New York Mets Daily Farm System Report- 4/14/12: These are the Zack Wheeler starts you were looking for

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*All results from games played on Friday, April 13th

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (4-5)________________________________________

SCRANTON WILKES-BARRE 7, BUFFALO 5 (Box)

The International League calls them Scranton Wilkes-Barre. I've seen it as "Empire State" elsewhere. But whatever you call them, you can call them winners of 2 of 3 in Buffalo. The itinerant AAA Yanks rocked Buffalo RHP Jeremy Hefner for five runs, graciously helped along by a pair of Bisons errors during a four-run fourth The Buffalo offense filled up the boxscore, featuring multi-hit games from CF Jordany Valdespin (who seems to have taken up full-time residence there) and LF Vinny Rottino, but went just 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position. The Bisons had the making of a rally in the ninth, when down three they put runners on second and third with no out. But all Buffalo could muster was an RBI ground out and a pair of Ks as they fall under .500 for the first time since Opening Day.

  • CF Jordany Valdespin: 2-4, R
  • 3B Zach Lutz: 1-4, 2B, 2 K; Hit streak up to 8 games.
  • DH Josh Satin: 1-3, RBI, SF, 2 K; Look, nobody likes Satin more than me, but that K rate is going to be a problem.
  • RHP Jeremy Hefner: L, 4.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER (3 unearned), 8 H, 1 BB, 2 K; The defense did him no favors, but Hefner was very hittable yesterday.
  • RHP Dylan Owen: 3 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K; I'm not saying he would be a better long man than Miguel Batista. I'm just saying I would rather see someone other than Miguel Batista in the Mets bullpen.

AA - Binghamton Mets (3-4)_____________________________________

PORTLAND 4, BINGHAMTON 3 (Box)

RHP Zack Wheeler fared much better in his second start of the year. He still was a built wild, hitting three Sea Dogs, including two back to back in the fifth inning to load the bases with no out, but flashed his dominant stuff as well (after those two HBPs, K, K, 1-3), striking out nine in his six innings of work. The B-Mets bats staked him to an early 3-0 lead before he even took the mound as 1B Eric Campbell launched a 3-run home run in the first. Unfortunately, the bats took the rest of the night off and RHP Erik Turgeon coughed up the 3-1 lead, surrendering a run in the seventh and then a two-run home run in the eighth to put the Sea Dogs ahead 4-3, and despite getting the leadoff man on in the ninth, the B-Mets had no answer.

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (6-2)________________________________________

ST. LUCIE 2, PALM BEACH 0 (Box)

St. Lucie continues to pace all the other affiliates, as they have now won 6 out of 7 since dropping their opener. LHP Chase Huchingson outdueled Cardinals prospect Carlos Martinez, baffling Palm Beach hitters for six innings before turning it over to LHP Adam Kolarek and RHP Adrian Rosario to nail the game down. The Mets offense couldn't manage much off Martinez, who Kevin Goldstein ranked as the 31st best prospect in the game, but managed to eek out a third inning run on an RBI double off the bat of SS Danny Muno, and then tagged the Cardinals pen for a run in the seventh. That would be more than enough on this evening as the St. Lucie continues to stake their claim on top of the FSL South Division

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (5-4)__________________________________

SAVANNAH 10, AUGUSTA 0 (Box)

Always nice to end the report with a laugher and the Sand Gnats bats delivered one in Augusta last night. It was the bottom of the order that broke out the heavy lumber as the 7-8-9 hitters combined to go 8-13 with a double, two triples and seven RBIs. 2B Brandon Brown led the pack, providing both the triples and four RBIs in total. LHP Alex Panteliodis got the start for Savannah and was a tad wild, walking four in five innings of work, but managed to keep the Braves off the scoreboard. The Sand Gnats pen turned in four shutout innings of their own, and the 3000+ Augusta fans in attendance had a lovely Georgia evening spoiled.

  • DH Cam Maron: 0-5, RBI, BB, K
  • C Albert Cordero: 3-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI, K
  • 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-4, 2B; Lifted in the bottom of the seventh, no word on any injury. Might just have been because it was a blowout, but he was the only player pulled.
  • CF Travis Taijeron: 3-4, 2 R, RBI, BB
  • 1B-3B Brian Harrison: 1-6, RBI, K
  • LHP Alex Panteliodis: 5 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 4 BB, 3 K; Not great process, but got the job done.
  • LHP Jack Leathersich: 2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 K; Leather Rocket is getting a bit predictable. That's 12 Ks in 7 IP. I don't see him getting really tested until AA.

Star of the Night

I always seem to give this to pitchers, so let's split the award between the Savannah troika of 2B Brandon Brown, C Albert Cordero, and CF Travis Taijeron who powered the Savannah offense's double digit outburst.

Goat of the Night

There are no strict guidelines for the horns, but here are the three rules I tend to follow. (1) No horns when the affiliates sweep. (2) Golden Sombrero gets the horns (3) Reliever meltdown gets the horns. (1) wasn't in play. Sean Ratliff fits for (2), but I feel bad giving it to a guy just trying to get back into the swing of things. So looks like RHP Erik Turgeon earns the ignominy for the evening.
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