*All results from games played on Wednesday, July 25, 2012
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (51-54)_______________________________________
LOUISVILLE 5, BUFFALO 4 (Box)
Buffalo jumped ahead of the Bats immediately, scoring three runs in the first inning on a Josh Satin bases loaded double, and another run in the fifth for good measure. Collin McHugh threw a quality start, striking out more batters than he allowed hits to, but the wheels came off for the Herd in the 8th, when Fernando Cabrera took the mound. In his inning of work, he gave up four runs, allowing the Bats to tie the game. In the bottom of the ninth, Pedro Beato gave up a walk-off to Didi Gregorius, and that was that.
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 0-4, 2 K; den Dekker has racked up 15 Ks in his last 10 games
- 3B Zach Lutz: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
- SS Josh Rodriguez: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
- LF Fred Lewis: 1-4, BB, K
- 2B Josh Satin: 1-3, 3 RBI, 1 K
- RHP Collin McHugh: 6.2 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 6 K
- RHP Pedro Beato: 0.1 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 1 HR
REHAB ALERT: Mike Baxter played RF and went 1-3, with a run scored, two walks, and a strikeout
AA - Binghamton Mets (48-55)_____________________________________
NEW BRITAIN 11, BINGHAMTON 2 (Box)
New Britain put up a club record 18 hits, clobbering the B-Mets. Ten of those eighteen hits came off of Zack Wheeler, who gave up five earned runs in four innings. The bullpen was shaky behind him in relief- including Frank Francisco- but none of that would really matter as Rock Cat starter B.J. Hermsen kept the offense off balance all night. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases in the 4th, allowing Jefry Marte and Dustin Martin to hit back-to-back RBI singles, but that innings would see Binghamton’s only runs- and hits.
- 2B Reese Havens: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
- DH Jefry Marte: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
- 1B Allan Dykstra: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K; Despite the bad night, he’s still hitting .311/.471/.500 in 90 at-bats with Binghamton
- 3B Wilmer Flores: 0-4
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 0-3
- C Francisco Pena: 0-4,1 K
- RHP Zack Wheeler: 4 IP, 5 ER, 10 H, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 HBP; A bad start, for sure, but 0 walks and five out of twelve outs being Ks is encouraging.
REHAB ALERT: Frank Francisco allowed three hits and 3 earned runs, while walking one and striking out one in 0.2 IP.
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (14-19 // 63-38)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 6, BRADENTON 5 (Box)
In a back-and-forth affair, St. Lucie triumphed over the Marauders. Super prospect Jameson Taillon pitched six innings, but wasn’t particularly dominating, giving up eight hits and four runs, including a Aderlin Rodriguez home run. His opposite, St. Lucie starter Kyle Allen wasn’t bad, allowing only a single earned run in his five innings of work, but five errors committed by his fielders staked him to a tie game when he was taken out. When Bradenton scored two runs off of Taylor Whitenton, it looked like that might be the end. The error bug infected the Maurauders, too, and an unearned run scored in the 8th, setting the stage for St. Lucie’s dramatic comeback. With bases loaded, Kai Gronauer grounded into a force out- not the stuff movies are made of, but it got the job done.
- CF Alonzo Harris: 3-5, 1 R, SB (26)
- C Blake Forsythe: 1-4, 1 K, 1 E (7)
- RF Cory Vaughn: 0-4, 3 K, 1 E (6)
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 2-4, 1 R, HR (1), 3 RBI, 1 K
- SS Daniel Muno: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (5)
- RHP Kyle Allen: 5 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K, HR
- RHP Jack Leathersich: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K
Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (15-18 // 56-44)__________________________________
SAVANNAH 6, KANNAPOLIS 2 (Box)
The Intimidators tried their best, but the Sand Gnats were simply not intimidated. Michael Fulmer saw nothing to be weary of, as he pitched five strong innings without giving up a run, scattering three hits, walking one, and striking out a whopping eight batters. The bullpen ran into a little trouble, as Estarlin Morel gave up two runs in 0.2 innings, but the lead that the offense built held up.
- 1B Cole Frenzel: 3-3, 2 R, 1 BB, SB (1)
- SS Yucarybert De La Cruz: 0-5, 2 K
- C Albert Cordero: 1-3, BB
- 3B Brian Harrison: 1-3, 2 RBI
- CF Gilbert Gomez: 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K
- RHP Michael Fulmer: 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 8 K
- RHP Chasen Bradford: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 K, SV (3)
Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (22-15)__________________________________
BROOKLYN 3, BATAVIA 2 (Box)
Gabriel Ynoa pitched six strong innings, allowing a run in the 1st and a run in the 5th. Muckdogs starter Ben Freeman didn’t pitch bad himself, but the three runs he gave up in the 6th were all Brooklyn needed to win, as Paul Sewald came out of the pen for three innings and shut the door to nab the victory.
- CF Brandon Nimmo: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K
- SS Philip Evans: 0-4, 1 K
- 3B Alexander Sanchez: 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, HR (1); Looking more and more like a real good sleeper signing
- DH Kevin Plawecki: 0-3, BB
- LF Stefan Sabol: 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, HR (2), 1 BB
- RHP Gabriel Ynoa: 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 5 K
- RHP Paul Sewald: 3 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 K
Appalachian League (R) - Kingsport Mets (9-22)__________________________________
The Kingsport Mets begin a series against the vs. Bristol White Sox, and it all kicks off with a doubleheader on Thursday.
Star of the Night
No doubt, Michael Fulmer gets the nod. If a pitcher notches 8 strikeouts during a CG, that’s impressive; Fulmer notched 8 in 5 IP, which is even more impressive.
Goat of the Night
Zack Wheeler was supposed to be the Star of the Night, not the Goat of the Night! Maybe seeing Matt Harvey get promoted to the big leagues threw him off, or something. Don’t make this kind of thing a habit, Zack.