Happy Memorial Day weekend folks (I know the actual day is Monday)! Here’s to all the service members, vets, and those that are no longer with us. Many thanks for all you do. As for baseball, the rehabs continue, and Buffalo suffers a walk off loss in its own ballpark. Let’s take a look.
Scranton 8, Buffalo (10 innings)
So do we call Scranton ‘Scranton’, since that’s what MILB.com if referring to them as? Or do we use the moniker ‘Empire State’, since that’s their name for the year? It’s also weird to say the Bisons visited Scranton last night when Buffalo was the road team….in their own stadium. I know Scranton is without a home this year due to renovations on their stadium, but it’s still odd. Anyway, the anticipated match up of top pitching prospects, Dellin Betances (from NYC) vs. Jeurys Familia, didn’t really materialize. Each one only went two innings giving up four runs, though Familia - who gave up five hits and struck out one – did not allow walk, sooo…progress? The Pedro Beato rehab tour continued, and he gave up a solo homer in a third of an innings.
New Hampshire 9, Binghamton 3
Darin Gorski ‘s woes continued as he was roughed up for four runs on seven hits and three walks in 4.2 innings, and Kevin Mulvey, Armando Rodriguez and Brad Holt did little to stop the bleeding as the Fisher Cats topped the B-Mets. German born catcher Kai Groneaur was 1 for 3 with a solo homer, Matt den Dekker was 1 for 2 with two runs scored and Reese Havens continues to try to get his season going with a 1 for 3 effort of his own.
St. Lucie 8, Charlotte 3
Chris Young was back on the hill after experiencing a period of dead arm and live child – well, the birth of a child (his own). The layoff seems to have had no ill effect, as Young went a strong 6.1 innings allowing three runs on five hits and no walks while striking out one. He should be reporting to Buffalo before long as he continues to build up arm strength. Taylor Whitenton and Adam Kolarek combined to throw 2.1 scoreless innings to close out the game. AS for the offense, Wilmer Flores continues his solid year (albeit in his third go round in the FSL) slugging a two run homer. Robbie Shields was 3 for 4 with two RBI, and a special ‘welcome back’ to Daren Ceciliani, who was activated from the DL for the first time since April 22. He was 1 for 3 with a run scored in his return.
Augusta 2, Savannah 1
Michael Fulmer continues to learn on the job. He’s not getting hit hard per se, but he is not particularly efficient. Case in point, tonight’s line of 4IP, 1R, 5H, 3BB, 4K. The base runners are a problem, but he’s been able to dance out of trouble. However, as he moves up a level (or even through the season in the SAL) he will eventually pay for putting so many guys on. Marcos Camarena took the loss in relief and the Sang Gnats found a way to scatter nine hits while mustering only one run.