A few notes before we begin: Chin-lung Hu (who?) apparently has the “yips”, and has left Buffalo to return to Port St. Lucie to try and work things out. Scott Kazmir is available, and for the record would be a great and much needed addition to the Buffalo rotation, and a better option to start a major league game than anybody else in Buffalo. Draft signings have been hard to confirm thus far, but check here for a color coordinated breakdown of the Mets picks: http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=228&f=1381&t=7574538
Buffalo 7, Norfolk 4The Bisons win as they pay a visit to the former Met affiliate. Chris Schwinden went 5.2 innings, giving up 3 runs (1 earned), but gave up 8 hits and 3 walks, although he did strike out 7. Dale Thayer got the win, and Ryota Igarashi the save, as both recorded 4 outs. Igarashi struck out 3 and walked 1. Zach Lutz is quickly making a case for a big league promotion; he had 3 hits including a double and 2 RBI’s. He’s hitting .375 since coming back from injury. Val Pascucci, Luis Figueroa, and Michael Fisher all had 2 hits. Nick Evans returned to AAA with a double and an RBI. Fernando Martinez left the game early, apparently limping off the field, but we won’t jump to any conclusions until we hear more. Richmond 11, Binghamton 9Brad Holt got beat up pretty bad. He gave up 8 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 3.2 innings of work. His ERA jumped above 5 as a result. The B-Mets had 17 hits, but could not come all the way back after Holt put them behind (Holt himself had 2 out those hits and an RBI for what it’s worth). Jordany Valdespin was 3-6 and homered twice, driving in 4. Reese Havens had 2 hits including a double, and once struck out once. Josh Satin, who is slowly turning into the B-Mets everyday third baseman, had 3 hits. Palm Beach 9, St. Lucie 6, 7 innings, game 1The Mets jumped ahead with 3 runs in the first, but Scott Moviel gave those runs right back and then left after 3 plus innings. He gave up 6 runs (4 earned) and the “all-star” took his 5th loss of the year. Michael Powers gave up 3 more runs, which didn’t help. Juan Lagares, Jefry Marte, and Pedro Zapata all had 2 hits. Marte as well as Wilmer Flores drove in 2 runs each. St. Lucie 6, Palm Beach 5, 7 innings, game 2Jack Egbert gave up 5 runs on 10 hits through the first 4 innings, but then Jeffrey Kaplan, Josh Edgin, and Nick Carr each pitched a scoreless innings, Edgin got the win and Carr the save. Juan Lagares and Cesar Puello both had 3 hits, and Wilmer Flores added 2 more. St. Lucie now has 3 days off for the all-star break and will then play the final 3 games of the first half schedule (don’t ask me who came up with that one). With 3 games to play, their magic number to win their division is 2. Greenville 3, Savannah 2Taylor Whitenton was very good yet again, just 2 runs on 1 hits through 6 innings. He was only hurt by his 3 walks, but did strike out 5. Michael Weldon pitched 2 scoreless frames before Gabriel Zavala surrendered the walk-off win of the Drive. Blake Forsythe and Alonzo Harris had 2 hits each, but there wasn’t much else from the Gnats bats. Cory Vaughn was 0-4 after a day off. Both games in the Dominican were rained out.