Buffalo 8, Pawtucket 5
By Sean Kenny
In their first game after the All-Star break, possible replacement for Dillon Gee, Jeremy Hefner had a rough outing but the Bisons made a key ninth inning rally in their 8-5 win against the Paw-Sox
Jeremy Hefner didn’t fare too well in his second outing since returning to Buffalo, going four and one-third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, with four strikeouts. Hefner was hit hardest in the fifth, giving up two singles and striking out one before he gave way to Jenrry Mejia, who continues to struggle in Triple-A, allowing two inherited runners to score, as well as one of his own.
Mejia’s final line would read two-thirds of an inning, one unearned run allowed on two hits with one strikeout. Garrett Olson did a great job of keeping the Bisons in the game, going three innings allowing no runs on no hits with three strikeouts. Fernando Cabrera, after a ninth-inning rally came out for the save chance and walked one batter and struck out one batter in his inning of work for his 17th save of the season.
Offensively, the Bisons did the majority of their damage early on, putting across two runs in the third on an Adam Loewen RBI groundout and an RBI single by Zach Lutz. Fred Lewis hit a solo home run in the fourth, and Josh Satin hit an RBI single in the fifth. Down 5-4 in the ninth, with two outs the Bisons channeled some of the big clubs energy and started a rally.
Matt Den Dekker got it started, reaching on a fielding error by Sox first-base prospect Lars Anderson. Josh Satin would draw a walk, and the theme would continue with Valentino Pascucci, Matt Tuiasosopo, Rob Johnson and Fred Lewis all drawing walks, with the last three bringing across runs. Josh Rodriguez then drilled an RBI single to the shortstop, scoring the fourth run of the inning. The rally was an unprecedented show of patience with five batters in a row walking with two outs in the ninth.
Player Of The Game: Josh Satin, 2-for-2 with three walks and an RBI. Satin performs like this consistently, but the issue has always been lack of a true defensive position and propensity for the strikeout.
Herd Rumblings: Rob Johnson has dropped his average to .212 with his 0-for-4, one walk, one RBI outing today. If the Bisons had an MLB-caliber catcher, he’d be with the big club. Jenrry Mejia has been hit hard, and this isn’t a copy and paste response, but it might as well be. With each poor outing, he takes his name out of the discussion to be called up. The Bisons will look to win game two of the series Friday, sending right-hander Chris Schwinden (4-7, 3.44) to the hill while Pawtucket counters with righty Billy Buckner (1-3, 6.43) at 7:05 PM.
Erie 11, Binghamton 7
By Tim Burns
It was a hitter’s duel at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton on Thursday night, as the B-Mets and Erie SeaWolves squared off in their first games back from the all-star break. At nights end, the Binghamton Mets were on the losing end of an 11-7 decision.
Greg Peavey started his sixteenth game of the season for the B-Mets. He lasted five innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits, striking out only one and walking two. In his five innings, the top of the third was the only inning in which Peavey did not allow a run. He threw 105 pitches in the game, 69 of them for strikes. With tonight’s no decision, Peavey has now not won a game in his last nine starts, a streak that stretches all the way back to May 20th.
Armando Rodriguez was brought in to relieve Peavey in the sixth inning, and over the next two innings he held the SeaWolves hitless, but walked one and allowed one run which proved to be the game winner for Erie. Rodriguez would be charged with his first loss of the season on the night, and his record now stands at 2-and-1.
Pedro Lopez brought Brad Holt in to pitch the final two frames. Holt gave up three runs on five hits while striking out three and walking one.
The B-Mets bats were swinging on this first night back, pounding out sixteen hits in the game while plating seven runs. Juan Lagares has now hit safely in four games, going 3-for-5 with a home run and a double on Thursday night. Jefry Marte was also 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored.
Sean Kazmar went 2-for-4 in the game extending his current hitting streak to four games as well. Kazmar had a double and home run to his credit in the game, as well as two runs scored. Kazmar’s home run in the fifth inning came in the next at bat after Marte hit his home run over the left field wall.
The B-Mets were able to load the bases in the bottom of the ninth, with no outs, and bring the potential tying run to the plate. However, consecutive fly outs by Eric Campbell, Juan Lagares, and finally Reese Havens ended the game for the B-Mets.
B-Mets Buzz: The two teams will play a double header on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium, with game one featuring Zack Wheeler (8-4, 2.62) against Erie’s Patrick Cooper (2-2, 4.71), and game two will pit Mark Cohoon (4-7, 3.86) against a SeaWolves pitcher as yet undecided. In a roster move made by the B-Mets on Thursday, Travis Ozga was placed on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle. The move is retroactive to July 10th. Also, infielder Mike Fisher was transferred from AAA Buffalo to the B-Mets on Thursday as well.
Tampa 4, St. Lucie 2
Tampa 1, St. Lucie 0
By Nick Campione
In Game 1, St Lucie struggled to come back from the three runs allowed by Chase Huchingson in the first and fell to Tampa 4-2. Chase Huchingson continued on the cold streak of recent and could not get out of the first inning, throwing 40 pitches. Huchingson threw two-thirds of an inning allowing two hits, three earned runs, four walks and zero strike outs.
Kyle Allen relieved him and pitched much better in three and a third innings, allowing one hit, no earned runs, and one strike out. Leathersich ended Game One with two innings allowing one hit which scored the only run against him, but TJ Rivera committed an error prior so the run was unearned. Leathersich continued his strike out pace by striking out four over his two innings.
On the hitting side, Aderlin Rodriguez made his debut batting sixth after a promotion from Savannah earlier in the day. In his first at-bat, Rodriguez scorched a double and finished 1-for-3 with a K in the first game of the double header. No Met had more than one hit and Alonzo Harris and Richard Lucas had the only RBIs.
Yankee right-hander Jose A. Ramirez (3-4, 3.39) was the story of game two as he tossed a 7-inning no-hitter defeating Lucie in a heart-breaker, 1-0. Only one runner got into scoring position in the game and the only walk was by Richard Lucas, as Mets hitters combined for nine strikeouts over seven innings.
On a brighter note, Rafael Montero (2-1, 2.49) threw a shortened complete game since it was a double header. Montero threw six innings, three hits, one earned run, two walks and eight strikeouts.
Lucie Logistics: Prior to the double header, Zach Lutz was returned to Buffalo from Rehab in St Lucie and Aderlin Rodriguez was promoted to the St Lucie Mets. Rodriguez had been in Savannah for the third time in 2012, but finally was succeeding with his average and power in return. He hit .274 in 83 games, with 21 doubles, 16 home runs, and 59 RBI. As per reports of those seeing Rodriguez play, his defense has improved although most scouts view him moving to first-base in the future. As a matter of fact, in the first game, Rodriguez made an error at third-base.
Delmarva 3, Savannah 2
By Joe D.
The Sand Gnats were held to just four hits as the Delmarva Shorebirds finally got their first win of the season against Savannah with a 3-2 victory at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. on Thursday night. And in case you were clucking wondering, yes that’s the founder of Purdue Chicken.
RHP Michael Fulmer started for the Gnats and he really didn’t pitch all that badly, tossing five innings and allowing two runs on three hits and three walks. Fulmer struck out three and got charged with the loss to even his record to 5-5 with a 2.75 ERA.
Randy Fontanez relieved Fulmer in the sixth and allowed another run to score in his two innings of work, while Estarlin Morel pitched a perfect eight and contines to play an effective role for the Savannah bullpen.
The Gnats got the scoring started with an early run in the first after Gilbert Gomez singled home Bobby Brown to give Savannah a very short-lived 1-0 lead. They would be held scoreless until the ninth inning when they scratched out their second and final run on an RBI single by Gregory Pron to drive home Dustin Lawley who had doubled to get things started.
Gnats Gnotes: Dustin Lawley had the only extra-base hit in the game for the Gnats, his 21st double of the season in the ninth. After tearing it up in the New York-Penn League for the Brooklyn Cyclones, slick-fielding first baseman Cole Frenzel has been promoted and is back with the Sand Gnats for a second go at it. Frenzel was leading the league in batting with a .347 mark and posted a .903 OPS in 73 at-bats during his short-season terrorist spree. He will replace the now departed third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez who was bumped up to the St. Lucie Mets before the game. Two very deserving promotions indeed that we saw coming in the second half here on MMO. Savannah will close out the series against Delmarva on Friday night at 7:05 PM. Jim Fuller will get the start as he looks for his third win in as many starts and puts his impressive 1.54 ERA on the clucking line against the Shorebirds.
Brooklyn 4, Connecticut 1
By Clayton Collier
Rebounding from a loss in the series opener, the Brooklyn Cyclones rallied behind an excellent outing by Rainy Lara to take the second game of the series by a final score of 4-1.
Lara played stopper as he hurled a gem in a valliant effort to end the ‘Clones recent skid, unlike the previous night however, the solid outing by the starter did not go to waste. Going six innings, allowing just one run on three hits while walking one and punching out eight, taking the win in easily his best outing on the year so far. Though he allowed a solo shot to Jake Stewart to lead off the game, Lara still lowered his ERA to 2.91 while improving to 3-1 on the season.
After a recent stretch of being absolutely anemic, the Cyclones jumped all over the Tigers pitching, scoring three runs in the first two innings. Alex Sanchez drove in Dimas Ponce with an RBI single in the first. Then with the game tied at one, Eudy Pina had an RBI groundout which was followed by a Juan Carlos Gamboa single to drive in Brandon Nimmo, handing the ‘Clones a two run lead. Later on in the fifth, Phillip Evans drove in the final run of the ballgame with a hard hit single up the middle, making it a 4-1 ballgame.
The bullpen went to work, throwing up goose eggs for the remainder of the game while allowing just two hits and getting four swinging. The hometown kid, lefty John Mincone came on for the save and delivered a scoreless ninth to pick up his second save of the year and end Brooklyn’s recent skid.
Brooklyn Brew: John Mincone continues to have an exceptional year, now with an ERA of 0.71 after a long journey back to professional baseball. Brandon Nimmo was dropped to eighth in the batting order but did little to help his struggles as he went 0-for-3 with a walk, now hitting .188. Jayce Boyd, presumably taking over the first base duties for Frenzel who just got promoted, went 1-for-4 on the night. Stefan Sabol went 2-for-3 on the evening with a double and a run scored, now batting .303. The Cyclones look to take the rubber game of the series against the Connecticut Tigers starting at 7:05 PM. The visiting Cyclones will send Gabe Ynoa (1-0, 3.75) to the mound against right-hander Edgar De La Rosa (1-1, 3.15) for Connecticut.
Kingsport – Burlington
The Kingsport Mets doubleheader with the Burlington Royals was postponed Thursday again due to inclement weather, and one of the cancelled games has been rescheduled for tonight as part of a twi-night doubleheader that begins at 6:00 PM. A make-up for the other lost game will be announced at a later time. The double-dip will represent what is now a two-game set against Burlington who are 13-7 on the year and tied for 1st place in the Eastern Division of the Appalachian League, just percentage points behind the Danville Braves. They have also won their last five games in a row. The K-Mets have lost six games in a row and stand at 4-16 for the season so far. Right-hander Persio Reyes (0-3, 11.57) will try and turn his fortunes around as he starts one of the games for the K-Mets. John Gant (0-1, 7.98) will get the nod in the other game for Kingsport.