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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (1-1)_______________________________________
BUFFALO 2, PAWTUCKET 1 (Box)
Another shaky night from one of the big three pitching prospects as Familia exhibited similarly shaky command as Harvey in the season opener. In fact he posted an eerily similar line, right down to the number of pitches and only bested Harvey's 56% strike rate but three points. Fortunately, Familia was a bit luckier with his strand rate meaning that the Bisons were still locked in a close one when Raul Reyes -- just off the bus to replace Kirk -- was driven in by Omar Quintanilla in the ninth.
- 2B Jordany Valdespin: 1-5, K
- CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: DNP; He's hoping to never set foot back in Buffalo
- 3B Zach Lutz: 2-3, RBI, BB
- 1B Josh Satin: 1-4, 2B
- RHP Jeurys Familia: 4.2 1 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 4 K, WP; Shaky but like Harvey, we should remember that this was his Triple-A debut after barely half a season in Double-A
- RHP Dylan Owen: 3.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K; Nice performance to keep this one close
AA - Binghamton Mets (0-2)_____________________________________
AKRON 2, BINGHAMTON 1 (Box)
Yet another much anticipated debut in this one and once again the results were a bit shaky. Zack Wheeler labored in this one, allowing two runs in three hard-fought innings. While he wasn't awful, he threw 71 pitches over that time -- just 39 for strikes (55%) -- which obviously isn't a recipe for success. Fortunately the bullpen was up to the task, following with six innings of scoreless, one-hit baseball. Less fortunately, the offense was once again anemic (see, 1-for-9 with RISP) and was never able to make up that initial deficit; I already feel like that sentiment is going to get old fast.
- LF Juan Lagares: 0-3, BB
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 0-3, 2 K, HBP
- 3B Jefry Marte: 1-4, 2B, K
- DH Allan Dykstra: 1-4, 2B, R, K
- C Juan Centeno: 1-4, K, PB(1)
- LF Pedro Zapata: 2-3. 2B, BB
- RHP Zack Wheeler: L, 3 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 K, HB; Perhaps still getting used to that Bingo weather?
- RHP Elvin Ramirez: 2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 BB, 2 K; Back in the org. with a bang
- RHP Brad Holt: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K
- LHP Josh Edgin: 1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K
Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (1-1)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 5, BRADENTON 1 (Box)
The Mets got to face off against the rehabbing AJ Burnett in this one and though they only got him for one run in four+ innings, they managed to beat up on the Bradenton 'pen instead. Specifically, '07 fourth rounder Richard Lucas picked up three steaks as one of three St. Lucie batters with multiple hits. Meanwhile 24-yr old starter Gonzalez Germen was very strong, allowing just one run over six innings. Interestingly, righty Taylor Whitenton made his 2012 debut in relief after an excellent 2011 season in the Savannah rotation. Ultimately, he's a reliever long-term anyway but it will be interesting to see if he gets any starts this season.
- RF Cesar Puello: 0-4, 2 K
- 3B Wilmer Flores: 0-5
- CF Darrell Ceciliani: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, BB, 2 K, OF Assist
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 0-4, 2 K
- RF Cory Vaughn: 2-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R, 2 K
- 2B Danny Muno: 1-4, BB
- 3B Richard Lucas: 2-4, 3 RBI
- RHP Gonzalez Germen: W, 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 3 K; Still old for his level but that's ok if he keeps putting up good results
- RHP Taylor Whitenton: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 BB, 3 K; Is this the beginning of a long-term move to the 'pen?
- LHP Adam Kolarek: 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K; The big lefty is definitely worth keeping an eye on
Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (1-1)__________________________________
AUGUSTA 6, SAVANNAH 5 (Box)
Savannah pulled ahead early in this one thanks most notably to a bases loaded double from Aderlin Rodriguez. 21-yr old starter Rafael Montero held that lead nicely with 5.2 innings of solid two-run ball in his Lo-A debut. Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worst when reliever Estarlin Morel blew up in the ninth, allowing three runs and letting this one slip away.
- C Cam Maron: 1-4, RBI, BB, 2 K
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-4, 2B, 3 RBI, BB, E(4); Over/under on errors this season? 40? 50?
- CF Tillman Pugh: 0-4, R, BB, 2 K, SB(1)
- RHP Rafael Montero: 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 4 K; Threw 88% of his pitches for strikes, advanced command could make him a top tier pitcher very fast
- LHP Jack Leathersich: 2 IP, 0 ER (1 unearned), 2 H, 3 K
★ Star of the Night ★