Montero Was Lights Out In Sand Gnats 2-0 Win, Buffalo and Binghamton Both Lose

Rafael Montero was looking good last night.

Toledo 5, Buffalo 2

The Bisons carried a 2-1 lead over Toledo into the bottom of the 6th, but allowed two runs in both the 6th and 8th innings to drop a 5-2 decision. The Herd has now lost two games in a row, after winning three straight to open a series with Columbus.

Friday was the first stop on the Herd’s 8-game swing through Ohio, and the Bisons got off to a quick start. Second batter up to start the game, Josh Satin launched a homer to give Buffalo a 1-0 lead.

After Toledo tied things up in the 3rd, the Bisons regained the lead quickly in the 4th. Josh Satin led off the inning with a single, and a Fred Lewis triple scored Satin two batters later.

But that was the last of the scoring Friday for the Herd. The Mud Hens took their first lead of the game on a Brad Eldred homer that scored Brent Dlugach, and Toledo added two insurance runs in the 8th.

The Toledo bullpen made sure that Buffalo would not make a late comeback. Mud Hens starter Thad Weber left the game after seven innings, and a trio of relievers held the Herd to one hit and no runs over the final two frames.

Jeurys Familia made the start for Buffalo and worked through six innings, allowing three runs on six hits. The Bisons and Mud Hens return to action Saturday night, with game time set for 7:00 p.m.

Herd Rumblings: Josh Satin and Lucas May had multi-hit games for the Herd…Valentino Pascucci saw his IL-leading on-base streak of 25 games come to an end, with an 0-for-4 performance at the plate…After playing catcher Thursday for the Herd, Josh Thole caught Santana’s no-hitter Friday night in New York. (From Team Report)

Akron 10, Binghamton 2

By Tim Burns

On a night when gusty winds in the area caused the post-game fireworks to be cancelled at NYSEG Stadium, the Binghamton Mets were probably wishing that those same winds cancelled their first game of a four game set against the Akron Aeros. No such luck for the B-Mets though, and in the end they lost to the Double A Indians by a 10-2 tally.

Gonzalez Germen, making his fourth start of the season for the B-Mets, carried a no hitter into the fourth inning. In the top of the fourth however, Germen gave up two singles and then a home run to left field by the Aeros first baseman Adam Abraham giving Akron a 3-0 lead.

The fifth inning would prove to be another tough one for Germen. A walk, hit batsman, wild pitch, single, and error by second baseman Reese Havens all contributed to three more runs plated by the visitors, giving the Aeros the 6-0 lead after five.

Germen would be pulled in favor of reliever Brandon Moore in the top of the sixth. Germen, who was ultimately issued the loss in the game, threw five innings, giving up six runs – four of them earned – on four hits and struck out nine Aeros batters.

Moore, making his first appearance in 2012, lasted only one inning for the B-Mets. In that inning, the sixth, he walked three, and gave up two runs on one hit, with no strikeouts to his credit.

Edgar Ramirez, Erik Turgeon, and Armando Rodriguez pitched an inning a piece to finish out the game for the B-Mets. Each pitcher gave up only one hit in their respective inning worth of work, with Turgeon and Rodriguez also allowing a run a piece. Rodriguez was also the only pitcher of the three to register a strikeout.

Akron Aeros starter Steven Wright carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning, his no-no bid ruined by Reese Havens second home run of the season. Wright would pitch through the sixth, and in his final inning of the night gave up the B-Mets second run. Wright, who earned his fourth win of the season, threw a total of six innings, allowing two runs on only one hit, striking out six B-Mets batters. Along the way, he also gave up two walks.

Reese Havens was the only Binghamton Mets batter to get a hit in the game, his fifth inning homerun being the lone offensive strike against the Aeros pitchers on an otherwise anemic night for the B-Mets hitters. Kai Gronauer, who reached base courtesy of a fielding error by shortstop Davis Stoneburner and eventually scored, was the only other B-Met to cross the plate in the game.

B-Mets Buzz: Game two against the Akron Aeros is scheduled for Saturday night and will feature Darin Gorski (2-3, 4.63) against Paolo Espino (0-1, 1.69).

Savannah 2, Greensboro 0

By Fonzie13

Friday night at Historic Grayson Stadium, the Sand Gnats returned the favor from Thursday’s defeat and beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers by the same 2-0 score behind 8 brilliant innings by RHP Rafael Montero.

In what turned out to be a historic night in Mets Baseball history in which Johan Santana pitches the first no-hitter in franchise history, Savannah RHP Rafael Montero pitched a flawless game of his own. Montero retiring 18 of the first 19 batters to face him, started the 7th inning leading 2-0 by yielding back to back singles to SS Terrence Dayleg and CF Brent Keys, Montero would gather himself and fan the next 3 hitters, DH Matt Smith and LF James Wooster went down swinging and 3B Josh Adams was caught looking to end the threat. Montero would finish up after 8 IP allowing no runs on only 4 hits, did not issue a free pass and punched out 6. RHP Jeffrey Walters (3-2 1.14 1 SV) who’s made a nice transition to the bullpen, retired the side in order in the 9th earning his 1st save of the year.

Not much offense in this contest. The Gnats scored the only 2 runs of the game in the home half of the 6th. 1B Cole Frenzel led off with a walk and 2B Brandon Brown hit an infield single that SS Terrence Dayleg threw away allowing Frenzel to take 3rd. Cam Maron singled home Frenzel scoring the 1st Gnats run. SS TJ Rivera bunted Brown and Maron over to 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. Travis Taijeron would push across Brown with an RBI groundout and that would be all scoring for the night.

Grasshoppers huge 6’7″ RHP Josh Hodges (4-12 3.50)  who’s had controll issues all year pitched 7 solid innings in his own right, took the loss, Giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits, 2 walks and only 1 strikeout. Daniel Oliver pitched a scoreless inning spelling Hodges allowing a hit and struckout 1.

Gnats Gnotes: Aderlin Rodriguez (Lil A-Rod) continues his hot hitting and power surge. Over his last 10 game  A-Rod is hitting a 314/405/686  4 2B’s  3 HR’s and 8 RBI’s  5 BB’s and 4 K’s demonstrates an improved eye at the plate and continues to lead the team in RBI’s and his 8 HR’s is 2nd to teammate Travis Taijeron who has 10 HR’s. LF Dustin Lawley is hitting 361/477/528 over his last 10 games with 4 2B’s 1 3B and 3 RBI’s, 6 BB”S and 5 K’s over that stretch. TJ Rivera just continues to hit. TJ is hitting 330/408/490 on the season with 10 2B’s 1 3B 7 HR”s and 25 RBI’s, and has 26 BB’s against 30 K’s. The Gnats send RHP Jacob deGrom (1-0, 1.85) to the hill in game three of the series Saturday against LHP Charlie Lowell (3-2, 4.67) for Greensboro (39-16). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 pm and the gates to Historic Grayson Stadium open at 5 pm. The pregame show on the radio broadcast presented by Subway on News/Talk 630 and online at begins at 5:45.