*All results from games played on Wednesday, August 29, 2012
NEWS AND NOTES
The Bisons handed out their end-of-season honors. They were awarded as follows:
- Stan Barron Most Valuable Player: FRED LEWIS (461 PA, .292/.374/.475, 12 HR, 41 RBI, 24/32 SB)
- Warren Spahn Most Valuable Pitcher: MATT HARVEY (20 GS, 7-5, 3.68 ERA, 3.9 BB/9, 9.2 K/9)
- Judge Michael Dillon Comeback Player: ELVIN RAMIREZ (32 RA, 3-1, 2.18 ERA, 4.6 BB/9, 8.7 K/9)
- Joe DeSa Most Inspirational Player Award: JEFF STEVENS (33 RA, 1-1, 3.10 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.3 K/9)
- Frank J. Vallone Community Service Award: MATT TUIASOSOPO (463 PA, .247/.336/.369, 12 HR, 56 RBI, 3/7 SB)
- Frank J. Vallone Community Service Award: GARRETT OLSON (21 GS/12 RA, 4-7, 4.64 ERA, 4.0 BB/9, 7.9 K/9)
More in-depth information can be found on Buffalo's website.
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (64-75)_______________________________________
NO GAME (OFF-DAY)
The Bisons are heading off to Rochester to play a two game set against the Red Wings, and will conclude their season over the weekend against the Lehigh Iron Pigs. The Herd is hoping to win a few of those games, and possibly not end the 2012 season in the cellar.
AA - Binghamton Mets (66-71)_____________________________________
BINGHAMTON 6, READING 2 (Box)
Just like the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies last night, the Binghamton Mets beat the Reading Phillies- though in slightly more convincing fashion. Gonzalez Germen got the start, and he threw 7.2 strong innings of ball. The offense scored in the 1st and 4th, and took a one run lead into the 9th inning. In the top of the 9th, Binghamton scored three insurance runs. Reading scored a run in the 9th off of Ryan Fraser (who notched his 3rd save), but were unable to overcome their deficit.
- RF/CF Juan Lagares: 3-5, 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
- 2B Wilmer Flores: 0-5, 2 K; It’s not exaggerating when I say this was his worst game in about a month
- 1B Allan Dykstra: 1-2, 1 R, RBI, 2 BB
- 3B Jefry Marte: 1-3, RBI, 1 BB
- SS Sean Kazmar: 2-4, 1 R, RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
- RHP Gonzalez Germen: 7.2 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 6 K
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (30-33 // 79-52)________________________________________
JUPITER 2, ST. LUCIE 1 (Box)
St. Lucie lost a nail biter of a game, as Taylor Whitenton allowed a run in the 8th inning that proved to be the difference in the contest. The starting pitching on both sides was sterling- Logan Verrett threw seven innings of one-run baseball and the Hammerhead bullpen pitchers who combined to make the start for Jupiter did the same. Jupiter scored in the 5th, on a pair of singles and a double. St. Lucie scored in the top of the 7th, on a pair of singles sandwiched between a wild pitch. They might have scored more had Cory Vaughn and Aderlin Rodriguez not struck out back-to-back, stranding Darrell Ceciliani at second. A sac fly in the 8th put Jupiter ahead, and that was the ballgame, as St. Lucie went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 9th.
- LF Alonzo Harris: 0-4
- CF Darrell Ceciliani: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
- 2B Danny Muno: 1-4, RBI
- RF Cory Vaughn: 1-3, 2B, 1 K
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 0-3, 2 K
- DH Cesar Puello: 0-3
- RHP Logan Verrett: 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 4 K
Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (25-39 // 66-65)__________________________________
ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 0 (Box)
Asheville rightly won the ballgame, shutting out the Sand Gnats, but having committed five errors, it might be more telling to say that Savannah beat themselves. The Sand Gnats managed six hits, two of which were for extra bases, but were unable to put anything together. Miller Diaz gave up six runs, of which only two were earned, in his 4.2 innings of work. The relief pitchers behind him- Brandon Sage and Jared West- silenced the Tourists bats for the rest of the night, but the Sand Gnats already dug a hole too deep to climb out of. With the loss, Savannah is only one game above .500 for the season.
- CF Gilbert Gomez: 1-4, 2B, 1 K
- SS Yucarybert De La Cruz: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 E (13, 14)
- DH Cam Maron: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
- 3B Dustin Lawley: 1-4, 1 K, 2 E (6, 7)
- LF Gregory Pron: 0-4, 2 K, E (4)
- C Albert Cordero: 1-2, 1 BB
- RHP Miller Diaz: 4.2 IP, 6 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 8 K, BLK
Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (42-27)__________________________________
BROOKLYN 7, HUDSON VALLEY 4 (Box)
Brooklyn ace Gabriel Ynoa took the mound, and lo and behold, Brooklyn won. Ynoa pitched decently, giving up one earned and one unearned run in 5 innings, but it would be disingenuous to say Brooklyn won specifically because he was pitching; he was only so-so. The game was close early on, but Brooklyn broke it open in the 7th, in an offensive onslaught that saw, among other things, Gavin Cecchini get on base for the first time as a Cyclone (albeit, as a pinch runner)- indeed, it was a nice scene seeing 2011 first round pick Brandon Nimmo give 2011 first round pick Cecchini a high-five upon returning to the dugout after crossing the plate and scoring. Hudson Valley scored a pair in the bottom of the 8th, but were unable to continue their claw back. With the victory, Brooklyn finds themselves four games behind the Renegades. They have one more game scheduled against the Renegades, and then a series with the sub-.500 Staten Island Yankees and Lowell Spinners. After their series, the Renegades take on the sub-.500 Aberdeen Ironbirds and the first place, best team in the NY-Penn League Tri-City ValleyCats. With a few victories coupled with a few Hudson Valley losses, Brooklyn surging into first place isn’t a pipedream. Let’s go ‘Clones.
- CF Brandon Nimmo: 0-3, 2 BB
- SS Phillip Evans: 1-3, 1 R, 2 K, 2 E (12, 13)
- DH Alexander Sanchez: 2-3, 2 2B, 1 R
- DH/PR Gavin Cecchini: 0-0, 2 R, HBP; Interesting line- he scored twice without recording an official at-bat.
- 1B Jayce Boyd: 2-4, 2B, HR (5), 2 R, 4 RBI, E (3)
- RF Maikis De La Cruz: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI
- RHP Gabriel Ynoa: 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K
Appalachian League (R) - Kingsport Mets (23-43)__________________________________
NO GAME (SEASON ENDED)
Star of the Night
Jayce Boyd had an impressive game in a very important Cyclones victory, hitting a double and a home run to knock in four of Brooklyn's seven runs.
Goat of the Night
I was tempted to single out Gregory Pron, but there's plenty of blame to go around. The entire left side of Sand Gnats- 3B, SS, and LF- get the horns, combining for five errors and a meager 1-11 with five strikeouts and a single walk.