*All results from games played on Wednesday, August 8, 2012
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (60-65)_______________________________________
LEHIGH VALLEY 4, BUFFALO 1 (Box)
IronPigs starter Jonathan Pettibone scattered seven hits and a walk during his seven innings on the mound, but limited Buffalo to a single run, a Matt Den Dekker single that plated Adam Loewen. On the mound for Buffalo, Chris Schwinden was rolling until the 4th inning, where he gave up four runs, three of them earned. The Bisons’ bullpen contained Lehigh Valley once Schwinden was pulled, but the offense could not put anything together, allowing Pettibone to notch his 3rd win and Phillippe Aumont to save his 15th game.
- LF Lucas Duda: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
- 3B Zach Lutz: 0-3, 1 K
- 1B Adam Loewen: 1-4, 1 R, 2B, E (8)
- 2B Josh Satin: 0-4
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 1-4, RBI, 2 K
- RHP Chris Schwinden: 5 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K
AA - Binghamton Mets (60-63)_____________________________________
BINGHAMTON 6, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2 (Box)
The pursuit for .500 continues, as the B-Mets defeated the Fisher Cats. In the 4th, Binghamton got on the board thanks to a Raul Reyes two-run home run, and didn’t look back from there. In total, four runs were scored in the 4th and another two were tacked on in the 5th. New Hampshire scraped out two runs- one earned- off of Darin Gorski, but he kept the Fisher Cats off the board otherwise.
- CF Juan Lagares: 1-5, 2B, RBI, 2 K
- 2B Wilmer Flores: 2-4, BB
- DH Allan Dykstra: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
- 3B Jefry Marte: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
- C Juan Centeno: 3-5, 1 R
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB
- LHP Darin Gorski: 7 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 6 K
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (27-24 // 76-43)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 6, PALM BEACH 0 (Box)
Erik Goeddel took the mound for St. Lucie and blanked Palm Beach for seven strong innings. Teammate Hamilton Bennett pitched a perfect 8th and 9th, and completed the shutout. On the offensive side, St. Lucie put up a two spot in the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings. All of the runs came on two run homeruns, care of Cory Vaughn, Blake Forsythe, and Travis Taijeron.
- DH Alonzo Harris: 1-4, SB (34)
- 2B Daniel Muno: 1-4, 1 R, 2B, SB (15), E (8)
- RF Cory Vaughn: 1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, HR (20)
- C Blake Forsythe: 1-3, 1 R, RBI, 1 BB, HR (7)
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 0-4, 2 K
- LF Travis Taijeron: 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K, HR (5)
- CF Cesar Puello: 1-3, 2B, RBI, 1 K
- RHP Erik Goeddel: 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (23-28 // 64-54)__________________________________
SAVANNAH 8, LEXINGTON 2 (Box)
The Sand Gnat offense came out blazing against Legend starter Luis Cruz, scoring three runs in the first inning and setting the tone for the game. Lexington would score only two runs off of starter Marcos Camarena, and both were unearned and in his last inning of work. Relievers Randy Fontanez and Estarlin Morel pitched the remaining four innings, and did not let the Legends rally. Any notion of a Lexington rally was put to bed in the bottom of the 8th, when the Sand Gnats put another four runs on the board.
- CF Gilbert Gomez: 1-3, BB
- DH Camden Maron: 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, HBP
- 1B Brian Harrison: 3-4, 3 R, 2B, 3 RBI, E (12), HR (4)
- 3B Dustin Lawley: 2-4, 1 R, 2B, RBI, 1 K
- LF Gregory Pron: 1-4, 1 R, RBI, 1 K
- C Albert Cordero: 1-4, 1 R, RBI
- RHP Marcos Camarena: 5 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 1 K
Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (34-21)__________________________________
TRI-CITY 6, BROOKLYN 2 (Box)
A night after four Cyclones starters represented Brooklyn in the All-Star Game and impressed (3.2 IP, 2 H, 6 Ks), the offense failed to show up, let alone impress. Brandon Nimmo walked three times, but that’s about all the good that came from this game.
- CF Brandon Nimmo: 1-2, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K
- SS Phillip Evans: 0-5
- C Kevin Plawecki: 0-3, 1 BB, HBP; Gunned down one potential base stealer, but allowed three others
- DH Alexander Sanchez: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K
- RF Eudy Pina: 2-4, 1 R, 2B, 1 K
- RHP Luis Cessa: 4 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 5 K, E (1)
Appalachian League (R) - Kingsport Mets (18-33)__________________________________
KINGSPORT 14, JOHNSON CITY 4 (Box)
Kingsport absolutely crushed the Johnson City Cardinals in a lopsided route, and not a single home run was hit. Kingsport starter John Gant threw six effective innings, allowing only a single unearned run. His replacement, Martires Arias, allowed three more runs- two earned- in relief in the 8th, but by that point, Kingsport was already up by 12 runs. Kingsport’s big inning was the 4th, where they scored six runs on a variety of line drives, batting around in the process.
- CF Maikis De La Cruz: 4-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 1 K
- DH Gavin Cecchini: 0-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
- 3B Yeixon Ruiz: 3-5, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, CS (2), E (7)
- SS Anthony Chavez: 3-4, 4 R, 1 BB, 1 K, E (16)
- RF Jorge Rivero: 4-6, 1 R, 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K
- C Tomas Nido: 1-4, 2 R, 2 RBI,
- 2B Branden Kaupe: 2-4, 3 R, 1 BB
- RHP John Gant: 6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 5 K
Star of the Night
For his 4-5 performance, I think that Maikis De La Cruz deserves the honor. Two of those hits were doubles, and he drive in 4 men in the process.
Goat of the Night
There was no clear gut GotN, so picking someone is hard. I'm going to go with Kevin Plawecki. At the plate, he wasn't too bad, making up for his 0-3 night with a walk and a HBP. Behind the plate, he allowed 3/4 base runners to steal (one normal SB, and one double steal). For whatever reason, all of the catchers on the farm had decent-to-good games except Plawecki.