Durham 12, Buffalo 6
By Connor O’Brien
Coming off a 12-6 loss to the Durham Bulls on Saturday night, the Bisons lost by the same score in yesterday’s afternoon game.
Jeurys Familia took the hill for the Mets, looking to stop the Bisons’ six-game losing streak to the Bulls. Familia came into the night with an ERA close to five and had been struggling with his command. Yesterday’s game was more of the same. In the top of the third with the Bisons already up 1-0 thanks to a Raul Reyes RBI single, the Bulls got cracking. Familia allowed two run-scoring hits in the inning. That, combined with a Jordany Valdespin error that allowed a run to score put the Bulls up 4-1. The Bisons got closer when in the bottom of the inning, Matt den Dekker doubled to right to make it 4-2. However, when Familia took the mound again in the fourth, the Bulls broke the game open. Familia got one out in the fourth inning and was pulled with two men on. Elvin Ramirez entered and the Bulls struck again. By the end of the fourth, they had scratched out three more runs off Ramirez and led 7-2.
Just when the Bisons thought it was over, Ramirez went back out to pitch the fifth, and got hit even harder. Ramirez allowed five runs in the fifth, basically sealing the game for the Bulls. The Bulls offense scored a total of 12 runs off Familia and Ramirez.
The Bisons had plenty of opportunities to stay in the game, but couldn’t capitalize on countless opportunities. The Bisons actually out-hit the Bulls 15 to 12, but left a total of 19 men on base, including five by Josh Satin alone. The Bisons had chances to score in virtually every inning, but instead they failed to capitalize and fell 12-6.
Herd Rumblings: Jeurys Familia finished with a final line of 3.1 IP, 5 H, 7 R (6 ER), 3 BB, 2 SO. For someone with such great stuff, Familia sure doesn’t strike out many batters, at least not recently. He hasn’t struck out more than four batters in any of his past five starts. Elvin Ramirez has allowed runs in three of his four starts since being sent down, all three appearances being against Durham. Pedro Beato came in for mop-up work, and tossed three scoreless innings, allowing only one hit. In 24 innings with the Bisons, Beato has allowed a total of three earned runs. On offense, Jordany Valdespin went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Josh Satin was 2-for-5 with a home run in the seventh inning. Lucas May, Josh Rodriguez, Matt den Dekker, and Fred Lewis were the other Bisons with multiple hits. The Bisons play the third game of a four-game series with the Bulls tomorrow at 7:05, as Garrett Olson takes the mound looking for his fourth win of the season.
Altoona 7, Binghamton 4
By Tim Burns
Another day, another loss for the Binghamton Mets. The Altoona Curve defeated the B-Mets on Sunday afternoon by a score of 7-4, extending the home team’s season long losing streak to six games.
The B-Mets offense was able to belt out thirteen hits in the game, the most since their season high of eighteen on June 25th. Leading the way at the plate on Sunday afternoon was Eric Campbell who went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Wilfredo Tovar was 2-for-4, and had one of only two extra base hits in the game with his fourth inning double. Jefry Marte, who served as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning, accounted for the other extra base hit with a double as well.
Cory Mazzoni started the game for the B-Mets and lasted four innings, eventually taking the loss for the home team. It was Mazzoni’s first start since giving up a career high seven runs on ten hits six innings against the Bowie Baysox on June 26th. On Sunday afternoon, Mazzoni allowed six earned runs – including two homeruns – on nine hits. He struck out three and walked only one. Mazzoni’s record now stands at 1-2, with a 6.35 ERA.
Altoona third baseman Stefan Welch had Mazzoni’s number in the game, homering in both at bats against the B-Mets starter. Welch ended up 4-for-5 on the afternoon, with four RBI’s.
Erik Turgeon relieved Mazzoni in the top of the fifth inning. Over two innings worth of work, Turgeon allowed one earned run – a sixth inning solo home run by Quincy Latimore – three hits, walking one and striking out one.
Jeff Stevens worked the seventh and eighth for the B-Mets, keeping Altoona out of the run column while giving up two hits, striking out one, and walking two.
Edgar Ramirez was called upon to pitch the final inning for Pedro Lopez’s B-Mets, throwing a clean sheet in the top of the ninth, striking out two along the way.
B-Mets Buzz: The B-Mets and Curve play game three of the four game set Monday evening at NYSEG Stadium. Gonzalez Germen (4-5, 4.06) gets the call for the B-Mets against Altoona’s Gerrit Cole (1-1, 7.50). Germen defeated the Curve on June 15th, a feat the home fans hope he can accomplish again. This will be the first time the B-Mets batters have seen Cole this season.
Fort Myers 4, St. Lucie 2
By Joe D.
The Fort Myers Miracle combined some solid pitching and timely hitting to take the series opener and best the St. Lucie Mets 4-2 on Sunday afternoon.
Angel Cuan got the start for the Mets and was cruising along through the first tree innings holding Fort Myers to just two singles and actually picking off both of them while they attempted to steal to face the minimum of nine batters. But in the fourth inning Cuan got into trouble when he got tagged for fives singles that led to two runs, and then he let up two more runs in the fifth on a triple, single and a double that put the Miracle up 4-2 and it would stay that way through the end of the game. Cuan completed six innings and allowed the four runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out six batters. The loss left him with a 4-5 record for the season with a 3.34 ERA.
John Church worked two scoreless innings to give the Mets a chance to comeback and keep them in a game , but it never transpired for St. Lucie who were held scoreless for the final five innings of the game.
St. Lucie scored their two runs early. The first run came via a Joe Bonfe RBI-single in the second to score Robbie Shields, and the second run came in the fourth when Juan Torres doubled and scored on a throwing error when they tried to throw him out while he was going to third on a groundout.
Lucie Logistics: St. Lucie has a team ERA of 3.37 for the season which is the best mark in the Florida State League. The starting rotation leads the league with eight shutouts and the bullpen ranks first with 28 saves. Adam Kolarek has ten of those saves along with a team leading 1.78 ERA, and in 40.1 innings pitched he has struck out 55 batters while walking only 12. St. Lucie and Fort Myers meet again tonight at 7:00 PM for the second game of their series as Tyler Pill makes his fourth start for the Mets. Pill is coming off a solid outing in which he tossed five shutout innings and is still looking for his first High-A win despite a sharp 2.78 ERA.
Savannah vs. Augusta Postponed
By Joe D.
Sunday’s contest between the Savannah Sand Gnats and the Augusta GreenJackets was postponed due to heavy rain. The two teams will play a pair of seven-inning games in doubleheader on Monday. RHP Marcos Camarena (5-2, 1.52 ERA) will pitch the opener while RHP Domingo Tapia (4-2, 4.04 ERA) is expected to start in the nightcap.
Brooklyn 3, Hudson Valley 0
By Clayton Collier
With pitching not exactly being there for the New York Mets last night, it sure was for the Brooklyn Cyclones as they shutout the Hudson Valley Renegades by a score of 3-0.
Making his third start of the year, Luis Mateo took the hill for Brooklyn and continued to solidify himself as the ace of this Cyclones staff. Mateo scattered three hits over six shutout frames while walking none and punching out six, picking up his team-leading third win of the season. Mateo has also lowered his ERA to 0.51 as he tries to top R.A. Dickey for the title of hottest pitcher in the Mets organization.
The Brooklyn offense was helped mostly due to the bad defense on the Renegades part, but the only error on one pitch, was by no means a defensive blunder. Hudson Valley starter Matthew Spann got taken deep in the second inning by Cole Frenzel, his first of the year. Frenzel leads the team with a robust .415 batting average and is second only to Eudy Pena on the team in RBIs with eight.
Once Mateo’s day was done, the Cyclones bullpen came in and picked up where he left off. David Wynn was called upon and kept the shutout intact, going two perfect innings while punching out three to hand it over to Tyler Vanderheiden for the ninth. Vanderheiden’s day wasn’t quite as smooth as he surrendered three singles in the ninth frame to load the bases with nobody out. After inducing the next hitter to pop-out to short left-field for the first out, keeping the runners in place, Vanderheiden got a slow grounder to short.
Phil Evans pounced on it like a cat and made a sharp throw to Richie Rodriguez at second-base, and with the runner sliding into him Rodriguez threw an absolute rocket to first-base just nipping the runner in a bang-bang play to end the game. Not only did Vanderheiden manage to preserve the win and the shutout, but he also picked up his fourth save of the season and solidified the Cyclones atop the New York-Penn League.
Brooklyn Brew: With his two perfect innings, David Wynn has now lowered his ERA to 1.23 and Tyler Vanderheiden kept his perfect 0.00 ERA in tact with his shaky, but nonetheless scoreless ninth inning. In addition to Frenzel’s moon shot, Richie Rodriguez, Dimas Ponce and Stefan Sabol all had hits in the win and Ponce, as well as Frenzel and Phillip Evans, scored the only three runs of the ballgame. The Cylones look to continue this streak against the second-place Renegades starting tonight at 7 pm. Right-hander Luis Cessa (1-0, 2.70) who has been superb so far this season goes for the Clones, Hudson Valley gives the ball to lefty Sean Bierman (0-2, 4.50).
Greeneville 12, Kingsport 0
By Pete Shapiro
One night after they scored 13 runs against the Greeneville Astros, the Kingsport Mets couldn’t score a single run, as they fell hard to the Astros, getting shutout on Sunday by a score of 12-0. The Astros starter Francis Ramirez (2-0, 2.77) got the win by tossing 6.0 innings and giving up no runs on two hits, with five walks, a wild-pitch, and seven strikeouts.
The loser for Kingsport was righty Akeel Morris (0-3, 8.31) who started and went the first six innings giving up four runs on five hits, with two walks, a wild-pitch, and seven strikeouts. He was followed by right-hander Miller Diaz who only pitched 1+ innings but was responsible for eight runs, six earned.
I don’t think we need to go into the gory details, but I’ll run out his line-score for Diaz, if you are interested: 1.0 plus innings, eight runs, six earned runs, four hits, four walks, a wild-pitch, and a strikeout. The 6’7″ right-hander Martires Arias pitched the final two innings with no further damage, surrendering three hits and a walk.
There were only three hits in the game for the K-Mets, all singles, one each recorded by Maikis De La Cruz, Michael Bernal, and Jeff Diehl. Greeneville shortstop James Howick had the only home run of the game, his first of the season, a three-run job to left off Diaz in the eighth inning that knocked him out of the game.
Kingsport Knews: Catcher Tomas Nido, the Mets 8th round selection in this years draft was knocked out of the game in the third inning when he was involved in a nasty collision at home plate with Greeneville’s center fielder D’Andre Toney. Nido was replaced by Alex Machillanada for the rest of the game. No word yet on the nature of Nido’s injury. The loss drops Kingsport to 3-10 on the year, and back into last place in their division. This team is an enigma. They get chewed out by their coaches and manager, are forced to go to mandatory extra batting practice on Saturday morning, and then score 13 runs that night. The very next day, they can’t get out of their own way and only manage three measly singles? What gives? They better get their you-know-whats in gear or this season will be over before it started for the K-Mets. This is the same team that is first in the league in stats such as: team errors, wild-pitches, most runs given up, most unearned runs given up, and most losses. Tomorrow is game two of this three-game set with Greeneville. The Astros will go with south-paw Christopher Lee (0-0, 10.80) and the K-Mets will send left-hander Steve Matz (0-1, 3.24) to the mound, game time is 7:00 pm.
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