Buffalo 7, SWB 6
By Connor O’Brien
The Bisons beat the Scanton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees by a score of 7-6. The Yankees jumped ahead early last night, scoring runs early and often off Bisons starter Garrett Olson. Olson took the mound after the Bisons scored a first-inning run on an Adam Loewen RBI-double. Olson allowed the Yankees to tie up the game in the bottom of the first, allowing a solo home run.
The Yankees certainly weren’t done yet. In the third inning, the Yankees scored three runs off Olson, capped off by a Jack Cust RBI-single. The Yankees stuck again the next inning, scoring another run on an RBI-hit off the bat of Chris Dickerson, putting the Yankees up 5-1. Olson exited the game for the Bisons after allowing five runs on eight hits in just four innings of work.
The Bisons began to claw away at the deficit in the top of the sixth inning. They got two runners on base for Matt den Dekker, who knocked a three-run home run out to right-center field to cut the Scranton lead to just one run.
The Bisons took the lead in the next inning thanks to some control problems by Yankee pitching. The Bisons loaded the bases with one out for Adam Loewen, who drew a walk that plated a run to make it a 5-5 tie game. The next batter was Josh Satin. Satin flied out to left field, but Lucas May was able to tag up on the play and score. That gave the Bisons a 6-5 advantage.
After two scoreless innings by Chris Schwinden, Josh Edgin let the lead slip away in the bottom of the seventh. He gave up an RBI double to Jack Cust to tie the game up once again. Luckily, Edgin got out of the inning with just that one run, leaving the door open for the Bisons.
In the bottom of the eighth with Val Pascucci on second, Wally Backman went with Brad Emaus to pinch-hit for Raul Reyes and attempt to give the lead back to the Bisons. Emaus did just that. At the end of an eight-pitch at-bat, Emaus knocked an RBI-single into left field, giving Buffalo a 7-6 lead. That’s all the Bisons would need on the night, as Manny Acosta and Justin Hampson both tossed scoreless frames to close out the Yankees and seal a 7-6 victory.
Herd Rumblings: Matt den Dekker is hitting under .200 since joining the Bisons earlier this year, but his homer last night was his fifth in 24 games played with the team. However, den Dekker continues to strike out too much, getting fanned three times. Adam Loewen had a nice game for the Bisons, going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Raul Reyes also had two hits before being removed from the game in favor of Brad Emaus. On the pitching side, Chris Schwinden made his second relief appearance in as many days, his only relief outings of the season. Josh Edgin’s outing last night snapped his streak of eight straight games without allowing a run. Collin McHugh (0-2, 5.31) takes the mound today, looking for his first Trilpe-A win as the Bison’s close out their first half schedule, while familiar face John Maine (2-2, 6.00) will throw for the Yankees. First pitch is at 2:00 pm.
Binghamton 8, Altoona 2
By Pete Shapiro
Binghamton starter Cory Mazzoni fired seven shut-out innings and rode a wave of run support as the B-Mets demolished the Altoona Curve on Saturday night by a score of 8-2. Mazzoni tossed seven innings with only three hits, no runs, two walks, and six strikeouts to even his Double-A record at 2-2, and now sports a 4.50 ERA to go along with it.
The score remained knotted at zero until the top of the fifth inning when the B-Mets scored three runs, two coming on a double by Sean Kazmar, and the other coming on a double by Juan Lagares to make it 3-0. They then scored three more the very next inning on a big three-run homer by catcher Francisco Pena, his second since joining the B-Mets, to make the score 6-0.
Mazzoni left after seven innings and was replaced by Edgar Ramirez who promptly gave up two earned runs without recording an out. Left-hander Rob Carson came in with nobody out in the eighth and the bases loaded and the score now 6-1. Carson let in a run that was credited to Ramirez, on a sac-fly to make it 6-2, but got out of the inning with no further damage and tossed a scoreless ninth to pick up his eighth save of the year.
The B-Mets salted the game away with two runs in the ninth inning on a bases loaded single by Eric Campbell that took the score to it’s final tally of 8-2. Pena went 1-for-3 with a walk, a home run, two runs scored and three RBI. Kazmar 2-for-4 with a double, a run and two RBI. Dustin Martin 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. And Eric Campbell went 1-for-5 but drove in two.
B-Mets Buzz: The B-Mets have now won three in a row and brought their record for the year up to 40-46, as they sit in fourth place in the Eastern Division. Tonight the B-Mets play the second of three against the Curve, with right-hander Gonzalez German (4-6, 4.03) going for Binghamton and righty Brandon Cumpton (8-6, 3.13) going for Altoona, game time is 6:00 pm.
Bradenton 6, St. Lucie 3
By Satish Ram
The St.Lucie Mets got looted by the Bradenton Marauders on Saturday, dropping the game 6-3. Angel Cuan started for the A-Mets, and struggled slightly, but pitched admirably in a game where he did not have his best stuff out there. He pitched seven innings, allowing six hits and two walks, which led to four earned runs. He did manage to strike out five, but the two home runs he allowed victimized him. John Church finished up the final two innings for the Mets, allowing two runs off three hits and a walk, striking out one but also giving up a home run.
Cuan was saddled with the loss in this one, as the offense did not really come alive until the ninth inning. Cory Vaughn tagged a ball for a solo shot in the fourth and he also drilled a double in the ninth and scored the third St.Lucie run on a Richard Lucas groundout. The other run for the Mets was a Zach Lutz bomb, his first for St Lucie on the year as he makes his return from yet another injury. Charge the catcher Juan Torres with his second error on a throw for the game.
Lucie Logistics: So that makes 16 home runs and 13 doubles for Cory Vaughn on the year, who continues to demonstrate gargantuan power but not much else…The team was 1-11 with RISP on the game… The series continues tomorrow with a switch of the home team (St Lucie visits Bradenton) for a 5 pm start to their series. Right-hander Tyler Pill (1-1, 2.51) will throw for Lucie, while Bradenton sends righty Matt Benedict (0-2, 5.87) to the mound.
Savannah Splits Twin-Bill With Charleston
By Joe D
The Savannah Sand Gnats salvaged a doubleheader split after losing the first game 9-7, but coming back to beat the Charleston RiverDogs 1-0 in the night cap at Historic Grayson Stadium.
Alex Panteliodis started the first game and despite allowing just one earned run he allowed three hits and walked four before being replaced after three innings by Marcos Camarena. That ended up being a costly decision as Camarena quickly allowed five more runs to score and failed to hold a 7-2 Sand Gnats lead. He would last just 2.1 innings. Enter reliever Randy Fontanez who drove the last nail in the Gnats’ coffin by allowing three more runs to cross the plate to give Charleston the 9-7 win.
Offensively, first baseman Brian Harrison went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI including his 22nd double of the season. Dustin Lawley blasted his ninth home run of the year in the game – a two run shot that gave the Gnats a 7-2 lead at the time. Cam Maron and Aderlin Rodriguez each had a hit to keep their streaks alive.
In stark contrast to the first game, the nightcap featured some of the best pitching the Gnats have had all season long as Savannah bested Charleston 1-0 in a good old fashioned pitcher’s duel.
Gnats starter Jimmy Fuller delivered a dazzling performance in just his second start of the season. Fuller was absolutely untouchable and hurled five no-hit innings to electrify the crowd, allowing just one walk while striking out four. Fuller picked up his second win and improved his ERA to 1.54 while holding the league to a .175 batting average. Wow, job well done.
T.J. Chism took over in the sixth for Fuller and immediately got tagged with two consecutive hits to the first two batters he faced to end the no-hit bid. But Chism was still able to bear down and get the next three outs and then pitch a perfect seventh to preserve the shutout and secure the win for Savannah.
Aderlin Rodriguez provided the lone run of the game when he drove home catcher Cam Maron with what would be the game winner in the bottom of the fourth inning, a booming double into the warning track in left field.
Gnats Gnotes: After walking the first batter to face him in the first inning, Jim Fuller retired the next 15 batters in a row to end his remarkable outing. Aderlin Rodriguez had two of the only three hits in the second game for the Gnats. The only two wins for the Gnats so far in this series were both 1-0 victories. Savannah concludes their five-game series with Charleston this afternoon at 2:05 pm. The Gnats will send RHP Domingo Tapia (4-2, 3.62) to the mound in the final meeting of the season between the two teams.
Jamestown 6, Brooklyn 3
By Dave (Retire 31)
Luis Mateo showed that he is human as Cyclones lost their series opener to the Jamestown Jammers by a score of 6-3. Mateo has been an incredibly dominant starting pitcher so far, but on Saturday, he came back to Earth. After allowing five hits, a HBP, and a stolen base in the first inning, Mateo and the Cyclones found themselves down three runs early. After a one-two-three second inning, Mateo gave up a fourth run in the third after giving up back-to-back base hits and a stolen base. Luckily, after that, he was golden as he was perfect in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.
He was pulled after six innings, having allowed four earned runs on seven hits and one HBP. His strong point continues to be his K/BB ratio as he struck out eight and walked none. Mateo does get tagged with his first loss of the season and his ERA climbed…but only to a 1.90 on the season.
Paul Sewald pitched two scoreless innings in relief, giving up only two hits and striking out two as well. Dawrin Frias wasn’t so lucky as he gave up two runs, only one earned, on three hits in the ninth.
The Cyclones offense tallied eight hits, but could only scratch three runs in three separate innings. They scored one in the first after Dimas Ponce reached on a fielding error, a base hit from Alex Sanchez, a walk by Kevin Plawecki to load the bases, and then Stefan Sabol took one for the team as he was hit by a pitch that scored a run.
One run came in during the fourth after Brandon Nimmo and Eudy Pina drew back-to-back walks and Dimas Ponce singled in Nimmo. The eighth inning was their last run support as Sabol doubled and then was quickly knocked in by Brandon Nimmo who hit an RBI double.
Brooklyn Brew: The only starters for Brooklyn without a hit were Cole Frenzel and Jayce Boyd, two of the three guys hitting over .300. Go figure. Brandon Nimmo hit his fourth double of the season and knocked in his team leading, 15th RBI already. That’s also good for second in the league. Stefan Sabol also had a double, his seventh of the season which leads the team. Up next: the Cyclones will take on the Jamestown Jammers at MCU Park again Sunday, at 5:00 pm. Right-hander Luis Cessa (1-0, 3.21) will make the start for Brooklyn.
Pulaski 13, Kingsport 2
By Pete Shapiro
The Kingsport Mets ran into a buzz-saw Saturday night when they took on the Pulaski Mariners on the road. The K-Mets needed four pitchers and they were all hit hard as Pulaski piled up 13 runs on 17 hits on the way to crushing Kingsport by a score of 13-2. Robert Gsellman (0-1, 6.59) started for the K-Mets going four innings, and was hammered for six earned runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts, and took the loss leaving with the score 6-0.
South-paw Juan Urbina who recently returned to Kingsport where he pitched all of last season, gave up two earned runs in his one inning of work, on two hits a walk and a strikeout, to make it 8-0. Back-to-back doubles from Kingsport shortstop Gavin Cecchini and right-fielder Jeff Diehl would plate the K-Mets a run in the top of the sixth making it 8-1.
Andres E. Perez came in to pitch the bottom of the sixth and got through the inning without giving up any runs, just a double. But he started the seventh and was reached for four runs, two earned on four hits, an error and a balk, in just a third of an inning which extended the Pulaski lead to 12-1. Martires Arias came in and got Perez and the K-Mets out of further trouble in the seventh. They then put another run on the board in the eighth when Jon Leroux doubled and Maikis De La Cruz drove him in with an RBI single to make the score 12-2.
Arias could not escape the eighth without giving up a run however. Pulaski left-fielder Reginald Lawson who had hit his third homer of the year, a two-run job, off Gsellman back in the first inning, took Arias deep leading off the eighth for his fourth home run of the year, and second of the game which made the score 13-2. Mariner starter Wander Marte (1-0, 1.20) got the win going five innings and giving up no runs, three hits and a walk, while striking out five.
Kingsport Knews: Gsellman’s wild-pitch was the team’s league leading 39th WP of the year. Three more errors last night means they have now committed 43 errors good for first in the league by a wide margin. One anomaly in last night’s loss was the Kingsport pitching staffs combined K/BB ratio of 11/2. Go figure. Kingsport has now lost four games in a row, and has a record of 4-14 on the season. Pulaski is now 8-10, and has a modest three-game winning streak working. Sunday the two teams go at it again in game two of the three-game set. The K-Mets will send right-hander Akeel Morris (0-3, 8.31) to the mound, and Pulaski counters with 6’3″ right-hander Min-Sih Chen (1-0, 7.84) game time is 4:00 pm.