The highlight of the night was Johan Santana rehabbing in St. Lucie, but Matt Harvey also had a good night, and the Cyclones won on a walk off homer.
St. Lucie 3, Daytona 1
Well, let’s not bury the lead; we all want to know how Johan Santana did in his first rehab start. Santana completed 3 innings on 33 pitches, giving up 2 hits, no walks, 1 hit batter, and striking out 3. I caught the radio broadcast during the 2nd & 3rd innings and it sounded like Santana looked as good as his line. A couple balls were hit hard and he benefited from some good defense (including a Wilmer Flores diving play), and even went down to his knees to field a ball and get an out, afterwards flashing that patented Johan smile. All in all, a real good and promising outing for Johan that went probably better than expected. As for the rest of the game, Greg Peavey followed Johan with 5.2 strong innings coming off of his worst professional start last time out. Peavey gave up 1 run on 6 hits and struck out 5, getting the win. Erik Niesen struck out the final batter of the game to get the save. Cesar Puello had 2 hits, including a triple and an RBI. The Lucies overcame 3 errors to win the game.
Scranton/Wilkes Barre 6, Buffalo 3
Mark Cohoon was decent, but he’s yet to be anything better than that in AAA. He gave up 3 runs in 5 innings, striking out 3. Brian Sweeney gave up 3 runs and took the loss. Josh Satin had 3 hits, bumping his average to .346 in 7 games since getting promoted to Buffalo.
Harrisburg 2, Binghamton 1
Matt Harvey came through with his best start yet in AA, pitching 7 innings and allowing just 1 run on 4 hits, while striking out 10, including Bryce Harper twice. The bullpen then held for 6 innings until Rhiner Cruz gave up the game-winning run with 2 outs in the bottom of the 14th. Juan Lagares hit his first AA homerun to give the B-Mets their only run. Even with 14 innings, the B-Mets managed just 6 hits, including 1 by Jordany Valdespin, who returned to the lineup after leaving early the day before with an illness.
Greensboro 7, Savannah 6
Yohan Almonte got roughed up for 6 runs on 9 hits in 6 innings. Joe Bonfe homered in the 9th to bring the Gnats within a run, but they could not get all the way back. Alberto Cordero also homered, continuing his great second half. Both guys had a multi-hit game, as did Alonzo Harris.
Brooklyn 2, Connecticut 1
Travis Taijeron walked off with a homerun, his 5th of the year. The 18th round pick is slugging a healthy .590 and has an OPS over 1,000. Richard Lucas homered earlier in the game to give the Cyclones their other run. The bullpen was great in this game, with Michael Weldon striking out 5 in a scoreless 2.1 and Tyson Seng and T.J. Chism each pitching a scoreless frame. Seng, by the way, has a 0.77 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 23 innings this year, and he doesn’t turn 18 until next week.
Greeneville 6, Kingsport 3
Juan Urbina struggled again, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 6 his in 4.1 innings, although he did strike out 6. Ernesto Yanez gave up his first earned run in 22 innings this year. Julio Concepcion had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. Greg Pron homered for the 3rd consecutive game.
GCL Marlins 4, GCL Mets 2
Roy Merritt pitched a shutout inning in a rehab appearance and 4th round pick Tyler Pill also pitched a scoreless frame in his second professional appearance. However, 2 hits were all the Mets youngsters could get.