Last Night on the Farm - 4/19/11
Last night on the farm, the weather of upstate New York strikes again, and only one team bothered to bring their bats to the game.Rochester 3, Buffalo 1 Game 1Jenrry Mejia started slow giving up a pair of runs in the first inning, but in his defense, the temperature at first pitch was just a tad above freezing with significant wind, although kudos on the short sleeves for the Dominican native. Mejia did settle down after that and ended up with 6 strikeouts. His ERA remains below one. Taylor Tankersley struck out 3 in 1.1 innings of work; he has yet to give up a run this year. Jason Pridie led off the game for the Bisons with a homerun, but the Bisons managed only three hits the rest of the way, and none of them translated into anything close to a scoring opportunity.Rochester 2, Buffalo 0 Game 2It was more of the same in game two as the Bisons got swept in the double header: good pitching, but no offense whatsoever. Dylan Owen finally had a decent outing, giving up just 2 runs on 3 hits through 5 innings, followed by 2 scoreless frames from the bullpen. At the plate, 5 singles is all the Herd could muster. Two of those singles came off the bat of Kirk Nieuwenhuis who is riding a 9-game hitting streak. For the season, Nieuwenhuis is batting .349 and slugging .512.Portland at Binghamton PPDRain in the southern tier will make the B-Mets wait one more day to try for their third-straight win.St. Lucie 11, Fort Myers 2The losing didn’t last long in Port St. Lucie. The pitching was there as always, but the bats were out in full force. Scott Moviel won his 2nd game of the season, giving up 2 runs, 1 earned, and pitching into the 7th. Darin Gorski got the final 7 outs of the game, striking out 5, and scattering 4 hits with no runs allowed. Jason Bay is officially ready for his season debut in flushing scheduled for Thursday night, although he could be back tonight. He went 4 for 4 with 4 RBI’s on a pair of 2-run bombs. Ronny Paulino had 2 hits, including a double, although he has a week until he’ll be back in the big leagues. Matt Den Dekker had 3 hits of his own, including a double and 2 RBI’s. Francisco Pena returned to the lineup after sitting out a few days and had 3 hits and 2 RBI’s. Jefry Marte and Rylan Sandoval had 2 hits apiece. Wilmer Flores also had a double and an RBI, but did commit his 3rd error of the season in the field. The only met without a hit was Cesar Puello, whose average dropped to .200. Even without Puello contributing, the Mets totaled 18 hits on the night.Lexington 2, Savannah 0Ryan Fraser was the tough luck loser, going strong for 6 innings, giving up just 2 runs, 1 earned, on 4 hits while striking out 4. Taylor Whitenton piggybacked for 3 shutout innings, striking out 5. However, just 3 hits all night for the Sand Gnats. Even Sam Honeck was held hitless, snapping an 8-game hitting streak. If there’s a silver lining, it’s the 2 hits for Cory Vaughn, but Savannah could do nothing else, losing their second in a row.