Last night on the farm, there were some old faces in new places, and some new faces altogether:
Buffalo 9, Scranton Wilkes Barre 5
D.J. Carrasco struck out 9 in 5 innings, getting the win after giving up 2 runs on 7 hits. Manny Acosta gave up 1 hit, but got 4 outs, striking out 3, and most importantly not walking anybody. Six Bisons had a multi-hit game, led by Val Pascucci who had 3 hits and 6 RBI’s, including a double and a homerun. Fernando Martinez had 2 hits, and launched a homerun for the second straight day. Ruben Tejada, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Nick Evans, and Luis Hernandez also had 2 hits each.
Binghamton 5, New Britain 2
It was a real nice AA debut for Jeurys Familia, who gave up 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits through 7 innings. He walked no one and struck out 6. Brandon Sage followed with 2 shutout innings and got the win in his AA debut. Michael Fisher and Eric Campbell both hit a homerun in the 8th inning to give the B-Mets the lead. They didn’t generate much offense other than that, but it was enough to overcome 3 errors in the field and get the win.
Lakeland 10, St. Lucie 2
In his 7th professional start, Matt Harvey has his worst career outing. Harvey gave up 8 runs on 7 hits, giving up 2 homeruns, and failed to get out of the 4th inning. Adam Kolarek and Michael Weldon made their season debuts; both are 2010 draft picks that pitched in short season ball last year. Estarlin Morel also saw his first action of 2011, after pitching in the Dominican Summer League in 2009 and posting a 1.40 ERA in 19 innings in the Gulf Coast League last year. Wilmer Flores had 2 hits, including a double, and Rafael Fernandez also had 2 hits. Matt Den Dekker was hitless, and now has just 2 hits in his last 6 games, dropping his average to .325.
Savannah 3, Hickory 1
Three more fielding errors didn’t stop Greg Peavey from another good outing. Peavey lasts 6 innings, giving up just 4 hits and an unearned run while striking out 6. Angel Cuan had 2 shutout innings out of the bullpen, and Josh Edgin claimed his 5th save of the year, striking out 2 as he moved back to the closers spot. The 3 pitchers combined for a 5-hitter. Darrell Ceciliani walked and scored on a ground out in the first inning, and that would be all the Gnats needed. Robbie Shields doubled home 2 more runs later in the game for insurance.