Miraculously, all the Mets affiliates were able to play their games last night (I’m a little shocked Savannah got their game in), but we’ll see how the rest of the weekend goes. There were 9 games in all, and some interesting stuff happened, so let’s get to it:
Toledo 1, Buffalo 0
Dylan Owen was real sharp, lasting 7.2 shout innings, giving up just 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7, but then Justin Hampson let up a run in the 8th and the Bisons went down after a pitiful offensive showing. Jordany Valdespin and Luis Hernandez had 2 hits each; Valdespin doubled for the only extra-base hit of the game. Zach Lutz and Josh Satin combined for 1 hit and 5 strikeouts.
Binghamton 3, Altoona 1
Collin McHugh continues to look real good, pitching 6 shutout innings, allowing 5 base runners and striking out 8. He has given up 2 runs or less in his last 9 starts, and less than 2 runs in 7 of those starts. Jack Egbert got the 3-inning save. Jose Reyes was 1-3 with a 6th inning homer before leaving the game. Juan Lagares was 3-3 with a double, 2 RBI’s, and a stolen base. Matt Den Dekker doubled. Reese Havens and Kai Gronauer each had singles.
Bradenton 3, St. Lucie 1 game 1 (7 innings)
Armando Rodriguez was great for 6 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits and striking out 4. Then Josh Edgin got hit hard, for probably the first time all year, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits in the 7th, letting the Lucies slim 1-0 lead slip away. Gilbert Gomez was 2-3 with a walk and a double; even in a small sample he has been extraordinary in the FSL at such a young age.
Bradenton 3, St. Lucie 0 game 2 (7 innings)
Michael Powers made a spot start and pitched 5 shutout innings, followed by a scoreless from by Cory Mazzoni, but Estarlin Morel let up 3 runs in the 7th and the Lucies got swept after managing just 3 hits in the game 2. Pedro Zapata, Cory Vaughn, and Jose Coronado all singled.
Savannah 7, Charleston 6
The Gnats won in walk-off fashion to snap their 5-game losing streak and regain sole possession of first place. Angel Cuan got knocked around a bit for 6 runs in 6 innings, but the bullpen shut it down the rest of the way, including 2 scoreless frames from Chase Huchingson, and the Gnats bats produced 15 hits, which along with 3 Charleston errors gave Savannah the win. Darrell Ceciliani had a monster game, going 4-5 with a triple. Albert Cordero, Joe Bonfe, and Blake Forsythe all had 2 hits. Forsythe and Aderlin Rodriguez had back-to-back bombs in the 4th. It was A-Rod’s 16th and Forsythe’s 9th of the year. A-Rod also doubled and went 3-5.
Brooklyn 7, Hudson Valley 4 (game 1) 7 innings
Three different pitchers pitched between 2 and 3 innings, but the Cyclones brought their bats and that carried them to a key victory as they chase the wildcard. Brandon Brown and Javier Rodriguez were both 2-4 with a double; Brown had 3 RBI’s. Charley Thurber was 2-3.
Brooklyn 3, Hudson Valley 0 game 2 (7 innings)
Four different Brooklyn pitchers combined for the 5-hit shutout. Ismael Tijerina was 2-3 with a double and an RBI. Richard Lucas was 2-3 with a triple and an RBI. With the sweep of the double header the Cyclones now lead the wildcard race by half a game.
Pulaski 12, Kingsport 4
Miller Diaz gave up 5 runs, but only 1 earned in 6 innings, taking the loss. Three more pitchers from the bullpen gave up at least 2 more runs. The K-Mets racked up 11 hits of their own, but plated only 4 runs. Chad Zurcher, Dustin Lawley, Camden Maron, Greg Pron, and Yucarybert De La Cruz all had 2 hits. Tant Shepherd homered. This loss pushes the K-Mets 3 games back for the final playoff spot; their elimination number is 2 with 4 games to play, so they have just about reached the end of the line.
GCL Astros 1, GCL Mets 0
Julian Hilario struck out 6 and allowed just 2 hits in 5 scoreless innings, then Matthew Budgell pitched 3 shutout innings before letting up a run with 2 outs in the 9th. Brandon Nimmo was 0-4, but only had 1 strikeout. Mets 6th round pick Joe Tuschak had a hit as he struggles to stay above the Mendoza Line in his first professional season. Phillip Evans had a hit; he has 4 hits in his first 3 professional games. The GCL season concludes today.