Very interesting pieceon Brandon Nimmo in the Times today. Highly recommend checking it out. Other than that, tough night on the farm as only St Lucie won, and even that was a touch and go affair.
Louisville 5, Buffalo 3
The good news? Jeurys Familia got the walks under control (two in five innings) and kept the team in the game. Would have liked to see him go more than five, and he did give up six hits, though only one run scored. The fact that his outings are not really getting past five innings on good days leads me to believe the bullpen is probably in his near future. The bad news? Jenry Mejia gave up two more runs, this time in the eighth to allow the Bats to tie the score, and Fernando Cabrera gave up two of his own in the ninth for the loss. That would be seven in a row now for the Bisons. Matt den Dekker had a solo homer, so that’s nice. However, he did strikeout again –that’s fifteen in fourteen AAA games. Jordanny Valdespin was 2 for 4 in his first game back in Buffalo.
Bowie 10, Binghamton 1
Speaking of guys who might head to the bullpen, the Mets have tried out Corey Mazzoni in a starter’s role this year, and that makes sense. Many scouts thought the former NC State closer who ultimately go back to the bullpen however . After a successful stint in the rotation at Hi-A, it would be interesting to see how he handles the jump to AA. Well, his first start went swimmingly. Last night? Not so much. Mazzoni what smacked around to the tune of 6IP, 7R, 6ER, 10H, 1BB, 4K – two homers. Not that it matters all that much. The B-Mets managed only three hits of their own. Hey, Brad Holt threw two scoreless! Also, bah-bah-Bowie jokes anyone?
St. Lucie 4, Daytona 3 (12 innings)
Alonzo Harris ( 4 for 7) delivered a two out single to plate Travis Taijeron with the winning run in the bottom of the twelfth, giving the Lucies the ‘W’ in an early morning affair (first pitch was at 10:30 AM). Tyler Pill got the start and went 6.1 shutout innings (five hits, one walk, six strikeouts), however, Jack Leathersitch got roughed up for two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth. In the bottom of the inning, Alonzo Harris led off with a double and Rylan Sandoval (3 for 6) singled him in to send it to extras. John Church, Jeffery Walters, and Hamilton Bennett (who got the win) combined for 3.2 scoreless innings of relief.
Charleston 7, Savannah 6 (10 innings)
Domingo Tapia’s innings are going to be limited until the AAL All Star break, so he only went three last night – though he did have some control issues (3IP, 1R, 2H, 3BB, 3K). Gilbert Gomez (two runs), Camden Maron (one RBI), and Brian Harrison (two RBI) all had three hits as the Sand Gnats took a 6-2 lead into the seventh. Jared West got roughed up for four runs in the bottom of the frame however, and the powerful River Dogs lineup pushed across a rerun in the bottom of the tenth for the win.
Hudson Valley 4, Brooklyn 2
The Cyclones were clinging to a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh when two errors on one [lay followed by a wild pitch gave the Renegades the lead and set up an insurance run. No confirmation if Yakkety Sax was playing during this sequence. Nimmo was 0 for 3 but drew yet another walk (his OBP is .405) and Kevin Plawecki was 1 for 3 with a run scored.
Danville 5, Kingsport 3
I keep on wanting to do a STEVE MATZ! shout every time I write about Steven Matz – a la Steve Holt from Arrested Development. I suppose it would be more apropos for Brad Holt. BRAD HOLT! Regardless, nice to see Matz getting some serious professional work in after he was the top pick (2nd round) in the ’09 draft out of a high school in East Setauket on Long Island. He took the loss last night in his first decision, but pitched well (5IP, 2R, 1ER, 3H, 1BB, 5K). After two major arm surgeries this is his de facto pro debut (outside of instructional league), but he will be 21 this year, so it is interesting to see how he progresses. Gavin Cecchini was 2 for 4 with an RBI.