Last night on the farm, Chris Schwinden threw his cap into the mix for rotation depth, the St. Lucie Mets found disaster in the ninth, and Cory Vaughn continued his torrid stretch of hitting.
AAA: Buffalo 6, Louisville 1
Ruben Tejada and Nick Evans both said good-bye to Buffalo with hits Monday, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis added a double and a triple to help power the herd to victory. Chris Schwinden started for the Bisons and was excellent, throwing seven shutout innings with only five hits. Schwinden’s peripherals were even better, as he struck out five and did not allow a single walk. It was Schwinden’s longest outing of the young season, dropping his ERA down to 1.82. You’ve got to wonder why there isn’t more said about the pitcher, who at 24 is not exactly a minor-league lifer yet.
AA: Binghamton did not play Monday
A: Brevard County 8, St. Lucie 2
The Manatees finally got to the Mets in the top of the ninth inning, scoring six runs off of John Church to put the game out of reach. The Mets didn’t exactly light the scoreboard aflame to that point–their scoring was confined to a Cesar Puello solo home run and a Pedro Zapata RBI single. Kyle Allen started for St. Lucie and was solid, going seven innings and allowing just two runs on five hits. Beyond that, however, it was a pretty forgettable day in the FSL.
SALLY: Savannah 6, Rome 7
The Gnats and Braves traded five run innings Monday, but the more important development was the continued dominance of Cory Vaughn. Vaughn was 2-4, with a solo home run and a walk. Vaughn’s batting average now stands at .349, and his power is beginning to come along as he notched his third extra base hit in four games. Luis Nieves also had a nice day, going 2-4 with one RBI. Starter Taylor Whitenton struggled and only lasted 2.2 innings, and his six runs allowed Rome to come back and eventually win.