While Matt Harvey was making his big league debut, the minor league clubs were going a perfect 6-0, as the pitching was, for the most part, fantastic all the way down, except for Juan Urbina who is just plain terrible. A lot of good stuff, let’s check it out:
Buffalo 10, Louisville 7
Of all people Gonzalez Germen got the call up to fill one of the empty rotation spots (unsure if that’s permanent or not). He wasn’t great but he lasted for 7 innings, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits and got the win. Pedro Beato did his best to give the game away, allowing a 3-run homer. Fred Lewis was 4 for 4 with a double. Josh Rodriguez was 3 for 3 with 3 doubles and 5 RBI’s. Zach Lutz was 3 for 3 with a homer, 3 RBI’s and 2 walks. Mike Baxter was 2 for 5 with an RBI, while starting in centerfield. In 4 games for Buffalo Baxter is hitting .438; expect to see him before the road trip is over. Lucas Duda was 0 for 4 and played right field; according to tweets a couple of the outs he made were hit quite deep.
Binghamton was rained out due to terrible thunderstorms along the southern tier that even produced tornadoes. They’ll try to play a double header today.
St. Lucie 7, Lakeland 2
Thursday night was Gary Carter Tribute Night at Digital Domain Park. His wife, Sandy, and daughter, Christy, threw out the first pitch and were escorted by Howard Johnson. Gary managed St. Lucie in 2006 when they won the Florida State League Championship. Fittingly, Tim Teufel’s son, Shawn, was the starting pitcher for Lakeland. As for the game, Erik Goeddel had a nice outing, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits in 6 innings of work, walking 2 and striking out 6. Cory Vaughn was 2 for 4 and hit his 17th homer of the season; in July he’s hitting .305/.418/.537, but there’s no way of knowing whether he’s coming around or he’s just having another hot streak. Aderlin Rodriguez had 2 hits. Rafael Fernandez was 3 for 3 with a double, homer, and 3 RBI’s.
Savannah 4, Kannapolis 2
Alex Panteliodis is on the up with another good outing, going 7 innings and giving up just 1 unearned run on 3 hits while striking out 9. Matt Reynolds and Charley Thurber both had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s.
Brooklyn 7, Batavia 1
Luis Mateo blew people away for 6.2 innings, allowing 1 run on 6 hits with no walks and 7 strikeouts. Matt Koch pitched 2 shutout innings out of the bullpen. Jayce Boyd and Kevin Plawecki were both 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored. Stefan Sabol doubled twice and drove in a run. Brandon Nimmo was 1 for 5 with an RBI from the leadoff spot.
Kingsport 1, Bristol 0 (Game 1, 7 innings)
Steven Matz let up 2 hits and 3 walks over 6 shutout innings while striking out 8; I have to think that a promotion to Brooklyn is coming soon since the Mets like their top prospects to play in Brooklyn and at this point you have to set him up to break camp with a full season team next year. Apparently with Matz on the mound 3 singles is all you need to win because that’s all the K-Mets got.
Kingsport 6, Bristol 3
Break up the K-Mets, as they sweep a double header. Persio Reyes gave up 1 unearned run over 5 innings while striking out 5 and lowering his ERA to an even 7. Juan Urbina continues to be terrible: he got 1 out, walked 4, and gave up 2 runs without allowing a hit, but Ramon Estevez struck out all 5 batters he faced to get the save. Julio Concepcion and Jorge Rivero both drove in 2 runs.