Zach Lutz poses for James Cameron's 3D Fusion Camera.
*All results from games played on our nation's birthday, 2012.
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (42-46)_______________________________________
BUFFALO 0, SYRACUSE 5 (Box)
SP Matt Harvey celebrated America by recording his 100th strikeout, and he notably leads the league in that category. Happier still, the 6'4" righthander has now pitched six straight games without walking more than a pair. Inefficiency has been the bugaboo of Buffalo pitching, but this recent string of success has shrunk Harvey's BB/PA to a 10.1% rate that's higher than his 8.9% mark in Bingo last year, but what are promotions and development for? Besides, opponents are not getting good wood on his pitches, batting .234 and hanging just a 3.39 ERA on the seven-game winner, who "earned" the loss yesterday by not inspiring his crappy offense enough, or something. Save some of your Wheeler enthusiasm for Harvey, reader -- or revisit and savor last year's vintage.
- 2B Jordany Valdespin: Back in the bigs
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 0-4, K
- 1B Josh Satin: 0-3, BB
- RHP Matt Harvey: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
- RHP Jack Egbert: 1.1 UP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
- RHP Elvin Ramirez: 0.2, 0 across
AA - Binghamton Mets (37-46)_____________________________________
BINGHAMTON 4, RICHMOND 9 (Box)
The Mets were overmatched by the Flying Squirrels even though the prospects in our bunch performed pretty well. LF Eric Campbell, who clouted a four-base hit (his sixth), is seven for his last 13 and OPSing .954 on the year. The 25-yo's slashline against lefties is a massive .373/.484/.667. In this contest, the pitching gave in early and often, and often, and often again.
- LF Juan Lagares: 3-5, 2 R
- 2B Wilmer Flores: DNP
- 3B Jefry Marte: 1-3, 2B, BB, K, CS(1)
- PH Wilfredo Tovar: 0-1
- 2B Reese Havens: 1-4, 2B, BB, K
- C Juan Centeno: 0-4
- 3B Eric Campbell: 2-4, R, HR(6), 3 RBI, K, SB(6)
- RHP Gregory Peavey: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
- RHP Adrian Rosario: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (5-9)________________________________________
JUPITER 4, ST. LUCIE 3 (Box)
Lutz! The oft-injured big-stick-wielding third baseman was pulled for a defensive replacement before the start of the seventh inning, but no indication that he was struck by a passing cruise missile. I'm not sure why he was pulled. The 26-yo had been out since May 14th with a broken hamate bone and was hitting .307/.413/.466 in 27 games in Buffalo. So much pressure must rest on this kid to make up for lost time, and I can hardly imagine his psychological state as the biological clock ticks.
- RF Cory Vaughn: 1-4, 2 RBI, K
- CF Travis Taijeron: 0-4
- CF Alonzo Harris: 1-4, R, K
- LHP Chase Huchingson: 5 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K
- LHP Jack Leathersich: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
- REHAB ALERT: 3B Zach Lutz: 0-1, 2 BB; pulled before the start of the 7th, but no indication he was struck by a passing cruise missile, or anything else alarming.
Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (4-10)__________________________________
CHARLESTON 3, SAVANNAH 2 (Box)
Two home runs by the good guys accounted for the Gnats' two-and-not-enough runs. Aderlin, not yet 21, has 20 doubles and 14 homers in 77 games.
- DH Cam Maron: 2-4, R, HR(3), RBI, K
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 2-3, R, HR(14), RBI, BB
- C Albert Cordero: 0-3
- RHP Jacob DeGrom: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 R, 0 BB, 6 K
- CF Brandon Nimmo: 1-3, 2 R, HR(2), 3 RBI, BB, HBP
- SS Philip Evans: 1-4, R, BB, K, 2 E(4 -- fielding, fielding)
- LF Stefan Sabol: 2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR(1), 2 RBI, BB
- RHP Julian Hilario: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 5 R, 2 BB, 5 K
Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (13-4)__________________________________
WILLIAMSPORT 5, BROOKLYN 9 (Box)
LF Stefan Sabol homered to lead off the Brooklyn fifth inning, and a bit later his fellow flypicker Brandon Nimmo smashed home a trio to break the game open, and provide the Mets' organization with their one Independence Day win. SS Philip Evans, meanwhile, clattered against a couple balls at short and doubled his errors on the year, though eyes on the lad suggest hopeful things.
Appalachian League (R) - Kingsport Mets (4-11)__________________________________
KINGSPORT 1, ELIZABETHTON 8 (Box)
★ Beaming Star of the Night ★
The inimitable Alex Nelson has a write-up on this year's 17th round draft pick, Stefan Sabol, that calls him "one of the most interesting picks in the entire draft class." I highly suggest you read it. The once highly-regarded high schooler suffered an injury-plagued college career but is certainly one to watch as he turns a new leaf. From the little I've seen he's a zippy outfielder with some acrobatic flair and he's certainly whaling away at the plate: A homer and a double to celebrate the ol' FU to King George, and an America-sized .360/.492/.540 slasher on the season.
Stinking Goat of the Night
Heaps of shame to go around, but MdD's 0-4 with a K was a big helping of no-help to his boy Matt Harvey. A .202 hitter in his new league, Matt's looking at footing it on the interstate with a like performance tonight.