Nice to be back! The Lucies were rained out yesterday by tropical Storm Debbie. For those of you who get the MLB Network, the Bisons are on at noon today. Let’s see what the rest of the schedule had to offer.
Durham 4, Buffalo 3
Matt Harvey had an uneven outing, not giving up huge hits, but enough of them to not be dominant in a see saw affair. In five innings, he allowed two runs of seven hits while walking two and striking out an impressive six batters. Justin Hampson took the loss in relief, giving up the two deciding runs in the sixth inning. After the game, Hampson was called up to Queens while Vinny Rotino has been DFA’d.
Binghamton 7, Erie 5
After spending most of the last three seasons as a shortstop at Hi-A, Wilmer Flores is enjoying the breakout year that many in the Mets front office had been waiting for from the 20 year old. The move to third base may or may not have much to do with this, but playing a position at which he is better suited – if not a standout – must be a psychological boon. He was also rewarded with a selection in this year’s Futures Game and a promotion to AA Binghamton. Appearing in the upper minors does not seem to faze him, as he went 4 for 5 yesterday with two RBI and a run scored to lift his average to a scintillating .471. Reese Havens was 1 for 4 with a solo homer.
Augusta 2, Savannah 1
The pitching by committee danced through the raindrops for the most part, allowing just two runs (both by Jim Fuller in his three innings of work) while allowing thirteen (!) hits. On the flip side, the Sand Gnats managed just three hits themselves.
Brooklyn 10, Aberdeen 5
The Cyclones slowly piled on the ruins and lead 8-0 by the seventh inning, but Gabriel Ynoa ran out of steam and Ernesto Yanez threw gasoline on the fire. Next thing you knew, it was an 8-5 ballgame, but Tyler Vanderheiden put out the fire and John Mincone locked down the save. Nelfi Zapata was 3 for 5 with a solo homer and three RBI, while Brandon Nimmo drew three walks and scored twice.
Kingsport 8, Greeneville 3
A solid effort all around by the K-Mets. Robert Gsellman went six strong innings, allowing an unearned run on five hits while walking nobody and striking out three. Brad Marquez, back from football at Texas A&M, was 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI, Gavin Cecchini was 1 for 5 with two runs and two RBI, and Jeyckol De Leon was 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs. Senor Hyde had the night off.