*All results from games played on Friday, May 4th
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (17-11)____________________________
BUFFALO 9, SYRACUSE 0 (Box)
If RHP Jeremy Hefner was upset about getting passed over for the fifth starter spot, he certainly didn't let it show. He tossed seven scoreless innings for the Bisons, pushing them to six over .500 which has to be some sort of record as a Mets affiliate. The offense helped salve Hefner's wounds as well, staking him to a 5-0 lead early and piling on from there. Buffalo blasted three home runs, including two off the bat of 3B Matt Tuiasosopo.
- 1B Josh Satin: 2-4, 2 R, 2 K; You might think the crazy 2012 K rate would dampen my enthusiasm for Josh Satin. Come on now.
- RHP Jeremy Hefner: W, 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K; Yes, he probably is better than Miguel Batista, but a sub 5 K/9 in the International League isn't the best portent.
AA - Binghamton Mets (13-14)_____________________________________
HARRISBURG 7, BINGHAMTON 4 (Box)
RHP Gonzalez Germen got the call to replace Zack Wheeler in the rotation and despite a five-run second inning, actually pitched pretty well. He struck out nine in six innings of work and kept the ball on the ground. Though he did uncork three wild pitches He's not much of a prospect as even at AA he's a bit old for the league and, per Toby Hyde, lacks a good breaking ball. But he does throw reasonably hard and have a decent change-up. Binghamton did an admirable job crawling back into the game and even brought the winning run to the plate in the ninth, but 3B Jefry Marte struck out with the bases loaded to drop the B-Mets back under .500.
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 1-4, BB, 2 K, E (3); For those keeping score, that's now 31 strikeouts in 27 games.
- LF Juan Lagares: 0-4, 2 RBI, CS
- 3B Jefry Marte: 1-4, 2 R, BB, 2 K; For the second straight year has stopped hitting as soon as the calendar flips to May, just 3-18 this month.
- C Juan Centeno: 3-4, R
- PH Reese Havens: 0-1
- RHP Gonzalez Germen: 6 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 9 K, 3 WP
- RHP Kevin Mulvey: 2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K; After a downright abysmal start to the season, he has been decent out of the pen.
Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (22-5)________________________________________
St. Lucie had the day off. They try to snap their one-game losing streak tonight as they they start a series with Dunedin.
Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (17-11)__________________________________
SAVANNAH 10, DELMARVA 0 (Box)
RHP Tyler Pill made the best start of his short professional career and Savannah's bats pounded the Shorebirds' staff for 13 hits. That pretty much sums it up. CF Travis Taijeron fell a home run short of the cycle and LHP Jack Leathersich tossed another boring two shutout innings. I imagine both will be among the first promotions to St. Lucie in a month or so. The Gnats have now won five straight and remain three back of the Charleston River Dogs in the SAL Southern Division.
- C Cam Maron: 1-5, 2B, RBI, 3 K; One of my personal sleepers for this year hasn't quite woken up yet, posting just a .611 OPS so far.
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 2-4, R, 2 RBI, K
- CF Travis Taijeron: 3-4, 2B, 3B, 3 R, 2 RBI, K
- 1B Brian Harrison: 0-4, 2 K; Only Sand Gnat starter without a hit.
- RHP Tyler Pill: 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 8 K; Has been awfully hittable so far this year, but the K and BB rate are both solid.
- LHP Jack Leathersich: 2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K; Yawn.
★ Star of the Night ★