Last night on the farm, Mark Cohoon was okay, Darin Gorski was better, Brandon Moore was not, and Cory Vaughn continued his post-promotion hot streak.
- AAA: Norfolk 3, Buffalo 4
All it took was Mark Cohoon‘s first legitimately solid AAA start to complete a four game sweep of the Tides and cement the Mets organization’s statement of ingratitude for Virginia’s gift of David Wright. Yeah, six innings and three runs allowed are not exactly banner numbers for Cohoon, but the start was a definite step in the right direction for him to get comfortable at the AAA level. The peripherals were a bit better, too: two of the three runs were scored on Brendan Harris’ second inning homer, so the six hits are a good sign. Cohoon’s six innings were a AAA-high. His numbers will have to get better, but at least he’s showing signs of improvement.
At the plate the Bison offense was mostly confined to a three run first inning powered by RBI singles from Jason Botts and Luis Hernandez. Nick Evans also had an RBI and Val Pascucci had the team’s only extra base hit, a double.
- AA: Binghamton 1, Erie 7
Brandon Moore was not so successful against the Seawolves on Monday, lasting just three innings and allowing seven runs (albeit only five earned) before departing. Josh Stinson and Michael Powers came on and combined for five innings of scoreless relief, but the B-Mets just had nothing going against Erie’s Casey Crosby. Salomon Manriquez had the lone bright spot, hitting a solo home run in the ninth inning to spoil the shutout.
- A: Bradenton 2, St. Lucie 5
Wow, Darin Gorski. Fresh off six innings of one-hit ball in his last start, the startling lefty allowed one run over seven innings to lower his ERA to an unbelievable 1.55. Gorski has not allowed more than two runs in an outing for the last two months now. I would hazard a guess that he should get a look at AA.
The St. Lucie offense was efficient, scoring five runs on six hits and four walks. Cory Vaughn had another nice day, going 1-2 with a solo home run and a walk, and Jefry Marte was 1-3 with two RBIs. Robbie Shields and Francisco Pena each added an RBI.
- SAL: Savannah 13, Rome 8
It’s not often your starting pitcher can give up five runs in 2.2 innings and keep the team in the game, but Savannah had a breakout offensive night at just the right time. Gonzalez Germen was the unlucky starter, and the bullpen was not much better, but thanks to an offensive explosion from Joe Bonfe and Rafael Fernandez they didn’t really need to be. Bonfe and Fernandez each had three RBIs, Wilfredo Tovar had two, and four other Sand Gnats also drove in a run.
- NYPL: Brooklyn 3, Aberdeen 4
This was a heart-breaker for the Cyclones: after fighting from two down to take a 3-2 eighth inning lead, Jeremy Gould took the loss when the Iron Birds put up two runs in the bottom of the inning. Eduardo Aldama had a solid start, five innings and two runs allowed over three hits and three walks, while Chase Greene hit a solo homer and Brian Harrison had two hits with an RBI.
- Rookie: Kingsport 6, Greeneville 15
The line of the night was Juan Urbina’s: 10 hits, seven runs (five earned) with two home runs in 4.2 innings. But wait, there’s more! Peter Birdwell was somehow worse, allowing seven (all earned) over 2.1 innings. To make matters worse, my new favorite player Yucarybert De La Cruz was just 1-5. Miguel Tejada (no, not that one), did add a solo home run, so there’s that.
- GCL: Mets 9, Astros 3
Juan Carlos Gamboa was the dude for the Mets Monday, going 3-3 with three walks and two runs scored; through his first six games in the US, Gamboa is hitting .407. Carlos Leyva also added a triple and two RBIs, and Ryan Hutson also provided two RBIs in support of Gabriel Ynoa, who allowed all three Astro runs over five innings.