About ten games left in the minor league season. Where does the time go when it’s not around here (that’s a quote for all you BNL fans out there). Tropical Storm Isaac washed away the Lucies, and we send out best to all the people down on the Gulf Coast. Hang in there folks – and stay safe. Buffalo split a doubleheader, and as always, we remind you that twin bills in the minors are seven inning affairs. Onward!
Buffalo 1, Rochester 0 (Game 1)
Zach Wheeler picks up his first win at AAA, throwing a (truncated) complete game shutout while allowing only three hits and two walks against seven strikeouts. The lone run of the game was knocked in by Matt den Dekker, who didn’t strike out once. Good for him.
Rochester 11, Buffalo 9 (Game 2)
Things went a wee bit differently in the nightcap. Each team had three innings where they put up crooked numbers, and boy did CJ Nitkowski (1.1 IP, 7R, 7H, 1BB, 0K) put a dent in any potential plans to be a useful piece out of the Mets pen. He entered with a 5-3 lead in the fourth, and by the time he was pulled with one out in the fifth, it was 10-5 in favor of Ra-Cha-Cha. The Herd was able to cut the lead to a run before the Red Wings tacked on one more for insurance. The good news is that the Bisons had the long ball working: Fred Lewis and Val Pascuccui each had solo shots, while Zach Lutz and Matt Tuiasasopo each connected for two run homers. Check out the Bosons on SNY tonight at 7 if you have a chance.
Binghamton 5, Portland 3 (10 innings)
Wilfredo Tovar (4 for 4, run scored) delivered a two run single in the top of the tenth to put the B-Mets up for good, and Brad Holt threw a perfect inning to pick up his third save of the year as Binghamton outlasts the Sea Dogs. Greg Peavey got the start and was solid in getting a no decision (7IP, 3R, 6H, 2HR, 1BB, 4K) despite giving up two homers. Jeff Kaplan got the win in two scoreless innings of relief. Wilmer Flores went 3 for 5, Dustin Martin went 2 for 5 with a run scored, and Juan Centeno was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Rome 4, Savannah 3
The Sand Gnats cut the run to one in the bottom of the ninth, but Dustin Lawley struck out to end the game with Cole Frenzel on third. Marcos Camarena took the hard luck loss, going six innings, allowing three runs (two earned), on five hits and a walk while striking out three. The Alliteration Twins, Brandon Brown and Gilbert Gomez (two RBI) each went 2 for 4 with a run scored.
Staten Island 12, Brooklyn 2
There was a time when the question was whether the Cyclones would win the division in the march to the playoffs, or just make the wildcard. With ten games to go, they are seven out of first and their wildcard lead has dwindled to two. A big reason is the hitting. I know the Mets are trying to instill a patient mentality in the new recruits, but Brooklyn is second to last in the league in hitting (.232). The pitching has been carrying them, but you can’t be that one sided and expect to be a playoff team. What if a pitcher has a bad day? Case in point: Julian Hilario only registered one out yesterday, but not before he gave up seven runs (five earned). The Yankees pounded out eighteen hits, ten of them for extra bases, but this game was over in the first inning. But hey, Brandon Nimmo hit a two run homer. BTW, he is by far the Cyclones most productive hitter. His batting average? .271
Pulaski 6, Kingsport 4
Persio Reyes allowed four run in just two innings, though he didn’t walk anyone. Carlos Valdez followed that up with two unearned and that was pretty much that for the K-Mets. They don’t hit that well either (.236 team average – dead last in the Appalachian League). Jeffrey Diehl was 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Gavin Cecchini was 0 for 4.