David Wright prays to the baseball gods that Brooklyn wins their next three games. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
*All results from games played on Sunday, September 02, 2012
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (67-76)_______________________________________
LEHIGH VALLEY 6, BUFFALO 0 (Box)
I know this is hard to believe, but Buffalo lost a baseball game. Buffalo went down punchless to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, managing only three hits over the course of the entire ballgame. Of course, it might not have mattered if they hit 20 hits, since Jenrry Mejia was tagged for six earned runs over six innings. On the bright side, he didn’t walk anybody, and struck out five (which is high for him these days). Buffalo and Lehigh Valley play the rubber game of their series this afternoon, and, win or loss, this very well might be the last game that Buffalo plays as a Mets affiliate.
- 1B Josh Satin: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
- RF Valentino Pascucci: 0-4, 3 K
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 1-3, 1 K, HBP
- RHP Jenrry Mejia: 6 IP, 6 ER, 11 H, 0 BB, 5 K; This start is arguably one of his worse of the year. All in all, even factoring in he was returning from Tommy John surgery, and was shifted to the BP in the middle of the year, this was something of a lost season for Mejia. His 3.06 ERA in 67.2 IP certainly isn’t not bad (1.94 in 46.1 IP as a starter and 5.48 ERA in 21.1 IP as a reliever) but his peripherals really took a hit in 2012- only 34 strikeouts for the year, with 24 free passes to go along with them.
AA - Binghamton Mets (68-73)_____________________________________
BINGHAMTON 5, TRENTON 4 (Box)
The B-Mets jumped out to an early lead, knocking in two in the 2nd, but the Trenton Thunder kept chipping away, until they overtook Binghamton in the 8th. Trenton added an insurance run in 9th, and Binghamton found themselves hoping for a walk off…and they delivered! Francisco Pena got things started with a single. Wilfredo Tovar should have made the inning’s first out, but an error allowed him to get on base. Pedro Zapata laid down a bunt to move the runners over, but Thunder catcher JR Murphy made a throwing error, allowing Pena to score and Torvar to move over to third. With Juan Lagares at bat, Thunder pitcher Ryan Pope uncorked a wild pitch, and Torvar scampered home to tie the game. Juan Lagares then hit a routine groundball to short that was muffed by Thunder shortstop Addison Maruszak. Pedro Zapata made the mad dash to home, and crossed the plate successfully, prompting celebration from his teammates and everyone in the stands.
- CF Juan Lagares: 2-5, 2B, 1 R, 1 K
- RF Dustin Martin: 2-4, 2 B, 1 R, 1 K
- 2B Wilmer Flores: 1-4, 1 RBI; Wilmer scored Binghamton’s only actual RBI
- 1B Allan Dykstra: 0-4, 3 K
- 3B Jefry Marte: 1-4, 2 K, E (16)
- RHP Cory Mazzoni: 7 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 6 K
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (34-33 // 83-52)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 3, BRADENTON 1 (Box)
The St. Lucie Mets continued putting the hurt on the Maurauders, and won their record-high 83rd game of the season, and increased to one game over .500 for the second half. St. Lucie put up a two-spot in the 2nd inning, and Robbie Shields added an insurance run in the top of the 5th on a solo home run. Erik Goeddel went seven strong innings, and the only run scored against him was an unearned run in the bottom of the 5th.
- CF Alonzo Harris: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K, CS (13)
- 3B Robbie Shields: 2-4, HR (5), 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
- SS Danny Muno: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K, E (13), CS (3)
- DH Cory Vaughn: 0-3
- RF Cesar Puello: 1-3, RBI
- LF Travis Taijeron: 1-3, 1 R, RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
- RHP Erik Goeddel: 7 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 8 K
- RHP Adam Kolarek: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K, SV (18)
Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (28-40 // 69-66)__________________________________
SAVANNAH 2, KANNAPOLIS 1 (Box)
Kannapolis struck first in the ballgame, scoring a run in the 2nd. The Sand Gnats would not be intimidated by the Intimidators and did not go quietly into the night. Instead, they scored two of their own in the 5th inning, on a double and a pair of singles- they might have scored more if Yucarybert De La Cruz hadn’t been thrown out trying to stretch one of those singles into a double. In the end, because Savannah’s pitchers held the Intimidators in check, it would not ultimately matter, as alls well that ends well.
- 2B Brandon Brown: 3-5, 2B, 1 R
- CF Gilbert Gomez: 0-4, 1 K
- SS Yucarybert De La Cruz: 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 K
- DH Cole Frenzel: 1-3, 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
- LF Gregory Pron: 0-3
- C Albert Cordero: 0-4, 1 K
- RHP Jim Fuller: 2.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 K
- RHP Randy Fontanez: 4.1 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K
Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (44-28)__________________________________
STATEN ISLAND 1, BROOKLYN 0 (Box)
It was bound to happen eventually- Brooklyn lost. In what became a show of bad hitting more than a pitching duel, Staten Island scored the game’s only run in the top of the 4th on a Peter O'Brien solo homer off of Rainy Lara and avoided the sweep. And now the bad part: With a win over the Auburn Doubledays, the Batavia Muckdogs moved into a tie with the Cyclones for the Wild Card. To complicate things further, Batavia’s win over Auburn resulted with Auburn having a 44-28 record, meaning that it’s a three-way tie for the Wild Card. The Cyclones have to outplay one of either Auburn or Batavia, one of which will win the Pinckney Division.
Brooklyn has three games remaining, all against the 34-39 Lowell Spinners. The red-hot Muckdogs play one against Auburn on Monday, and two against the 32-40 Jamestown Jammers. The Doubledays play one against Batavia on Monday, and two against the 27-45 Williamsport Crosscutters.
- CF Brandon Nimmo: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
- SS Phillip Evans: 2-4
- C Kevin Plawecki: 1-4
- RHP Rainy Lara: 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 8 K, HR
Star of the Night
Erik Goeddel deserves the honors, pitching seven strong innings, giving up two hits, no walks, and striking out eight. The only blemish on his line is that one unearned run, and because it was unearned, we can look past it. Binghamton won their game anyway.
Goat of the Night
Jenrry Mejia wears the horns because of his stinky performance last night. Six earned runs in six innings is bad enough, but eleven hits? Yuck.