MMO Farm Report: Harvey Wins Third Straight In 3-0 Buffalo Win

Hey, did you hear the one about the Bison, the Manatee and the Sand Gnat?

Buffalo 3, Gwinnett 0

By Andrew O’Brien

Buffalo scored one run in each of the first three innings Tuesday night en route to a 3-0 win over the Gwinnett Braves. Matt Harvey (3-1) threw six shutout innings, scattering just five hits while striking out five and walking three. His Triple-A ERA is down to 4.00.

In the first inning, Zach Lutz hit a single, scoring Fred Lewis. Then, in the top of the second inning, Omar Quintanilla blasted a solo shot to right field. In the third, Bobby Scales scored on a force out. That was all the offense the Bisons needed, as Harvey, Jack Egbert and Fernando Cabrera combined to shutout the Triple-A Braves.

Scales went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. Quintanilla went 1-for-3 with his solo homer. In Quintanilla’s last 10 games, he’s 11-for-29 (.379) with one triple, three homers and five RBIs.

Buffalo (19-13) is now .5 games game in the International League North division. They are on a two-game winning streak and 7-3 in their last 10 games.

Herd Rumblings: Matt Harvey is 3-0 in his last four starts with a 1.96 ERA in 23 innings pitched, allowing 16 hits, five earned runs, 23 strikeouts and eight walks. Opponents are hitting just .195 against him over that span. According to beat writers at the game, Harvey was topping out around 95 mph with his fastball. The Bisons continue their four-game set with Gwinnett at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday.

Binghamton 4, New Britain 3

By Tim Burns

The Binghamton Mets built an early lead against the New Britain Rock Cats at NYSEG Stadium on Tuesday night, only to see it fade away in the final frame. The visiting Rock Cats scored three runs in the top of the ninth and won the game by the final score of 4-3.

Binghamton starter Mark Cohoon (2-3, 2.06), in his strongest outing of 2012 so far, pitched six innings, striking out five New Britain batters and scattering four hits along the way. The Rock Cats lone run against Cohoon came in the sixth, his final inning worth of work, in part because of a fielding error by second baseman Reese Havens. New Britain catcher Chris Herrmann hit a ball to Havens, who bobbled the throw and instead of making the double play, both Herrmann and shortstop James Beresford were safe at first and second respectively. Cohoon struck out the next batter, Joe Benson, but then Chris Colabello singled to left scoring Beresford from second. Aaron Hicks flied out to left for the final Rock Cats out in the sixth.

Brad Holt, who was assigned to the B-Mets from Buffalo on Monday, replaced Cohoon in the seventh, throwing two innings, allowing only one hit and no runs.

Entering the ninth, the B-Mets were up 3-1 and it looked like Cohoon was enroute to his third win of the season. Robert Carson was brought in to secure the save, and that’s when the wheels fell off. Carson walked the first batter he faced, Chris Colabello. Alex Hicks was up next, and the Minnesota Twins second top prospect flied out to center fielder Matt den Dekker. A throwing error by Jefry Marte allowed the following batter Deibinson Romero to reach safely and move Colabello over to second. With Evan Bigley popping out in foul territory to first baseman Eric Campbell the Rock Cats were down to their final out. A single by Estarlin De Los Santos and double by Nathan Hanson though would score three runs and give the Rock Cats the lead by the time their ninth inning at bat came to an end.

Carson’s line on the night read one inning pitched, one walk, two hits, three runs scored. Carson was not only charged with the blown save, his first of the season, but the loss as well. None of the four runs scored by New Britain on the night were earned, all directly a result of two very costly errors by the B-Mets defense.

On offense, the B-Mets batters hit New Britain starter Andrew Albers well, with three earned runs scored on nine hits over five innings. Albers was able to only strikeout three B-Mets along the way. Right fielder Juan Lagares went 2/3, with a double, an RBI, and one of the three B-Mets runs scored. Matt den Dekker was 2/5 with the second B-Mets run of the night. Reese Havens was 1/4, his one hit being a double, and the home team’s final tally of the evening in the bottom of the second.

B-Mets Buzz: New York Giants Super Bowl champion Chris Snee was scheduled to make an appearance at NYSEG Stadium on Tuesday night, but because of the continued inclement weather in the area it was canceled and rescheduled for July 17th. The rubber match of the B-Mets and Rock Cats series will be Wednesday night at NYSEG Stadium, with Collin McHugh (4-2, 2.62 ERA) taking on Steve Hirschfeld (2-3, 3.38 ERA).

Brevard County 3,St. Lucie 2

By Clayton Collier

After taking the series from the Blue Jays, St. Lucie Mets dropped the opener to the Manatees by a score of 3-2.

Erik Goeddel got the nod and wasn’t anything special in particular, going five frames and surrendering three runs on six hits while punching out two; not what we’ve seen from Goeddel to this point in 2012 as he raised his ERA to 2.12 and took his first loss of the year.

Randy Fontanez hurled an exceptional three innings of one-hit relief, doing all he could to give St. Lucie a chance for a comeback.

Unfortunately for the Mets, the Mantees bullpen had their number. Brian Garman, Alan Williams and Casey Medlen were dominant, hurling four shutout innings with scattering three hits and punching out nine (six of those from Alan Williams 2.0 innings of relief).

The only source of run production came fittingly from top-prospect Wilmer Flores, who had his second straight three-hit game while collecting two RBIs. He has now raised his average to .330 on the year and has 22 RBIs. Next stop: Binghamton.

Lucie Logistics: Other players of note include Blake Forsythe, who went 2-3 with a walk and Rafael Fernandez, who was also 2-3 including a double, a walk and a stolen base. Cesar Puello had a tremendous outfield assist at third base to throw out Manatees catcher Weisenburger. The Mets continue their series against the Manatees tonight at 6:35.

Savannah 6, Lakewood 1

By Sean Kenny

Savannah won a series against the Lakewood Shorebirds today by the score of 6-1, on a good combined pitching effort from Alex Panteliodis & co, as well as a huge offensive day from Travis Taijeron and Brian Harrison.

Alex Panteliodis wasn’t as good as his last outing, but still put in some good work albeit in an abbreviated start. A.Pan went four innings, allowing one run on five hits, walking two and striking out three. Alex was getting a lot of fly ball outs, but his offense had his back from the onset of the game. Jeffrey Walters came out to pitch two innings, striking out three and earned the win for bridging the gap. Jack Leathersich came out, and as has been a common theme, went two innings allowing no hits and striking out two. Estarlin Morel came out, and pitched one inning, allowing zero hits and striking out one. Pitching has been a major strength for the Lo-A Gnats, and the offense has been backing them up quite well.

The Gnats offense wasted no time jumping on Shorebirds starter Colin Kleven, putting across four runs in the second inning on three RBI singles by Luis Nieves, Tillman Pugh and Brandon Brown, and an RBI groundout by Cam Maron. The Gnats pushed across another two insurance runs in the eighth inning on Brian Harrison’s second blast in as many days, both two-run shots. The offense has been operating on all cylinders, and it is great to see.

Gnats Gnotes: Travis Taijeron has been eviscerating the ball all season, hitting .314 with seven HR, 27 runs, 23 RBI and a 19/28 BB/K ratio. What is even more amazing, 15 of his 33 hits have gone for extra bases. Jack Leathersich may not be far behind him, mowing down hitters at a frightening rate. @LeatherRocket has a 0.43 ERA on the season, and has struck out 27 in 19 innings, walking eight and giving up seven hits. The man knows how to miss bats, and both of these players may be on a bus very shortly to St. Lucie.