*All results from games played on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
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AA - Binghamton Mets (22-22)_____________________________________
BINGHAMTON 8, NEW BRITAIN 1 (Box)
Zack Wheeler turns 22 in a week, and last night pitched a career high eight innings in a performance worthy of a seven-day festival. The Wheeler dealer cut down his first two batters swinging, held perfect into the fourth, and faced three more than the minimum through eight innings of one-run ball. Ruben's unnamed scout lobbies immediate bag-packing for Buffalo, citing a 94-95 mph heater with "usable offspeed stuff. He overmatched these guys." Evidently. I'd say he's overmatched our hearts. The B-Met bats held their fire till the grand finale -- a two-inning, seven-run bonanza headlined by DH Raul Reyes's three-run jolt. Raul Reyes, "King of the Wolf Council" in a lose translation, has cracked three home runs in his last five games.
- RF Juan Lagares: 0-5, RBI, K
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 0-4, R, 2 BB, K
- 3B Jefry Marte: DNP
- 2B Reese Havens: 0-1, R, 3 BB, K
- DH Raul Reyes: 3-5, 2 R, HR(4), 3 RBI, K
- RHP Zack Wheeler: 8 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (26-20)_______________________________________
Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (35-11)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 8, DAYTONA 7 (Box)
Down a pair of runs in the 8th, St. Lucie looked at herself and thought, "What the hell am I doing?" Up strode Cory Vaughn to smack his third safe hit of the night, a roper into right field. The next batter, C Francisco Pena, had earlier followed a Vaughn home run with an echo shot of his own, and in the eighth inning he doubled to halve the lead. Playing for the tie, I guess, the bunting Mets overshot their intentions with a couple of two-out singles from Harris and Tovar. A sizzler toward LF Matthew Szczur dropped for the go-ahead run, that lead lovingly protected by rehabber Pedro Beato and lefty Adam Kolarek. With the win, St. Lucie snaps a wry and bemusing three-game skid.
- 3B Wilmer Flores: 1-5, 2B, 2 K
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 1-4, RBI, BB, CS(4)
- RF Cory Vaughn: 3-5, 3 R, HR(9), RBI, K
- C Francisco Pena: 2-4, R, 2B, HR(3), 2 RBI
- LHP Chase Huchingson: 5 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
- LHP Adam Kolarek: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
- REHAB ALERT: RHP Pedro Beato: 1 IP, 1 H
Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (28-17)__________________________________
CHARLESTON 3, SAVANNAH 6 (Box)
Coming off a Beaming-Star-gauged career night, RF Charlie Thurber cracked three hits and was joined by 3B Aderlin Rodriguez (two doubles) and DH Gilbert Gomes (three singles) in putting traffic on the bases -- three runs worth. SP Domingo Tapia stumbled off the block, allowing two first-inning runs, but settled in for six additional frames with but a lone run between them. The Gnat bats shut down at mid-contest, but the RiverDogs couldn't undo the damage against a proficient Savannah pen.
- CF Travis Taijeron: 0-4, 2 K
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, E(9)
- RF Charles Thurber: 3-4, R
- DH Gilbert Gomez: 3-4, R, 2 RBI, CS(1)
- RHP Domingo Tapia: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
- RHP Jared West: 2 IP, 2 K
★ Beaming Star of the Night ★