*All results from games played on Thursday, August 9 2012
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (58-61)_______________________________________
BUFFALO 10, LEHIGH VALLEY 1 (Box)
Rough night to be Austin Hyatt a.k.a. the Lehigh Valley starter a.k.a. the Buffalo's personal punching bag. Ten runs on ten hits for the Herd bats; that's a 1.00 RPH, which is this stat I just made up. Keynote shot off the bat of Big Val, who brought home two others with a longball that got the party started bigtime. And to think, this one was shortened to six innings by rain. Very nice effort for Chris Schwinden who probably didn't want to see this one end. Don't look now but the 25-yr old righty is sporting a 1.53 ERA in seven games since re-joining the Bisons. And suddenly the duo of Schwinden and Hefner are looking like effective/cheap/young rotation depth. Also, nice to see Jason Pridie back in town even if it's on the other side of the field.
- LF Lucas Duda: DNP
- 3B Zach Lutz: DNP
- 2B Josh Satin: 3-3, 2 2B, RBI, 4 R, K; Vintage Satin
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, R, K, SB(8)
- C Mike Nickeas: 0-3, RBI, K
- RHP Chris Schwinden: 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 K
AA - Binghamton Mets (57-61)_____________________________________
NEW BRITAIN 4, BINGHAMTON 6 (Box)
In a battle of mediocre starting pitching Greg Peavey won out, buoyed by solid relief work and timely hitting (5-for-13 with RISP). Regardless Peavey has pretty well shown us this season that he's not much of a serious prospect, especially since he doesn't feature a repertoire that would benefit much from a move to relief.
- 2B Wilmer Flores: 3-5, 2B, RBI, R, BB, K
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: DNP; Batting just .207 against righties since the call-up to Double-A
- 3B Jefry Marte: 2-4, 2B, RBI; Just his second XBH since the calendar turned to August and speaking of slugging, after a monster April where he posted a .478 mark, he's yet to crack .400 in any other month
- DH Reese Havens: 4-5, R, K; Needed a big game after batting .171 over his last ten prior to tonight
- C Juan Centeno: 1-4,RBI
- LF Eric Campbell: 1-4, RBI, R, BB; Batted .328 before the ASB, .253 after
- RHP Greg Peavey: 6.1 IP, 4 ER, 9 H, 1 BB, 4 K; Meh
- RHP Ryan Fraser: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K; Forget the so-so ERA (3.55), the league batting just .226 against him is a far better sign that he may have a future in a big league 'pen...for reference fellow B-Mets reliever Jeff Kaplan is posting a sterling 2.35 mark, but allowing a .344 opponent average
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (23-24 // 72-43)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 5, PALM BEACH 2 (Box)
Heck of an effort by the Mets bullpen who tossed seven scoreless while allowing just five baserunners versus nine strikeouts in this one. All interesting long-term pieces in there too as Leathersich and Whitenton feature big league-caliber stuff while Hamilton Bennett and Jeffrey Walters both nurse hopes of specialty work at the highest levels.
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: DNP
- RF Cesar Puello: 0-4, 2 K
- LF Cory Vaughn: 1-4, 2 R, K; Since a brutal June he's batting .281 with four homers and nine stolen bases
- CF Alonzo Harris: 1-5, 2B
- 2B Daniel Muno: 1-4
- C Blake Forsythe: 2-4, HR(6), 3 RBI, R, K
- DH Travis Taijeron: 0-4, 3 K; Doesn't matter how much power you have if you can't hit, prospect stock dropping fast
- RHP Tyler Pill: 2 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 0 K; Likely bumping into his innings limit as he reaches 113 IP on the season, after throwing nine pro innings in 2011...No matter, he's done plenty this season to boost his long-term chances as a big league rotation piece
- LHP Jack Leathersich: 2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K
- RHP Taylor Whitenton: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K; After posting a .193 opponent average as a starter in the SAL last season, 24-yr old is currently allowing a spectacular .192 mark as a reliever in the FSL
Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (18-27 // 59-53)__________________________________
POSTPONED - Rain
Double dip tomorrow.
Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (31-20)__________________________________
BROOKLYN 1, LOWELL 3 (Box)
Quiet night for the Brooklyn bats who managed just three hits in this one. Despite the fact that he's been overshadowed a bit by his rotationmates, starter Luis Cessa continued his quietly solid season, but that wasn't enough on a night where he had no safety net. Also, Nimmo continued to nurse a tender shoulder after taking a rough HBP earlier this week.
- SS Phillip Evans: 0-4, K
- C Kevin Plawecki: 0-3, R, BB, K
- LF Stefan Sabol: 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB
- CF Eudy Pina: 1-4, 2B, 2 K
- RHP Luis Cessa: 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 3 K; First time he allowed more than a couple runs this season
Appalachian League (R) - Kingsport Mets (15-30)__________________________________
This game will not be made up (and a faint cheer rises up from the Kingsport-metro area).
Star of the Night
Lets go with Satin. He may not have had the home run power of a Forsythe or a Pascucci but in the end this game is all about RUNZZZ. Plus, four out of four ain't bad. Post-ASB Satin is batting .367 with an 1.100+ OPS.
Goat of the Night
It's going to be St. Lucie's Travis Taijeron as he continues to do his best Matt den Dekker impression...in A-ball. We all knew the risks of getting behind a collegian with major holes in his swing, no matter how hard he mashed Lo-A.