Norfolk 5, Buffalo 4
By Joe D.
The Bisons fell to the Norfolk Tides 5-4 in a rain-shortened affair last night in Buffalo, in a game that was telelcast live on SNY.
Jeurys Famila started for the Herd and for four innings he was cruising along as the Bisons built a 4-0 lead and the Tides couldn’t do much against Familia who looked solid. But then came the fifth inning and the rain really started to have a big effect on Familia’s offerings. Toledo scored five runs in the inning and Familia’s day was done. Only two of the runs were earned and he allowed five hits, a walk and struck out four.
Brad Emaus accounted for most of the scoring, picking up an RBI in the second with a single, and then delivering the big blow in the fourth inning, a two-run shot to left to put the Bisons up 4-0.
However the rain cut the game short and the Tides picked up the win.
Herd Rumblings: Say hello to new Bisons centerfielder Matt den Dekker who was promoted from Double-A Binghamton last night and is expected to join the team today. Second Baseman Brad Emaus hit his fourth homer and has lifted his average over 30 points in the last week to .237. Right fielder Dustin Martin had a pair of hits in the game including a double and scored a pair of runs. Shortstop Sean Kazmar made a couple of costly throwing errors that led to Norfolk’s three unearned runs. Garrett Olson (2-3, 4.38) pitches the series finale against the Tides tonight at 7:05 PM.
St. Lucie 3, Charlotte 2
By Dave (Reire 31)
The St. Lucie Mets needed twelve innings to put away their opponents on Monday night. The Mets had an early 2-1 lead thanks to a two run single by Juan Torres in the second. After a great start to the game from Chase Huchingson, the Stone Crabs tied it up in a shaky sixth inning after a throwing error from Huchingson on a costly pickoff attempt and a passed ball from the catcher, Francisco Pena.
Huchingson was able to finish off the inning with a strikeout and a snag on a line drive right at him to prevent more damage, and finished the day allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits and just one walk while striking out five through seven innings of work. He gets a no decision but lowers his ERA to 2.83 on the year.
He handed the ball over to the bullpen who kept the score 2-2 thanks to a combined effort by Kyle Allen and John Church, who totaled four strong innings of relief between the two of them. Church later got the win and Adam Kolarek picked up his tenth save after getting the last three outs, two via strikeouts.
After Torres’ two run single early in the game, the Mets kept getting blanked until a lead-off solo homerun from Francisco Pena in the twelfth that later became the game winner. Cory Vaughn scored one of the the Mets runs in the second inning after drawing a walk. However, he went 0-4, along with a golden sombrero of four strikeouts. Wilmer Flores went 1-5 and is now hitter over .300 with a cool .305 batting average.
Lucie Logistics: Wilmer Flores leads the St. Lucie Mets in hits (68), RBIs (38), and is second on the team with homeruns (10), just two behind Cory Vaughn who has twelve. Besides Vaughn, Robbie Shields, and Wilfredo Tovar also had 0-fers while the other six starters had at least one hit, with Torres having a two hit game. The Mets return to St. Lucie to host a three-game series against the Palm Beach Cardinals.
Savannah vs Charleston PPD
By Joe D.
The Gnats’ games were postponed by rain and now they will play a double-header on both Tuesday and Wednesday. I hope those bullpens are ready for some double duty and that the starters can go long. What am I talking about, of course they will. These are the those fightin’ Sand Gnats…