*All results from games played on Saturday September 1st, 2012
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (67-75)_______________________________________
BUFFALO 6, LEHIGH VALLEY 3 (Box)
Zack Wheeler finished his 2012 season with a shaky, but ultimately successful start. He had some control issues, but also overwhelmed the Iron Pig line-up with a fastball that regularly touched 96 and a sharp curve. He also gave up an opposite field home run on a fastball that had way too much of the plate. All in all, a successful campaign for the best prospect in the Mets system.
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 2-5, R, RBI, SB (11)
- 2B Jordany Valdespin: 1-4, RBI, K, SB (10)
- 1B Josh Satin: 1-3, 2 BB, K; And then there was this awesome quote. HAIL!
- RF Valentino Pascucci: 1-3, R, RBI, 2 BB, 2 K
- RHP Zack Wheeler: W, 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, WP; All the good and the bad of Wheeler in his last start of the year.
AA - Binghamton Mets (67-73)_____________________________________
TRENTON 3, BINGHAMTON 2 (Box)
Binghamton's loss was the sole blemish on the night for the Mets' affiliates. Feel free to blame Wilmer Flores, who I expect to go 2-4 with a couple of RBI pretty much every night now. He went 0-4, and the rest of the B-Mets line-up didn't do much in the way of slack picking up. Starter Mark Cohoon was just okay, and a ninth inning rally fell short as the Thunder clinched the Eastern League Eastern Division title at NYSEG Stadium.
- CF Juan Lagares: 2-4, K, CS
- DH Jefry Marte: 1-4, RBI, 2 K; Happy to turn the calendar over after an ugly August line of .191/.262/.277.
- 1B Allan Dykstra: 1-4, 2 K
- 3B Wilmer Flores: 0-4, K; TRAID!
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 1-2, 2B, HBP
- LHP Mark Cohoon: L, 7 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- RHP Armando Rodriguez: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K; Mets fans seem to like ArmRod, and the K/BB rate is nice and shiny, but there's just not much in the way of stuff here.
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (82-52)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 5, BRADENTON 4 (10) (Box)
Congratulations are in order, as St. Lucie set a franchise record with their 82nd win of the season. Cesar Puello singled home Blake Forsythe in the tenth to seal the deal, and now the Mets can focus on their second consecutive trip to the Florida State League playoffs.
- CF Cesar Puello: 2-5, RBI, K, SB (19)
- DH Darrell Ceciliani: 2-4, 2 2B, R, RBI, HBP; When he's healthy, he hits; A familiar refrain around these parts.
- RF Cory Vaughn: 2-5, K
- LF Alonzo Harris: 1-6
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-5, K, E (13); Still well behind last year's pace for errors. So there's that.
- SS Danny Muno: 0-3, R, 2 BB, K, E (12)
- LHP Angel Cuan: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
- LHP Jack Leathersich: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, WP
Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (27-40 // 68-66)__________________________________
SAVANNAH 6, KANNAPOLIS 2 (11) (Box)
Marcos Camarena turned in a heck of a performance against the Marauders last night, going nine innings and giving up just a single unearned run. But as you see above, this game went 11, since the Sand Gnats could only scratch out a run of their own during regulation. Savannah's bats came alive in the eleventh though, as they pounded out five runs, all with two outs to notch their second straight win.
- C Albert Cordero: 2-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI, K
- CF Gilbert Gomez: 0-6; The ol' average killer.
- RHP Marcos Camarena: 9 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 K, HBP; That is a pretty rough no-decision for Mr. Camarena.
- CF Brandon Nimmo: 1-5, HR (6), R, RBI, 2 K; Home run was halfway up the batter's eye in straightaway CF, also made a pair of nice plays on defense.
- SS Philip Evans: 1-4, RBI, K
- DH Kevin Plawecki: 1-4, R, K
- RHP Julian Hilario: W, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, WP, HBP; Big bounce back start for Hilario in a crucial game for the 'clones.
- RHP Tyler Vanderheiden: 0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
- RHP Matt Koch: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- LHP John Mincone: SV, 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (44-28)__________________________________
BROOKLYN 3, STATEN ISLAND 2 (Box)
The Cyclones were well on their way to cruising to a 3-0 victory over the rather hapless Staten Island Yankees as the bottom of the ninth inning opened. Then Matt Koch gave up a weak ground ball toward first that somehow got past first baseman Jayce Boyd. The next batter hit a lazy pop fly into no man's land in short left field. Now there were runners on 2nd and 3rd. Koch got a big strikeout for the first out and was lifted for closer Tyler Vanderheiden. He gave up a groundball down the first base line that Boyd made a nice play on to save extra bases, but his throw was too close to the bag and Vanderheiden ended up in a collision. The ball popped out and both runners scored. The next batter found the whole between short and third, and all of a sudden the Cyclones were in trouble. But John Mincone saved the day, coming on to get the next two batters and Brooklyn escaped with a hugely important win. Batavia won a 12-11 slugfest, so the Cyclones maintain their slim one game lead with four to play. Also, props to Julian Hilario who gave up 7 runs in 1/3 of an inning against Staten Island last Sunday, but was unhittable last night.
Star of the Night
Brooklyn lefty John Mincone came in with the wheels close to falling off in the ninth. Two run were already in, the tying run ninety feet was just away, and there was only one out. Mincone struck out the first batter he faced and induced a first pitch pop-up from the next one to get the Cyclones off Staten Island with a huge win.
Goat of the Night
Meh. The affiliates only went 4-1, so technically I am supposed to give someone the horns, but nothing is really jumping out at me, and hey, St. Lucie set a franchise record for wins, so no goat tonight.