Last Night on the Farm - 4/6/12
Last night on the farm, two of the big four took the hill, but with less than ideal results. Elsewhere, the Gnats let one slip away, which means the team in Flushing is the only undefeated team left in the organization. Let’s see what happened: Buffalo 2, Pawtucket 1 Jeurys Familia made his AAA debut in this one. He faired well going 4.2 innings, but after walking 2 straight in the 5th he was taken out. He ended up giving up just 1 run on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4. Dylan Owen replaced him and pitched 3.1 scoreless innings, getting the win. Vinny Rottino had 2 hits, including a double. Zach Lutz also had 2 hits, as well as a walk and an RBI. Josh Satin also doubled. Omar Quintanilla ended up driving in the winning run in the top of the 9th, allowing Fernando Cabrera to pick up the save in the Bisons first win of the season. Akron 2, Binghamton 1 Zack Wheeler made his AA debut, but only lasted 3 innings on a cold night in the southern tier. He worked his way into and out of trouble the first couple innings, but surrendered 2 runs in the third, where his night ended. In those 3 innings he gave up 2 runs on 4 hits while walking 3 and striking out 4. Behind him the bullpen combined for 6 shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit. Edgar Ramirez and Elvin Ramirez each pitched 2 innings, striking out 2. Brad Holt and Josh Edgin each pitched a scoreless frame, both striking out 2 as well. Alas, the B-Mets could not muster up the offense to win. Pedro Zapata had 2 hits, including a double, and got on base 3 times. Allan Dykstra and Jefry Marte both doubled in the 4th to account for the only run of the game. St. Lucie 5, Bradenton 1 Gonzalez Germen started and pitched 6 strong innings, giving up just 1 run and striking out 3 as he out dueled Pirates ace A.J. Burnett (pitching on a rehab assignment) and got the win for the Mets. Taylor Whitenton walked 2 and struck out 2 in a scoreless 7th. Adam Kolarek followed with 2 scoreless innings and 2 strikeouts. The Lucies managed just 2 hits against Burnett, but one of those hits was an RBI triple by Francisco Pena. That triple was the last pitch Burnett would throw, but it was enough to hand him the loss. The Mets added on after Burnett’s exit to secure the win. Darrell Ceciliani, Cory Vaughn, and Richard Lucas all had 2 hits each. Ceciliani and Vaughn doubled while Lucas drove in 3 runs. Augusta 6, Savannah 5 It looked like the Gnats had this one in the bag, but Estarlin Morel gave up 3 runs in the top of the 9th, ruining an otherwise fine pitching performance by Savannah. Rafael Montero started and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits in 5.2 innings, while striking out 4 and walking no one. Tyson Seng struck out the only batter he faced to help Montero get out of the 6th and then Jack Leathersich struck out 3 in 2 innings, giving up only 2 hits and an unearned run. But then Morel blew the save and took the loss in the 9th. At the plate Dustin Lawley had 2 hits, including a double and an RBI. Cam Maron also doubled. Aderlin Rodriguez contributed the most with a three-run double. However, Rodriguez also committed an error: his fourth (yes, fourth!) in two games this season.