*All results from games played on Monday, August 8th, 2011
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (48-67)_______________________________________
BUFFALO 2, SYRACUSE 8 (Box) Josh Satin doubled home a run in the first and Fernando Martinez doubled in the second before the sacks were loaded two batters and two walks later. The pitcher Chris Schwinden took a hack in the hope of helping his cause but grounded feebly into the sort of run-scorer where they don't even give you an RBI. Out on the mound Chris was doing about the same: kinda ok results, could be a whole lot better. The game was in reach at 4-2 when he left the mound, but RP Mike O'Connor was knocked for four hits and a homer before turning the ball to more able Irish relief pitcher Brian Sweeney, and it was a 6-2 contest after five. In the latter innings, amidst all the Buffalo not-scoring the discerning fan noticed a two-run Syracuse shot off of Tankersley the lefthander. That made it 8-2, and no Bubba Bell ninth-inning lead-off walk could save it.
- RF Fernando Martinez: 1-4, R, 2B, K
- 2B Josh Satin: 1-4, 2B, RBI, K, E(3); Hit streak to 14 games
- 1B Nick Evans: This guy has outlived his joke. Far too many bus drivers know his name.
- 3B Zach Lutz: 0-4, K; just his second game back after his head was pitched to on July 19th -- one for seven.
- RHP Chris Schwinden: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
AA - Binghamton Mets (47-69)_____________________________________
Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (22-22 | 60-54)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 0, CHARLOTTE 3 (Box) A tandem of Lobstein and Yates hurled nine scoreless for the Stone Crabs of Port Charlotte, facing thirty-four batters, striking out seven, and allowing five hits. Out of the opposing dugout Armando Rodriguez for the Mets was stung for three runs on a solo shot and sundry walks, singles, sac flies, and steals -- in fact, four steals came in just two not short at bats. When "A-Rod 1" made his early exit the Mets pen went one-for-one with the Crabs on duck eggs, but the damage was done and the Mets landed on the drool side of the duel.
- RF Cory Vaughn: 1-3, BB, K
- 3B Jefry Marte: 0-4, E(23); the Michael Jordan of erring
- SS Wilmer Flores: 0-4
- CF Cesar Puello: 1-3, BB, CS(9)
- C Francisco Pena: 1-3, E(6)
- RHP Armando Rodriguez: 3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats ( 28-16 | 67-46)__________________________________
SAVANNNAH 1, CHARLESTON 5 (Box) In the fifth inning 3B Aderlin Rodriguez fed a cozy roller to a third baseman who juggled and fumbled it, setting the stage for the single-hitting heroics of CF Alonzo Harris. And that was the cream of last night's offense. Four of the Savannah nine whiffed for multiple strikeouts and the team combined for just four hits, all singles. That wouldn't have been so terrible, actually, if only the Charleston seventh inning could be contained, excised, and buried under Atlantis-- all five RiverDog runs were scored in a six-baserunner frame that was capped by a mighty triple. It was RP Michael Hebert's fault, his fault that this pitcher's duel turned into a route.
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-4, R
- OF Darrell Ceciliani: DNP
- C Blake Forsythe: 1-4, 2 K
- DH Albert Cordero: 1-3, BB
- RHP Ryan Fraser: 5 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Short Season A- Brooklyn Cyclones (28-23)_______________________________________
STATEN ISLAND 5, BROOKLYN 7 (Box) In a tremendous contest attended by this recapper, Brooklyn went toe to toe with the white hot Yankees and reminded them they suck. Brooklyn vs. Staten Island is a rivalry much like New York vs. Philadelphia, or the Elysian Fields vs. Purgatory -- you wouldn't even think about the place if you didn't have relatives there. It was also Italian Heritage night, so we were reminded of the rich heritage of Italian-American actors in mafia movies. Not pictured on the scoreboard: Enrico Fermi, Ovid.
The Skanks scratched early after Randy Fontanez plunked the first batter with the first pitch and failed to a handle a drag bunt by the S.I. shortstop, who was singled home. But the heroes thundered back with a shower of two-out singles that spun them through the order and made four runs. It was 4-2 in the fifth when SS Danny Muno picked a liner out of the air and snapped it to second for a double play, a bit of glove work matched and exceeded by the resplendent play of 2B T.J. Rivera, tested to right and left all night. But two runs scored nevertheless, and the game was even when Brooklyn loaded the bases with none out and unloaded but one of them for the meager 5-4 lead.
Fontanez was relieved by Jeremy Gould, of the lefty persuasion, whose mistake pitch was lifted over the double-high left field wall of MCU park, who rocked the double-high before Citi made it cool. It was a big shot alright, but Gould was otherwise solid and the 'Clones kept adding on small numbers to small leads all night -- they walked, they got over, and they hit with second base occupied. LF Javier Rodriguez drove a pair of frozen rope drives, stole a bag, and was robbed of a third hit by a terrible call at first base. It's the minors for the umpires too.
- SS Danny Muno: 1-5, RBI, 2 K
- RF Javier Rodriguez: 2-5, R, SB(3)
- 3B Brian Harrison: 1-4, R
- CF Travis Taijeron: 2-3, R, RBI, BB, K; why do I hit 7th in the order?
- RHP Randy Fontanez: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- CF-RF Tillman Pugh: 1-4, R, BB
- LF Julio Concepcion: 3-5, 3 R, 2 2B, RBI, SB
- RHP Rafael Montero: 3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
- C Jeyckol De Leon: 1-4, K
- RF Gilbert Gomez: 1-3, BB
- LF Ariel Mercedes: 0-4
- RHP Michael Fulmer: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, E, WP; Pro debut for 2011 supplemental pick (44th overall)
- EXTREMELY VITAL REHAB INFORMATION: Hu went 0-4, scored a run.
★ Beaming Star of the Night ★