*All results from games played on Saturday, April 14th
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (4-6)_______________________________________
PAWTUCKET 9, BUFFALO 6 (Box)
A fielding error by 3B Zach Lutz with the bases loaded opened the floodgates to a five-run fifth for the PawSox as they downed the Bisons for the second consecutive game. While Lutz might be the goat for his fielding gaffe, LHP Garret Olsen was shaky in his four and a third innings of work, walking five while striking out only four. The whole Bisons staff had control problems yesterday, issuing ten free passes overall. The Bisons bats did their best to make a game of it, led by 2B Bobby Scales who had four hits, including his first home run of the season.
- CF Jordany Valdespin 2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB
- 3B Zach Lutz: 1-3, 2B, R, BB, E (2); There's always been questions as to whether Lutz is a MLB-quality 3B with the glove. Obviously, one poorly timed error doesn't tell you anything, but there are going to be a lot more eyes on that aspect of his game now.
- 1B Josh Satin: Racking up the Delta miles.
AA - Binghamton Mets (3-5)_____________________________________
PORTLAND 5, BINGHAMTON 3 (Box)
LHP Darin Gorski struggled with his command and RHP Kevin Mulvey just struggled to find the plate as the B-Mets fell to the Sea Dogs in Portland. Gorski's pitching line doesn't look too bad, but factor in two wild pitches, a hit batsmen, and a throwing error, and it will be a game the southpaw will want to put behind him. Mulvey faced seven batters and walked four of them, including the first three batters in the sixth, all of whom would come around to score as the Sea Dogs broke the game open. RF Juan Lagares had three hits for Binghamton and SS Sean Kazmar knocked a two-run double.
- LF Juan Lagares: 3-5, 2B, R, K, SB (2)
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 1-5, K
- 3B Jefry Marte: Day off
- DH Allan Dykstra: 0-1, BB; Left the game after the Gorski throwing error, no word if he was hurt on the play yet.
- C Juan Centeno: 2-3, BB, R
- LF Pedro Zapata: 0-5, 2 K
- LHP Darin Gorski: 4 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 WP, HBP, E (1); He was missing up with his fastball consistently, and only 47 of his 82 pitches went for strikes, and that isn't going to play with his caliber of stuff. Just one of those games.
- RHP Elvin Ramirez: 2 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K, HBP; Came in with the bases loaded and no out and allowed all three runs to score.
- LHP Robert Carson: 1 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, K
- RHP Kevin Mulvey: L, 1 IP, 2 ER, 0 H, 4 BB, 0 K
Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (7-2)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 2, PALM BEACH 1 (Box)
St. Lucie keeps rolling, improving to an organizational best 7-2. RHP Yohan Almonte gave up three straight singles to start the game, but the first inning run ws the nly one he would give up in his five and a third innings of work. The Mets bullpen was stellar as well, huring three and a third shutout frames while posting a 6:0 K:BB ratio. St. Lucie's bats didn't offer much in the way of excitement in the boxscore, scratching across two runs on an RBI single from SS Wilfredo Tovar and a sacrifice fly from 3B Wilmer Flores. But then there aren't any style points on the standings sheet.
- RF Cesar Puello: 1-5, 2 K, SB (1); Back in the line-up and manning CF for the still injured Darrell Ceciliani. Stolen base seems to suggest the ankle is just fine
- 3B Wilmer Flores: 0-2, RBI, BB, SF
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 1-4, RBI, E (2); Second error already for the normally sure-handed Tovar.
- RF Cory Vaughn: 2-4, RBI, BB
- 2B Danny Muno: Odd man out today in the SS/2B rotation
- C Blake Forsythe: 1-3, BB, 2 K
- 2B Robbie Shields: 0-5, R, 2 K
- 1B Richard Lucas: 1-3, BB, K
- RHP Yohan Almonte: W, 5.1 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 3 K
- RHP Taylor Whitenton: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K; Nice to see a goose egg next to the walks this time.
Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (6-4)__________________________________
SAVANNAH 6, AUGUSTA 0 (Box)
We end the report with another laugher for the Sand Gnats. The Gnats blew up for six runs in the top of the fourth, helped out by, are you ready for this? Five walks, two wild pitches, a passed ball and a fielding error. Yep, that's six runs on two hits. Ah, the South Atlantic League. Meanwhile, RHP Domingo Tapia turned in a dominant seven innings of work, touching 98 mph with the fastball while allowing only three hits and striking out eight. Every other batter was retired by a groundball. Yep, eight Ks, 13 groundouts. Dead sexy.
- C Albert Cordero: 0-3, R, BB
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-4, 2B, BB, K
- CF Tillman Pugh: 0-5, R, 2 K
- DH Travis Taijeron: 1-3, R, BB, K
- 1B Brian Harrison: 1-4, R, BB, K
- RHP Domingo Tapia: W, 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 8 K; If he starts to consistently miss bats, combined with his velo and groundball tendencies, watch out. Sad I am going to miss him by a couple days next Sunday. Guess I should hope for a lot of rain in Georgia this week. But really, it's an embarassment of pitching riches in Savannah this year.
★ Star of the Night ★