*All results from games played on Thursday, June 28th, 2012.
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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (40-41)_______________________________________
LOUISVILLE 2, BUFFALO 4 (Box)
The Bisons snapped their seven-game losing streak in this one, taking just their second win in their last 14 games. Pretty uneventful affair without any standout performances. Righty Collin McHugh made his third and to this point best start for the Herd, though he once again had trouble tossing strikes (59%). Regardless, I'll use this space to wildly speculate that McHugh may represent one of the few trade chips Sandy may have to play with come deadline time. That's assuming he's looking for bullpen help and the other names are all too valuable. Perhaps worth discussing in a dedicated piece...
- 2B Jordany Valdespin: 0-4
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 0-4, K
- 1B Josh Satin: 0-2, R, 2 BB, K
- RHP Collin McHugh: 4 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HB; Still acclimating to Triple-A
- RHP Manny Acosta: 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K; Won't fall for that one again
AA - Binghamton Mets (36-41)_____________________________________
BOWIE 8, BINGHAMTON 6 (Box)
The B-Mets bats were solid in this one against the lesser of the Bundy bros. -- the 1 through 5 batters went a robust 8-for-16 -- however, a 2-for-12 mark with RISP paired with some sloppy defense ultimately killed them. Additionally, Darin Gorski continued to allow a ton more hits and a ton fewer strikeouts than we witnessed last year in what's been a decidedly meh first half. Certainly makes you wonder about reports of increased velocity/stuff in 2011. Going back to the topic of trade chips, perhaps the only other truly legit piece Sandy's got manned the hot corner for Bingo last night. 21-yr old Jefry Marte is not only feeling the footsteps of a resurgent -- and destined for third -- Wilmer Flores but he's looking at a (hopefully) long-term logjam up ahead of him. He's been solid at Double-A thus far, batting .275 with a nice .131 ISO. Though it may be the career high walk rate, the improved glove at third and the fact that he's the seventh youngest player in the EL that really boost that trade value.
- CF Juan Lagares: 2-3, 2B, R, RBI, BB; He's been on base in eight of his last nine pa's...now if only he'd start slugging a bit
- DH Wilmer Flores: 2-3, 2 RBI, BB; Batting .367 through his first 30 Double-A ab's
- 3B Jefry Marte: 2-3, R, RBI, 2 BB, K
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 0-4, BB, 2 K, E(2)
- 2B Reese Havens: 1-4, R, BB, 3 K
- 1B-LF Eric Campbell: 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB; Leads the EL in OBP by over 20 points with a .346 mark...wouldn't be surprised to see a promotion to Buffalo once Dykstra rejoins the club
- C Juan Centeno: 3-4, PB(6), E(4); Quietly boasting a very solid 9.5% BB-rate
- LHP Darin Gorski: 6 IP, 3 ER (1 unearned), 5 H, 1 BB, 2 K; After a very strong 9.1 K/9 last season, underwhelming 6.8 mark this year is certainly a little worrisome
- LHP Robert Carson: 1 IP, 3 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP; As usual, the profile doesn't jibe with the high opponent's average (.291)...he'll always be a prospect based on size and stuff but I'm way off the bandwagon, I just don't see a major leaguer here
- RHP Ryan Fraser: 2 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 K
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (3-5 | 2nd Half)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 4, JUPITER 11 (Box)
Not a ton to discuss here. Starter Chase Huchingson...struggled. In fact, after a 1.32 ERA in April the lanky lefty has posted a 5.89 mark since. Cory Vaughn continued looking like a very good fantasy player, not as good actual player. Look, I know the peripherals point to progress (see, 12+ BB%, .220 ISO) but there's only so long that we can bang the BABIP drum for a guy that's continually been old for his level in A-ball.
- CF Darrell Ceciliani: DNP; Left yesterday's game with an apparent leg injury, hit the DL today...he's played just 14 games in 2012
- RF Cory Vaughn: 1-3, 2 R, BB, K, SB(7), E(4)
- CF Travis Taijeron: DNP
- DH Allan Dykstra: 0-4, 2 K
- 3B Robbie Shields: 1-4, K, E(7)
- SS T.J. Rivera: 2-4, RBI
- LHP Chase Huchingson: 5 IP, 7 ER (2 unearned), 11 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 3 HR
Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (1-7 | 2nd Half)__________________________________
SAVANNAH 4, CHARLESTON 5 (Box)
Even in Low-A four errors is just too many and unfortunately starter Jacob DeGrom paid the price. Regardless, the 2010 ninth rounder continued what's been a breakout season where he's posted a 2.58 ERA. And though the 6.8 K/9 could be better, you can't argue with seven walks in 52+ IP.
- C Cam Maron: 1-4, E(5)
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 3-4, 2 2B, RBI
- DH Albert Cordero: 3-4
- RF Gilbert Gomez: 0-3, BB
- RHP Jacob DeGrom: 5.2 IP, 1 ER (3 unearned), 8 H, 1 BB, 2 K
- CF Brandon Nimmo: 1-3, BB
- SS Philip Evans: 0-4, R, BB, K
- 2B Juan Carlos Gamboa: 2-3, R, 2 BB, K
- RF Eudy Pina: 0-4, 2 K, E(2)
- RHP Matt Koch: 1.2 IP, 3 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
- RHP Julian Hilario: 4 IP, 1 ER (1 unearned), 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HB, 1 WP
Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (7-4)__________________________________
ABERDEEN 5, BROOKLYN 2 (Box)
Mets 2012 third rounder Matt Koch made his pro debut in this one...and didn't really fare so well. Professional baseball is hard. However, the 6'3" righty with the mid-90's heat got the start and though he only lasted an inning+, this may be a look into how the Mets plan to use the one-time Louisville closer. Additionally, nice to see Nimmo discover another way to first besides the base on balls.
Appalachian League (R) - Kingsport Mets (2-8)__________________________________
BLUEFIELD 3, KINGSPORT 4 (Box)
- SS Gavin Cecchini: 2-4, 2 RBI, CS(2)
- CF Bradley Marquez: 1-2, 3B, R, BB, K, CS(1), E(2)
- 2B Branden Kaupe:0-3, R, BB, 2 K
- LF Joe Tuschak: DNP
★ Star of the Night ★
It's been eight total bases in the last six ab's for Savannah's Aderlin Rodriguez. After a slow start where he batted .200 in April, the 20-yr old third baseman has batted .315 and .301 in May and June, respectively. He's also currently riding a ten-game hit streak, batting .390 in that span.
Stinking Goat of the Night
Pina. 0-4, 2 strikeouts. And an error on top.