*All results from games played on Sunday, July 1st, 2012.
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (41-43)_______________________________________
DURHAM 12, BUFFALO 6 (Box)
Skipper Wally Backman had this to say about Jeurys Familia's turbulent start: "He just totally lost command of all of his stuff. Why? I don't know." Well, we can guess. It's because that's the kind of pitcher Jeurys has been this year. He's walked 52 men in 75 innings, 10 more than he walked in 125 innings in 2011. After setting down the first seven batters he saw yesterday, 2012's biggest reality-check was hit up and down the yard and tugged in the third inning after 70 pitches. 34 were strikes. MDD opened July with two hits (and two strikeouts), looking to improve on June's power-heavy slashline with the limp .205 average. Satin failed to net the usual multi-hitter, but added a two-run shot to his line. And Valdespin snapped off a wayward throw but compensated with three hits. His Buffalo OPS is a middling .730, though he slugged a bit better in the majors.
- 2B Jordany Valdespin: 3-5, RBI, 2 K, CS(7), E(5)
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K; gunned a man down at home
- 1B Josh Satin: 1-5, R, HR(7), 2 RBI, K
- RHP Jeurys Familia: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 7 R, 3 BB, 2 K
- RHP Pedro Beato: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB
- RH Elvin Ramirez: 1.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 5 R, 2 BB, 1 K
AA - Binghamton Mets (36-44)_____________________________________
ALTOONA 7, BINGHAMTON 4 (Box)
The Mets left 11 men on base as SP Corey Mazzoni again struggled to keep the ball in the yard, and there was no climbing out of an early 6-run hole. Mazzoni has struck out 11 and walked only three in 17 innings, but four homers have stung him; he wears a 6.35 ERA since the mid-June promotion. The left side of the infield pulled their weight, Flores and Tovar combining for four hits, a double, and a ribbie. LF Eric Campbell meanwhile romps and stomps through the Eastern League. With another three hits, the 25-yo is batting .327/.483/.493.
- LF Juan Lagares: 1-5, R, 2 K
- 3B Wilmer Flores: 2-5
- PH Jefry Marte: 1-1, 2B
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 2-4, 2B, RBI
- 2B Reese Havens: 1-5, K
- LF Eric Campbell: 3-4, R
- RHP Cory Mazzoni: 4 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (4-7 || 53-26________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 2, FORT MYERS 4 (Box)
DH Cory Vaughn did what he does, making his lonely hit count for power and throwing in a walk. He and MDD have similar lopsided lines without average at the moment; Matt is two levels ahead of Cory, also two years older. LF-CF Travis Taijeron, with a pair of walks on the day, joins the back-heavy slasher club, managing a .944 OPS with a mere .233 average -- six walks and five XBHs in his nine games in hi-A. SP Angel Cuan looked dandy with the peripherals but the hits fell in and the runs were scored liberally.
- DH Cory Vaughn: 1-3, 2B, BB
- LF-CF Travis Taijeron: 0-2, 2 BB
- CF Alonzo Harris: 1-4, CS(4)
- LHP Angel Cuan: 6 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
- RHP John Church: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB 2, K
Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (3-7 || 44-33)__________________________________
PPD. Oh no! Let's hope this doesn't louse up the plans of on-field correspondent Jeffrey Paternostro.
Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (10-4)__________________________________
BROOKLYN 3, HUDSON VALLEY 0 (Box)
SP Luis Mateo has been nothing shy of sorcerous, and good thing, because it took every last syllable of pitching abracadabra to eek out yesterday's too-close win. Two-time Cyclone Cole Frenzel is off to a "promote me" start, stroking his 17th hit in 12 games and flying this one into the rafters. The 22-yo played six games in Savannah this spring before he and the Gnats parted ways. More Mateo below. Pitching for the first-place Cyclones has been the team's saving grace.
Appalachian League (R) - Kingsport Mets (3-10)__________________________________
GREENEVILLE 12, KINGSPORT 0 (Box)
The K-Mets were shellacked by the visiting Astros of Greeneville, home of America's most ruinously atrocious president, Andrew Johnson. No politics! Our moundsman was the live-armed right-hander Akeel Morris from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. The 19-yo has put up a K-an-inning wherever he's gone, and no different here. But all five hits against Akeel piled up in a four-run third, and the bullpen, forget it. Notable: After Saturday's game featured a combined ten errors, a mere pair on Sunday!
★ Beaming Star of the Night ★
Luis Mateo is the guy -- again -- who in the DSL struck out 80 batters and walked 5 in 63 innings pitched. Now before you're too excited, he's old. He wouldn't be old if he was born 3/17/92, as he was when the Padres signed him back when. But after a year's age-falsification suspension, when the Mets put $150,000 in his pocket, his born-on-date crept perilously near the '80s. He's 22 today. What does that mean, though, except that the fireballer should dominate in each league he sprints through to make up for lost time? And that, I suppose, is what 22 K's and 2 BB's in 17.2 innings pitched are for. I can go on. Opponents are hitting .117 against him. They've managed a measly one run in three starts. His ERA stands at 0.51 -- so if we're not shut out, we win! It's only three games, but consider that the 6'3" kid with the up-to 97mph fastball and sharp slider is threatening to keep pace with his previous K/BB rate of 16. This year, it's just 11.
Stinking Goat of the Night
The poor, poor K-Mets are the stinky, tin-can-eating goats again.