There was a lot of interesting stuff on the farm last night: there was two walk-offs, four wins against just one loss, great starts by Collin McHugh and Michael Fulmer, what could possibly be Zack Wheeler’s final AA start, multiple rehabbing big leaguers, and I make special mention of not one, but two guys that are really good at talking a walk. Take a look:
Louisville 5, Buffalo 4
Collin McHugh made his best AAA start so far pitching 6.2 scoreless innings, allowing just 5 hit and a walk while striking out 6. Unfortunately Fernando Cabrera imploded in the 8th inning, allowing 4 runs that tied up the game. Then in the bottom of the 9th, you guessed it, Pedro Beato let up a walk-off homer. For a while this one looked like a surefire victory for the Herd as they put up a 3-spot in the first inning on a double by Josh Satin off major league vet Brett Tomko, who was chased from the game after 3 innings. Zach Lutz, Adam Loewen, and Josh Rodriguez also had doubles. Mike Baxter was 1 for 3 with 2 walks. Matt Den Dekker was 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts. Lucas Duda was not in the lineup, but he should be from this point forward in either left field or at first base.
New Britain 11, Binghamton 2
In a noon start time Zack Wheeler had his second straight start that did not go so well, giving up 6 runs (5 earned) on 10 hits in 4 innings. He did strike out 5 and walked none, so there are some positives to take away. After pitching a complete game and just dominating on July 14th Wheeler has given up 14 runs in 7.2 innings in his last 2 starts. Still, his next start could very well be for Buffalo. Frank Francisco pitched later in the game and let up 2 runs on 3 hits in .2 innings, walking 1 and striking out 1, although 1 of those runs was an inherited runner that Brad Holt allowed to score. Offensively the B-Mets had just 4 hits, all singles. Wilmer Flores was hitless for the 3rd time in 4 games and is hitting .190 over his last 10 games. However, Reese Havens is hitting .260/.394/.403 in July; that guy knows how to draw a walk.
St. Lucie 6, Bradenton 5
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th Kai Gronauer grounded to the shortstop, who flipped the ball to the centerfielder, who could not turn the double play, giving the Lucies the old walk-off fielder’s choice. Kyle Allen got the start and pitched a solid 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits. Chase Huchingson pitched 2 shutout innings, as he makes the move to the bullpen where he has a shot to become a LOOGY. Taylor Whitenton walked 3 and let in 2 runs, blowing the save, but Jack Leathersich struck out 3 around a hit and a walk to earn the win. Alonzo Harris led the way with 3 hits and scored the game-winning run. T.J. Rivera, Richard Lucas, and Aderlin Rodriguez all had 2 hits. A-Rod drove in 3 runs and hit his first homer since being promoted to St. Lucie. Cesar Puello is back on the DL with a hamstring injury.
Savannah 6, Kannapolis 2
Michael Fulmer was fantastic again, going 5 innings and giving up just 3 hits and a walk while striking out 8. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but what Fulmer has done this year as a 19-year old in full-season ball is nothing short of phenomenal. Dustin Lawley, Greg Pron, and Cole Frenzel all had multi-hit games; Frenzel had 3 hits, including 2 doubles. Gilbert Gomez doubled, walked twice, drove in and scored a run; he’s 20 years old and his OBP is 100 points higher than his average (the Mets front office likes that).
Brooklyn 3, Batavia 2
Gabriel Ynoa struck out 5 and let in just 2 runs over 6 innings to earn the win. Then Paul Seward threw 3 shutout innings, allowing just 1 base runner to earn the save. Alexander Sanchez and Stefan Sabol both had 2 hits and hit back-to-back homers in the 6th to provide all 3 Cyclone runs. Sabol, Richie Rodriguez, and Brandon Nimmo all doubled.
The K-Mets were off last night but will play a double header tonight.