*All results from games played on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012.
MIDSEASON PROMOTIONS! _________
Let's take care of this at the top.
To Binghamton: 3B Wilmer Flores, SS Wilfredo Tovar, C Francisco Pena, and RHP Corey Mazzoni.
To St. Lucie: RHP Rafael Montero, OF Travis Taijeron, SS/2B T.J. Rivera, and RHP Jeff Walters.
Congrats to all the fellas. This should be fun.
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (38-35)_______________________________________
BUFFALO 1, NORFOLK 3 (Box)
You have to hand it -- all of it -- to Jamie Moyer. The man wants to wear the major league pajamas as a fifty-year-old fart; and that he's willing to toil in the minors to achieve that goal, with his limping fastball and those older-than-so-and-so's-grandmother stats, well it says something, doesn't it? Something cooler than vanity's at play. How vain can you be when you're Jamie Moyer?
Jamie and Buffalo starter Dylan Owen each threw four effective innings and were pulled, prompting a rain-delay surmise on my part; but no. 3B Matt Tuiasosopo blips back on our radar having stroked his seventh home run, but his season line has stalled at a .689 OPS. The rest of the order tired out striking out: 14 on the night, with a pair for Ruben Tejada as part of his 0-4. Cedeno, with a single, fared a bit better, and familiar names in the bullpen put up a so-so effort through five innings.
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 0-4, 2 K
- 1B Josh Satin: 0-4, K
- 1B Valentino Pascucci: 0-4, 3 K
- OF Matt Tuiasosopo: 2-4, R, HR(7), RBI, 2 K
- RHP Dylan Owen: 4 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
- RHP Pedro Beato: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 HR
- LHP Josh Edgin: 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
- RHP Manny Acosta: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER
- REHAB ALERT: SS Ruben Tejada: 0-4, 2 K
- REHAB ALERT: 2B Ronny Cedeno: 1-4
AA - Binghamton Mets (32-37)_____________________________________
GAME ONE (7 innings): AKRON 2, BINGHAMTON 0 (Box)
SP Zack Wheeler has maintained his teensy ERA (currently 1.88) through a recent spell of humanity. Four hits and two walks over six innings is a strong performance, and nor should we dismiss three K's. It's just, hell, Dillon Gee is giving us nine! But you take the steady one-earned-run performance and say thank you. Unfortunately the Georgian received no run support -- none. The two hits on the night belonged to LF Joe "the Bonfire" Bonfe and super-slumper Reese Havens. But wait.... (tbc)
- LF Juan Lagares: 0-3, K
- 3B Jefry Marte: 0-3
- 2B Reese Havens: 1-3
- RHP Zack Wheeler: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K
GAME TWO (7 Innings): BINGHAMTON 5, AKRON 1 (Box)
Two more hits for Reese! Don't look now, but look, he's got a five-game hitting streak going and this capable slugger heating up is a very happy thing for the org. SP Cory Mazzoni, in his first AA start, pitched a complete-game (seven-inning) gem. The twenty two year old struck out 48 and walked 16 in 63.2 innings in St. Lucie, not exactly boding a seamless transition upstate. Read about the Mets' pre-season #13 prospect in Rob's prospectaganza.
- CF Juan Lagares: 1-3, R, K
- 3B Jefry Marte: 1-4, R, 2 K
- 2B Reese Havens: 2-4, RBI
- LF Pedro Zapata: 0-3, R, RBI, K
- RHP Cory Mazzoni: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (49-19)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 6, BRANDENTON 2 (Box)
Excuse me if I keep this moving. I saw our Metsies last night, and the Brooklyn-bound N train crawled like a Jamie Moyer changeup. The wee Mets are back to their winning ways on the strength of bounce-back start from Pill, though it's 0-10 from Harris and Vaughn.
- 2B Wilmer Flores: 1-3, RBI, 2 BB
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, CS(7)
- RF Cory Vaughn: 0-5, 2 K
- CF Alonzo Harris: 0-5, R, K
- RHP Tyler Pill: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
- REHAB ALERT: Ramon Ramirez: 1 IP (the first), 0 across
Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (41-26)__________________________________
FINAL DAY OF A MID-SEASON BREAK
- FHOF Brandon Nimmo: 1-3, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, K; Walking his brains out, .500 OBP
- SS Philip Evans: 0-3, 2 BB, K, E(1); Ditto, .500 OBP
- C Kevin Plawecki: DNP
- RF Eudy Pina: 2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR(1), 4 RBI, BB, 2 K
- LF Stefan Sabol: 2-5, 2 R, 2B, 2 K
- RHP Luis Cessa: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K; Lovely starting pitching in this, the opening series.
Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (3-0)__________________________________
BROOKLYN 7, STATEN ISLAND 2 (Box)
Appalachian League (R) - Kingsport Mets (0-2)__________________________________
KINGSPORT 7, PRINCETON 10 (Box)
Five errors were of no help.
- SS Gavin Cecchini: 1-5, R, SB(1), E(1)
- 2B Branden Kaupe: 0-1, 3 BB
- DH Jeffrey Diehl: 2-5, R
- LF Michael Bernal: 1-5, R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
- C Jeyckol De Leon: 2-3, R, RBI, 2 BB, K, E(1)
- 3B Pedro Perez: 2-5, 2B, 2 K, CS(1)
- LHP Steven Matz: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR; The Mets' second draft pick in '09 underwent Tommy John surgery in May of '10, and hadn't been seen on a professional mound before or since. Welcome.
★ Beaming Star of the Night ★
RF Eudy Pina cracked a three-run homer to put the Cyclones on the board and, three innings later, stroked a double to stretch the lead. He also worked one of eight Cyclone walks, a veritable Brooklyn March of Dimes. The twenty one year old OPS'd just .602 in the GCL last year, but did 220 points better in the DSL in 2010. So, in even years...
Stinking Goat of the Night
After Stinky Island, the worse malodor perspired from Kingsport leather. The pitcher, short stop, first baseman, left fielder, center fielder, catcher, cooper, wheelwright, miller, locksmith, brassfounder, ciggar stemmer, hit man, varnisher, die caster, and oyster shucker -- they all flubbed routine plays.