Last night on the farm there was stormy weather in upstate New York, but some fine pitching down south:
Buffalo and Gwinnett were rained out for the second straight day; they will attempt to play a doubleheader today and tomorrow. When the Herd actually gets on the field, they will get a big boost from both Fernando Martinez, who was just optioned back to Buffalo, and Lucas Duda, who has been activated from the injured list after missing a few weeks with back problems. They will, however, be without Casey Fossum and his 6.56 ERA, who has gone home to “reinvent himself”. My guess is when he was young he was one of those people that went to Europe to “find himself”.
Binghamton 6, Altoona 6, suspended in 7th inning
Jeurys Familia didn’t have top-notch stuff, but he still had a good outing, going 5 innings, giving up 3 runs but striking out 7. Ricky Brooks gave up 3 more in the 6th, and Eric Niesen recorded an out in the 7th but had 2 guys on base when the game was suspended. Reese Havens made his first appearance of the year in Binghamton and was hit by the pitch his first time up. He then went 1-2 with a strikeout and 2 runs scored. Josh Satin doubled twice, Brahaim Maldonado drove in 3 runs, and Raul Reyes hit a solo homer.
St. Lucie 4, Dunedin 2
In what may be his final start before a promotion to AA Binghamton, Matt Harvey looked like a guy deserving of a promotion as he notched his 6th win of the season. Harvey pitched 7 shutout innings, giving up 3 singles and a walk while striking out 10. Jeffrey Kaplan gave up 3 hits and a run, but managed to get his 9th save. Matt Den Dekker may be heating up once again with 2 hits for the second straight game. He also had an RBI and 2 walks. Stefan Welch had 3 hits, including a homerun and 2 RBI’s. Cesar Puello, Wilmer Flores, Jefry Marte, Juan Lagares, and Pedro Zapata each contributed a hit each. If this was his last start in PSL, Harvey’s final numbers are 54 innings in 10 starts, an ERA of 2.50, a WHIP of 1.16, opponent’s batting average of .228, and a record of 6-2.
Savannah 5, Augusta 2
It was a 5-man effort, but the Gnats pitching staff let up just 2 runs on 6 hits to give Savannah its 6th straight win. Taylor Whitenton was scoreless for the first 2, before leaving for Gabriel Zavala for 2.2 innings. Hamilton Bennett went 2.1 scoreless and ended up with the win. Michael Weldon went 1.1 innings setting up Josh Edgin who struck out the final 2 batters for his 7th save. Darrell Ceciliani had 2 hits including a double. Robbie Shields doubled and drove in a run, but also struck out 3 times. Cory Vaughn was 1-3 with a pair of walks, but most importantly it was Vaughn’s 5th straight game without a strikeout.