*All results from games played on Sunday, May 8th 2011
The big news of the night comes to us from St. Lucie, where Jeurys Familia has been promoted to AA Binghamton. Binghamton now features a very intriguing starting rotation that will be worth watching as the season progresses, and it likely won't be long before Matt Harvey joins the mix in upstate NY as well.
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (13-18)_______________________________________
BUFFALO 0, LOUISVILLE 8 (Box)
The Buffalo pitching staff only allowed 1 walk on the evening, but that point was rendered moot when Louisville combined for 16 hits on the evening. Casey Fossum led the charge to mediocrity, allowing 2 runs to score in his 4.2 innings of work while giving up 7 hits. Buffalo's offense never really threatened to score, and the Bats cruised to a relatively comfortable win on the evening.
- RF Fernando Martinez: 1-3
- CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1-4, 2 K
- 1B Nick Evans: 0-3
- LF Lucas Duda: 0-2, BB
- SS Ruben Tejada: 0-3, BB
- 2B Luis Hernandez: 1-4, K, CS
AA - Binghamton Mets (11-16)_____________________________________
BINGHAMTON 4, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0 (Box)
BINGHAMTON 1, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2 (Box)
Double header day in New Hampshire as the B-Mets managed a split. Dylan Owen got the Mets off on the right foot in game 1, allowing no earned runs through his 5 innings of work. Josh Satin's 2 run HR in the third was enough offense for the Mets, but they tacked on two more behind an Allan Dykstra RBI walk and a Raul Reyes infield single.
Games two went to the Fisher Cats despite generally solid pitching from Binghamton. Reliever Edgar Ramirez made the spot start for the Mets, and his 4 inning 1 run outing was more than adequate work. The bullpen then managed to pitch 4 scoreless innings before Eric Niesen entered the game and immediately gave up a single, hit a batter, walked a batter, and allowed a walk off single to end the night. I guess he reallly didn't want to play extra innings on the back end of the double header.
- SS Jordany Valdespin: 2-8, R
- 1B Eric Campbell: 0-4, 3 BB, K, SB
- IF Josh Satin: 2-7, BB, 4 K, HR, 2 RBI, R
- C Kai Gronauer: 0-2, BB
- 1B Allan Dykstra: 0-2, BB, RBI, 2 K
- RHP Dylan Owen: 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 3 K, 3 BB
- LHP Eric Niesen: 0.1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, BB
Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (12-17)__________________________________
SAVANNAH 0, ROME 3 (Box)
Erik Goeddel was pretty solid for the Gnats on Sunday, allowing just 2 runs in the fourth to cross the plate in his 6 innings of work. Unfortunately for him, the Gnats offense decided to take the night off. Cory Vaughn and Darrell Ceciliani accounted for all 5 hits the Gnats managed on the night, and Ceciliani got himself caught stealing once to erase one of the opportunities to be driven in. At the conclusion of the game, 7 of the 9 Gnats starters had batting averages below .240 for the season. Hopefully the Gnats bats start to warm up as the season goes on.
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 0-3, BB
- CF Darrell Ceciliani: 2-4, CS
- RF Cory Vaughn: 3-4, 2B
- C Albert Cordero: 0-2, BB, K
- 2B Wilfredo Tovar: 0-4, K
- SS Robbie Shields: 0-4, K
- OF Javier Rodriguez: 0-3
- RHP Erik Goeddel: 6 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 5 K, BB
★ Star of the Night ★
Cory Vaughn takes top honors for this evening, once again showing his ability at the plate in an otherwise pretty dreary Savannah lineup. His .327/.442/.449 line looks even better considering he's been showing the potential to play all three outfield positions.