*All results from games played on Sunday, July 10th 2011
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (38-53)_______________________________________
BUFFALO 3, PAWTUCKET 4 (Box) Right-handed nibbler Dylan Owen tries not to "cut the plate," as the boys say. And I suppose he succeeded; inside pitches sailed handsomely into opposition bodies, and everything else was pounded before its location was quite known. For the Herd, Bubba Bell walked and swiped before Jesus singled him home in the fifth. In the sixth, Skipper Tim was tossed, putting such grim resolve in F! that he didn't mind a plunking. Jason Botts lined a two-sacker that sent our fella home, and a fly-ball-out scored another. The bullpen was perfect after Owen, but far-hitting Pawtucket could not be caught.
- DH Fernando Martinez: 1-2, R, 2 BB, 1 K
- 3B Zach Lutz: 2-5, 3 K
- RHP Dylan Owen: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 HBP, 3 K, 3 HR; (64.1, 4.48, 63 H, 21 BB, 55 K, 15 HR)
AA - Binghamton Mets (34-55)_____________________________________
BINGHAMTON 9, NEW BRITAIN 4 (Box) The game was: Club Matt Den Dekker Home. Allan Dykstra had the first whack (1st Inning) and sent Matty spinning in from 1B. Then Valdespin took his turn (3rd Inning, from 1B), selected "try again" (5th Inning, from 2B), and proved himself master indeed. So Josh Satin wanted a go (7th Inning), and Matty obligingly measured his lead at first. Crack! Oh how the Dutchman huffed and puffed around the bases. Then in the 8th, John Henry-like, Matthew G. Den Dekker died on the bags. Fourth straight B-Mets victory. Wally tossed.
- 2B Josh Satin: 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, RBI, BB
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 2-4, 4, 2B, 3 BB
- 1B Allan Dykstra: 1-2, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB
- SS Jordany Valdespin: 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, SB (28)
- RHP Colin McHugh: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
- FUTURES GAME ALERT: RHP Matt Harvey: One-third of a perfect inning and the save. USA USA.
Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (10-7 / 48-39)________________________________________
TAMPA 5, ST. LUCIE 6 (Box) St. Lucie applied the Chinese water torture, drip drip dripping their six runs discretely across ten innings of play. A single, a throwing error, a single, a single, a sac fly, and a single. This was the sum of our diabolical program. Right-hander Armando Rodriguez had a wretched fifth inning, hurling a couple of body-harmers and having a couple more batted for three and four bases, respectively. After the crook came out, the bullpen lasted until the Yankees broke Josh Edgin in the ninth. That was too bad, but the man gleefully dog-piled at the game's sudden end was our own Pedro Zapata. So viva, Pedro.
- LF Juan Lagares: 0-4, RBI, K
- RF Cory Vaughn: 3-5, 2 R, 2B, K
- SS Wilmer Flores: 1-5
- RHP Armando Rodriguez: 5 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 HBP, 7 K, 1 HR; (38 IP, 3.08, 26 H, 17 BB, 44 K, 5 HR)
- LHP Josh Edgin: 1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB 0 K; First run allowed in Hi-A/over two months
- FUTURES GAME ALERT: 3B Jefry Marte: 0-1, K
Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (12-5 / 51-35))__________________________________
GREENSBORO 3, SAVANNNAH 1 (Box)
- DH Darrell Ceciliani: 0-2, 2 BB, K, CS(6)
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 2-4, R, HR(10), RBI, K, E(30)
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 0-4, E(10)
- RHP Ryan Fraser: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Short Season A- Brooklyn Cyclones (12-11)_______________________________________
BROOKLYN 1, CONNECTICUT 2 (Box): Brooklyn waited until the 7th to chase home Danny Muno on an infield single. That's about the sum of things, as Brooklyn was doubled up (in a small way) and notices that the loss column is getting tall. A fine effort from the bullpen, as has been a refrain today. But you don't tune in to hear of minor league bullpens.
- SS Danny Muno: 1-3, R, 2 BB, 2 K, CS(2), E(4)
- RF Javier Rodriguez: 2-4
- 3B Brian Harrison: 1-3, RBI, K
- RHP Jeffrey Walters: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
- DH Camden Maron: 2-5, R, RBI
- CF Tillman Pugh: 1-5, 2B, 2 K
- OF Gregory Pron: 1-5, R, RBI, K
- C Jeffrey Glenn: 2-3, 2B, R
- RHP Domingo Tapia: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
★ Beaming Star of the Night ★
That would have to be Reyes-for-a-day Matt Den Dekker, who touched bag five times (three walks), and only died out there once. Dutch is hitting .238/.337/.388 after twenty-one games under the Bach-man, but he's improved in every category from June to July. In roughly the same (small) number of Bingo PAs, his BB% has moved from 6.8 to 9.3, K% from 34.1 to 20.9, LD% from 4 to 19, etc.