*All results from games played on Thursday, August 30 2012
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (65-75)_______________________________________
BUFFALO 10, ROCHESTER 3 (Box)
A pair of bombs -- an early shot from Fred Lewis, his 13th, and a 3-run capper off the bat of Josh Satin -- were more than enough in this game. But that didn't stop the Herd lineup from chugging right along as each batter scored at least one run. On the mound, Bisons starter Jeurys Familia tossed seven strong innings, striking out nine Red Wings in the process. Familia posted a 3.19 ERA over his final five starts (31 IP), with 9 walks against 35 strikeouts in that span. Say what you will about his 4.79 BB/9, I think there are much worse things than a 22-year old scuffling a bit in his Triple-A debut, especially as he maintained an 8.41 K/9 and a FIP below 4.
- 2B Jordany Valdespin: 1-4, R, RBI, BB, SB(9); Walks in four of his last five games, including the Majors
- 3B Zach Lutz: 1-4, R, RBI, BB, 2 K
- CF Matt den Dekker: 1-4, R; Just two strikeouts over his last five games represents his best stretch of contact of 2012
- DH Josh Satin: 1-5, R, 3 RBI, 2 K
- RHP Jeurys Familia: 7 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 WP; Season line ends at 4.73 ERA in 137 IP with 73 walks, 128 strikeouts, 8 homers allowed and a .267 opponent average.
AA - Binghamton Mets (66-72)_____________________________________
BINGHAMTON 2, READING 7 (Box)
B-Mets starter Darin Gorski finished his season with a whimper, pretty much putting this one out of reach early. Gorski allowed six runs in a nightmare second inning that at one point featured consecutive doubles followed by a hit batsman then a homer. Aside from Eric Campbell's ninth homer of the season, the Bingo lineup wasn't able to convert in this game, going 1-for-9 with RISP.
On Gorski, despite some humble gains in his peripherals following the ASB, Gorski actually earned a higher ERA in the second half thanks in large part to an alarming 2.1 HR/9. On the season he posted a 1.29 mark; Eastern League average is 0.75. What's more, his historically poor GB:FB rates tell you that this isn't out of character -- especially as he works almost exclusively with a four-seam fastball, not a sinking two-seamer.
Nearing his 25th birthday Gorski isn't exactly young either. In fact, he's actually a tad older than the average EL pitcher. Now it's still hasty to say that an impactful big league career isn't in the cards for the '09 seventh rounder, but when I look at Gorski I can't help thinking of Pat Misch.
- RF Juan Lagares: 0-4, K
- 3B Wilmer Flores: 1-1. BB; Mid-game replacement
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 2-4, 2B; Batting .344 over his last ten
- 3B Jefry Marte: 1-3; Batting .200 over his last ten, squandering what looked like it was going to be a very strong season
- LF Eric Campbell: 2-4, HR(9), 2 BB, K; After a resurgent first half, he's batted .242/.325/.349 in the second half
- LHP Darin Gorski: 2 IP, 6 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1 HB; Season line ends at 4.00 ERA in 139.2 IP with 50 BB, 118 strikeouts, 20(!) homers allowed and a .244 opponent average.
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (31-33 // 80-52)________________________________________
BRADENTON 1, ST. LUCIE 5 (Box)
Despite a 2-for-10 with RISP, the little Mets managed to string together five runs on six singles and a solo job by Travis Taijeron, his seventh with St. Lucie (19th overall). Mets starter Jacob DeGrom was excellent again, winning his third game and bringing his Hi-A ERA down to 2.08 through four starts as part of a season where he went from off the map to smack in the middle of it.
And with the season winding down, the FSL announced their Postseason All-Stars. Congrats to Ryan Ellis who notched the Manager of the Year, the second such award in as many seasons for the rising managerial star. Additionally, LHP Adam Kolarek made the squad after notching 17 saves and a 2.15 ERA for St. Lucie.
- 1B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-4, E(12)
- CF Cesar Puello: 1-4, SB(18); After a poor season on the basepaths in 2011 he's been remarkably successful stealing bases in 2012 (18-for-20)
- DH Darrell Ceciliani: 1-3, RBI, BB
- SS Danny Muno: 0-3, R, RBI, BB, HBP, SB(19); His 15th game at short versus 55 at second
- RF Cory Vaughn: 0-3, BB
- RHP Jacob DeGrom: 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 2 WP
Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (25-40 // 66-66)__________________________________
SAVANNAH 2, ASHEVILLE 6 (Box)
The Gnats fell to .500 on the season in a game when starter Yohan Almonte just didn't have it, allowing six runs through the first four innings. Actually Almonte really hasn't had it all season posting a 9.45 ERA in three starts with Savannah after a demotion from St. Lucie, where he posted a 6.57 mark. And despite some life from the typically anemic Gnats lineup -- including four extra-base hits -- their offense lacks the kind of fire power to make up that kind of ground.
- CF Gilbert Gomez:1-4, HR(2), R, 2 RBI
- DH Cam Maron: 0-4, K
- 3B Dustin Lawley: 1-4, 2 K; Batting .251 in the second half
Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (42-28)__________________________________
HUDSON VALLEY 3, BROOKLYN 1 (Box)
Brooklyn starter Luis Mateo was masterful again, racking up at least eight strikeouts for the sixth time in 12 starts this season. Unfortunately, the Cyclones offense never made it back from Hudson Valley as they went 0-for-7 with RISP, leaving 11 men on base. And though 2012 tenth rounder Paul Sewald has been great out of the Cyclones' pen this year, his two earned put this one out of reach.
- CF Brandon Nimmo: 0-4, RBI, BB; Suddenly slumping, batting .175 over his last ten
- SS Phillip Evans: 2-4, 2B, BB; Batting .300 over his last ten
- SS Gavin Cecchini: Pinch ran
- DH Kevin Plawecki: 0-3, BB
- RF Maikis De La Cruz: 2-4, 2B; Much quieter promotion from Kingsport
- RHP Luis Mateo: 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 8 K, HB; 8:1 GB-to-FB
Star of the Night
Since his lineup and bullpen let him down, let's reward Brooklyn's Luis Mateo who continued an excellent 2012 campaign last night. With his seven one-run innings he brought his ERA down to 2.45 with a ridiculous 85:9 K-to-BB.
Goat of the Night
Not the way you want to end the season but unfortunately Binghamton's Darin Gorski will head into the offseason wearing the horns.