Pitching was the name of the game last night (though isn’t it every night?). Top prospects all around, let’s see how they did. Oh, and Binghamton was rained out, because someone has to be these days apparently.
Pawtucket 5, Buffalo 0
Matt Harvey deserved a better fate. The right-hander, who took a no hitter into the sixth, went seven innings, struck out 10, kept the walks in check (two), and gave up only three hits. Unfortunately, one of those was a three run homer to Ryan Lavarnway in the sixth. In a chat for ESPN yesterday, Adam Rubin noted that scouts felt Harvey needed to develop his changeup, but is reluctant to use it in games once it starts getting hit. This it doesn’t develop. Word is he used it more last night to better effect. Regardless, the PawSox completely shut down the Bison offense, so he had very little room for error.
Binghamton 8, Reading 5
The B-Mets rallied for two in the seventh and three in the eight to decisively tilt this see-saw affair. Eric Campbell and Dustin Martin (one RBI and one run scored each), and catcher Juan Centeno (one RBI and two runs scored) each went 2 for 4. Zach Wheeler started and did not have his best stuff, but still went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts (his lowest tally for any game this year). Edgar Ramirez got the win with a scoreless seventh, and Robbie Carson notched the save with the tying run at the plate.
Savannah 6, Rome 0
Ahh…a pitching prospect that had everything go well. Michael Fulmer breezed through the Braves lineup, going 7.1 scoreless, allowing just three hits while walking two and striking out three. Would like to see a few more K’s but that’s really nitpicking. The fifteen hit barrage was led by Dustin Lawley who went 4 for 6 including a solo homer, and TJ Rivera who added a 3 for 6 effort of his own with two RBI and a run.