Last Night on the Farm - 5/18/12
A lot going on last night, including another Lucie’s win, a homer from A-Rod, a familiar name helped to shutout the B-Mets, and plenty of Matt Harvey related information. Let’s get to it: Buffalo 5, Gwinnett 3 Matt Harvey is the story here. After giving up back-to-back homeruns in the first inning he settled down and was much better. He ended up going 6 innings and giving up 3 runs on 4 hits with 3 walks and a career-high 11 strikeouts. According to Adam Rubin, who knew an “expert” in attendance Harvey threw 100 pitches, 10 of which were changeups, which is a pitch scouts feel he must develop in order to have success in the big leagues. In my view, Harvey is another 5 to 8 starts away from a major league call up even being considered if a spot in the big league rotation opened up. Harvey also singled, pushing his average to an even .400, and had a successful sacrifice bunt; he also won the game and improved his record to 4-1 on the year. Dylan Owen helped out by pitching 3 shutout innings and earning the save. At the plate, 5 different Bisons had multi-hit games. Val Pascucci made up for the 2 homers Harvey gave up by hitting 2 of his own and driving in 4 runs. Pascucci now has 10 bombs on the season. Josh Satin and Corey Wimberly also had 2 hits each. Wimberly has been a big help to the Herd since coming off the DL, hitting .381 after 5 games. Portland 4, Binghamton 0 Gonzalez Germen was solid in his 3rd AA start, but took the loss regardless. Germen gave up 2 runs (1 earned) over 6 innings while striking out 6. Armando Rodriguez struck out 3 in 2 innings but let up a couple runs. The B-Mets managed just 4 hits. Jefry Marte was 2 for 2 with 2 walks. Matt Den Dekker struck out 3 times, but did get a hit to extend his streak to 13 games. Reese Havens was 0 for 3, but managed to not get himself ejected, so at least that was a step in the right direction. Starting for Portland was a kid named Billy Buckner, who is of no relation to everyone’s favorite first baseman, despite having the same last name and being a part of the Red Sox organization. St. Lucie 7, Lakeland 2 Chase Huchingson only stayed in the game for 5 innings, but he made the most of it, striking out 8, while allowing just 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks. Taylor Whitenton struck out 4 in 2 shutout innings out of the bullpen. Even without the suspended Danny Muno the Lucies racked up 11 hits. Alonzo Harris took over the leadoff spot and went 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI. Francisco Pena had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. All of a sudden Pena has at least 1 hit in 8 of his last 10 games and is hitting .303 during that span. Cory Vaughn had a hit for the third straight game as he looks to get himself out of a big-time slump. The Lucies are the only time in all of minor-league baseball that has a single digit in the loss column. With 26 games left until the all-star break their magic number to clinch the FSL South first-half title is 15. Augusta 4, Savannah 3 Tyler Pill was decent, but it was far from his best outing. He went 6 innings and gave up 3 runs on 8 hits. His problem was too many strikes, as he walked none and struck out 5. Jeffrey Walters pitched the final 3 innings and gave up an unearned run, which means he is yet to give up an earned run in 13 plus innings this year. At the plate Aderlin Rodriguez and Charley Thurber both had 2 hit games. Thurber had a double and a triple while Rodriguez hit his first homerun in quite some time.