Last Night on the Farm - 5/31/12
Happy June, everyone! The bats were touch and go last night, but there’s a lot of interesting pitching notes. And I mean ‘interesting’ in a good way. Let’s take a look.Columbus 3, Buffalo 0Chris Young is making a good case that he is ready to help the big club. In six shutout innings, Young allowed just two hits and three walks with two strikeouts. He is due for one more tune-up before the Mets decide what to do with him (and I can’t see any other scenario where he is not plugged into the Mets rotation immediately). Chick James got roughed up in a third of an innings, allowing three runs, and Pedro Beato went 1.2 scoreless innings. Josh Thole, playing in a rehab game before he arrives back in Queens, went 1 for 4. No one else did much with the bats.Binghamton 8, Reading 1Ah, Zach Wheeler. First off, Happy Belated Birthday (it was Wednesday). Something tells me the Giant swill live to regret trading him. In seven spectacular innings, Wheeler allowed a run on three hits while walking none and striking out eight. For the season he is 5-2 with a 1.88 ERA, 53IP, 21 BB, 60K. In other news, LF Pedro Zapata was 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Josh Rodriguez was 1 for 5 with a three run homerSt Lucie 8, Palm Beach 3The Lucies let loose with a thirteen hit barrage on the Cardinals, with the charge led by center fileder Alonzo Harris (4 for 5, 3 RBI, 2 runs), and catcher Blake Forsythe (2 for 3, three RBI). IN addition, Wilmer Flores was 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored. He is now the proud owner of a .330/.371./.543 slash line. On one hand, that’s great for a twenty year old in Hi A. On the other, this is his third go round in the Florida State League. Lost in the shuffle was Robbie Shields, who managed to go 0 for 6. Yohan Almonte got the win, going five shutout innings, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out five. Jack Leatherstich went three innings of relief and allowed two runs (one earned) while striking out six. Greensboro 2, Savannah 0Michael Fulmer had a solid, if not superb, outing. Though he took the loss, he did go five innings allowing a run on four hits, two walks and five strikeouts. For a nineteen year old in his debut season at Low A, he is 2-3 with a 3.74 ERA and a K/BB ratio 32/13 in 33 innings. As for the ‘offense’, the Sand Gnats managed just four hits and were handcuffed all night long.