Even the minor leagues are taking a little break, just three games on last night’s docket:
Binghamton 5, New Britain 3
Don’t look now but Wally Backman’s Mets have won 5 in a row. Tobi Stoner had a decent outing letting up 3 runs through 5 innings. If he can earn a promotion to AAA, it would free up a rotation spot in Binghamton for Darin Gorski, who hopefully you’ve heard of by now. Roy Merritt and John Lujan closed out the game with 4 shutout innings. Matt Den Dekker hit a solo homer, his second in AA, but he also struck out thrice. Allan Dykstra had 3 hits, including 2 doubles, and is helping the B-Mets a heck of a lot more than Eddie Kunz would have. Kunz has an ERA of 5.53 and only 13 strikeouts in 40 innings for AA San Antonio in the Texas League. Raul Reyes had 2 hits, including a homerun.
Tampa 10, St. Lucie 1
This one hurts, as Greg Peavey got roughed up for the first time all year. In 4.2 innings, he gave up 8 runs (7 earned) on 10 hits, walking 1 and striking out 4. We’ll see how he bounces back from it in 5 days. A solo homerun by Rylan Sandoval accounted for the only Met run of the day. Stefan Welch, Francisco Pena, and Cesar Puello each had a hit, but the regular heavy hitters all went hitless.
Connecticut 5, Brooklyn 3
Chris Hilliard gave up 3 runs in 4 innings and took his first loss of the year. Jose De La Torre continued his rehab, striking out 2 and allowing a hit in a scoreless 7th inning. T.J. Chism also pitched a scoreless frame to drop his ERA to 0.82. Daniel Muno was 2-3 with a pair of doubles; he’s hitting .375. Brandon Brown also had 2 hits.