Last Night on the Farm - 5/21/11
First off, best of wishes to Gary Carter and his family. That 10th inning was the first time I rememberas a kid seeing first hand evidence that if you don’t give up, you leave the door open for good things to happen. Here’s hoping he starts another rally.... Charlotte 6, Buffalo 3 What’s left of the Bisons’ hosted Joe McEwing's Charlotte Knights last night. Nice to be able to write about Super Joe. Lastings Milledge was not in the lineup. Chris Schwinden was second in the International League, but then Jim Gallagher hit a grand slam in the fifth inning, which was all Charlotte would need. His ERA now sits at a very good 2.36. 2B Michael Fisher went 1 for 4 and is now hitting .412 since in 39 AB’s since being called up from Binghamton. Mr. Hu is back to his hitless ways, which I’ll take as a sign that this is surely not the end of days. Harrisburg 7, Binghamton 2 Oh would I have loved to hear Wally Backman after this game. The Senators barely outpaced the B-Mets 7-6. BY that I mean the number of Harrisburg runs (7) versus Binghamton errors (6). Robbie Carson was the tough luck loser, even though he didn’t pitch all that well (5 runs, only 2 earned in 4.2 innings, to go with 4 K’s – but he allowed 6 hits and 3 walks. If the D is booting it behind you, you have to take matters in your own hands). But let’s look at the real stars of the game. Jordanny Valdespin was 0 for 1 with an error. 2B Josh Satin went 0 for 2 with 2 errors. And RF Eric Campbell was 1 for 2 with a whopping 3 errors. St. Lucie 12, Tampa 7 OK – don’t panic. Matt Harvey started, though he’s been better. In 5.2 innings he allowed 9 baserunners (7 hits and 2 walks), but he did whiff 6 while only giving up 3 runs). Adam Rubin of ESPN NY tweeted yesterday that he “heard” there is a possibility that Harvey could be promoted to Binghamton as early as June 1. His last five starts have see-sawed between great and bad - with yesterday being ‘meh’. Not sure if this is boredom after thoroughly dominating the Florida State League, some batters catching up to him, or something else. As for the game, the PSL Mets had their hitting shoes n. Angel Pagan went 3 for 4 with two runs scored, Matt den Dekker was 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI, Jefry Marte went 1 for 3 with 2 runs and an RBI, and Wilmer Flores was 1 for 4, driving in one. Overall a balanced attack. But the real star was LF Pedro Zapata, who was 5 for 6 with a HR, 3 RBI, and 4 runs scored. The 23 year old is now hitting .355. Savannah 5, Greenville 3 The Sand Gnats Taylor Whitenton had the unenviable task of squaring off against the Drive’s Anthony Ranaudo – a supplemental first rounder of last year’s draft for the Red Sox out of LSU. But Whitenton held his own, going 4.1 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits against no walks and 8 K’s (!). For the record, Ranaudo went 5 shutout innings giving up 6 hits and striking out 3. In other news, Robbie Shields extended his hit streak to 11, going 1 for 3 with a run scored. Adrerlin Rodriguez had a big night, going 3 for 3 with 2 runs and 2 RBI. Here’s hoping he gets going.