This is where the power lies. Apparently. (Photo courtesy of Bryan Green)
*All results from games played on Thursday, May 17th
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (24-17)______________________
BUFFALO 4, GWINNETT 2 (Box)
If you happened to lose your broadcast feed of this game after the 2nd inning, don't worry, you didn't miss all that much. It was 4-2 after two and that is how it stayed. Not that both teams didn't have opportunities afterwards, but they combined to go 3-20 with men in scoring position on the evening. The Bisons managed to chase Braves' prospect Julio Tehran early, but then couldn't muster a hit against the Gwinnett pen. Meanwhile, RHP Chris Schwinden did enough to keep the Braves from closing the early gap over his six ininngs of work. RHP Fernando Cabrera put runners on 2nd and 3rd with no out in the ninth, but pulled the old line out, line out, pop up Houdini act to secure the game for Buffalo, who now sit just 2.5 games back in the North Division.
- 1B Josh Satin: 0-1, K; Look, I'm never giving up the torch, but I understand if the rest of you aren't so forgiving.
- 3B Brad Emaus: 1-3, RBI, BB, CS
- RHP Chris Schwinden: W, 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 4 K; Solid since being sent back down. I imagine he will get another shot at some point and be better, but I just don't see him as much more than a sixth starter type in the end.
- LHP Josh Edgin: 0.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K; Wally's usage of Edgin has been odd, lot more LOOGyish assignments. That might be where he ends up, but the minors is the place to expose him to more righties.
- RHP Elvin Ramirez: 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K, HB
AA - Binghamton Mets (19-19)_____________________________________
BINGHAMTON 12, TRENTON 3 (Box)
RHP Zack Wheeler gave up a first inning two-run bomb, but Bingo responded with a NINE SPOT in the bottom of the second, and the rout was on from there. Wheeler settled down after the first, though walks continue to be an issue for the Mets ace prospect. Didn't matter on this night as the B-Mets got to enjoy a laugher before they headed out on the road.
- RF Juan Lagares: 2-5, 2 R, K; Batting average continues its slow creep to .300
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 3-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, K
- 3B Jefry Marte: 2-4, 2B, HR (2), 3 R, RBI, BB; That is what we call filling up the boxscore.
- 2B Reese Havens: 0-2, K; Sigh
- RHP Zack Wheeler: W, 7 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 4 BB, 8 K, 1 HR; Still needs to work on his control, but he has plenty of time to put it all together. And when he does...look the eff out.
Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (32-8)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 6, LAKELAND 5 (Box)
Yawn. Another day, another St. Lucie victory. The Mets' bats overcame a mediocre outing from RHP Cory Mazzoni to win their fourth in a row. Two home runs from C Blake Forsythe staked the Mets' starter to an early 5-1 lead, but Mazzoni and RHP Ryan Fraser couldn't hold it, and the Flying Tigers soared all the way back to a 5-5 tie. Fortunately Forsythe wasn't done for the day. He hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly to give the Mets the lead in the eighth, and RHP Adrian Rosario continued his stellar campaign, notching his eleventh save of the year.
- RF Cesar Puello: 0-4, 2 R, K
- 3B Wilmer Flores: 2-5, K; Look, maybe this is for real, and he has figured something out. Just remember, it's his third season in the Florida State League. He's going to need to do this at AA.
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 1-4
- RF Cory Vaughn: 1-5, 2B, 2 K; Hey, remember like two weeks ago when Vaughn was destroying Advanced A pitching? Well, he's down to .228/.308/.458 now, and that K:BB rate is creeping up on 3:1
- C Blake Forsythe: 2-3, 2 HR (4), 2 R, 6 RBI, SF, K; That is a good way to get star of the night, in case you were wondering.
- 2B Robbie Shields: 0-5, K
- RHP Cory Mazzoni: 5 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR; I was skeptical of Mazzoni even after his dominant SSS performance last summer, but I didn't think A-ball would give him this much trouble. Been too hittable and not missing enough bats.
- RHP Adrian Rosario: SV, 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K; 13 K/9 suggests he's just about ready for AA.
Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (24-15)__________________________________
AUGUSTA 3, SAVANNAH 2 (Box)
The GreenJackets got to RHP Domingo Tapia early and ran his pitch count up high enough to send him to the showers after 4 innings. Tapia's final stat line wasn't that bad, but he couldn't match Augusta's Clayton Blackburn, who in addition to sounding like a character from a Wodehouse novel, K'd 10 Sand Gnats over six innings. LF Greg Pron managed a triple, but that was the only extra base-hit for Savannah and they didn't see a runner in scoring position after the 4th inning.
- C Albert Cordero: 0-4, 3 K; Wasn't as high on Cordero as some, but even I have no clue what is happening here.
- DH Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-4, 3 K
- CF Travis Taijeron: 1-3, RBI, 2 K
- RHP Domingo Tapia: L, 4 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K; Look, I'm not going to say Toby Hyde jinxed him, but...
- LHP Jack Leathersich: 3 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 6 K; Keeps on keepin' on.
★ Star of the Night ★