Last Night on the Farm - 5/12/12
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there, especially mine, who is spending some well deserved R&R in Europe. It's Day Four of my stomach virus, and the farm played like I am digesting food. There was one bright spot however. Let’s take a look at the results (of the games, not my illness).Charlotte 5, Buffalo 4Chris Schwinden got over the struggles that plagued him in his big league cameo earlier this season, and showed flashes of what got him the call up in the first place. In six innings, he gave up two runs on four Hits with a walk and eight strikeouts. However, Justin Hampson gave up three runs in the bottom of the eighth which doomed the Herd. The Immortal Val Pascucci hit a three run homer in the effort. New Hampshire 9, Binghamton 0Ouch. Darren Gorski was lit up for nine runs (eight earned) on ten hit sin just four innings. Things don’t usually turn out well when your starter gives up numbers like that. For what it’s worth, Kevin Mulvey Bard Holt and Robbie Carson combined for four shutout innings of relief. Though maybe the Fisher Cats just got tired. Somehow, the B-Mets managed to scatter nine hits. Matt den Dekker extended his hitting streak to eight, but Reese Havens went hitless again. His slash line is now an ugly .167/.271/.286Bradenton 9, St. Lucie 1Well, this is smidge better, no? Instead of one horrific pitching outing, there were a number of mediocre ones. Chase Huchingson gave up two runs in three innings, but the five walks Chased him from the game. See what I did there? In 35.1 innings this year, Chase has walked 21 batters. Kyle Allen went the next three, giving up four runs (only two earned) and Tyler Whitenton went the back three giving up three (two earned). You get the point, no matter who came in the Marauders kept….Marauding. For what it’s worth, the Lucies were facing Gerrit Cole, the #1 overall pick in last year’s draft. Danny Muno actually had a solo home run off him, so there’s that. Cory Vaughn was 1 for 4, but he also struck out again. That’s 1 in 31 games this year. Ok – let’s just move on to some good news.Savannah 8, Hickory 4Michael Fulmer had another strong outing, going five innings, allowing two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out seven. He is having a really strong pro debut, and his ERA is now 3.25 and in 27.2 IP he has walked seven and struck out 27. Travis Taijeron went 2 for 5 with a homer and three RBI. The pride of Lowell, MA., Jack Leathersitch, gave up a run in two innings of relief, but he struck out four. In 21 IP this year, Leathersitch has 31 K’s. While Fulmer is 19 and might very well spend the year at Savannah, I can see Leathersitch moving up the St. Lucie soon.