Cory Vaughn, wearing a number that suggests he would not be making the Mets out of Spring Training
*All results from games played on Saturday May 5th
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (17-13)_______________________________________
The Bisons played a quick make-up doubleheader with the Red Wings, and it wasn't pretty. Avert your eyes!
ROCHESTER 2, BUFFALO 1 (Box)
ROCHESTER 5, BUFFALO 0 (Box)
Don't say I didn't warn you.
Buffalo managed just eight hits in the two games while striking out sixteen times. Now I am not expert on this hole based ball thing, but that seems... ungood. RHP Dylan Owen pitched okay in game one, LHP Garrett Olson not so good in game two. And none of it really mattered because, again, Buffalo had eight hits in two games. The sweep knocks the Bisons off their perch atop of the International League North Division. It was nice while it lasted.
- 2B Jordany Valdespin: Back down on the farm, finally.
- 1B Josh Satin: 0-5, 2 K, HBP; Ungood
- 3B Brad Emaus: 0-3, 2 K
- RHP Dylan Owen: 4.2 IP, 1 ER (2 R), 5 H, 2 BB, 1 K; Shiny 2.96 ERA so far this season, but only 15 K against 9 BB in 27 IP
AA - Binghamton Mets (13-15)_____________________________________
HARRISBURG 2, BINGHAMTON 1 (Box)
How dare the B-Mets not support a solid start from LHP Darin Gorski? Yes, anemic bat disease spread throughout Upstate New York yesterday. Like their Buffalo brethren, Binghamton struggled to put ducks on the pond, managing only 5 hits against Harrisburg starter Daniel Rosenbaum. They did manage to get him to surrender only his third walk in 44+ innings this year. So moral victories I guess. Probably didn't help that two of the B-Mets better hitters, 3B Jefry Marte and CF Matt den Dekker got the day off from starting.
- CF Juan Lagares: 1-3, K
- CF Matt Den Dekker: Day off
- 3B Jefry Marte: 0-1, K; Came in as part of a double switch.
- 2B Reese Havens: 0-3
- LF Pedro Zapata: 1-4, 2B, RBI; And there's your offense for the day.
- LHP Darin Gorski: L, 6 IP, 1 ER (2 R), 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K; BBs have been an issue this year with a BB/9 of over 4. Has been very difficult to hit, though.
- LHP Robert Carson: 1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K; Seems to be settling into his relief role.
Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (23-5)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 5, DUNEDIN 3 (Box)
The Mets snapped their one game losing streak beating the Blue Jays in a see saw affair in St. Lucie. C Blake Forsyther broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run, one of three St. Lucie home runs on the day, and RHP Adrian Rosario and LHP Adam Kolarek shut down Dunedin after that. 2B Robbie Shields added an insurance shot in the eighth to move St. Lucie back to 18 games over .500. You can't promote an entire team to the Eastern League, right? Cause it doesn't look like the FSL is much of a challenge.
- CF Cesar Puello: 0-3
- 3B Wilmer Flores: 0-3, HBP
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 1-3, 2B, R, RBI; Small sample size, but that .129 ISO is intriguing.
- RF Cory Vaughn: 1-4, HR (8), R, RBI, 3 K; Yep, K rate is an issue, but you may just have to let the chips fall where they may in AA at this point. That swing is always going to generate strikeouts no matter how much he calms it down.
- 2B Danny Muno: 1-4
- C Blake Forsythe: 1-3, HR (2), R, RBI; Still confused as to why he got promoted over Cordero.
- DH Robbie Shields: 3-4, HR (2), R, 2 RBI, CS
- 1B Richard Lucas: 0-3, K
- RHP Cory Mazzoni: 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 1 K; So far, I feel less bad about having him lower than everyone else, just not missing as many bats in A ball as you would hope from a polished college guy. Greg Peavey 2.0?
- RHP Taylor Whitenton: 0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 K; BBs continue to be an issue
- LHP Adam Kolarek: 2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K; Still has not allowed an earned run this year. 24:2 K:BB ratio in 16+ innings. Nasty.
- RHP Adrian Rosario: SV, 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K; Nasty, pt. 2. Making that K-Rod trade look like more than just a salary dump.
Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (18-11)__________________________________
SAVANNAH 5, LAKEWOOD 3 (Box)
We finish on a high note, as the Sand Gnats won their sixth straight behind a strong performance from 2011 Supplemental Round pick Michael Fulmer. Savannah did do their best to give Lakewood a fighting chance, giving back three runs in a sloppy eighth inning that saw the Gnats commit three errors (no, none by Aderlin Rodriguez), but Savannah put enough offense together to weather the storm and keep pace in the very competitive South Division.
- C Cam Maron: 1-3, BB, 2 E (3)
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 0-4, K
- CF Travis Taijeron: 3-4, 2 RBI; Probably ticketed for Cory Vaughn's spot in St. Lucie when the promotion shuffle starts.
- 1B Brian Harrison: 0-3, 2 R, BB, K, SB (3)
- RHP Michael Fulmer: 5 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K; According to Toby Hyde was throwing more of his off speed stuff, which is good. When I saw him two weeks ago he threw like three non-fastballs. Curve definitely screams plus potential.
★ Star of the Night ★