Buffalo 3, Indianapolis 2
By Connor O’Brien
The Bisons battled the Indianapolis Indians in a very tight game, and prevailed by a score of 3-2.
After being claimed a few times by other teams until finally getting back to the Bisons, Chris Schwinden is starting to settle back in to the rotation and got the start last night. With the Buffalo offense not scoring too many runs recently, Schwinden needed to be good, and he was. Schwinden allowed a run to score in the first inning by walking a batter, throwing a wild pitch, and then giving up a single to give Indianapolis a 1-0 advantage. That’s all the Indians would get of Schwinden, who held them scoreless in a stellar performance the rest of the way. He allowed just two hits in his final six innings of work and didn’t walk another batter. Schwinden exited after allowing one run on three hits over seven innings. He also finished the night with seven strikeouts.
While Schwinden was dominating the Indians, the offense was having struggles of their own to scratch out hits. However, the Bisons were very patient at the plate, and drew quite a few walks. With runners on, they took advantage of their opportunities. After the Indians had scored a run in the top of the first, the Bisons countered with two in the second on a two-run double by Lucas May. That gave Buffalo a 2-1 lead.
The Bisons got an insurance run in the seventh inning when Lucas May came up big once again with an RBI-single. That run would be critical when the Indians scratched out a run off Fernando Cabrera in the eighth, cutting the lead to 3-2. However, that would be all Indianapolis would get on the night. Robert Carson came in with two outs in the eighth and shut the door once again, earning the first Triple-A save of his career.
Herd Rumblings: The offense only accumulated four hits on the night, fewer than they scored a run for the first time since the fifth inning of Friday night’s game. Once again, no one had a multi-hit game for the Bisons and no one has since Thursday night’s victory. Matt den Dekker was 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and a strikeout. Adam Loewen was 0-for-2, but drew two walks and scored a run. Jenrry Mejia (1-2, 3.62 ERA) will make his first start since early June against Indianapolis tomorrow night. First pitch is at 7:05.
Binghamton 6, Portland 2
By Tim Burns
The rubber match went the way of the home team on Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium, as the Binghamton Mets defeated the Portland SeaDogs by a score of six to two.
Portland starter Stolmy Pimentel was wild from the outset. He walked four of the first five B-Mets batters he faced. After his fourth walk brought in Juan Lagares for Binghamton’s first run of the game, he then hit Dustin Martin to score a second run, and then Juan Centeno singled to left field to score two more runs. It was at this point that Pimentel was sent to the showers by Portland manager Kevin Boles.
Binghamton scored two more runs in the game, single runs in the second and seventh innings, but the four they racked up in the bottom of the first was all they would need for their 51st win of the season.
Sean Kazmar was 1-for-4 in the game and had one of those single runs to his credit with his fourth home run of the season in the second inning. Eric Campbell went 0-for-2 in the game, with two walks issued to him, ending his six game hitting streak. Campbell scored two of the B-Mets six runs in the game.
On the mound, Mark Cohoon started his 19th game of the season for the B-Mets. Cohoon threw five and two thirds innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits, walking three, and striking out none. Cohoon earned his sixth win of the season in the game, and in four starts against Portland in 2012 his record now stands at three wins and one no decision.
Adrian Rosario was called upon to relieve Cohoon and finish out the sixth inning. Rosario struck out one and gave up no hits and no runs in his appearance.
Frank Francisco made his third rehab appearance for Binghamton, throwing one inning. In that inning, he allowed one hit, gave up no runs, didn’t issue any walks, and had no strikeouts to his credit. He faced four Portland batters, with all three outs being fly outs to the outfield. Jeremy Hazelbaker was the only SeaDog to get a ‘hit’ off of Francisco, that hit being a ‘bunt’ single.
Ryan Fraser relieved Francisco, going an inning and a third, striking out one and allowing one hit while keeping Portland out of the run column. The final B-Mets pitcher used by Pedro Lopez on the afternoon was C.J. Nitkowski, making his first appearance in front of the home crowd at NYSEG Stadium. In two thirds of an inning, Nitkowski didn’t allow any runs or hits, and struck out both batters he faced, including Jeremy Hazelbaker to end the game.
B-Mets Buzz: The B-Mets took three of four games against the Boston Red Sox Double A affiliate, and their season record against the SeaDogs now stands at eleven wins and four losses. The two teams have one more series to play, a four game set in the last weekend of August at Hadlock Field in Portland. Binghamton has a rare day off on Monday before opening a three game set against the Harrisburg Senators, Double A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.
Lakeland 6, St. Lucie 4
T.J. Rivera went 1-for-5 with two RBIs, but Lakleand rallied in the final two innings as they avoided the sweep with a 6-4 victory over the Mets in the series finale at Digital Domain Park on Sunday.
The Mets were limited to just two hits and broke up a no-hit bid by the Flying Tigers with two outs in the seventh after a double by Alonzo Harris.
The Mets trailed 2-1 entering the seventh, before rallying as they scored three runs with two outs. Richard Lucas scored on a wild pitch to tie the score. Rivera delivered a two-out, two-run single to center to score Travis Taijeron and Harris to give the Mets a 4-2 lead.
The Flying Tigers scored two runs in the eighth to tie the score. Hamilton Bennett issued two walks and allowed two runs.
Lakleand jumped ahead with two runs in the ninth off Jeff Walters, who allowed five hits in 1 2/3 innings.
Logan Verrett made his debut with St. Lucie and received a no-decision, allowing two runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings while striking out four and walking none.
The Mets finished 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and were unable to take advantage of seven walks issued by Lakeland pitching.
The Mets will look to bounce back as they travel to Clearwater to open a four-game series with the Treshers on Monday at 7:00 p.m. Chase Huchingson is the scheduled starter for the Mets. (From team report)
Rome 6, Savannah 2
Sunday night the Savannah Sand Gnats (57-47) were finished off in a sweep at the hands of the Rome Braves, the hottest team in the South Atlantic League by a score of 6-2 at State Mutual Stadium in Rome.
Savannah sent spot starter/reliever Marcos Camarena 6-3, 2.96 to the bump on Sunday in order to keep the Gnats on a six man rotation after the promotion of Logan Verritt to Advanced A St Lucie. Camarena who’s struggled since the first half break was roughed up once again as the Braves jumped all over him for five runs all earned on ten hits, two of them long homeruns by Braves Left-fielder Chase Anselment and five strikeouts.
Rome got on the board first in the bottom half of the second on the strength of Chase Anselments first of two homeruns, a two run shot deep over the right-field wall. Rome added another in the third on back to back doubles by Elmer Reyes and Ross Heffley giving Rome a 3-0 lead. Savannah got on the board in the top of the fifth when Cole Frenzle led off with a double and came around to score on ground outs by Albert Cordero and Charley Thurber cutting Rome’s lead to 3-1. Rome tacked on two runs in the bottom of the sixth after another Chase Anselment homerun, followed by three straight singles and a fielders choice scoring Brandon Drury to give Rome a 5-1 lead. Savannah got a run back in the seventh on a run scoring single by Charlie Thurber to get the Gnats within three but the Gnats were unable to get any closer as they were stymied the rest of the way by outstanding Braves pitching. Savannah managed only four hits on the night. Rome added another for good measure in the bottom of the eighth giving the Braves a 6-2 lead and that’s how it ended.
LHP Brandon Sage making only his second appearance of the season, spelled Camarena wth one out in the sixth and pitched two and two thirds innings of relief letting up a run on one hit, two walks and two strikeouts. TJ Cjism came on with two out in the bottom of the eighth to to pitch the final third of the inning to get the Gnats out of further trouble after Sage surrendered a run.
Gnats Gnotes: Savannah welcomes in Greensboro (MIA) (62-45) Monday night for the first of a four game series. The Gnats will send Jacob DeGrom 6-3, 2.47 to open up the series.
Brooklyn 10, Mahoning Valley 5
Brandon Nimmo led the Cyclones with a 4-for-6 effort, scoring three runs and knocking in two, as Brooklyn pounded the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 10-5.
The Cyclones jumped to an early lead, scoring three runs in the top of the first and two in the second. Brandon Nimmo began the game with a line drive single to center field before Jeff Reynolds walked. Phillip Evans then hit a three-run home run – his fourth of the season.T
The Cyclones scored another two runs in the second. Julio Concepcion hit a solo shot to left before Brandon Nimmo sent one out to right to give Brooklyn a 5-0 advantage.
Brooklyn starter Julian Hilario lasted just three innings before his night was over. He surrendered two earned runs off five hits with a walk and four strikeouts.
In the fifth, the Cyclones struck again. Back-to-back singles by Reynolds and Evans and a walk by Kevin Plawecki loaded the bases. Jayce Boyd then hit a sacrifice fly to right field. After the run scored, James Stokes came in to pitch out of the Scrappers bullpen. Stokes struck out Stefan Sabol, but then surrendered a single to Sanchez, which brought home Evans and gave Brooklyn a five-run lead.
But, the Cyclones weren’t done yet. In the next inning, Concepcion singled and then advanced to second on a throwing error by Mahoning Valley catcher Charlie Valerio. A double off the bat of Nimmo allowed Concepcion to cross the plate. Consecutive singles by Reynolds and Evans later plated Nimmo to make it 9-2.
Brooklyn managed one last run – this time off reliever Luis Encarnacion – in the eighth. Boyd hit a two-out single to score Reynolds, who had also singled.
Beck Wheeler earned his first win, throwing 3.0 scoreless innings, walking two and striking out six.
The Cyclones will complete their three-game series against the Scrappers tomorrow night in Mahoning Valley at 7:05 PM (From team report).
Johnson City 6, Kingsport 2
Chris Flexen started and took the loss, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk in six innings pitched. Johnson City scored three more in the seventh against reliever Robert Gsellman.
The K-Mets had just four hits in the game including a single from Brad Marquez who got a rare start in center field. Marquez than proceeded to get caught stealing.