Last night on the farm was all about pitching, which is nothing new. Jenrry Mejia had a nice rehab start, Collin McHugh was real good yet again, and Jeurys Familia had his best outing of the year.
Buffalo 4, Gwinnett 1
Much, much better stuff from Jeurys Familia; he was about as sharp as he’s been all year. Familia went 6 innings giving up just 1 run on 4 hits. More importantly he walked just 2 and struck out 6. Justin Hampson and Elvin Ramirez combined for the final 3 innings; Ramirez picked up the save. Fred Lewis led the offensive charge with 3 hits. Zach Lutz, Oswaldo Navarro, and Jean Luc Blaquiere all had 2 hits each.
New Britain 5, Binghamton 1
Collin McHugh was good once again giving up just 1 run in 7 innings while striking out 5. But then Erik Turgeon came in and let up 4 runs in an inning of work. Raul Reyes and Juan Lagares had 2 hits each. Matt Den Dekker tripled but struck out twice. Reese Havens was 0 for 4 and his average is now down to .200.
St. Lucie 4, Brevard County 2
Jenrry Mejia made his season debut and went 5 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks, with just 1 strikeout. The plan for Mejia is to make three more rehab starts and then the organization will decide whether he will be a starter or reliever for the rest of the season. Angel Cuan followed Mejia with 3 shutout innings, giving him the win. Adrian Rosario struck out 2 to get his 9th save of the year. Cesar Puello was 2 for 4 with a triple. Wilfredo Tovar was 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Cory Vaughn sat for the second straight day, but I’m willing to bet it’s just to give him a little rest.
Savannah had the day off, so now’s a good time to mention the recent retirement of two guys on the Sand Gnats opening day roster: first baseman Sam Honeck and pitcher Tyson Seng. Honeck was incredible in April 2011, but that month turned out to be a complete aberration as he struggled the rest of the year and early this year. Seng’s retirement is a little more puzzling. He was a New-York Penn League all-star last year and finished with an ERA under 1 while averaging better than a strikeout per inning. He pitched 6 straight shutout innings to start the year but then had a couple rough outings, and then he called it a career.