*All results from games played on May 30, 2011
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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (24-28)_______________________________________
BUFFALO 7, CHARLOTTE 5 (Box) After picking up their first series win of the year (!) Sunday night, the Bisons came out charging. Duda's all mended, Fernando's returned to the herd; both knocked in runs in a four-run first. In the second, four more two-out hits got you thinking Vance Worley was on the mound. But a Lastings Milledge outfield assisted helped limit the damage, and Fernando's one-run double was a comparatively modest affair. Over the next few frames, Luis Hernandez poked a runner home, and Michael Fisher teed off on his third hit of the night, trotting the bases to score the Bisons' seventh run. This all provided sufficient cover for arts-and-crafty lefty Mark Cohoon to pick up his first win in his first start in AAA. But it didn't come without his own Worley impression; the Knights scored four in the fourth and five total, keeping them alive for a final, meaningful at bat by our old friends Blastings, who ran the count full but ultimately struck out to Manny Acosta to end the game.
- RF Fernando Martinez: 2-4, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI
- CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: Still day-to-day, still collateral damage from robbing some poor hitter blind.
- 1B Lucas Duda: 3-4, R, RBI, BB, HBP, K; the Duda is 5-10 with 2 HRs since returning
- 2B Luis Hernandez: 2-5, RBI, K, SB(4)
- 3B Michael Fisher: 3-6, 3 R, HR(3), RBI; has slumped horribly in the last week or so, but now that's all changed.
- LHP Mark Cohoon: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
- RHP Ryoto Igarashi: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K
- RHP Manny Acosta: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K
AA - Binghamton Mets (15-32)_____________________________________
ALTOONA 8, BINGHAMTON 0 (Box) Wally's club has won two of the last seventeen games, and now they're blanked by a club from Altoona. Brad Holt threw a few dominoes on the "I suck" side of the scale; about four of them in five innings. And a pompously-named bullpen of Merritt and Sage, for all their learning, couldn't find a way to walk that run total back to zero. Barring that, it didn't matter what they did.
- 2B Jordany Valdespin: 0-4
- 3B Josh Satin: 0-4
- 1B Allan Dykstra: 0-3
- RHP Brad Holt: 5 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (28-23)________________________________________
RESTING AND BARBECUING
Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (27-23)__________________________________
CHARLESTON 1, SAVANNAH 3 (Box) Charleston and Savannah are the prettiest of southern cities. Towns with easy, serious porch cultures, which as New York stoop sitters we can admire. Somebody somewhere sat in the hot night air and switched on his transistor. He listened to a free pass issued to Darrel Ceciliani and a double cracked by Robbie Shields. But when he came back out with a cool beverage no run had scored... damn. In the fourth, those ice cubes started jiggling. Darrel was back with a two-run single and a swiped bag... yes; three quick runs were enough to hand a W to a deserving Gonzalez Germen. And the blogger's word-picture faded into the night...
- CF Darrell Ceciliani: 1-3, 2 RBI, BB, SB(6)
- DH Cory Vaughn: 1-4, 2 K, SB(8) (.335/.466/.483); nice wheels on this kid to boot? But only 62% success rate this year.
- 2B Wilfredo Tovar: 0-4, 2 K
- SS Robbie Shields: 1-3, 2B
- C Blake Forsythe: 0-4, K
- RHP Gonzalez Germen: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 1 HR (50.1 IP, 3.22, 53 H, 17 BB, 50 K, 5 HR)
★ Star of the Night ★
Michael Fisher, Lucas Duda, and Fernando Martinez respectively singled, singled, and doubled in each of the first two pace-setting innings, working like the legs of a bar stool. Lucas went on to drill another single, get drilled by an errant pitch, and collect a base on balls. Fisher, for his part, launched a home run. And Fernando was, as you remember, the guy with the doubles. So let's let the boys share this one, shall we?