*All results from games played on Sunday, May 4th, 2014
Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (20-9)_______________________________________
LAS VEGAS, TACOMA (Box)
Rain delayed the start of this one, and eventually postponed it. The game was called in the 7th inning, with the 51s up 7-5 over the Raniers. Brandon Allen, Andrew Brown, and Wilmer Flores all hit home runs, while Rafael Montero pitched 5 innings of so-so ball, allowing two runs on three hits, while walking three and striking out six.
This game was the make-up of the rain postponed game from Saturday, May 3rd. Because of continued inclement weather, it was pushed back to another date.
Double-A - Binghamton Mets (14-12)_____________________________________
PORTLAND 4, BINGHAMTON 1 (Box)
Rainy Lara gave up a lot of contact in his five innings of work, but he and the defense behind him were able to limit the damage the Sea Dogs were able to inflict to just three runs, two of which were earned. Unfortunately, it wouldn't matter much, as the Binghamton offense was unable to get things together for much of the game, scoring only a single run in the 5th inning on a Wilfredo Tovar single. The B-Mets had quite a few opportunities to score, but the team was only 2-9 with men in scoring position, and as a result, they left ten men on base for the afternoon. With the loss, they failed to sweep Portland in this series, and split the weekend two games apiece. Tonight, they'll head to Northeast Delta Dental Stadium to take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Scott Copeland will be pitching for New Hampshire, while the Binghamton starter has yet to be determined.
- CF Darrell Ceciliani: 2-5
- 3B Brian Burgamy: 0-5, K
- SS Matt Reynolds: 0-4, 2 K
- DH Matt Clark: 1-1, R 3 BB
- C Kevin Plawecki: 1-4, 2B
- RF Cory Vaughn: 0-4, K
- 1B Jayce Boyd: 2-4, K
- LF Dustin Lawley: 1-4, 2 K
- 2B Wilfredo Tovar: 2-4, K, RBI, PO, CS (2)
- RHP Rainy Lara: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, BLK
Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (17-13)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 5, CHARLOTTE 0 (Box)
Matthew Koch and Seth Lugo split the Sunday afternoon matinee to start the series against Charlotte, pitching five and four innings, respectively. The results were certainly there, as the two combined to shutout the Stone Crabs, allowing eight total hits, walking three, and striking out nine batters. St. Lucie struck first, scoring on a Jairo Perez RBI single with bases loaded and a Cam Maron sac fly. The inning could've been bigger, as Aderlin Rodriguez walked to reload the bases with less than two outs, but Eudy Pina hit into a double play to end the inning. Koch ran into trouble in the 1st and 2nd, but got timely strikeouts to end both innings. In the 4th, St. Lucie scored a few more runs, putting up a three spot against Charlotte starter Jeff Ames. Pina socked a line drive into left that plated Maron and Aderlin and was himself driven in by Dilson Herrera. Gabriel Ynoa toes the rubber tonight, while Charlotte has yet to decide who will oppose him.
- DH Dilson Herrera: 1-4, R, BB, K, RBI
- CF Brandon Nimmo: 0-2, R, 3 BB
- 2B T.J. Rivera: 1-5
- 1B Jairo Perez: 1-3, BB, K, RBI
- C Cam Maron: 0-3, R, RBI
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-3, R, BB
- RF Eudy Pina: 1-4, R, K, 2 RBI, E (3)
- SS Phil Evans: 1-4, K
- LF Maikis De La Cruz: 0-4, K
- RHP Matthew Koch: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K
- RHP Seth Lugo: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K, SV (2)
Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (19-9)__________________________________
ROME 7, SAVANNAH 3 (Box)
The Sand Gnats lost their first game against the last place Rome Braves this season, making their record against Rome 6-1 this season. Chris Flexen had his second consecutive subpar outing, allowing three runs to score in the 1st inning on a bunch of hits, and two more to score in the 3rd on an A.J. Kirby-Jones two-run homer. Gavin Cecchini singled in his first at-bat, extending his hitting streak to seven games, a period in which he is hitting .538. He did not collect any other hits, and was removed in the 7th inning, giving him a cool .278/.352/.398 batting line for the season thus far. The Savannah offense put up some token runs, scoring in the bottom of the 2nd and 3rd, as well as one more in an aborted rally in the 9th, but overall, the hitters were unable to do much against the Rome pitchers. The loss broke the Sand Gnats' five-game winning streak, and broke the Braves' five-game losing streak. Kevin McGowan will take the hill tonight, looking to start a new streak.
- SS Gavin Cecchini: 1-3, RBI
- 2B Jorge Rivero: 0-1, K
- 3B Jeff McNeil: 1-4, BB
- 2B-SS L.J. Mazzilli: 0-3, R, BB, K, RBI
- DH Jared King: 2-5, 2B, K, RBI
- LF Stefan Sabol: 0-4, K
- RF Victor Cruzado: 1-4, K
- 1B Dom Smith: 2-3, R, 2B, BB, K
- C Colton Plaia: 2-4, K
- CF Patrick Biondi: 2-4, R, 2B, K
- RHP Chris Flexen: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 2 WP
- RHP John Mincone: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K, HB
Star of the Night
Matt Koch and Seth Lugo will split SotN honors between themselves based on their work on that shutout victory over the Stone Crabs. Honorable mention to Wilmer Flores, who hit another home run and drove in three more, bringing those totals to 4 and 19, respectively.
Goat of the Night
Going to give it to Chris Flexen. The Rome Braves are a pretty bad ball club this season. Flexen is a kid with some potential. These are the kinds of games he shouldn't be having trouble in, and games that Savannah should not be losing. Savannah has a big enough lead right now that maybe it doesn't matter, but we should all be very familiar with the maxim "no lead is big enough".