Happy Father’s Day to any dad’s out there! Last night on the farm the pitching was surprisingly suspect, someone we all know was asked to leave early, and several Lucies were instrumental in an all-star game victory. It’s a little ugly, but let’s check out the details:
Pawtucket 8, Buffalo 5
Jeurys Familia took another step backward pitching 4 innings plus 2 batters in the 5th, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits while striking out just 1 and walking 6. Josh Edgin followed and let up 2 runs in 1.1 innings of work. Pedro Beato blew a save opportunity and took the loss by giving up 3 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits. Justin Hampson pitched 3 shutout innings, striking out 5 but that was after the Paw Sox put up a 5-spot in the 6th inning to take control of the game. Ronny Cedeno played 9 innings at shortstop and was 0 for 3 with a walk. Matt Den Dekker was 1 for 4 with a double. In his 4th game at AAA Den Dekker was moved down to the 3-hole in the lineup. A frustrated Wally Backman was ejected in what Mike Harrington of the Buffalo newspaper called Wally’s “most vociferous ejection of the season”. Getting the win for the Paw Sox was a guy named Billy Buckner (no relation) and getting the save was Mark Prior (yes, the Mark Prior).
Altoona 7, Binghamton 1
After pitching 8 shutout innings his last time out, Darin Gorski took a big step backwards giving up 6 runs on 10 hits in 5 innings of work. He struck out 5 and didn’t walk anybody, but he let up 2 homers. Gorski’s ERA has climbed to a mediocre 4.50. Juan Lagares, who has taken over centerfield for the B-Mets with Den Dekker’s promotion, was 2 for 4 with a triple. Eric Campbell and Rylan Sandoval also had 2 hits each. Reese Havens was 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts.
Savannah 9, Rome 8
Jacob DeGrom allowed 3 runs on 8 hits over 5 innings to pick up the win. After Chasen Bradford pitched 2 shutout innings, striking out 4, Jared West let up 4 runs in 1.1 innings to let Rome back in the game. T.J. Chism let up another run but got the final 2 outs to pick up his 12th save of the year. T.J. Rivera, Dustin Lawley, and Aderlin Rodriguez all homered to lead the offensive charge. It was the 8th of the year for both Rivera and Lawley; for Rodriguez it was his 11th of the year. Brian Harrison had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s.
FSL South 6, FSL North 3
The FSL South Division, featuring 7 members of the St. Lucie Mets, won the Florida State League All-Star Game. Of the 5 position players in the game, 4 were in the starting lineup. Wilmer Flores was the star of the game going 3 for 4 with a walk and 3 RBI’s. Cory Vaughn was 1 for 2 with a double. Richard Lucas was 0 for 3 with a walk. Wilfredo Tovar was 0 for 2. Blake Forsythe was 1 for 2. Chase Huchingson pitched a scoreless 3rd inning. Cory Mazzoni struck out 2 in the 4th but allowed a solo homer. Adam Kolarek struck out 2 in a perfect 7th inning. Look for Flores, Tovar, Kolarek and possibly some others to soon be promoted to Binghamton.