*All results from games played on Thursday May 10th, 2012
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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (20-14)_______________________________________
BUFFALO 3, GWINNETT 5 (10) (Box)
Frustrating one. Tied at 1-1, middle of the eighth. With two outs Wally pulls Hefner who had just thrown seven more very strong innings and replaces him with the scuffling Josh Edgin. Edgin allows a fly ball to right but with the Buffalo roster depleted Valentino Pascucci was out there. Needless to say the ball was dropped (Braves announcer: "Another belly flop for Pascucci!"), two runners score. The Herd fought back with two runs in the top of the ninth to tie this one up, thanks to clutch hits by Buffalo's elder statesmen Omar Quintanilla and Bobby Scales. However, though he was able to come in and clean up Edgin's mess, in the tenth Fernando Cabrera allowed only his second and third runs of the season for the Gwinnett walkoff win.
- 3B Zach Lutz: 1-3, 2 BB, K (.321/.418/.500)
- 1B Josh Satin: 0-4, BB, K (.255/.294/.373)
- LF Fred Lewis: 2-5, R (.316/.350/.342)
- RHP Jeremy Hefner: 7.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR (3-1, 1.77, 40.2 IP, 31 H, 6 BB, 23 K, 3 HR); He's now posted a 1.23 ERA over his last four starts, going at least 7 innings in each one...and Miguel Batista is starting why? Seriously, Hefner's on the 40-man and Batista looks like a corpse out there, this shouldn't even be a discussion
- LHP Josh Edgin: 0.1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, K (1-0, 8.22, 7.2 IP, 13 H, 6 BB, 10 K, 0 HR) K-rate still looks good (11.05) but he's been drastically more hittable since joining Bisons, especially against lefties who are batting .429 against him
AA - Binghamton Mets (15-17)_____________________________________
BINGHAMTON 9, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2 (Box)
Zack Wheeler and his avulsed finger were back on the mound last night and he didn't skip a beat, looking very effective over five strong innings. The B-Mets lineup welcomed him back in style as each hitter Binghamton hitter collected at least one base hit which meant more than enough run support. In fact, if we're going to thank anyone for this game, let's make it old friend Clint Everts for his .1 IP, 5 earned effort.
- RF Juan Lagares: 3-5, 2 RBI, R (.273/.344/.364); 8 for his last 15 with multi-hit efforts in his last three straight games, though just one XBH in that span
- 2B Reese Havens: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R, BB, 2 K (.206/.308/.353)
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 2-5, R, CS(6) (.286/.350/.484) It's sort of disappointing how bad he is at stealing bases considering his good foot speed (career 66%)
- 3B Jefry Marte: 1-5, R, K (.307/.372/.386) Hasn't had a multi-hit game in two weeks
- C Juan Centeno: 1-5, RBI, 2 K, PB(2) (.292/.366/.347)
- RHP Zack Wheeler: W, 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, Balk (2-2, 2.05, 30.2 IP, 23 H, 15 BB, 37 K, 0 HR)
- RHP Armando Rodriguez: 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 5 K (1-0, 0.86, 21 IP, 8 H, 4 BB, 18 K, 1 HR) He's allowed two runs all season
Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (27-7)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 4, BREVARD COUNTY 3 (Box)
For the second day in a row St. Lucie started a notable rehabilitant. This time it was Chris Young who took the hill and delivered five spotless innings, striking out four Manatees and surrendering five hits. Additionally, Ronny Cedeno was doing the rehab thing, though he wasn't as successful (0-for-4). Either way, the little Mets just keep on chugging along as timely doubles off the bats of Cesar Puello and Blake Forsythe put them ahead and the always crucial insurance run -- via a Danny Muno bomb -- kept them there.
- RF Cesar Puello: 2-4, 2 2B, R (.297/.343/.436); Slugging .541 over his last ten games
- 3B Wilmer Flores: 1-3, BB (.319/.351/.500)
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 0-4, K (.282/.345/.408)
- RF Cory Vaughn: 0-4, K (.252/.336/.523)
- DH Danny Muno: 2-4, HR(3), 2 RBI, 2 R, K (.278/.333/.451)
- LHP Adam Kolarek: 1.2 IP, 2 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K (1-0, 0.98, 18.1 IP, 13 H, 3 BB, 28 K, 0 HR); Scoreless streak had to end some time
- RHP Adrian Rosario: 0.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB (0-0, 10 Saves, 1.04, 17.1 IP, 5 H, 6 BB, 23 K, 1 HR)
- REHAB ALERT: RHP Chris Young: 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K
- REHAB ALERT: SS Ronny Cedeno: 0-4
Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (21-12)__________________________________
SAVANNAH 7, HICKORY 2 (Box)
The Gnats bats were alive in this one as they knocked 11 hits, five of those doubles, and scored in five of nine innings. However, the story in this game was once again the dominance of 20-yr old starter Domingo Tapia. He held the Crawdads hitless through 5 2/3 until he tired in reaching his 90-pitch limit, forcing Gnats Manager Luis Rojas to pull him. In fact, Rojas said that the fact that the offense scored a few runs in the prior inning, forcing Tapia to sit, had a lot to do with it. Otherwise Tapia was excellent, once again putting his top notch potential on full display.
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: DNP (.192/.265/.342); Hasn't appeared since Monday
- C Albert Cordero: DNP (.179/.258/.304); Ditto
- C Cam Maron: 1-5, 2B, RBI R (.214/.309/.298)
- CF Travis Taijeron: 2-4, 2B, BB, 2 K (.321/.444/.606)
- 3B Brian Harrison: 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI, BB, E(4)
- RHP Domingo Tapia: 5.2 IP, 0 ER (1 unearned), 0 H, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1 HB (3-1, 3.94, 32 IP, 26 H, 7 BB, 29 K, 0 HR)
- RHP Jeffrey Walters: 1 IP, 1 K (2-0, 0.00, 11.1 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 14 K, 0 HR); Still scoreless
★ Star of the Night ★
It'll be Tapia, not as much for the five+ innings of utterly dominant baseball, more because he used the term 'gassed out' to describe his fatigue coming into the sixth inning. I ranked Tapia as the ninth best pitcher in this system this winter; at this point you'd be hard pressed to argue anyone outside the big 3 (and Mejia) ahead of him at this point.