And so the first half ends, but the beat goes on for the farm. High minors were up, lower minors down. Let’s take a look on how it all comes ‘round.
Buffalo 10, Scranton 3
The Herd erupted with a twelve hit attack to down the Yankees, paced by solo home runs courtesy of Matt den Dekker (3 for 5, 3 RBI), Adam Loewen (2 for 3, 2 runs scored, 3 RBI) and a two run shot by Josh Satin (1 for 4). Colin McHugh went 5.1 innings, giving up just one earned run (three earned) on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts to earn the ‘W’. Jenry Mejia had two thirds of an inning of scoreless relief, though he did allow a hit. And how’s this for a blast from the past: taking the loss for the Yankees? John Maine!
Binghamton 10, Altoona 9
With Zach Wheeler and Wilmer Flores in Kansas City for the Futures Game, the rest of the B-Mets looked to handle the Curve in Altoona. The bats did not seem to miss Flores all that much, as Binghamton jumped out to a 10-4 lead going into the bottom of the eighth. Reese Havens (two runs scored), Allen “No relation to Lenny” Dykstra (3 for 5, solo homer, three RBI, two runs scored), Jefry Marte (run and an RBI) and WIlfredo Tovar (two RBI) all contributed to the B-Met attack. Gonzalez German ran out of steam in the eighth, and Jeff Stevens threw kerosene on the fire, allowing four runs without retiring a batter, as the Curve scored five times in the frame. Ryan Fraser wriggled out of the innings and Adrian Rosario locked down the save.
St Lucie 9, Bradenton 3
The Lucies hung a five spot on the Marauders in the top of the first, thanks in part to a two run homer from LF Rafael Fernandez (2 for 4, 4 RBI), and never looked back. TJ Rivera (2 for 4, 2 RBI, 3 runs scored) added a two run blast of his own and Cory Vaughn went 1 for 3 with a run and an RBI. Cesar Puello, now hitting ninth, continues to struggle, going 1 for 4. His slash line sits at .245/.300/.374. Tyler Pill went five strong, allowing a run on two hits while walking one and striking out four. Jack Leathersitch had an exciting two innings of relief, giving up four hit s and a walk, though he did not allow a run and struck out five. And Hamilton Bennett gave up a solo homer to Mel Rojas, Jr. – yes, son of THAT Mel Rojas.
Charleston 8, Savannah 4 (13 innings)
Is it just me, or are Savannah and Charleston playing an inordinate amount of times these days? And the games are always either decided late or in extra innings? Anyway, why should this game be different from all the others? Domingo Tapia turned in a solid start (5IP, 4R, 3ER, 5H, 1BB, 3K) but the Sand Gants still found themselves trailing in the bottom of the eighth. That’s when Aderlin Rodriguez came through with a two out, two run homer to tie the game. From there the bullpens matched zeroes until Jared West got roughed up in the 13th for four runs.
Jamestown 5, Brooklyn 2
Luis Cessa pitched well in his 5.2 innings (two runs, four hits – one homer – one walk and four strikeouts) but the Cyclone offense was soft as Brooklyn lost it’s second straight to the Jammers. Buck Wheeler gave up three runs in .2 innings to let the game get away, raising his average to 11.74. Kevin Plawecki went 1 for 4 with a run and an RBI, but Brandon Nimmo’s average dipped below the Mendoza Line again (.197) with an 0 for 4 effort, and Philip Evans was 0 for 3 with a run scored. After a hot start his slash line now looks like this: .225/.326/.388.
Pulaski 5, Kingsport 3
When I see the Pulaski IMariners, always think of the Pulaski Skyway, which in turn makes me think of this. Anyway, the beat goes on for Kingsport. Akeel Morris went five innings giving up three runs. He only walked one, which is an improvement. However, he gave up six hits and s looking more hittable. He also added six strikeouts. Coming into the season the Mets wanted him to lower his walk ate which he has, but is apparently getting too much of the plate. In 18 IP this year, he has given up twenty hits and six walk against 20 punch outs. Gavin Cecchini was 3 for 3 with a run scored.