with it, so consider that maximum efficiency. Cam Maron continues to crush the ball in the playing time he is given, going two for three with an RBI and a run. The second game seemed to be a bit draining, as neither side really seemed to play with much aggression, but that could be due to the long layover inbetween games
Gnats Notes: Aderlin Rodriguez is keeping up a solid pace, getting his average to .250, while on pace to surprass his walk total from last season within the next two weeks. Brian Harrison continues to quietly produce for the Gnats, with his .289 average and quality defense at either first base or third base. Brandon Brown already has four two strikeout games in June.