Not a day for the bats down on the farm. Nor for the Mets themselves from what I hear. Let’s rock.
Buffalo 2, Pawtucket 1
The Bison’s managed only three hits, but got the “W” anyway – and Nick Evans got two of those hits! Lucas Duda is on his way back, so look for some added thump in the Buffalo lineup. Boof Bonser (not there’s a nickname) started and went 3.2 innings, giving up one run on 3 hits with 2BB’s and 4K’s. Jose de la Torre (who got the win), Mike O’Connor, Manny Alvarez, and Ryoti Igarashi combined for 5.1 innings of scoreless relief. Igarashi packed his bags for New Shea after the game, so we’ll be hearing more of him.
Akron 1, Binghamton 0
Strong pitching, weak hitting – noticing a theme here? Robbie Carson deserved better (5 innings, one unearned run on 4 hits, 0BB’s and 4K’s), but when your fielders make almost as many errors (2) as hits they tally (3), it’s going to be a long afternoon – or a short one (game took 2:08).
St. Lucie 2, Palm Beach 1
Catcher Dusty Ryan’s two run single in the 8th put the Mets up for good in another light-hitting, all pitching contest. Kyle Allen, Darren Gorski, Nick Carr (who notched the win) and Jeffery Kaplan (who got the save) combined to give up one unearned run on six hits.
West Virginia 9, Savannah 1, Game 1
Well, they finally got to play two, and the Sand Gnats must have wished this one was washed away as well. Ryan Fraser got knocked around for three runs (two earned) in 3 innings, and then Guillame Leduc (possible nickname anyone?) got scorched for 5 runs in just two thirds of an innings. His ERA now sits at 67.50. Dylan Owen breathes a sigh of relief. As for the bats, Sam Honeck, Black Forsythe and Javier Rodriguez all went 2 for 3, but the game was put away in West Virginia’s seven run 4th (note: double headers in all minor league levels are two 7 inning games)
West Virginia 2, Savannah 0, Game 2
Well, at least this one was more competitive. Yohan Almonte pitched a strong compete game (6 innings, 2 runs, 4 hits, 1BB, 4K’s), but when your team musters a scant two hits – it ain’t your day. Cory Vaughn did have one of those hits, bringing his average to .375 on the young season.