Last night on the farm, Mark Cohoon debuts in AAA, Brad Holt shows little improvement in AA, and the Bisons collect more hits than the Mets.
Buffalo 7, Charlotte 5
Mark Cohoon got the win in his AAA debut, although he wasn’t great. He gave up 5 runs in 5 innings, 4 coming in the 4th. He let up 7 hits and walked 2 while having just a single strikeout. The bullpen secured the save for him as Taylor Tankersley, Ryota Igarashi, and Manny Acosta combined for 4 shutout innings and 8 strikeouts. Michael Fisher had 3 hits, including a solo homerun. Fernando Martinez had 2 doubles and 2 RBI’s. Luis Figueroa and Lucas Duda each had 2 hits and Jesus Feliciano and Luis Hernandez both had 2 hits. The Bisons as a team had 17 hits. Our old friend Lastings Milledge was 1-5 and struck out looking to end the game, representing the tying run.
Altoona 8, Binghamton 0
Brad Holt was underwhelming over 5 innings, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on only 2 hits and 2 walks, striking out 3. Roy Merritt didn’t help much, giving up 4 more runs. Brandon Sage pitched 2 scoreless innings. The B-Mets managed just 4 hits all game, as they are still running out a lineup that has 4 batters hitting below .200.
Savannah 3, Charleston 1
Gonzalez Germen had another good outing, giving up just 1 run in 6.2. He did walk 4 but he struck out 6 and has pitched into the 7th inning in 4 of his last 5 starts. Adam Kolarek and Hamilton Bennett got the final 7 outs for the Gnats. The Savannah offense managed just 5 hits, but it was enough to get the win. Robbie Shields doubled. Cory Vaughn now has a hit in 8 of his last 10 games, but he also struck out twice. Darrell Ceciliani was 1-3 with a walk and 2 RBI’s.
DSL Cubs2 4, DSL Mets1 1 (7 innings)
Rain shortened this one, but in barely 6 innings in the field, the Mets committed 5 errors. The young Mets also managed only 2 hits.
DSL Mets2 4, DSL Pirates 4 (suspended in 7th)
The Mets jumped out early with 4 runs in the first inning after the first 4 hitters all reached base and scored. Second baseman Pedro Rondon and shortstop Jorge Rivero each had an RBI double.
More on Mark Cohoon
Left-handed pitcher Mark Cohoon made his AAA debut last night. He’s rarely mentioned in the same sentence as guys like Matt Harvey or Jeurys Familia, but Cohoon was actually on the cusp of the Real Dirty Mets top 10-prospect list. His promotion was partially out of necessity for a AAA rotation that has suffered injuries and just played 4 games in 2 days. But also, Cohoon has 22 career starts in AA, which is enough time to earn a promotion. Cohoon was dominate in A-ball in the first half last year and mid-season skipped A-advanced and went straight to AA. At first he struggled, but after a few rough starts he made adjustments and started having success. This year, his first 3 starts were VERY good. His next 4 starts were just good, but his final 2 starts before his promotion did not go well. He allowed 20 hits in 9.1 innings, which is beyond far too many, and a total reversal of what he had done before that. Perhaps the move to AAA will be the challenge he needs to refocus and improve as a pitcher. He was able to figure out AA after a few bad outings, so it’ll be a great sign if he starts having real success by his 4th or 5th start. To do that he will have to get back to what he was doing at the end of last year and beginning of this year. He is not a strikeout pitcher, so to have success in AAA he must keep his WHIP down. Walks shouldn’t be an issue for him, but he can’t continue to give up so many hits; 7 in 5 innings in his AAA debut is a perfect example of too many. With a track record of success it’s easy to imagine Cohoon making the adjustments he needs to and getting back on track and having a chance at cracking the big league rotation, possibly as a September call up or next year. By the end of June we should have a good idea as to the progress he’s making.