*All results from games played on April 25th, 2011
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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (8-11)_______________________________________
Lehigh Valley 3, Buffalo 5 (Box). Five zip top of the ninth. It's raining. The Bisons, IronPigs, and humans are ready to go home. Manny Acosta strides out to the mound and throws all manner of putrid slop. You wouldn't have believed it. Now it's raining harder, three runs have scored, and the bases are all full. Teufel's seen enough of this dreck, and... so has the crew chief. "Roll out the tarp!" And then from out of the rushes charges an angry, snorting Ryno. "YGTBFKM!" his face says. But the blue doesn't care what Sandberg thinks, and everyone, eventually, gets sick of the rain and leaves the park.
- RF Fernando Martinez: 1-3, R, BB; F! in fine fettle
- CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1-3, R, HR (4), RBI; the Captain had a line of .344/.455/.609 before cracking another homer. He has reached base in every game this season.
- 1B Nick Evans: 0-4, 2 K
- LF-RF Lucas Duda: 2-4, 2B
- SS Ruben Tejada: 1-5, K, 2 RBI
- 2B Luis Hernandez: 2-4, R, 2 RBI
- RHP Dylan Owen: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K;
- RHP Manny Acosta: .1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 K
- RHP Jose De La Torre: 0.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K; Didn't throw a pitch before the rainout, but apparently this is an official line.
AA - Binghamton Mets (6-8)_____________________________________
BINGHAMTON 6, PORTLAND 3 (Box) In a light drizzle themselves, the B-Mets hit when it counted (5-11 with RISP) and left the Sea Dogs all wet. Six Mets got a hit and four of them had a pair. Mets take the series opener and climb toward playing .500 ball.
- SS Jordany Valdespin: 2-4, R, RBI, K
- 3B Eric Campbell: 0-3, RBI, BB, K, E(3)
- 2B Josh Satin: 0-4, 3 K
- 1B Allan Dykstra: 2-4, R, 2B, K, E(3)
- RHP Brandon Moore: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
- LHP Eric Niesen: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (17-2)________________________________________
GAME ONE: ST. LUCIE 8, JUPITER 2 (Box); People think the Harlem Globetrotters won all the time but that's not true. In the Nineties, for instance, they went 1,203 - 2, and the SL Mets can still aspire to that mark. Yesterday our heroes took both halves of a double header, the first in fine style and the second a bit wobbily. It's hard to know what to highlight from these wins when every one seems to hit whatever's thrown their way, but how about Matt den Dekker? So far the 5th round college stud has adjusted well to High A pitching, hitting .333/.368/.500 while running fast and being very good at the awesomest position in baseball.
- SS Wilmer Flores: 2-4, RBI, K
- RF Cesar Puello: 2-2, R, CS(4), also picked off first; this is getting a bit odd. Again, Puello was successful swiping bags 82% of the time last year.
- CF Matt den Dekker: 2-4, R, RBI, K, SB(2)
- 3B Jefry Marte: 1-4 ,R, 2B
- LF Juan Lagares: 0-4, K
- 2B Rylan Sandoval: 1-4, 3 K
- C Francisco Pena: 3-4, 2B, 4 RBI
- DH Pedro Zapata: 2-4, 2 R, 2B, K
- LF Juan Lagares: 0-4. R. K
- RHP Scott Moviel: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
GAME TWO: ST. LUCIE 2, JUPITER 1 (Box)
- SS Wilmer Flores: 1-3, R
- RF Cesar Puello: 0-3, 2 K
- CF Matt den Dekker: 1-3, RB, K
- 3B Jefry Marte: 1-1, R, HR(4), 2 RBI, 2 BB; .302/.384/.492
- LF Pedro Zapata: 0-3, SB(8); Hitting .400 and has swiped 9 bags in 9 tries in 13 games
- RHP Michael Powers: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (7-10)__________________________________
SAVANNAH 3, DELMARVA 7 (Box). The Sand Gnats were swatted in a five run second inning -- including a three-run bomb from Orioles 2010 third overall pick SS Manny Machado -- and never recovered. Wilfredo Tovar, "the yin to Wilmer Flores's yang,"* had three singles, which is nice to see, considering that, unlike Wilmer, the bat is in doubt while the glove is not. The Sand Gnats need to step it up in the Sally, though. Delmarva, if you didn't know, is that rather large peninsula south of Jersey that is oddly sliced up between Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.
*Rob Castellano, The Amazin' Avenue Annual (Chicago, IL: Acta Sports, 2011), 204.
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez:1-4, R, HR(2), RBI; Second in two days, seems to be coming around
- LF Cory Vaughn: 1-4, K
- C Albert Cordero: 1-1, R
- 2B Wilfredo Tovar: 3-4
- SS Robbie Shields: 0-4
- RF Javier Rodriguez: 0-3, K, E(4)
- DH Blake Forsythe: 0-3
- RHP Ryan Fraser: 5 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR; Oof
★ Star of the Night ★
Dylan Owen is certainly a contender. The man who pitched a no-hitter in Puerto Rico this winter struck out six and walked none in six innings. But last night's laurels go instead to St. Lucie catcher Francisco Pena, who had three-hits, a double, and four ribbies against the
planet city in Florida, Jupiter. Pena has been somewhat forgotten after an injury-plagued 2010, but he's still only twenty-one and has started 2011 strong. In nine games so far, he's hitting .300 with a .364 OBP.