Despite Irene dumping puddles on the east coast, all the Mets affiliates were able to play except Brooklyn, who will play 2 on Monday. There were a lot of real good pitching performances last night, which went well with a few offensive explosions.
Buffalo 3, Toledo 2
Mike O’Connor, John Lujan, and Dale Thayer (all possible September call ups) combined for 5 shutout innings out of the bullpen, giving up just 2 hits and striking out 5 as the Bisons edged out the Mud Hens. Jordany had 3 of Buffalo’s 6 hits. Zach Lutz hit a 2-run homer, his 11th of the season; he also struck out twice. Josh Satin singled and drove in a run; he’s hitting .324 in AAA.
Binghamton 7, Altoona 6 (12 innings)
It took 12 innings and a lengthy rain delay, but the B-Mets pulled out a win. The bullpen pitched 9 innings, surrendering only 1 run, including Josh Stinson who pitched the final 2.2 innings, giving up just 1 hit, 1 walk, and striking out 4. Reese Havens ended the game with a pinch-hit walk off homer in the 12th. Jose Reyes was 2-5 with a run scored. Allan Dykstra and Eric Campbell had 3 hits each.
St. Lucie 1, Bradenton 0
Another good outing for Zach Wheeler: 5 innings, no runs, no walks, 3 hits, and 3 strikeouts. Eric Beaulac followed with 2 shutout innings and 3 strikeouts. Erik Niesen escaped with a scoreless inning despite giving up 3 hits and Jeffrey Kaplan notched his 12th save of the year. Only 3 hits for the Lucies offense, which continues to be anemic, but one of those hits was Jefry Marte’s 7th homerun of the year, and that was all St. Lucie needed.
Savannah 15, Charleston 3
The Sand Gnats went off for 15 runs as their offense has suddenly erupted the past 2 days. Alonzo Harris had the best day of all: 4 hits, 2 doubles, 2 homers, and 3 RBI’s. Wilfredo Tovar had 3 hits, including 3 doubles and 3 RBI’s. Joe Bonfe also had 3 hits and 2 RBI’s. Darrell Ceciliani and Blake Forsythe had 2 hits each. Aderlin Rodriguez had just 1 hit, but it was his 3rd homerun in 4 days. He has 17 on the year; 2 more and he will match his age, which is astounding power. On the mound, Erik Goedell gave up just 1 hit and walked 4 in 6 shutout innings, striking out 8. Adam Kolarek gave up 3 runs in 3 innings of work, but his ERA remains under 2.
Kingsport 13, Pulaski 1
Twenty year old Rafael Montero started the year in the Dominican but has worked his way up all the way to Kingsport, where he just had his best outing of the season for the K-Mets pitching 5 shutout innings, giving up 4 hits, no walks, and striking out 4. Chad Zurcher, Tant Shepherd, and Juan Carlos Gamboa all had 2 hits. Zurcher is hitting .290 and despite little power has more walks than strikeouts. Gamboa homered, as did Lucas Stewart, who had 3 RBI’s, and Dustin Lawley who had 4 RBI’s. Every K-Met starter had at least 1 hit. Despite the win, the K-Mets elimination number is down to 1 with 3 games to play, so it’ll take a minor miracle to get them to the playoffs.
GCL Mets 12, GCL Marlins 4
The GCL season came to an end with a Mets win. John Gant (21st round pick) had his best outing of the season, pitching 5 innings, giving up 3 runs while striking out 5. Luis Cessa gave up a run in 3 innings and got the win. Brandon Nimmo ended the season on a good note, going 3-3 with 2 walks and a 3-run homer. For what it’s worth, in Nimmo’s 7 professional games this year he hit .241/.313/.448 with 2 homeruns, 4 RBI’s, 9 strike outs, and 3 walks in 29 at bats. Phillip Evans doubled and drove in a run; he hit .333 in 4 GCL games, and will now head to Kingsport for the final 3 games of their season. Joe Tuschak was 1-4 with 2 RBI’s, finishing the season with a .204 average.