Last night on the farm both Buffalo and Binghamton won close games, St. Lucie and Savannah were blown out, and the Cyclones kept rolling. Let’s check out the deets:
Buffalo 5, Durham 4
The Bisons trailed by a run heading to the 9th but ended up winning in walk-off style when Jordany Valdespin singled home Raul Reyes. Valdespin hit a solo homer earlier in the game. Jenrry Mejia ended up getting the win after another relief outing that didn’t go well. Mejia pitched 2 innings and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits with a strikeout and no walks. Mejia followed Collin McHugh, who finally had a nice start for the Bisons, going 6.1 innings and giving up just 1 run on 4 hits with 2 walks and 10 strikeouts. In his first 20 innings in AAA, McHugh has 25 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.15, so you can ignore the ERA that’s above 5, that’ll come down if he keeps pitching the way he has the last couple times out.
Binghamton 3, Altoona 2
The B-Mets won a pitchers duel thanks in part to a solid start from Darin Gorski, who went 6 innings, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits while striking out 6. Brad Holt, Adrian Rosario, and Robert Carson all pitched a scoreless inning in relief. Dustin Martin and Wilfredo Tovar both had 2 hits, a double, and an RBI. Wilmer Flores was 0 for 3 with a walk, while playing second base.
Fort Myeres 11, St. Lucie 2
The Florida State League looks like the end of the line for Yohan Almonte, who had another rough outing giving up 8 runs on 8 hits through 4 innings. Kyle Allen didn’t help giving up 3 more, but Taylor Whitenton pitched 2 scoreless innings. In his first year working out of the bullpen Whitenton is rocking a 2.45 ERA. Adam Loewen was 2 for 4 and played first base in another rehab outing, although he did leave early. T.J. Rivera was 2 for 4. Rivera along with Richard Lucas and Rylan Sandoval all doubled. Travis Taijeron hit a solo homer, his 3rd since his promotion and 15th total for the year.
Augusta 10, Savannah 1
Logan Verrett got roughed up a little bit, giving up 5 runs on 9 hits through 5 innings of work, although he did strike out 4 and walked none. Jared West gave up 4 more runs on 2 hits and 4 walks. Aderlin Rodriguez and Matt Reynolds had 2 hits each. The still 20-year old Rodriguez is hitting .271/.332/.476, a significant improvement on last year. Thus far he has 13 homers, after hitting 17 last year.
Brooklyn 7, Hudson Valley 5
The Cyclones won another one; once again Brooklyn has a really good team. Hansel Robles was solid, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits through 5 innings. Matt Bowman got the win, giving up a run in 2 innings of work and Paul Sewald got the save with 2 scoreless frames. Stefan Sabol was 3 for 5 with 2 doubles. Phillip Evans and Jayce Boyd also had doubles. Brandon Nimmo, who moved back to the 2-spot in the lineup, was 0 for 3, but he walked and had 2 RBI’s. He’s hitting just .173 so far, but for a 19-year old he has a great approach; the next step for Nimmo is learning when to be aggressive and attack balls that he can drive.
The K-Mets got rained out on the last day of their home stand. They now take their 4-10 record on the road with them.