Mets Farm Report: Buffalo’s Wild Win, Wheeler Aces It, Taijeron Tearin’ It Up
Buffalo 9, Syracuse 8
By Sean Kenny
After a wild start, Buffalo and Syracuse matched zeroes from the seventh inning until the top of the 14th, but Buffalo proved they had the endurance to win this 14 inning marathon.
Dylan Owen received the start today, and as with every pitcher who pitched until the seventh didn’t perform very well. Owen gave up six runs (four earned) on four hits while walking three and striking out one. Owen allowed one home run and had absolutely no control today, and was probably lucky two of the runs that scored were unearned. Owen is in the same boat as Cohoon as they are both dominant in Binghamton, but futile in Buffalo. Josh Edgin pitched an inning, allowing a hit and walking one while striking one out. Manny Acosta went two innings allowing a run on one hit, a home run while striking out two. Elvin Ramirez was wild, giving up one run on one hit, while walking three and striking out one, as well as being charged with a blown save. Fernando Cabrera and newly designated Jeremy Hefner combined for seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits total and four walks while striking out six. This wasn’t a day of pretty stat lines, as the Bisons pitchers walked 11, and the only pitcher without a walk was Manny Acosta (refer to yesterday’s anomaly comment).
Offensively, the Bisons put across all of their damage early, including a three-run homer by Adam Loewen, a solo-home run by Josh Satin and a 4-for-6 day by Lucas May including two RBI, two walks and one run. However, not everything was easy for May as he committed his fourth error on the season while raising his batting average to .214. Fred Lewis had a rough day, going 0-for-6 with two walks, three strikeouts and seven runners left on base. After the seventh, both offenses went anemic and seemed to play without motivation.
Player(s) Of The Game: Fernando Cabrera and Jeremy Hefner. Cabrera is the closer for the Bisons and pitched three huge innings, while Hefner, after pitching for the Mets yesterday went out and pitched a quality four innings to earn the win.
Herd Rumblings: After an 0-for-6 day, Matt Den Dekker is now hitting .189. The probability he will be called up at all this year seems less likely with the passing day, and with the return of Mike Baxter and Jason Bay possibly after the MLB All-Star Break, the outfield already seems crowded for the big club. Elvin Ramirez continued his maddening ineffectiveness, showing the wildness that left him unprotected in 2011 in the Rule V draft. The Bisons will look to win the series against Syracuse by sending right-hander Jeurys Familia (5-5, 5.28) up against the Chiefs and south-paw John Lannan (6-7, 4.42). Game time is 7:00 P.M.
Binghamton 5, Richmond 1
By Joe D.
Zack Wheeler bounced back from a bad start and delivered one of his best performances of the season as the Binghamton Mets beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-1 on Thursday night.
Wheeler was tasked with beating the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, the team that traded him a year ago this month. Wheeler brought his A-Game with him and held the Flying Squirrels to just one run on six singles over 7.1 innings pitched, walking none and striking out six. The B-Mets’ ace improved to 8-4 on the season.
Armando Rodriguez replaced Wheeler in the eighth after he was pulled with runners on first and second. But Rodriguez issued two straight walks to force in the Squirrels’ only run of the game. Rodriguez came back to pitch a perfect ninth to end the game.
The B-Mets offense exploded for 13 hits and got on the board early after Juan Lagares smacked a double in the first and scored on a sac-fly by Jefry Marte two batters later. Lagares also had an RBI single later in the game and swiped his 13th stolen base of the season. Nice game.
Reese Havens had three hits and his batting average keeps creeping up. Wilmer Flores played first base tonight and had two hits including a doubled plus a run scored and an RBI. Francisco Pena and Wilfredo Tovar also had a pair of hits each.
B-Mets Buzz: Zack Wheeler was the big story in this game and he did not issue any walks in the game for the first time in five starts. Binghamton batters went 6-for-10 with runners in scoring position and drove in three of their five runs with two outs.The B-Mets (38-46) will send RHP Cory Mazzoni to the mound as Binghamton will look to secure the series win in the rubber match tomorrow night at 7:05 PM. against LHP Mike Kickham.
St Lucie 7, Jupiter 1
By Nick Campione
The St Lucie Mets secured the victory with a great pitching performance by Rafael Montero and great hitting by Travis Taijeron and Cory Vaughn. The Mets collected seven runs and 15 hits, led by Taijeron who was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, Vaughn who was 2-for-4 with a walk, and Richard Lucas who hit his 5th homer of the year and was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Every Mets position player had at least a hit in the game with T.J. Rivera and Rafael Fernandez also having multiple hit games.
On the mound Rafael Montero continued his great season, between Savannah and St Lucie. Montero pitched seven innings of four hit ball with one earned run, three walks, and four strikeouts. Hamilton Bennett completed the game with two scoreless innings and two strikeouts.
Lucie Logistics: Rafael Montero has had a second successful season on the mound so far this season as a member of the Mets system. Montero has exhibited great command as shown by his 1.01 BB/9 in Savannah and 2.19 BB/9 in St Lucie. Montero has seen his strikeouts numbers increase in St Lucie going from K/9 of 6.81 in Savannah to 8.03 in St Lucie. Taijeron continued his great hitting on the season between Savannah and St Lucie with his fourth homer in St Lucie, 16th overall, in 267 at-bats and 20 doubles to go along with the homers.
Savannah vs Charleston PPD
Last night’s game against the RiverDogs was postponed due to wet grounds. The Gnats and Dogs will play a doubleheader on Saturday with first pitch at 5:05. The Gnats will send RHP Michael Fulmer (5-4, 3.00) to the hill against Charleston tonight at 7:05 PM.
Kingsport vs. Elizabethton PPD
Thursday night’s contest between the K-Mets and the Elizabethton Twins was was postponed due to heavy rain. No official announcement has been made about a second starter yet, but they will play a doubleheader today. John Gant (0-0, 6.97) will start one of those games, and Christian Chivilli (1-0, 4.70) will start the other for Kingsport.
Williamsport 5, Brooklyn 4
By Clayton Collier
While the major league squad rallied for an incredible 6-5 walkoff victory over the division rival Phillies, the Cyclones weren’t able to put together quite the comeback as they fell to the Williamsport Crosscutters by a final score of 5-4.
Rainy Lara took the hill for Brooklyn and was rocked by the Crosscutters. Lara went five frames allowing four runs on nine hits while walking one and punching out nine. Lara delivered three scoreless frames to start the night, but hit a rut in the next two innings, allowing a run to score in the fourth on an RBI single by Mitch Walding, then gave up three in the fifth in the form of a three-run bomb by Christopher Serritella. Lara took the loss to fall to 2-1 and raising his ERA to 3.45 on the season.
After Luna, the bullpen held down the fort relatively well. Beck Wheeler threw up a goose egg in the sixth after Luna allowed a leadoff double. Tim Peterson hurled two frames allowing only an unearned run on a Larry Greene RBI single in the seventh. Tyler Vanderheiden ended the pitching side of things for the ‘Clones with a scoreless ninth to maintain his perfect 0.00 ERA.
However the effort by the ‘pen went in vain as the offense couldn’t muster a comeback off of the Williamsport pitching. They drew blood first on a Phillip Evans forceout and came all the way back to cut the lead to one in the sixth off of a Cole Frenzel double and a Stefan Sabol RBI single. Juan Carlos Gamboa made it a 5-4 ballgame on a solo shot with one out in the seventh, but it all went to waste as the Crosscutters ‘pen kept them at bay to take the ballgame 5-4.
Brooklyn Brew: Brandon Nimmo went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored to get closer to getting off the interstate, now at .186 on the season. Frenzel stayed hot with an RBI double and is now hitting an even .400. Gamboa had himself the only multi-hit game for Brooklyn, going 2-for-5 with that clutch seventh inning solo shot to do his part to try to get the ‘Clones back in the game. In addition to Gamboa and Nimmo, Cole Frenzel, Stefan Sabol, Joyce Boyd and Jonathon Clark alll had knocks in the loss. The 13-5 Cyclones look to take the rubber game at MCU Park Friday at 7pm.
About the Author: Satish Ram
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