*All results from games played on Saturday, May 12th
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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (20-16)_______________________________________
CHARLOTTE 5, BUFFALO 4 (Box)
Another shaky performance from the Buffalo pen as the Bisons southern swing has started to go downhill. RHP Chris Schwinden tossed six strong innings and the Bisons scored three in the top of the seventh on a moonshot from DH Valentino Pasccuci to put Schwinden in line for the win. However, RHP Justin Hampson couldn't hold the lead, coughing up a three run bomb in the bottom of the eighth to put the Knights on top. A quiet day for the Bisons' bats overall as they only managed five hits, though three of them went for extra bases.
- 3B Zach Lutz: 0-4, 2 K
- 1B Josh Satin: 0-3, BB, K
- RHP Chris Schwinden: 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 H 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR
AA - Binghamton Mets (16-18)_____________________________________
NEW HAMPSHIRE 9, BINGHAMTON 0 (Box)
The Fisher Cats turned the tables on the B-Mets yesterday afternoon. One day after getting their doors blown off by Binghamton, New Hampshire returned the favor, sending LHP Darin Gorski to the showers after 4+ innings. Look, Gorski's line wasn't THAT bad, and most of the hits were singles, but this is just a reminder that guys with 40-50 stuff have very little margin for error against advanced hitters. I'm certainly not giving up and neither is Gorski. GORSKI! As for the B-Mets bats, well, the less said the better. They had plenty of baserunners, but went a meager 1-10 with RISP, and couldn't even score a run off that 1. On the plus side, the pen looked good in mop-up duty.
- DH Juan Lagares: 2-4, 2B, 2 K; The dirty secret on Lagares this year is his K rate has been quietly climbing, for a guy who's one above average tool is contact, well, that is something worth keeping an eye on. He also hasn't walked in his last 10 games.
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 1-4, K, SB (5)
- 3B Jefry Marte: Day off
- 2B Reese Havens: 0-4, 2 K
- LF Pedro Zapata: 3-4, 2B, K
- LHP Darin Gorski: L, 4 IP, 8 ER (9 R), 10 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR; #Oof
- RHP Brad Holt: 2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
- LHP Robert Carson: 1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K
- RHP Kevin Mulvey: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 K
Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (28-8)________________________________________
BRADENTON 9, ST. LUCIE 1 (Box)
Yeah, it was not a good day for the affiliates. This was a total team fallure by the St. Lucie staff as Mssrs. Huchingson, Allen and Whitenton all were equally blah in their outings. Meanwhile, St. Lucie had to deal with 2011 #1 pick Gerrit Cole, and managed just a Danny Muno solo home run among three hits. All losses are gonna fry you, but the ones that drop you to 20 over .500 might not sting quite as much as most.
- RF Cesar Puello: 0-3, K
- 3B Wilmer Flores: 1-4, K
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 0-3
- RF Cory Vaughn: 1-4, K; Snaps that 0-20 slump at least
- 2B Danny Muno: 2-4, HR (5), R, RBI, K; Has been showing rather impressive pop at this level.
- C Blake Forsythe: 0-3
- DH Robbie Shields: 0-4, 2 K
- LHP Chase Huchingson: L, 3 IP, 2 ER, 1 H, 5 BB, 3 K; Control could come and go some at Savannah, too, but 21 BBs in 35+ IP is a real problem.
- RHP Taylor Whitenton: 2 IP, 3 ER (4 R), 4 H, 2 BB, 2 K
Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (22-13)__________________________________
SAVANNAH 8, HICKORY 4 (Box)
Savannah gets the system off the schneid with an offensive outburst in Hickory. Travis Taijeron continues to laugh at the depressed run environment of the South Atlantic League, notching his 8th home run of the year, and C Albert Cordero and RF Charley Thurber also each launched a bomb. RHP Michael Fulmer continues to impress in his first taste of full season ball, striking out 7 in five innings of work. As a reminder, he doesn't turn 20 until next March. Oh and LHP Jack Leathesich struck out 4 in his two innings of relief work. Ho-hum.
- C Albert Cordero: 1-4, HR (2), R, RBI
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-3, RBI
- CF Travis Taijeron: 2-5, HR (8), R, 3 RBI, 2 K, E (1); I know the Mets org under Sandy has tended to be very conservative with their low minors guys, but he's 23, promote him already.
- 1B Brian Harrison: 1-4, RBI
- RHP Michael Fulmer: 5 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 7 K; I saw Fulmer a few weeks ago in Savannah. I didn't write it up because it was a rain-shortened start that I drank my way through (yay, vacation!). But he's impressively polished for a 19 year old in A-ball and flashed a nice curve. Kind of gotten overlooked with TAPIAMANIA going on, but he's a very nice pitching prospect.
- LHP Carlos Vazquez: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K
- LHP Jack Leathersich: 2 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 4 K; A straight up comical 31 K in 21 IP.
★ Star of the Night ★