*All results from games played on Saturday July 15th
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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (50-48)_______________________________________
TOLEDO 4, BUFFALO 1 (Box)
On the same day that I make a case that Manny Acosta should be promoted because he is excelling in AAA Buffalo, he gives up 3 runs and walks two, ruining a great start by Jeurys Familia and making me look stupid in the process. Asides for a home run to John Lindsey to lead off the second inning, Familia was dealing. He struck out two in the first, one in the third, one in the fourth, one in the fifth, one in the sixth, two in the seventh, and one in the eighth, scattering three hits. Sixty-eight of his 101 pitches were for strikes. Unfortunately, Mud Hens starter Adam Wilk and their bullpen matched pace with Familia, blanking the Bisons until Chris Bootcheck melted down in the 9th, allowing Adam Loewen to score on a throwing error when Val Pascucci same up to the plate and- you guessed it!- laid down a sacrifice bunt. Alas, in top of the 10th, Acostalypse struck.
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 0-4, 4 K; Ouch
- RF Adam Loewen: 2-5, 1 R, 2 K
- 1B Zach Lutz: 0-1, 2 BB
- DH Valentino Pascucci: 0-3, 1 BB
- 2B Josh Satin: 1-2, 2 BB
- RHP Jeurys Familia: 8 IP, 1 ER, HR, 3 H, 2 BB, 9 K; With all of the prospect talk about Harvey and Wheeler lately, Jeurys didn't want us to forget he has real potential too
- RHP Manny Acosta: 1.1 IP, 3 ER, 2 H, 2 BB
AA - Binghamton Mets (45-51)_____________________________________
TRENTON 7, BINGHAMTON 1 (Box)
Cory Mazzoni didn’t pitch a bad game, but the bullpen would have made it all for naught even if he did. Not that it would have mattered if the bullpen hadn’t given up 4 ER in three innings, since the Bingo line-up couldn’t touch Thunder starter Vidal Nuno. Not that it would have really changed things much, but the B-Mets threatened a rally in the bottom of the 9th, but with men on the corners, the last two batters (Michael Fisher and Fransisco Pena) struck out to end the rally, and the game. With the loss, the Thunder completed the three game sweep.
- LF Eric Campbell: 1-2, 2 BB, 1 K
- CF Juan Lagares: 2-4, SB (17)
- 1B Allan Dykstra: 2-4, 1 K
- 2B Wilmer Flores: 0-4, 1 K
- RHP Cory Mazzoni: 5 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K
- RHP Jeff Stevens: 1.1 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (11-17 // 60-36)________________________________________
BREVARD COUNTY 9, ST. LUCIE 7, (Box)
Once the game started, being delayed by rain, the Manatees struck early, scoring five runs in the top of the first off of Chase Huchingson. The Mets would not go quietly into the night, chipping away at the lead, though. The climax of St. Lucie’s comeback came in the bottom of the 5th, when they scored four runs to make it an 8-7 ballgame. Unfortunately, their bats were not able to overcome the Brevard County bullpen, which allowed just four baserunners in the last 4.1 innings.
- CF Alonzo Harris: 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB (20); Doing his best to be a one man wrecking crew
- 1B Richard Lucas: 2-4, 2 R, HR (6), 1 BB, 1 K
- RF Cory Vaughn: 1-3, R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-5, R, 1 RBI
- 2B Danny Muno: 2-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, SB (9)
- RHP Chase Huchingson: 0.2 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP
REHAB ALERT: Mike Baxter played DH and went 0-5 with 3 strikeouts
Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (11-15 // 52-41)__________________________________
The Sand Gnats kick off a series against Rome Braves tomorrow.
Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (19-11)__________________________________
BROOKLYN 7, HUDSON VALLEY 3 (Box)
Second baseman Jeff Reynolds led the game off with a home run, and set the tone for a victory over Hudson Valley. Everybody on the team with the exception of left fielder Stefan Sabol joined the hit parade, with seven hits coming off of Renegade starter Matthew Spann, one off of Brandon Henderson and three off of Dylan Floro. Cyclones starter Rainy Lara won his fourth game, and lowered his ERA to 3.04 for the year. With the win, the Cyclones leave Hudson Valley behind to take on the Staten Island Yankees in the much-ballyhooed ‘Ferry Series’.
- CF Brandon Nimmo: 1-4, R, 2 RBI
- SS Philip Evans: 1-4, R, 1 BB, 2 K
- 2B Jeff Reynolds: 1-4, HR (1), 2 R, 1 RBI, BB
- DH Kevin Plawecki: 3-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
- RF Eudy Pina: 2-4, HR (1), 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, E (3)
- RHP Rainy Lara: 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, HR, 7 K
Appalachian League (R) - Kingsport Mets (6-19)__________________________________
BRISTOL 10, KINGSPORT 7 (Box)
You wouldn’t figure a game where Kingsport starter Akeel Morris gave up seven earned runs in 2.1 innings pitched would actually be a close one, but tonight’s game actually was (more or less). Kingsport hitters chipped away at Bristol White Sox starter Jefferson Olacio, aided by his lack of control (6 BBs in 2.1 IP) and his replacement Storm Throne, but ultimately were not able to make a dent against the rest of Bristol’s bullpen.
- SS Gavin Cecchini: 1-5
- CF Eris Peguero: 1-4, RBI, 1 BB
- 3B Anthony Chavez: 2-3, R, 2 RBI, 3B, 2 BB
- RF Maikis De La Cruz: 1-3, R, 2 BB, 1 K
- RHP Akeel Morris: 2.1 IP, 7 ER, HR, 5 H, 1 BB; the Virgin Islander didn't perform very well and couldn't last very long
Star of the Night
Tonight’s star is a no-brainer: Jeurys Familia.
Goat of the Night
Akeel Morris probably should get the ‘honor’, but Manny Acosta is the Acostalypse, and, as I said earlier, made me look stupid by defending him. So, he’s your Goat of the Night.