Mets Farm Report: Familia Is Back, Lucie Comeback Falls Short, Cyclones Blow Away Renegades
Toledo 4, Buffalo 1
By Sean Kenny
Jeurys Familia had his best outing of the season, but after a late comeback thanks to an error the Bisons fell in ten innings, 4-1 to the Toledo Mud Hens. Jeurys Familia was on his game today, unlike anything we have seen this season. Familia allowed one run on three hits, including a solo home run in the first innings while walking two batters and striking out nine in eight innings of work. Today was Familia’s longest outing on the season, and quite possibly his most dominating of the season. Whatever tips Familia has picked up in his last three starts, he is using them well and showing the potential that has kept him in the starting rotation.
This story would not have a good end, as Manny Acosta gave up three runs on two hits with two walks, in 1.1 innings. Just as Manny Acosta’s name was being mentioned in a possible return trip to Flushing, he exhibits what sent him to Buffalo in the first place. Justin Hampson would go two-thirds of an inning, allowing one hit that scored an inherited runner.
Offensively, the Bisons were stifled the entire game and only scored a run on an error in the ninth to tie the game at 1-1. Valentino Pascucci went to lay down a sacrifice bunt with Loewen on second and Lutz on first, and when pitcher Chris Bootcheck threw away the ball and allowed Adam Loewen to score.
Herd Rumblings: Matt den Dekker, coming off his best Triple-A performance, followed it with his worst going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, dropping his average to .213. Zach Lutz went 0-for-1 with two walks and a HBP. Get on base, be in position to score runs. The Bisons will look to win the series tomorrow, sending RHP Chris Schwinden (3-4, 2.44) to the mound against the Mud Hens and LHP Casey Crosby (6-3, 3.45)
Trenton 7, Binghamton 1
By Tim Burns
The Binghamton Mets lost the rubber match on Wednesday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium by a score of 7-1, as they were swept by the visiting Trenton Thunder. The B-Mets had actually won both previous series against Trenton taking both of those series two games to one.
Cory Mazzoni started the game for the B-Mets, his sixth for the team in 2012 and first since a complete game shutout against the Erie SeaWolves on July 13. Mazzoni lasted five innings in Wednesday’s game, throwing a total of 66 pitches, 55 of them for strikes. He allowed two runs on three hits, struck out four and walked one. Although not responsible for the lopsided score – that would come later in the game – Mazzoni was down two to one when his day finished and because of that took the loss. His record now stands at 3-3.
Jeff Stevens relieved Mazzoni in the sixth and lasted an inning and a third. In that span, he allowed three runs on three hits, struck out one and walked one as well. In his last two appearances for the B-Mets, Stevens has given up a total of seven earned runs in only an inning and a third. In his last outing against Altoona on July 8th, Stevens did not register an out.
Adrian Rosario came on to replace Stevens in the top of the seventh, inheriting runners on second and third and only one out. The first batter Rosario faced singled to score the runner from third, but the next two batters flew out and ground out to end the inning. Rosario had a rough eighth inning as he gave up a double, a single, walked one, and threw a wild pitch. Sean Kazmar also was charged with a throwing error in the inning on a play in which Trenton plated two runs.
At the end of his outing, Rosario’s line read one and two thirds innings pitched, two runs, one of which was earned, on three hits, two strikeouts and two walks. Edgar Ramirez came on in the ninth and proved to be the only B-Mets pitcher to throw a clean sheet in the game with no runs on no hits and one strikeout.
At the plate, although the B-Mets batters had nine hits in the game, they were able to cross the plate only once. In fact the second inning, the one in which they scored their lone run, was the only inning in which they had more than one hit, and no B-Mets batters had a multi-base hit in the game.
Juan Lagares, Michael Fisher, and Allan Dykstra were all 2-for-4 on the afternoon. Dykstra has now hit safely in five straight games. Eric Campbell, Francisco Pena, and Jefry Marte all had single hits in the game. Campbell extended his hitting streak to six games, two shy of tying his season high streak of eight games. Pena’s second inning hit snapped a four game hitless streak for him, a stretch in which he had gone 0-for-12.
B-Mets Buzz: It’s off to Bowie, Maryland for the B-Mets now. They start a four game set on Thursday night against the BaySox with Mark Cohoon (4-7, 3.59) going against Rick Zagone (2-2, 4.13). Zack Wheeler is currently listed as the probable starter in Friday night’s game. The 5,815 fans that came through the turnstiles on Wednesday gave the B-Mets a series total of 15,558, good enough for an average of 5,186, and 86% capacity, over the three games in the 6,012 seat NYSEG Stadium.
Brevard County 9, St. Lucie 7
By Nick Campione
Good hitting performances by Alonzo Harris, Daniel Muno, Blake Forsythe, and Richard Lucas were not enough to overcome the early five run deficit as the St Lucie Mets fell to Brevard County 9-7 Wednesday night in St Lucie. Harris had the best game going 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI and Daniel Muno continued his hot hitting following his return from suspension, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two walks. Blake Forsythe contributed two hits in five at-bats and a run and Lucas added the only home run of the game his sixth on the season, while going 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.
On the mound, Huchingson could not get out the first inning for the second straight start. Huchingson (5-7, 4.74) pitched two-thirds of an inning, three hits, five runs, three earned, with a walk and a strike out, a wild-pitch, and three hit batters to earn the loss. Kyle Allen relieved him allowing three more runs, two earned, over 4.1 innings. Adam Kolarek contributed the best pitching line of the night for St Lucie finishing the game with a clean 1-2-3 inning with two strike-outs.
Lucie Logistics: Adam Kolarek continued his great season for St Lucie tonight with his 1-2-3 ninth inning. Over his last ten games, Kolarek has pitched 15.1 innings, given up 13 hits, only one earned run, six walks, and 14 punchouts. On the season, Kolarek has a 1-1 record in 34 games, 46 innings pitched, 59 strikeouts with only 14 walks and a 1.57 ERA. Kolarek has been the closer for St Lucie following the promotion of Adrian Rosario, saving 14 games and only allowing eight earned runs. Kolarek could definitely be destined for a promotion in the foreseeable future to Binghamton with the way he has pitched all season and could be a reliever to watch over the next few years. Erik Goeddel takes the hill tonight at 6:30 PM as the Mets hit the road to begin a three game series with Dunedin.
No Game Scheduled Wednesday
The Gnats were off on Wednesday but return to Historic Grayson Stadium for a four-game set with the Rome Braves beginning tonight at 7:05 PM. Rome is 14-12 in the second half so far and have lost two games in a row. The Gnats are 11-15 in the second half and have now won two games straight. Right-hander Michael Fulmer (5-5, 2.76) gets the nod for Savannah. Fulmer is fourth in the league in ERA, and third in WHIP with a 1.09.
Brooklyn 7, Hudson Valley 3
By Pete Shapiro
The Cyclones blew into the Hudson Valley on Wednesday night along with some violent thunderstorms, and when all was said and done the first place Clones had opened up a 2.0 game lead in the division with a sound whipping of the Renegades. This game was actually very close, and fairly tense as the Cyclones tried to hang onto a one run lead heading into the ninth, but a big two-out double in the top of the ninth by Brandon Nimmo scored two runs and then as the play developed, Renegade shortstop Ryan Dunn over-threw second-base trying to throw behind Nimmo. The ball rolled out into a deserted right-field as Nimmo dashed around the bases to score the games final run and make the score 7-3.
Right-hander Rainy Lara (4-1, 3.04) made the start for Brooklyn and pitched very well to earn the win before handing the ball off to lefty David Wynn for the middle innings. Lara pitched 5.0 plus innings giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits, with seven strikeouts. Wynn went 3.0 innings with one hit, and one strikeout. Tyler Vanderheiden was called upon to pitch the ninth which he did in one-two-three fashion.
The Cyclones scored early, when second-baseman Jeff Reynolds launched his first professional home run leading off the game to make it 1-0. Brooklyn would add two more in the fourth when Dimas Ponce hit a two-out single, and Eudy Pina followed with a two-run bomb over the left-field wall, for his third home run of the year, making it 3-0. Hudson Valley got one back in the bottom half of the inning when Thomas Coyle hit his second homer of the year down the right-field line to make it 3-1.
The Cyclones made it 4-1 on a run-scoring double by Kevin Plawecki in the top of the fifth. But Hudson Valley answered back in the next two innings to score another run in the fifth on back-to-back two-out doubles, and one unearned run in the sixth to make it 4-3. The score would remain that way until the wild top of the ninth, with Nimmo’s big two-out double.
Brooklyn Brew: Kevin Plawecki went 3-for-3 with a walk, a double and an RBI, and has now raised his batting average to .221. Eudy Pina went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs, and two RBI. Nimmo went 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and two RBI, and Jeff Reynolds went 1-for-4 with a walk, a home run, two runs scored and an RBI. Stefan Sabol was actually the only Cyclone without a hit in the game. The first place Clones will start a two home and two away, four-game set with the Staten Island Yankees on Thursday that will go through the weekend. The Yankees have started the year 12-18 and are in third place, 7.0 games behind the front-running Cyclones. The first game of the series is set for tonight in S.I. at 7:00 PM. The Cyclones will send righty Gabe Ynoa (1-1, 3.30) to the hill while the Yankees go with south-paw Jeremy Bleich (0-0, 3.52).
Bristol 10, Kingsport 7
By Clayton Collier
Coming off a victory in the series opener, the Kingsport Mets were unable to build on their back-to-back wins. After coming back to even up a six run defecit, the Mets bullpen blew it (sound familiar?), falling to the Bristol White Sox by a final score of 10-7. Akeel Morris got the nod for the Mets, looking to put together a decent outing in what has been an extremely disappointing 2012.
Instead, the teenage hurler topped his previous four unfortunate outings in the ugliest of fashions, failing to make it out of the third frame. His night started off on a down note, hitting a batter and surrendering a two-run homer to Courtney Hawkins in the first, then ended his evening even worse off.
Morris’ disastrous third began with five straight baserunners to reach base before getting the first out of the inning. After that however, the right-hander gave up his third double of the inning before being pulled in favor of Andres E. Perez, wo retired the next two batters to end the threat. Morris ended his outing with an awful line of 2.1 innings pitched, allowing seven runs, all earned, on five hits and a hit by pitch, while walking one and punching out none and happily taking a no-decision while boosting his ERA to 9.74.
After that monster top of the third, the Kingsport bats managed to put up a crooked number of their own, tallying four times against Bristol starter Jefferson Olacio to get back into the ballgame by cutting their lead to just two runs once the dust settled. After Jeyckol De Leon struck out, five straight Mets reached base including three walks and RBI knocks by both Tomas Nido and Anthony Chavez to score a pair before knocking the White Sox starter out of the ballgame as well.
With Storm Throne (what an awesome name!) on the mound, Eris Peguero reached on a force attempt and a throwing error allowed Tomas Nido to score the third run of the inning. Finally, a wild pitch scored Joe Tuschak before Gavin Cecchini to end the rally.
They would come all the way back to tie it in the fifth inning when Anthony Chavez lined a long fly ball into right that would go for a triple to score Tuschak. Chavez would later score the tying run on a Eris Peguero sac fly to make it a 7-7 ballgame after the White Sox had led it 7-1.
Unfortunately for the K-Mets, the game wouldn’t remain tied for very long. After three scoreless frames, Miller Diaz came on for his fourth inning of work and simply looked exhausted in this seventh frame. Following a fielding error to put the leadoff runner at second, Diaz allowed three base hits and threw two wild pitches in the inning before finally retiring the side. However not without allowing three runs to cross in the process, putting Bristol on top for good and handing them the second game of the series.
Kingsport Knews: Bristol left fielder Kale Kiser was hit by a pitch in the first, third and sixth innings! (Hat tip to Pete ) He may want to go up to bat tonight in a suit of armor! Gavin Cecchini went 1-for-5 on the evening with a double, his sixth of the year. Yeixon Ruiz and Anthony Chavez accounted for the only multi-hit games for the Mets, bothing making bids to get off of the interstate now batting .186 and .195 on the year respectively. Everyone in the lineup had hits with exception to their cleanup hitter Jeyckol De Leon, who went 0-for-4 with a walk. It was quite the slugfest as both pitchers failed to make it out of the third inning. It was the worst evening on the year for Akeel Morris, yet it was also the first game in which Morris started a game and didn’t take the loss in 2012. The Mets take on the White Sox in the rubber game of the series at home starting Thursday at 7:05 PM. Lefty Steve Matz (0-1, 2.65) will make the start for Kingsport.
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