Mets Farm Report: St. Lucie Sweeps Doubleheader To Clinch Division!

St. Lucie Mets celebrate after clinching the first-half title in the FSL South Division. (Treasure Coast Photos)

Toledo 3, Buffalo 2

By Joe D.

It was a tough loss for the Buffalo Bisons as they fell to the Toledo Mud Hens 3-2 after closer Fernando Cabrera allowed a walk-off homer in the ninth inning to Toledo shortstop Brent Dlugach.

Garrett Olson got the start and didn’t pitch too badly allowing just two runs in his five inning stint, but he was a bit on the wild side as he dished out five walks.

Chuck James and Pedro Beato provided Buffalo with three solid innings of relief allowing no runs and striking our five, but it all fell apart in the ninth when Cabrera came in to preserve the 2-2 tie.

The Herd scored their two runs late in the game as Matt Tuiasosopo ripped an RBI double that scored Val Pascucci in the sixth, and then Oswaldo Navarro scored an unearned run after Toledo mishandled a Corey Wimberly grounder for an error to reach first safely and plate Navarro with the tying run.

That was all she rode for the Bisons.

Herd Rumblings: The Bisons have now lost three straight games. They went 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position last night so they did have plenty of opportunities to put the game away. Fred Lewis had a multi-hit effort for Buffalo, going 2-for-4 on the evening. Josh Satin struck out three times in the game.

Binghamton 6, Akron 4

By Tim Burns

Binghamton Mets starter Darin Gorski and reliever Brad Holt were able to hold off a seventh inning surge by the visiting Akron Aeros on Saturday night at NYSEG Stadium to secure the B-Mets first win in the series by a score of 5-4.

Gorski allowed only one Akron hit through the first four innings in the game. In the fifth, an Akron single followed by a Matt Lawson double put the Aeros first run of the game on the board.

The seventh inning saw Gorski get the first batter he faced to fly out, but then he walked the next batter and a Ben Copeland triple would end then night for the B-Mets starter. In 6 1/3 innings pitched, Gorski gave up three runs on four hits, striking out three while walking two.

Brad Holt took over for Gorski at this point in the seventh, inheriting Ben Copeland who was still standing on third base. After striking out the first batter he faced, Holt gave up a single and a triple before getting the last batter of the inning to strike out as well. Holt pitched a clean sheet in the eighth and was replaced by Adrian Rosario to start the ninth. Holt’s numbers read 1 2/3 innings worked, one run, two hits, three strikeouts, earning his second hold of the season.

Rosario pitched 2/3 of the ninth, walking one and allowing one hit. Rosario was pulled in favor of Robert Carson, who struck out the one batter he faced and was issued the save, his second of the season.

Binghamton scored all of their runs in two consecutive innings, the third and fourth. Matt den Dekker’s solo home run in the third would give the B-Mets the early lead, and the four runs they scored in the bottom of the fourth secured the win for the home team.

Den Dekker was 2/4 on the night with a single and his third inning home run. Travis Ozga went 2/3 in the game with a double, RBI, and run scored. Juan Centeno was 2/4 with an RBI and run scored as well.

B-Mets Buzz: Game three of the series will be played at NYSEG Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Greg Peavey (3-2, 5.59 ERA) will be on the hill for the B-Mets, with the Aeros starting LHP T.J. House (4-1, 2.80 ERA). Peavey has faced the Aeros one other time this season, a no decision on May 1st in which he threw six innings, allowing two runs on six hits, striking out three.

 St. Lucie Sweeps Tampa To Clinch Division!

By Joe D.

Saturday was a huge day for the St. Lucie Mets who not only swept both ends of the doubleheader by beating Tampa by the scores of 6-5 and 2-0, but in doing so they clinched first place in the Florida State League South Division and earned a spot in the postseason in September as First Half Champs.

In the first of two seven-inning games, Angel Cuan got the start and was absolutely masterful tossing six shutout innings and allowing just three hits, no walks and striking out four. It was his fourth win in his last five decisions and his ERA is now 2.40 for the season. Closer Adam Kolarek came in to seal the deal with a scoreless seventh inning and earned his eighth save of the season.

All the scoring for St. Lucie came in the second inning courtesy of a pair of RBI doubles by catcher Francisco Pena to drive home Cory Vaughn, and second baseman Robbie Shields who plated Pena for the second run of the game.

The Mets only had five hits in the game, but it was enough to clinch the division and do a little celebrating before the next game.

In the nightcap, the Mets completed the sweep with a 6-5 walk-off win to put the cherry on top of what was already a big day for them.

Erik Goeddel got the start but barely lasted three innings allowing three runs on a whopping nine hits and walk while striking out two. He was relieved by Hamilton Bennett who quickly allowed another run, and then Jim Fuller followed and gave up the Tampa Yankees fifth run of the game to put the Yanks up 5-2.

But no worries as the Mets came roaring back when St. Lucie responded with three runs in the sixth inning to tie the game at 5, and in the final frame Cory Vaughn, who had got on via a walk, came around to score the winning run courtesy of a Yankees error, one of five on the day for Tampa.

Lucie Logistics: Jason Bay went 0-3 as the DH with two strikeouts in Game One. Third baseman Wilmer Flores has been the MVP of the team and finished the first half with a .318 batting average, ten home runs and leads the team with 34 RBI. With the two wins, St. Lucie finished their remarkable first half of the season with an amazing 43-12 record including going an incredible 22-3 at home. The series continues at Digital Domain Park at 1 p.m. Sunday and again at 6:30 p.m. Monday, before starting a four-game homestand against Clearwater.

Savannah 2, Greensboro 1

By Fonzie13

On a beautiful night for baseball at Historic Grayson Stadium the Savannah Sand Gnats (33-22) were again only able to push across two runs, but it was enough to edge out the 1st place Greensboro Grasshoppers (39-17) by a final score of 2-1.

It was a scoreless affair until the bottom of the 6th inning when Gnats power-hitting 3B Aderlin Rodriguez crushed a monsterous blast beyond the LF wall deep into the Georgia night, for his 9th homer of the year giving the Gnats a 1-0 lead.

Greensboro wasted no time answering back, 1B Ryan Rieger hit a solo shot just over the LF wall to tie the game. But the Sand Gnats came right back and grabbed the lead again after an RBI single by catcher Cam Maron to score 2B Brandon Brown with the lead run. With the hit Maron extended his season long hit streak to 6 games.

Gnats Starter Jacob DeGrom (1-0 1.48) making only his 5th start of the season after missing all of last year due to injury was again outstanding, pitching six scoreless innings, allowing four hits, a walk and five strikeouts. (10 of the 18 batters he retired coming on the ground.) Relieving DeGrom in the 7th, Marcos Camarena yielded the HR to Ryan Rieger that tied the game blowing his third save of the season and the win for DeGrom. But Marcos would vulture the win when the Gnats went on top in the 7th thanks again to Maron who drove in the decisive run that put the Gnats up for good.

Gnats Gnotes: With tonight save TJ Chism made it 9 for 9 in save opportunities, Sporting a 2.35 ERA as Gnats closer. Jacob DeGrom continues to be lights out since hs return. Jacob has pitched a total of 30.1 over 5 starts allowing just 17 hits, 7 runs 5 earned has not allowed a ball to leave the yard, and has 25 K’s to just 4 BB’s, DeGrom lowered hi microscopic ERA to 1.48 and an 0.68 WHIP on the season. RHP Marcus Camarena 4-1 1.45 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP 37.1 IP 27 Hits, 9 runs 6 earned only 1 HR allowed 6 BB’s and 28 K’s.

St. Lucie clinches, lets party it up!