Last Night on the Farm - 6/21/12
Last night on the farm all six teams were in action for the first time all season, and only one of them managed to get a win. Also, if you didn’t hear Zack Wheeler and Wilmer Flores were picked to play in the Future game on July 9th. Flores also played in the game in 2009. Interesting story, the day after Flores played in the futures game he was back in Savannah and I caught a foul ball he hit. Okay, that wasn’t interesting, but it was true. Anyway, on to the games: Norfolk 5, Buffalo 3 Jeurys Familia got knocked around a bit and couldn’t make it out of the 3rd, giving up all 5 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks with just 1 strikeout. He was taken out after a balk with 2 outs in the 3rd. Jack Egbert and Manny Acosta both pitched 2 shutout innings. Ruben Tejada was 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Ronny Cedeno was 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts and is expected to be back in New York Friday night. Matt Den Dekker was 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts. It should be noted that this was a 10a.m. start time, so perhaps factor that into the results. Binghamton 4, Akron 2 Gonzalez Germen had his third straight real good start for the B-Mets giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits, while striking out 6 in 6 innings. Ryan Fraser struck out 3 in 2 hitless innings and Robert Carson pitched a scoreless 9th to pick up his 5th save of the year. Eric Campbell was 3 for 3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI’s; after a terrible 2011 Campbell has bounced back big time and is hitting .308/.422/.473. Wilmer Flores was 1 for 4 with an RBI in his AA debut. He played 3B and Jefry Marte was the DH. Francisco Pena, also making his AA debut, was 2 for 3 with a walk and a solo homer. Reese Havens was 0 for 2, but walked twice and scored a run. Fort Myers 9, St. Lucie 5 Yohan Almonte had a rough night letting up 7 runs in 2.1 innings. Jeffrey Walters made his St. Lucie debut pitching a 1-2-3 9th inning. Allan Dykstra, returning from injury, went 3 for 4 with a double. Cory Vaughn was 2 for 5 with a homerun, his 13th of the season. Robbie Shields was 2 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI’s. Travis Taijeron batted 5th and played LF in his St. Lucie debut, but went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts. Augusta 9, Savannah 8 The Gnats scored 4 in the bottom of the 9th but couldn’t quite complete the comeback in their first game of the second half. Logan Verrett took the loss after giving up 4 runs (1 earned) in 5 innings while striking out 6. Gilbert Gomez, Aderlin Rodriguez, Brian Harrison, Charley Thurber, and Yucarybert De La Cruz all had 2 hits. Rodriguez drove in 3 runs. Staten Island 8, Brooklyn 1 The Cyclones suffered their first loss of the year, as they couldn’t quite sweep the Yankees. Hansel Robles gave up 1 run on 4 hits and a walk while striking out 7 in 5 innings, but took the loss after the bullpen imploded. Beck Wheeler let up 4 runs in .2 innings. Tyler Vanderheiden, a true submarine pitcher, pitched a scoreless 9th. Phillip Evans was 2 for 3 with a homerun. Cole Frenzel also had 2 hits. After homering the previous night Eudy Pina tripled. Brandon Nimmo was 1 for 4 with a walk and a strikeout. Princeton 15, Kingsport 2 As you can see, this was a thrashing. Persio Reyes started and let up 6 runs in 4 innings. Ediogilis Villasmil (not a name you should have to learn) gave up another 5 in 1.2 innings. Zach Dotson gave up 3 more runs and got 1 out. Eric Peguero had 2 hits and scored both K-Mets runs; he’s off to a hot start. Gavin Cecchini was 0 for 3. After homering on back to back days Joe Tuschak was 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts.