*All results from games played on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012.
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (38-34)_______________________________________
BUFFALO 6, NORFOLK 1 (Box)
Matt Harvey pitched six high-class innings of one run ball on 97 pitches, 61 of them strikes. Of his 26 batters, six hit, two walked, eight grounded out, two flew out, seven struck out -- and only one returned home. A superior performance, to be sure; now let's do seven or eight innings with the same number of tosses. The Herd fell behind a run then bounded back with four in the third, the table-clearing error-lengthened single coming from rehabber Ronny Cedeno. CF Matt den Dekker tripled to lead off the seventh and threw another score into the bargain. Made secure by famous relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia (2 IP, 1 H, 2 K), the Herd snapped a five-game losing streak with little agita.
- CF Matt den Dekker: 1-4, R, 3B, BB; Matt's .960 OPS through 6 games in AAA matched exactly his Bingo number. Now it's topped.
- 1B Josh Satin: 1-4, RBI, 2 K
- C Rob Johnson: 2-4, 2 R, 2B, E(3)
- 2B Michael Fisher: 1-3, R, BB
- RHP Matt Harvey: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
- RHP Jenrry Mejia: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
- REHAB ALERT: SS Ronny Cedeno: 1-5, R, RBI
AA - Binghamton Mets (31-36)_____________________________________
Now this is something. In their first game, the B-Mets worked out the last few innings of a game begun June 3rd with the Aeroes, allowing me to record MDD in two different box scores for two different teams in a single day -- without its being an editing error! He went 1-2, so it's 2-6 with a triple and a walk on Transition Tuesday. The second starting pitcher of that game, Armando Rodriguez, threw up a somewhat peculiar line, striking out eight in five-and-two-thirds while walking just one (dominant), but getting swatted for a pair of long balls, both solo, and collecting the loss. In the second game, south-pawed starter Mark Cohoon worked his own weirdness: 5 K, 0 BB in 6 IP (real good), but evidently falling behind in a lot of counts (96 pitches, 64 strikes) and getting poked seven times for four runs and anudder loss. The offense was wan and luckless. Reese Havens has almost as many errors as doubles.
GAME ONE: AKRON 6, BINGHAMTON 4 (Box)
- CF Matt den Dekker: 1-2
- CF Dustin Martin: 0-1, R, BB
- LF Juan Lagares:1-3, R, RBI
- 3B Jefry Marte: 0-4, 2 K
- PH Reese Havens: 0-1, K
- LF Pedro Zapata: 0-5, 2 K
- RHP Gregory Peavey: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
- RHP Armando Rodriguez: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 2 HR
GAME TWO (Seven innings): BINGHAMTON 2, AKRON 4 (Box)
- CF Juan Lagares: 0-3, R, SB(10)
- 3B Jefry Marte: 0-3, 2 K
- 2B Reese Havens: 1-4, E(5)
- 2B Josh Rodriguez: 2-3, R, HR(5), RBI
- LHP Mark Cohoon: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (48-19)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 0, BRADENTON 7 (Box)
- 2B Wilmer Flores: 0-4, K
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 0-3, BB
- RF Cory Vaughn: 0-1, 3 BB, K, SB(4), Outfield Assist
- CF Alonzo Harris: 1-4
- RHP Erik Goeddel: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 R, 3 BB, 7 K
- LHP Jack Leathersich: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
- REHAB ALERT: SS Ruben Tejada: 0-4, K
- FHOF Brandon Nimmo: 1-3, R, 2 BB
- SS Philip Evans: 1-4, BB
- C Kevin Plawecki: 0-4, R
- 1B Cole Frenzel: 3-5, 2 R, RBI
- RF Eudy Pina: 0-3, RBI, BB, 2 K
- RHP Luis Mateo: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 HR
- RHP Jeremy Gould: 1 IP, 3 K
Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (41-26)__________________________________
SCHEDULED DAY OFF
Short Season A Brooklyn Cyclones (2-0)__________________________________
BROOKLYN 4, STATEN ISLAND 1 (Box)
Brooklyn struck early, in the second. Catcher and Boilermaker Kevin Plawecki, this year's 35th overall pick, got plunked. 1B Cole Frenzel, hero of the night, singled him over. Staten Island 3B Matthew Duran made his third error in two games, poor kid, and LF Jonathan Clark sac-flew in the second run! It hasn't been a fireworks display in this season's Battle for the Verrazano, except for the post-game fireworks display. It's been about pitching. SP Luis Mateo, a twenty-two-year old Dominican with 80 K's and 5 BB's in 63 DSL innings last season, again struck out the world (9) and walked a person (1). CF Brandon Nimmo enjoyed his first hit for the best franchise in North American sports, and worked his second and third walk.
Appalachian League (R) Kingsport Mets (0-1)__________________________________
KINGSPORT 4, PRINCETON 8 (Box)
Opening day! First round pick Gavin Cecchini collected a pair of walks, him and Brandon knowing what's good for a growing Met. Alex began his profile of 2B and fourth round pick Branden Kaupe with, "I'll be honest here. I had absolutely no idea who [this guy] is going into the draft," and with that all and sundry can agree. The little Hawaiian sparkplug walked and struck out thrice. Some lesser known fellows hit the ball ok or good and I shall endeavor to know them, but not tonight, for the hour is late.
★ Beaming Star of the Night ★
22-year-old Luis Mateo, the Cyclone, is "a personal favorite" of Rob Castellano, so perhaps that man of great good sense can chime in. But as Rob notes, the kid had a 16:1 K:BB ratio in DSL, which is hypothetically what God throws in heaven. Luis leaped out onto the right foot in his first Brooklyn start, K'ing 9, BB'ing 1, and allowing just one earned on a solo thump.
RC Added - All right you twisted my arm. Here's what I said about Mateo on the pre-season top 50 list (where he ranked #43):
Mateo was originally signed by the Giants but failed his physical. He rehabbed, then signed with San Diego...but that also fell through when MLB suspended him for lying about his age. Regardless, the Mets stayed on him and ended up paying only $150k for a kid who has a seriously big arm. Though he's 21 -- not 19 -- he still tops out at 97mph with a sharp slider and gets great downward action thanks to a long, athletic 6'3" frame. And look at those results: Five walks in 63 innings. Seriously? And 80 K's? That's nuts from a kid with his stuff making his pro debut. Yes he may have been a little old for the DSL, but with a top-flight pedigree and the stuff to match there's reason to be excited about a potential steal here. Get ready to hear this name a lot more this year, he could fly up this list in 2012.
Again, I really like Mateo. Obviously his results thus far have been tremendous, though as a 21-yr old -- now 22 -- in the DSL that's to be somewhat expected. But based on pure stuff alone, big win anytime you can bring a big tall righty that's regularly hitting the mid-90's with command, especially for such a bargain. Mateo has a major league arm and could move fast, especially if they ultimately see him as a reliever.
Stinking Goat of the Night
Bingo's Jefry Marte went 0-7 with 4 K's across two games, though granted a couple at bats were, like, three weeks ago. Marte has not kept up his blistering start and is in a bit of a shallow slump, but the man's twenty-first birthday is this Thursday and that first sip of beer should right him. A third baseman, he's slashing .285/.346/.416.