*All results from games played on Saturday, June 8th 2013
AAA - Las Vegas 51's (32-28)______________________________________
TACOMA 11, LAS VEGAS 0 (Box)
Well that didn't go so well. Starter Matt Fox gave surrendered eight runs in four innings of work, and all told, Las Vegas pitching allowed 21 Rainiers to reach base. On the flip side, Erasmo Ramirez, yes Erasmo Ramirez (gotta love Triple-A) shut down the 51s over seven strong innings of work. Jamie Hoffman and Collin Cowgill both managed two-hit games, if you want to strain yourself looking for the bright side.
- CF Collin Cowgill: 2-3, BB, K
- 1B Josh Satin: 0-3, BB; Just a reminder, Satin is batting .344/.475/.516 against LHP. Justin Turner...is not. HAIL!
- DH Wilmer Flores: 0-3, K
- C Francisco Pena: 1-4, K
- RHP Gonzalez Germen: 1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K; That is what is known in the parlance as an "ERA Killer"
AA - Binghamton Mets (37-25)_____________________________________
BINGHAMTON 9, ALTOONA 3 (Box)
Another day, another Cesar Puello home run. That makes six in his last six games, for a ridiculous .600/.630/1.440 June line. Travis Taijeron had a fine Eastern League debut as well, going 3-5 with a no-doubt blast of his own that cleared the left field bleachers. Not that the B-Mets needed to score all that much with Rafael Montero on the mound. Montero has spent his time since returning from Vegas proving that he really should still be pitching in Vegas (and as you see above, they could probably use the help). He tossed seven stirling innings, and Ryan Fraser survived an adventurous ninth to make it three straight wins for the B-Mets and six of seven overall. Binghamton has very quietly opened up a four-game lead over the Portland Sea Dogs as they look for their first playoff berth since 2004.
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 1-4, RBI, HBP
- 2B Danny Muno: 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 E (7), CS
- RF Cesar Puello: 3-5, HR (13), 2 R, 4 RBI, K; Out of superlatives for Puello at this point.
- CF Alonzo Harris: 1-5
- LF Travis Taijeron: 3-5, 2B, HR (10), 3 R, 2 RBI; Curious to see how he does at Double-A, but "older prospect, left field profile" are five very problematic words in the prospect game.
- RHP Rafael Montero: W, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K; PROMOAT!
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (30-28)________________________________________
GAME ONE: JUPITER 2, ST. LUCIE 1 (9) (Box)
Domingo Tapia has had a very weird season in St. Lucie. He's missed time after burning himself cooking, has made two absolutely execrable starts (combined: 1 IP, 3 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 8 BB, 1 K), but has been quite good otherwise (just 7 earned runs in his other starts, 36/12 K/BB ratio in 42.2 IP). Those starts count, don't get me wrong, but it makes it very hard to evaluate how Tapia is progressing. Yesterday was one of his good outings, as he went six innings, and only had his line blemished by a single solo home run. Unfortunately, the St. Lucie offense continues to sputter, scoring just one run of their own while leaving eleven men on base. Jupiter finally broke through against Chase Bradford in the ninth, sending the Mets to their fourth straight loss.
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 2-4, K; Aderlin reportedly bunted for a base hit, can't predict ball.
- SS Matt Reynolds: 1-5; I never expected much power from the 2012 second round pick, but I did expect him to hit better than .244 in the Florida State League.
- CF Gilbert Gomez: 1-2, BB
- C Cam Maron: 0-3, R, BB, K
- RHP Domingo Tapia: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR; Oh, and eight groundball outs to boot.
- LHP Hamilton Bennett: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K; I'm admittedly biased, because he's probably the nicest guy in the system and has been a podcast guest. And I realize that Binghamton currently has approximately a million left-handed relievers on the roster, but I do wonder what else Bennett has to do to get a promotion. 85 FSL innings, 83 K, 24 BB. Lefties are batting .079 against him this year, point-zero-seven-nine.
Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (37-24)__________________________________
GAME ONE: SAVANNAH 4, ROME 1 (Box)
GAME TWO: ROME 3, SAVANNAH 1 (Box)
The Gnats split a pair in Rome, keeping them one game ahead of Charleston in the race for the first-half title. In game one, Stefan Sabol provided the bulk of Savannah's offense with a three-run bomb, his sixth of the year, and Jake Kuebler and Paul Sewald combined to shut down the Braves offense. In game two, the shoe was on the other foot, as the Gnats managed just three hits off of Rome pitching, and Steven Matz struggled across his four innings of work.
- CF Brandon Nimmo: 1-4, R, 3 K // 1-2
- C Kevin Plawecki: 0-2, BB, 2 R // 0-3; A much more pedestrian .244/.337/.322 over his last four weeks
- LF Stefan Sabol: 2-3, HR (6), R, 3 RBI // DNP
- SS Phillip Evans: 0-3 // 0-2, K; Looking more and more like a lost season for Evans
- 1B Jayce Boyd: 1-3, K // 0-3
- RHP Steven Matz: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
- RHP Julian Hilario: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K
Star of the Night
A troika of good candidates in Binghamton, but let's give it to Travis Taijeron, who made it a Double-A debut to remember.
Goat of the Night
What happens in Tacoma stays in Tacoma, except for these goat horns, which the entire 51s squad will be taking home with them.