Hey folks – just got back from vacation! How goes the Jose Reyes trade front? Surely after he said he would not negotiate in season the front office, who understands the concept of a depreciating asset, dealt him at the height of his value. Right? Oh…….oh I see…..(sigh)
Syracuse 6, Buffalo 5 (11 innings)
The Bisons lead the Chiefs 3-2 going into the 9th, bit a Keystone Kops effort by Ryoti Igarashi (throwing error), Luis Figueroa (throwing error) and Mike Nickeas (passed ball) allowed Syracuse to take the lead. Fortunately, Nickeas made up for his gaffe by leading off the bottom of the ninth with a homer, then Michael Fisher came through with a two out single to tie the game. Alas, John Lujan gave up a run in the 11th and the Chiefs sealed the win. Nick Evans continues his torrid pace, going 2 for 5. He is now hitting .329.
Bowie 7, Binghamton 4
Brandon Moore struggled through four innings, but only gave up two runs (only one of which was earned). Erik Turgeon gave up four in the 6th, which really put the game out of reach for the B-Mets. Jordanny Valdespin continues to really scald the ball, going 2 for 5 with a 2 run homer. He is now hitting .289. Matt den Dekker went 0 for 5, and has really struggled since moving up to Double A. Walksman-at-Arms Brad Holt issued two more free passes out of the bullpen, but did strike out two while not allowing a run.
St. Lucie 4, Bradenton 1 (5 innings)
Darren Gorski threw a rain shortened complete game, going 5 innings while giving up just one run on four hits, walking three and striking out five. Cesar Puelo hit a two run homer for all the offense the PSL Mets would need. The speedster outfielder is only hitting .237 on the year though.
Savannah 8, Augusta 0
Gonzalez German, Chase Huchingson and Guillame Leduc combined to scatter eight hits as the Sand Gnats blanked Augusta. Darrell Cecciliani was 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored.
Staten Island 6, Brooklyn 5 (10 innings)
Oh God. Oh Golly. Did this one hurt. With two out and no one on in the bottom of the 9th, Jeremy Gould seemed poised to close out a 5-2 win for the Cyclones. An innocent walk followed and the next thing anyone knew, the game was tied. The SI Yanks simply delivered the coup de grace the next innings. Though he didn’t pitch well enough to qualify for the win struck out nine batters in 4.2 innings. 2B Brandon Brown went 5 for 5 with a run and an RBI and now sports a line of .364/.391./.591.
Kingsport 8, Elizabethton 6
3B Miguel Tejada (pause for obligatory joke) homered in the top of 9th and SS Chad Zurcher doubled home an insurance run to give the K-Mets the victory over the Twins. Darwin Frias tossed a perfect bottom of the frame for his second save.