Before we get to last night’s games, a quick review of the Mets depth at starting pitcher in the wake of losing Chris Young in addition to Jenrry Mejia and Boof Bonser. Pat Misch is up with the team and would be first in line for a spot start. He should be back in Buffalo soon when Bobby Parnell and/or Pedro Beato come back, but he could be summoned at any time. In Buffalo he has been less than stellar in 4 starts, posting an ERA over 6. Brian Sweeney is freshly signed from the independent leagues and made his first start last night (see below). D.J. Carrasco is being stretched out in Buffalo, but has been as unremarkable at AAA as he was in New York. Josh Stinson is on the 40-man roster so he’s an easy call up, but in his 5 starts for Buffalo not only is he rocking a 5.84 ERA, but he has walked 15 and struck out 7 in 25 innings. To conclude, if you haven’t already heard, things are not looking good. Now on to the games:
Scranton Wilkes Barre 6, Buffalo 2
Brian Sweeney took the loss in his first game with the Bisons. He lasted 6 innings, giving up 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits, walking no one and striking out 8. Hurting Sweeney the most was the 3 homeruns he gave up. Manny Acosta pitched the 9th, walking 3 and giving up a run. Fernando Martinez had 2 hits, including a homerun from the cleanup spot in the lineup. Unfortunately, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Nick Evans, and Mike Nickeas in the 3,5,6 spots respectively all went hitless.
New Britain 8, Binghamton 5
Robert Carson falls to 1-4 on the season, giving up 5 runs (4 earned) in just 4.1 innings, walking 5. Rhiner Cruz gave up 2 runs in his AA debut. Eric Niesen pitched 2 scoreless innings striking out 3, but his ERA remains over 11. The B-Mets had a total of 10 hits, but could not get the win. Jordany Valdespin and Lorenzo Scott had 3 hits each. Valdespin drove in 2 runs and ended up a single shy of the cycle. Brahaim Maldonado blasted a 3-run homer, his 9th of the year. Josh Satin doubled, but the B-Mets bats could not overcome their pitching struggles.
St. Lucie 3, Palm Beach 2, 10 innings
Bobby Parnell got the start and pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter but surrendering nothing else; he should head north for a couple more rehab appearances before rejoining the big league club. The regularly scheduled starter Darrin Gorski came in for 5 innings, giving up 2 unearned runs on 3 hits while striking out 8 and walking 1. Ronny Morla finally got that call up to St. Lucie and pitched 2 shutout innings, striking out 3. John Church pitched 2 more scoreless frames and got his 3rd win of the year. Cesar Puello was the hero, driving in the winning run in the 10th on his first hit of the night, his second RBI of the game. Rafael Fernandez scored that winning run after a 3-hit night. Wilmer Flores doubled, and Francisco Pena hit his first homer of the year.
Savannah 6, Hickory 1
Gonzalez Germen was impressive in 7 shutout innings, giving up just 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7 to pick up his 2nd win of the year. Blake Forsythe had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s but is still hitting just .192. Luis Nieves also had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s from the 9th spot in the order. Darrell Ceciliani was 1-5 with a double and an RBI. Aderlin Rodriguez was 1-3 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored.