Last Night on the Farm - 7/13/12
The Kingsport Mets continue to flout the Will of God by scheduling games, and the Almighty continues to drop hints on them by raining them out. That’s when He isn’t finding ways to make them lose games. Anyway, one of these days they’ll get to play again….presumably. In other news, Binghamton swept a double header and the Cyclones got hit by a bus. Not proverbial, literal. Lots of action, let’s get to it. Buffalo 8, Pawtucket 5Look who figured out that the Mets have a slot in their major league rotation! Jeurys Familia turned in his second straight strong start, this time going 6.1 shutout innings, allowing five hits and a walk against six strikeouts. Not sure if he worked in his changeup, which coming into the year was the yardstick by which his major league readiness was to be judged – before his command slid backwards. Still, if he keeps it up, there will be a spot for him somewhere – be it the rotation or pen (or even trade bait). The Bisons busted out the lumber, with Fred Lewis homering twice (three RBI), Josh Satin adding a two run shot, and Matt Tuiasasopo adding a two run bomb of his own (three RBI on the night). Lewis’ second shot came off of Mark Prior. Yes, Mark Prior. That makes me feel sad. Binghamton 2, Erie 0 (Game 1)Not sure if you need a reminder since one of the farm teams play a doubleheader every day it seems, but minor league twin bills are seven inning affairs. Cory Mazzoni threw and abbreviated complete game shutout the first game of the double dip, allowing just four hits while striking out one. Wilmer Flores went 1 for 3 with a two run triple in the first innings, which was all the support Mazzoni would need. Binghamton 5, Erie 4 (Game 2 – 8 innings)Jefry Marte (2 for 4, solo homer, 2 RBI) singled in Wilmer Flores (that would be first baseman Wilmer Flores) in the bottom of the eighth – extra innings – to give the B-Mets the sweep. Mark Cohoon started and was in line for the win (6IP, 1R – unearned – 5H, 1BB, 6K), but Robbie Carson blew the lead with three in the seventh. Ryan Fraser pitched a scoreless eighth for the win. Michael Fisher went 1 for 4 with a two run homer. Tampa 8, St. Lucie 2 This one is on the Lucie infield. 2B Robbie Shields, SS TJ Rivera, and 3B Aderlin Rodriguez all committed errors that led to five unearned runs for the Yankees and sealed the game. Jason Bay DH’d and went 0 for 3. Cesar Puello went 1 for 1 with an RBI, but was pulled from the game in the 4th inning. He is hitting 245/.306/.381, and has a .136 average since coming back from a broken hand. Savannah 10, Delmarva 6Marcos Camarena gave up three runs in the bottom of the seventh to let the Shorebirds tie the game at six, but Brandon Brown came through with a two run homer in the top of the eighth to put the Sand Gnats back on top, and they tacked on to more in the ninth to seals the win. Dustin Lawley went 2 for 4 with three RBI and three runs scored, and Greg Pron added a 2 for 4 effort of his own, with two RBI. Connecticut 5, Brooklyn 2Talk about a bad night. Not only did the Cyclones lose their fifth in six games, but their bus got hit by a semi on their way out of town. So far it sounds like nobody was injured, but it sounds like they didn’t roll into State College till early this morning – I mean ‘sun is up’ morning. As for the game, it didn’t go much better. Two Cyclone errors led to five runs for the Tiger sin the bottom of the third, and that would be more than enough against a Cyclone offense that continues to struggle. Gabriel Ynoa took the loss, going six innings while giving up five runs (only one earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out 4. Brandon Nimmo went 3 for 4 with a run scored.