Buffalo 5, Syracuse 1
By Connor O’Brien
The Bisons topped the Syracuse Chiefs by a score of 5-1 last night.
Taking the mound in a very important start, Jeurys Familia looked to bounce back from a few rough outings in a row against the Chiefs last night. Surrounded by talks of demotion, Familia answered the call and dominated. Through his first 6.0 innings, Familia allowed only three hits and shutout the Chiefs. The only trouble for Familia came in the sixth, when he allowed two hits and a run. He was removed from the game after tossing 6.1 innings and allowing just one run on five hits while striking out five and walking only one.
After Familia exited, in came Jenrry Mejia, another pitcher who has struggled recently. Mejia dominated the Chiefs as well, tossing two hitless innings while only walking one batter. Mejia left the game with one out in the ninth, when Chris Schwinden got a rare relief appearance. Schwinden has bounced around after being placed on waivers by the Mets earlier this year, being designated for assignment by a few teams before being claimed by the Mets again a few days ago. Schwinden got the two outs the Bisons needed to close out the Chiefs and seal a victory.
Behinf the stellar pitching, the Bisons offense had a very solid night. They got things started in the third when Josh Rodriguez hit a three-run home run to give the Bisons a three-run advantage early on. That’s all the Bisons would need on the night, but they piled on two more in the sixth to make it 5-0 with a two-run double by Oswaldo Navarro. The offense pounded out seven hits off Chiefs starter John Lannan, (the former National) handing him his seventh loss of the season.
Herd Rumblings: Familia may have had his best start of the year last night. It was the first time since June 11th that he had walked one or fewer batters and the first time since June 6th that he had struck out five. It was also his longest outing of the season. At the plate for the Bisons, Josh Rodriguez had the biggest night, going 2-for-4 with the three-run homer. Matt den Dekker was 1-for-5 with three strikeouts, a big problem that he can’t seem to shake. He has struck out in over 27% of his at-bats this season between Binghamton and Buffalo this year. That’s much higher than the major league average of 19.6%. Before he’s promoted to the Mets, he has to cut down on his strikeouts. Tomorrow night, the Bisons open up a two-game set in Syracuse against the S.W. Yankees with south-paw Garrett Olson heading to the mound looking to get his fourth win of the year.
Binghamton 8, Richmond 4
By Tim Burns
The Binghamton Mets bats came alive in the later innings at The Diamond in Richmond, Virginia on Friday night, scoring eight runs over a three inning span to take the rubber match against the Flying Squirrels by a score of 8-4.
Allan Dykstra got things going for the B-Mets in the top of the sixth. After his leadoff double, Wilmer Flores singled and Dustin Martin walked to load the bases. Consecutive singles by Wilfredo Tovar and Juan Centeno scored Dykstra and Flores to give the B-Mets the 2-1 lead. Mark Cohoon grounded into a double play in the next at bat, scoring Martin on the play. The B-Mets fourth and final run of the inning came when Juan Lagares reached on an error, scoring Tovar from third base.
The B-Mets tacked on another run in the top of the seventh, this time in the form of a solo home run by Wilmer Flores, his second of the season.
Binghamton would score three more runs in the top of the eighth inning. Wilfredo Tovar and Juan Centeno would single and double respectively to start the inning. Jefry Marte would then single to right field scoring Tovar and moving Centeno over to third. Juan Lagares then grounded into a double play with Centeno scoring from third base in the process. The B-Mets third run of the inning came after a Reese Havens double and ensuing single by Eric Campbell scoring Havens from second base.
Wilmer Flores was 3-for-4 in the game for the visitors, with a home run and two runs scored. Juan Centeno was also 3-for-4, driving in a run and scoring a run himself as well. Reese Havens was 1-for-2 on the night, with three walks to his credit.
Mark Cohoon made the start for the B-Mets, his first since a short stint with the Buffalo Bisons in which he went 0-for-1, giving up 13 runs on 16 hits over eight innings. On Friday night, Cohoon threw seven innings enroute to his fourth win of the season. He allowed one run on five hits, striking out three and walking one. The lone run he gave up was a solo home run by the Flying Squirrels first batter of the game Gary Brown.
Ryan Fraser took over for Cohoon in the eighth inning and worked one and a third. In that span, Fraser gave up three runs on three hits, walked three and struck out none.
Robert Carson was brought in to finish out the final two thirds of the ninth inning in a non-save situation. He gave up no runs on one hit, struck out one and walked one.
B-Mets Buzz: Binghamton now travels to Altoona for a three game set against the AA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Cory Mazzoni, Gonzalez Germen, and Darin Gorski are slated to throw for the B-Mets in the series, one that will take the team right up to the All-Star break. Erik Turgeon has been placed on the D.L. by the B-Mets with a left shin contusion, making room for Cohoon to return to the B-Mets lineup.
St Lucie 6, Jupiter 5
By Nick Campione
Cory Vaughn continued his hot streak in St Lucie’s victory over Jupiter Friday night at Digital Domain Park. Vaughn went 2-for-4 with his 15th homer of the season and Alonzo Harris had the only other multiple hit game going 2-for-5 with a run scored. Zach Lutz continued his rehab in St Lucie with a 1-for-3 game, a walk, and three RBI. The Mets had nine hits in their victory that began with all six runs being scored in the first four innings.
Erik Goeddel started for the Mets but continued to pitch similarly to his last month or so and struggled in a short start. In Goeddel’s four and a third innings, he allowed eight hits, three earned runs, five walks and three strikeouts. Taylor Whitenton relieved Goeddel with 2.2 no-hit innings with four strikeouts, for the hold, but the lead was shortened by Adam Kolarek. Kolarek finished the game with two innings of one hit ball, although allowed two unearned runs due to an error of his own.
Lucie Logisitics: Cory Vaughn has struggled in his second season at St Lucie, hitting only .233 on the season following his 2-for-4 game tonight. Vaughn is showing some signs of breaking out of the slump over the last three games hitting .500, 6-for-12 with a homer and three RBI. He has shown his power all year hitting 15 home runs but has also struck out 72 times in 76 games. Angel Cuan is on the mound Saturday night in the series opener against Bradenton at Digital Domain Park. Cuan enters with a 4-5 record, 3.34 era, and 48 strikeouts in 67.1 innings pitched.
Brooklyn 7, Williamsport 6
By Dave Landon
The Brooklyn Cyclones won their series finale Friday night with a walk-off walk in extra innings to beat Williamsport 7-6.
The game was tied at six for the longest of times until the bottom of the eleventh inning. After Kevin Plawecki singled to start it off, things got wild for the Williamsport Crosscutters. Two wild pitches, two walks to load the bases, and then a walk-off walk to Richie Rodriguez to win it for the Cyclones.
After only allowing one hit in the first three innings, Gabriel Ynoa ran into trouble. He gave up three runs in both the fourth and fifth inning that put Brooklyn into a 6-3 deficit at the time. His day was over after 6.0 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits, one home run and a wild-pitch. He walked none, while striking out six. Ynoa didn’t figure into the decision but saw his ERA rise to 3.75 on the season.
Beck Wheeler and David Wynn combined for 3.0 shutout innings in relief, and John Mincone pitched 2.0 hitless innings with five strikeouts to earn his second win of the season for the Cyclones.
Brooklyn scored in the first with back-to-back hits from Richie Rodriguez and Brandon Nimmo, and then Phillip Evans grounded into a double play to score Rodriguez. Two more runs came in the second for the Cyclones courtesy of an error, a wild-pitch and a passed ball. The Clones tied it in the seventh inning after Plawecki was hit by a pitch, and then Jayce Boyd made them pay with a two-run homer, his first of the season. After another error and wild-pitch, Brandon Nimmo knocked in Eudy Pina with an RBI single to center to tie up the game which remained knotted at 6-6 until the Cyclones won it in the eleventh inning..
Brooklyn Brew: Brandon Nimmo and Kevin Plawecki both had two hits tonight with two runs scored for Plawecki and an RBI from Nimmo. The Cyclones will take on the Jamestown Jammers on Saturday, July 7th at 6:00 PM. The Cyclones will look to win the series opener with the dominant Luis Mateo is on the mound.
Savannah 1, Charleston 0
By Clayton Collier
Despite the offense being somewhat anemic in the past few days, the Savannah Sand Gnats were able to pull this one out on the strength of a terrific outing by Michael Fulmer and the bullpen to edge the Charleston RiverDogs in walkoff fashion in an exceptional pitching duel by a score of 1-0.
Fulmer took the mound for the Sand Gnats looking to build on his recent stretch of three straight starts in which he allowed one earned run or less, and that he did. The 2011 supplemental first round pick went seven shutout frames allowing just two hits and a walk while punching out four. Fulmer dominanted the RiverDogs offense while locked in an epic pitching duel with Matt Bashore, resulting in both starters taking a no decision.
Then it went into the hands of the bullpens, where the domination continued. Chasen Bradford came in and delivered two one-hit frames to keep the game scoreless and sending it into extra innings. T.J. Chism then came on and hurled a 1-2-3 tenth, setting it up for the offense to win it in the bottom of the tenth.
And that they did. Aderlin Rodriguez led off the inning by hitting a shot over the left field wall to win the ballgame for the Gnats by a final score of 1-0.
Gnats Gnotes: Yucarybert De La Cruz barely avoided the golden sombrero, going 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts. Besides Rodriguez’s walkoff home run (his 15th homer of the season), Matthew Reynolds and Gilbert Gomez accounted for the other two hits in the win. Michael Fulmer did take a no decision, but also lowered his ERA the 2.70 on the year. Could St. Lucie be calling Fulmer soon? The Sand Gnats will look to take the series facing a double-header Saturday with Alex Panteliodis (3-4, 3.81 ERA) on the hill for the first game starting at 5:05pm.
Elizabethton 6, Kingsport 2
Elizabethton 5, Kingsport 4
By Pete Shapiro
In the first game of a Friday night double-dip, the Kingsport Mets dropped their second straight game to fall to 4-12 on the year. Right-hander John Gant started for Kingsport, and breezed through the first two innings. He then gave up five runs over the next 2.1 innings to wind up with his first loss of the season, as the K-Mets dropped game one of the doubleheader to the Elizabethton Twins by a score of 6-2. Twins right-hander Joshua Burris (4-0, 0.69) picked up the win with two scoreless innings of relief.
Elizabethton got home runs from Adam Walker (3) and Travis Harrison (2). Eris Peguero and Maikis De La Cruz had two hits apiece for Kingsport. Jeff Diehl had an RBI single for the K-Mets, and Pedro Perez had a run-scoring triple. Luis Rengel came on in relief of Gant (0-1, 7.98) and threw 1.2 innings giving up just a solo homer to Walker, to close out the seven inning affair. Although the official scorer charged Gant with five runs all earned, I think they made a mistake, and at least one of the runs should have been unearned due to a throwing error by Kingsport catcher Jeyckol De Leon in the bottom of the fifth inning.
In the second game of the twi-night doubleheader, the 6’2″ right-hander from the Dominican Republic, Christian Chivilli made his first game start for the K-Mets. Two singles, four walks, a stolen base, and a sac-fly later it was 4-0 Twins after one inning of play. Elizabethton would hold on as they went on to edge the K-Mets by a final score of 5-4, sweeping the doubleheader and the three-game series. The loss dropped Kingsport to 4-13 on the year, their third loss in a row, which is good for the worst record in the Appalachian League and officially makes them a laughingstock.
After the first inning fiasco that made it 4-0 Twins, the K-Mets got one back on an unearned run in the bottom half of the inning making it 4-1. But Chivilli (1-1, 7.36) gave that one right back in the top of the second, thanks to him walking the first two batters in the inning. He got a force at second with the next batter followed by a steal of second which put runners on second and third and one out. A ground ball would bring in the runner from third making it 5-1 Elizabethton.
The play of Twins third-baseman Niko Goodrum helped the K-Mets out in the early going. Goodrum, who leads the league in triples with six, made two fielding errors in the second inning allowing the K-Mets to score their first run. He followed that up with another fielding error, his third of the game, in the third inning for his ninth error of the season. Meanwhile, Chivilli reached his pitch-limit in the fourth inning and was replaced by right-hander Edioglis Villasmil who recorded the last two outs of the inning. The final line on Chivilli: 3.1 innings, five runs all earned on two hits, six walks, and a strikeout.
Righty Andrew Massie, the 24th round draft pick in this year’s draft, made his professional debut when he came on to pitch scoreless innings in the fifth and sixth, giving up a hit and two walks while striking out two. Twins starter Corey Kimes (2-0, 2.84) left with the lead after five innings looking for the win. His line for the night: 5.0 innings, one unearned run on three hits with eight strikeouts.
The K-Mets bats woke up in the top of the sixth inning against Tyler Herr who had come on to replace Kimes. After getting the first two batters he faced in the inning, Herr gave up five straight singles to: Maikis De La Cruz, Anthony Chavez, Kevin Weijgertse, Alex Machillanada, and Eris Peguero. When the smoke had cleared the K-Mets had put three on the board to pull to within one at 5-4 after six.
Although the Mets got a two-out single in the seventh by De Leon, it wasn’t enough as pinch-runner Joe Tuschak was stranded on first representing the tying run. Elizabethton right-hander Kaleb Merck got his first save with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief. The two wins last night gives the Twins five wins in a row and a 13-5 record for the year which puts them solidly in first place in the Western division.
Kingsport Knews: Kingsport was outscored by Elizabethton in the three-game set by 19-7. The K-Mets continue to lead the Appalachian League in team errors with 40 and are out in front of the second place team by more than ten. As far as their pitching, they are second from the bottom in WHIP, walks given up, runs and earned runs given up and ERA. They are worst in the league in winning percentage, K/BB ratio and strikeouts. They are also first/worst in the league in wild-pitches with 38 in just 17 games, a lead of more than ten WP’s on the next highest team. Saturday the K-Mets take on the Pulaski Mariners at 7:00 in the start of a three-game set. Pulaski is tied for last place with Bluefield in the Eastern Division with a 7-10 record. Right-hander Robert Gsellman (1-0, 3.72) takes the hill for Kingsport while 6’5″ Dominican right-hander Rigoberto Garcia (2-1, 4.34) goes for Pulaski.