Some mediocre pitching from some on the radar pitchers, but there’s nothing I am too worried about right now. Also, the Mets bid adieu to a local kid. Quick programming note, LNotF will be posting a little later than usual over the weekend due to some houseguests. Let’s delve, shall we?
Lehigh Valley 5, Buffalo 2
Zach Wheeler got the start for the Herd and was decidedly ‘meh’ (5IP, 5R, 5H, 1HR, 0BB, 5K). The no walks are a good sign. His velocity was on (95MPH on the fastball), and the movement was on according to Wally Backman – the control just wasn’t there. Unless this turns into a trend, I’m not going to worry about it. Keep in mind this is his third start since the promotion. Lucas Duda was 1 for 3 with an RBI. Also, Pedro Beato is shipping up to Boston to complete the Kelly Shoppach trade.
New Hampshire 5, Binghamton 2
Greg Peavey went the distance – albeit eight innings – but it was one inning that did in the B-Mets. The Fisher Cats scored four times in the fourth, and never looked back. Overall Peavey allowed nine hits (including two homers) but walked no one and struck out five. Jefry Marte was 2 for 3 with two runs scored, and Wilmer Flores was back at second – though he only went 1 for 4.
St. Lucie 7, Palm Beach 5
Fear the Cuan! Angel Cuan went seven strong innings, allowing just a run on six hits while walking none and striking out three. Jeffrey Walters came in and got clubbed for four runs in just a third of an inning in the eighth, but Taylor Whitenton righted the ship and the Lucies hung on for the victory. The bats continue to stay hot, and Alonzo Harris and Corey Vaughn each smacked two run homers, and Cesar Puello went 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Savannah 6, Lexington 5
The wonderfully named second baseman Yucarybert De La Cruz launched a three run home in the top of the seventh to turn a 4-3 Sand Gnat deficit into a 6-4 lead, which Savannah would hang on to. Domingo Tapia picked up the win, his sixth, though he was not as sharp as he had been in the past. In six and a third innings, he gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits while walking three and striking out six.
Tri-City 4, Brooklyn 2
Let’s hope this is not a harbinger of things to come, but the Valley Cats are a really good team this year and tough to beat. After sending four pitchers to the New York-Penn League All Star Game, Matthew Bowman came out of the pen for the rare start, and was very effective (4IP, 0R, 1H, 1BB, 2K). After Bowman left with a 1-0 lead however, Matt Koch entered and got roughed up immediately for three runs in the fifth. With the score 4-2 in the eighth, the Cyclones got the tying runs into scoring position but Stefan Sabol and Jeff Glenn both struck out to end the inning.
Johnson City 14, Kingsport 3
Last night the show was on the other foot, and the Cardinals put the thump on the K-Mets. Corey Oswalt didn’t last long in the start, allowing seven runs in just two and a third innings. Luis Rengel allowed four in the following two and two thirds and that was pretty much that. Jonathon Leroux, the pride of Northeastern University, went 2 for 4 with a run scored.