Yikes – rough night for the ’pens. Observe
Buffalo 3, Syracuse 2 (13 innings)
Well, we all were waited with bated breath for Jenrry Mejia to make his 2011, and he did not disappoint (6 innings, 0 runs, 3 hits, 2BB, 6K’s). Manny Alvarez coughed it up however, allowing 2 runs in the 8th, putting the Bisons in a 2-1 hole. Not to worry – 4A players to the rescue! Jason Pridie and Val Pascucci contributed double in the bottom of the inning to tie the game and send it to extras. Ryoti Igarashi, Taylor Tankersly, and Jose de la Torre (who got the win) combined for 5 innings of shutout relief (thought with five hits and two walks allowed, they made it interesting). On a night where the Buffalo offense was mainly sluggish, it seems only fitting that the winning run scored on a wild pitch with Zach Lutz at bat.
Akron 6, Binghamton 4
The story of the day is Dylan Owen. Since his name sounds like that of a poet, I would like to imagine he would have composed something akin to “Ode to an Abysmal ERA” in light of last night’s performance. Owen gave up 4 runs in a third of an inning and now sports a ridonkulous 108.00 earned run average. The shame is Mark Cohoon gave a nice season debut (5 innings, one run, seven hits, 2BB, 5K’s). Raoul Reyes and Jordany Valdespin both went 2 for 4 (Reyes knocked in a run), and Kai Gronauer went 2 for 3 with an RBI
Palm Beach 4, St. Lucie 1
Jeurys Familia went a strong 7 shutout innings, allowing only one hit while walking none and striking out seven. Then the bullpen came in. Nick Carr gave up the equalizer in the 8th, and Michael Powers let the game slip away with three in the 9th. On the flip side Jefry Marte went 2 for 4 with an RBI, but the Mets only had four other hits on the night – and none of their knocks for the game went for extra bases.
Savannah @ West Virginia
Rained out. They were due to play but the bullpen gave up steady rain and high winds in a third of an inning.