Down the stretch we come! And Brooklyn is having trouble scoring runs gain. Can they hold off Batavia for the wildcard? Also Jeurys Familia takes his final bow for the season. Let’s see how things played out.
Buffalo 10, Rochester 3
Jeurys Familia finishes 2012 strong, going seven innings allowing three runs on eight hits while walking only one and striking out nine. Nice to see him go out on a high note, and it will be interesting to see if he will be called up for the stretch run. Sometimes it’s worth it to be around big leaguers and absorb as much as you can. Either way, he’ll probably start at AAA (wherever that is) next year as he tries to control the walks (73 in 137 IP against 128K’s to go with a 4.73 ERA). As for the bats, Fred Lewis (solo homer) and Josh Satin (three run homer) were both 1 for 5, and Mike Nickeas was 3 for 3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Old friend Deolis Guerra – who was dealt to the Twins in the Johan Santana deal – pitched out of the pen for Ra-Cha-cha – going two innings allowing a run on three hits.
Reading 7, Binghamton 2
Darrin Gorski got rocked for six runs in the second inning, and that was pretty much all she wrote. Darrin’s line on the night was 2IP, 6R, 5H, 1HR, 1BB, 1HBP, 2K. Eric Campbell was 2 for 4 with a solo homer, and Jefry Marte was 1 for 3.
St. Lucie 5, Bradenton 1
Travis Taijeron was 1 for 3 with a solo homer and two runs scored, and TJ Rivera was 3 for 4 with a run as well as the Lucies defeated the Marauders behind a balanced attack. Jacob De Grom got the victory, going six innings allowing a run on five hits (including a solo homer), while walking two and striking out six.
Asheville 6, Savannah 2
Yohan Almonte really struggled to keep the Sand Gnats in this, but he just didn’t have it (5IP, 6R, 7H, 1HR, 1BB, 4K). Since being demoted from St. Lucie he is 0-3 with a 9.75 ERA, 13IP, 8BB, 7K. Gilbert Gomez supplied the offense with a two run homer as part of a 2 for 4 effort.
Hudson Valley 3, Brooklyn 1
Gulp. Paul Sewald surrendered a two run home in the top of the eighth to break a 1-1 tie, dropping the Cyclones to five games out of first with six to play (the division is pretty much over) . The worse news? Batavia is now only a game out of the wild card and has won nine of their last ten. Once again, the Cyclones had trouble scoring runs, and it’s hard to imagine this team doing much even if they make the postseason seeing as the game plan is scratch out a run here or there and hope the pitching holds up. Luis Mateo started the game and deserved better than a no decision, going seven innings allowing only a run on four hits while walking one, hitting one, and fanning eight.
And with that, I sign off for the regular season. I’ll be heading up to Syracuse to see my beloved Northwestern Wildcats (and get some face time with my fellow LNotFarmer, Bryan). I’ll be back next week to cover the postseason which will include St. Lucie and, hopefully, the Cyclones.