It was a clean sweep for the Mets last night, with every team in the organization winning (even the major league club thanks to R.A. Dickey). So it’s all good stuff to read about as Wilmer Flores continues to mash, Chase Huchingson hit double-digit strikeouts, and the Cyclones remain in control of their playoff fate.
Buffalo 8, Rochester 5
Chris Schwinden, who you should not expect to see in September, threw 5 scoreless innings before giving up a 3-spot in the 6th. Elvin Ramirez followed and gave up a run on 4 walks and 0 hits in .2 innings. Regardless, you should see Ramirez in September. Jordany Valdespin was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s. Josh Satin and Mike Nickeas also had 2 hits each. Josh Rodriguez homered. Nickeas and Zach Lutz will be joining the Mets today in Miami, while several other Bisons will join the major league club after Labor Day.
Binghamton 8, Trenton 5
Greg Peavey isn’t blowing people away, but he is eating up innings, going 7 while allowing 4 runs on 9 hits and picking up his 8th win of the season. Ryan Fraser pitched a scoreless 9th for his 4th save of the year. Fraser will be one of seven players the Mets are sending to the Arizona Fall League, which you can read about here: http://realdirtymets.com/2012/08/29/mets-afl-participants/. At the plate, Wilmer Flores homered for the 4th time in the last 9 games; he has 18 for the year between St. Lucie and Binghamton. Dustin Martin and Allan Dykstra added homeruns of their own. Wilfredo Tovar was 2 for 5 from the leadoff spot with a double, an RBI, and 3 runs scored.
St. Lucie 7, Bradenton 3
Chase Huchingson continues to finish the season strong and could be in line for a playoff start next week. He struck out 11 and walked 1 over 6.1 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned). Jeff Walters and Adam Kolarek took it the rest of the way, with Kolarek pitching a perfect 9th inning, striking out 2. Alonzo Harris and Richard Lucas both had 2 hits, with everyone but Danny Muno getting at least 1 hit. Lucas tripled and drove in 2 runs. Cory Vaughn and Blake Forsythe added a double each. The Lucies state the playoffs next Tuesday in Jupiter, while they will host game 2 Wednesday and game 3 (if necessary) on Thursday at Digital Domain Park.
Savannah 4, Kannapolis 2
Alex Panteliodis threw 7 strong innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits. T.J. Chism wrapped up his 19th save of the year. Dustin Lawley and Charley Thurber had 2 hits each. Yucarybert De La Cruz hit his 3rd homer of the season.
Brooklyn 5, Staten Island 1
Hansel Robles earned his 6th win of the year giving up just an unearned run over 5 innings, striking out 4. Three different relievers combined for 4 shutout innings to secure the win. Kevin Plawecki was 2 for 4 with a solo homer, his 7th for Brooklyn this year. Alexander Sanchez homered off of a rehabbing Pedro Feliciano. Brandon Nimmo was 1 for 3 with an RBI triple. Batavia also won, so the Cyclones retain their slim 1 game lead in the wildcard race; their magic number is 5 with 5 games to go, which the final 4 coming at home starting on Sunday.