Syracuse 5, Buffalo 0
By Sean Kenny
Matt Harvey didn’t have his best stuff today, but the offenses inability to put together a rally plus an off day from Jack Egbert helped aid the Bisons in defeat today, 5-0.
Matt Harvey went six innings allowing two runs on four hits, walking two and striking out six while giving up one home run. Harvey wasn’t working with the stuff he usually brings to the mound, but still had a quality outing and didn’t give up the home run until his last inning of work. The only thing Matt still has to prove in Triple-A is that he can consistently throw strikes, and today his 94 pitches, 56 for strikes was straddling the line of effective and wildly effective.
Jack Egbert came out in relief of Harvey and gave up three runs on four hits in one and one-third innings while walking one. Jack Egbert followed up a 10.55 June ERA with a awful start to July. Since his return to Buffalo, Egbert has been hit hard. Elvin Ramirez came out to mop-up the mess, and pitched two-thirds of an inning giving up no hits or walks.
The offense – well they must’ve found a barbecue to attend, because they were not playing today. Despite Chiefs pitcher Zach Duke walking five batters, the Bisons could not muster a run and only got a runner to third on a double steal when they went for the runner advancing to second. With a chance to score in the seventh, the Bisons squandered a first and second situation with no outs. Adam Loewen had a good day, going two for three with a walk. Den-Dekker, Rodriguez and Satin went 0 for 10 with two walks and two strikeouts out of the 1-2-3 holes.
Turning Point: The Egbert collapse. Before that point, it seemed as if the Bisons would be able to rally, but Egbert proving ineffective deflated the team morale.
Herd Rumblings: Pedro Beato was promoted to the Mets, with Jeremy Hefner heading back to Buffalo to possibly claim a spot in the bullpen. It seems the curse of Flushing is present, since every reliever who has been called up has been rendered virtually ineffective when returning to the Bisons. Manny Acosta is the sole exception, and Manny Acosta is an anomaly on a yearly basis. Matt Den Dekker’s average dropped to .202, and it is falling fast. The Bisons will look to rebound from today’s loss by sending Dylan Owen to the mound against the Chiefs and RHP Mitch Atkins (6-6, 4.78).
Richmond 9, Binghamton 4
By Tim Burns
The Binghamton Mets dropped game one of their road trip against the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Wednesday night by a score of 9-4. In front of a holiday sellout crowd, B-Mets starter Greg Peavey got banged up pretty good by the Richmond batters enroute to his sixth loss of the season.
Peavey worked four and two thirds innings in the game, proving to be his shortest outing in his last five games. He allowed six earned runs on eight hits, including a three run home run by the Flying Squirrels Tommy Joseph in the bottom of the fifth. Peavey struck out four and walked two in the game. He has now taken the loss in each of his last four starts.
Adrian Rosario, who was credited with the win on Tuesday night when the B-Mets snapped their season long seven game losing streak, relieved Peavey in the fifth. Rosario pitched one and a third innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits, striking out one Richmond batter. He threw a total of nineteen pitches, fifteen of them for strikes.
Erik Turgeon pitched the final two innings for the B-Mets, and it was aces wild across the board – one run on one hit, a solo homerun, with one strikeout and one walk.
As for the Binghamton batters on our nation’s holiday, Juan Lagares extended his current hitting streak to four games in a big way going 3-for-5 for the B-Mets with two runs scored. Eric Campbell was 2-for-4 on the night, including his team leading seventh homerun in the top of the seventh, a two run shot with Lagares at second base at the time. Reese Havens was 1-for-4 in the game, with a double as his lone hit. Jefry Marte was 1-for-3 on the night, a double being his only hit as well.
B-Mets Buzz: The Independence Day sellout crowd of 9,560 was the third time this season Richmond has drawn that many fans to The Diamond. Richmond currently sits first in the Eastern League in average attendance, with 6,467 fans passing through the turnstiles. In game two on Thursday night, the B-Mets will send top prospect and former San Francisco Giants farmhand Zack Wheeler (7-4, 2.74) to the mound. His opponent will be Chris Heston (6-3, 1.89), who currently leads the Eastern League in ERA and is second in strikeouts (88). Flying Squirrels catcher Tommy Joseph, who homered off of Peavey in the fifth inning, was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the second round of the 2009 MLB June Draft. The B-Mets Zack Wheeler was the Giants first round pick in the same draft. Both players will represent their respective organizations in the 2012 MLB Futures Game in Kansas City next week.
Jupiter 4, St Lucie 3
By Nick Campione
Jupiter scored a run late off Jack Leathersich in the 8th inning in order to take the lead in a 3-3 tie to beat the St Lucie Mets 4-3. Chase Huchingson pitched better than his last few starts, walking only one batter and striking out three in five innings. Leathersich pitched well in relief of Huchingson until the 8th inning when he allowed a single and a BB with one out, followed by another single which scored the winning run. Leathersich pitched well the first two innings in relief, and ended with a line of two and a third innings, four hits, one earned run and five strikeouts.
The three runs scored by St Lucie were on a two-run single by Cory Vaughn in the 3rd who finished 1-for-4, and TJ Rivera’s double in the 4th which scored Juan Torres. Rivera continued his hot hitting with a 2-for-3 game and is now up to .280 since joining St Lucie after struggling following the promotion.
Lucie Logistics: While pitching well tonight with five strikeouts in two and a third innings, Leathersich has struggled with his ERA while in St Lucie. His ERA is currently at 4.56 over 10 games and 23 innings, but does have 36 K as well. Zach Lutz returned from a broken hand and was placed on rehab by the Bisons in St Lucie. Lutz was 0-for-1 in the game with 2 BB before being remove late in the game.
Charleston 3, Savannah 2
By Joe D.
The Savannah Sand Gnats came up short in a 3-2 loss to the Charleston RiverDogs before a packed house at Historic Grayson Stadium last night – their largest crowd of the season.
Jacob DeGrom (3-3, 2.64) started for the Gnats and pitched well enough to win allowing just three runs, two earned on six hits in 5.2 innings. DeGrom struck out six and didn’t walk a batter and continues to produce quality outings whenever his turn comes up in the rotation.
Randy Fontanez replaced DeGrom in the sixth and delivered 3.1 scoreless innings of relief to give his team a chance to win. Fontanez, 23, held the RiverDogs to just two hits and struck out three. The right-handed reliever got off to rough start this season, but in his last ten games he has been very effective and has posted a 2.43 ERA.
The Gnats scored both of their runs on a pair of solo home runs. Third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez put Savannah up 1-0 with a blast to leftfield in the bottom of the second inning. Catcher Cam Maron launched a blast of his own in the fifth inning to bring the Gnats within one, run but the score would remain 3-2 and there would be no late-game rally for the Sand Gnats on this night.
Gnats Gnotes: Despite the loss, Jacob DeGrom is having a solid season as his 2.64 ERA would attest, but what is more remarkable is strikeout-to-walk ratio of 46 K/7 BB in 58 innings pitched this season. Aderlin Rodriguez hit his team leading 14th home run of the season which ranks second in the league behind the league leader Matthew Skole who has 19. With two more hits last night, Cam Maron has taken over the team lead in batting with a .301 mark to go with a .376 on-base. The Gnats will send RHP Michael Fulmer (5-4, 3.00) to the hill as they continue their series against Charleston tonight at 7:05 PM.
Brooklyn 9, Williamsport 5
By Clayton Collier
In a dazzling display of offense despite some lackluster pitching out of their starter, the Brooklyn Cyclones managed to best the Williamsport Crosscutters on a Fourth of July victory by a final score of 9-5.
Julian Hilario got the nod and had himself an evening to forget. Hilario failed to get out of the fifth inning –4 2/3 frames– while allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits while walking two and punching out five, happily taking a no decision in the win.
The story of the game however, was the offense. Scoring four runs in the first and five runs in the fifth, the Cyclones provided more than enough production at the plate to cover for the lack of quality starting pitching on the day. The first consisted a two-run Cole Frenzel triple, followed by a Stefan Sabol RBI double and topped off by a Dimas Ponce single to stake Brooklyn to an early 4-0 lead. Then in the fifth, Sabol set the tone again, this time with a leadoff home run, his first of the year. Then later in the inning, after a throwing error scored Jayce Boyd, Brandon Nimmo cranked his second home run of the season, a three run shot to make it a 9-5 ballgame.
From there the bullpen took over, delivering 2 1/3 frames of one-hit ball, punching out five in the process. While only getting one out, Darwin Frias got the win to improve to 2-2 on the year. Matt Koch had himself the best outing of any pitcher on the evening, as he allowed just the one hit while striking out four battters. Unlike the major league bullpen today, the Cyclones ‘pen managed to hold down the fort and take advantage of a great offensive effort to take another ‘W’ on the year.
Brooklyn Brew: Brandon Nimmo had himself one of his better nights of his short pro-ball career, going 1-for-3 with a three-run bomb, a walk and two runs scored. Nimmo now has two homers and ten RBIs in his last five games and is almost off the interstate, sitting at .182 on the season. Cole Frenzel, Stefan Sabol and Jayce Boyd all had themselves extra base-ridden multi-hit games including a double by Boyd and Sabol, a triple by Frenzel and a solo shot by Sabol as well. Everyone in the lineup had at least one hit with exception to Eudy Pina who went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. The Cyclones continue their series with Rainy Lara on the mound starting Thursday at MCU Park starting at 7pm.
Elizabethton 8, Kingsport 1
By Pete Shapiro
The Kingsport Mets dropped the series opener to the Elizabethton Twins on Wednesday night by a score of 8-1. Right-hander Persio Reyes (0-3, 11.57) simply didn’t have it as he gave up six runs, four earned on five hits, four walks, two wild-pitches, and four strikeouts.
Right-handers Matt Budgell (3 IP), Ramon Estevez and Flabio Ortega (1 IP each) finished out the game combining to give up two runs, one earned, on six hits with four strikeouts and three walks in their five innings of work.
Kingsport committed three errors in the game, and only managed seven hits on the day with Jeff Diehl getting the only extra-base hit, a double in the third inning off Twins starter Hudson Boyd (1-3, 1.89) who picked up the win. The K-Mets scored their only run in the sixth inning on two singles, a wild-pitch, and a passed ball to let in the unearned run. Shortstop Gavin Cecchini had a 2-for-4 day in the loss.
Kingsport Knews: Game two of the three-game set with Kingsport is set for 7:00 tonight with right-hander John Gant (0-0, 6.97) taking the hill for Kingsport. He will be opposed by righty Ricardo Arevalo (1-0, 1.50) who goes for 1st place Elizabethton.