I hear words like "beauty" and "handsomness" and "incredibly chiseled features" and for me that's like a vanity of self absorption that I try to steer clear of. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
*All results from games played on Saturday, August 4th
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (56-58)_______________________________________
BUFFALO 1, SYRACUSE 0 (Box)
A day after the Bisons and Chiefs combined for 20 runs, only a single baserunner crossed the plate in Buffalo. A sixth inning RBI double from Lucas Duda gave starter Chris Schwinden all the support he would need. Schwinden scattered eight hits across six innings of work, working out of a bases loaded, one-out jam in the top of the sixth to keep the game scoreless. All told, the teams combined to go 2-18 with runners in scoring position.
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 0-3, 2 K
- 3B Zach Lutz: 1-3
- 2B Josh Satin: 1-2, BB
- 1B Lucas Duda: 1-4, 2 B, RBI, K
- RHP Chris Schwinden: W, 6 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
- LHP Robert Carson: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K; Carson has been solid since his promotion, and really this year in general, though when I've seen him he's throwing almost all fastballs.
- INJURY UPDATE - Apparently Kirk Nieuwenhuis tore the plantar fascia in his foot a couple days back. He has not, however, been placed on the Triple-A Disabled List at this time, though that could change any moment.
AA - Binghamton Mets (54-59)_____________________________________
GAME 1: BINGHAMTON 7, READING 2 (Box)
GAME 2: READING 3, BINGHAMTON 1 (Box)
The B-Mets and Phillies played two yesterday and ended up splitting the baby. Game 1 saw a flurry of doubles from Binghamton behind a solid, if unspectacular complete game performance from Greg Peavey. Game 2 saw spot starter Armando Rodriguez give up a pair of home runs while the B-Mets bats went quiet.
- CF/PH Juan Lagares: 1-2, 2B, R, 2 BB, K // 0-1; Already walked more this year than he has in any other season of his career. Still don't think he will do enough around the .280 BA, but he's right-handed. So there's that.
- 1B/3B Jefry Marte: 1-3, R, HBP // 0-3, K
- 2B Reese Havens: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI, K // DNP
- 1B Allan Dykstra: DNP // 1-3, RBI, K
- 3B/2B Wilmer Flores: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI // 0-2, R, BB
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 1-3, RBI, 2 K // DNP; .282 OBP so far in AA. Advanced pitchers will throw him strikes and he may not have the pop to make them pay for it.
- RHP Gregory Peavey: W, 7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 WP
- RHP Armando Rodriguez: L, 4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (20-23 // 69-42)________________________________________
FORT MYERS 5, ST. LUCIE 4 (Box)
St. Lucie took a 4-2 lead into the seventh, but three consecutive errors to kick off the inning led to three unearned runs and a rather ugly loss for the Mets. On the plus side, Cesar Puello is off the DL again and played center field last night.
- CF Cesar Puello: 1-3, BB, K; Played just 44 games this year for St. Lucie.
- RF Cory Vaughn: 1-3, RBI, 2 BB, K
- DH Travis Taijeron: 0-4, K
- 2B Danny Muno: 0-3, BB, K, E (6)
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 0-4, BB, K, E (5)
- C Blake Forsythe: 0-4, BB, K
- RHP Logan Verrett: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
- RHP Taylor Whitenton: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
- LHP Jack Leathersich: L, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (18-25 // 59-51)__________________________________
ASHEVILLE 9, SAVANNAH 1 (Box)
The Gnats got beat up in Asheville as balls flew out of the launching pad that is McCormick Field. Unlike the Tourists, the Gnats could not take advantage of a stadium that boats a 140 park factor for home runs. Crazy. Marcos Camarena was the primary victim of the Tourists' onslaught last night, in an inauspicious start for Logan Verrett's replacement in the Savannah rotation.
- C Cam Maron: 1-2, RBI, BB
- SS Matthew Reynolds: 2-4, 2B, R, SB (4), E (5)
- CF Gilbert Gomez: 1-4, K, E (9)
- RHP Marcos Camarena: L, 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR
- LHP Carlos Vasquez: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, Balk, HBP
- CF Brandon Nimmo: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 R, BB; Assuming Harvey ages off due to service time, Nimmo is the clear #2 for me in this system. Seems to get better every time I see him.
- SS Philip Evans: 1-2, R, 2 BB, K
- C Kevin Plawecki: 0-3, RBI; Plawecki made a nice throw to nab a would-be basestealer, and his pop times were consistently 2.0-2.1 for me last night, which is below average, but not awful.
- RHP Hansel Robles: W, 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K;
Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (28-18)__________________________________
BROOKLYN 4, AUBURN 1 (Box)
It was an impromptu Amazin' Avenue meet-up as Chris McShane, Steve Schreiber and myself all took in some hot Penn League action at MCU Park. We picked a pretty good game to go to as Hansel Robles baffled the Doubledays with a fastball that dialed up to the mid-nineties and a solid change. On the offensive front, well, it was a very A-ball evening, as the Cyclones scored runs on a wild pitch, bases loaded walk, sac fly, and infield single. Hey, whatever works. Brandon Nimmo knocked two doubles off the Doubledays' left-handed starter, continuing his torrid pace over the last fortnight.
Appalachian League (R) - Kingsport Mets (13-28)__________________________________
PRINCETON 7, KINGSPORT 5 (10) (Box)
The lack of a GCL team is really starting to show.
- 2B Branden Kaupe: 2-5
- LF Joe Tuschak: 2-3, 2B, BB
- DH Tomas Nido: 1-5, 2B, RBI, K
- RHP Chris Flexen: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, E (2)
- RHP Robert Gsellman: L, 4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
- INJURY UPDATE - First round draftee Gavin Cecchini did indeed suffer a minor fracture to the tip of his middle fingle after being hit by a pitch a couple days back. There is no timetable for his recovery, though I wouldn't be too surprised if he shut it down for the year with just a few more weeks left in the Kingsport season.
Star of the Night
Hansel Robles continues to impress in the New York Penn League. Get those Zoolander MSPaints ready Amazin' Avenuers!
Goat of the Night
I'm sure Marco Camarena is a swell dude, but he didn't exactly make a strong argument against promoting Luis Mateo last night