Last Night on the Farm - 7/30/11
Last night on the farm, Fernando Martinez returned to the lineup, and Vegas has already given 3-1 odds that he suffers another injury before the end of the season. Overall, a lack of offense (outside Savannah) plagued the minor leaguers last night: Buffalo 2, Lehigh Valley 1I don’t know how he did it, but Miguel Batista only gave up 1 run in 5.2 innings while giving up 8 hits and 6 walks, although 8 strikeouts probably helped a little. The bullpen also helped a great deal, shutting down the Iron Pigs the rest of the way. Fernando Martinez received the golden sombrero upon his return from the disabled list. Nick Evans and Ruben Tejada were both hitless. Harrisburg 5, Binghamton 3After getting a win his last time out Robert Carson was back to his old self, giving up 5 runs on 12 hits in 5.1, only striking out 2. Only 5 total hits for the B-Mets; Kai Gronauer had 3 of them, including a triple for the catcher. Dunedin 5, St. Lucie 4Darin Gorski gets a no decision after giving up 4 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits in 6 innings, victimized by a pair of homeruns and 4 errors by the Lucies. Gorski has been closer to mediocre than dominate in his last 4 outings. Pedro Zapata, Cesar Puello, and Dock Doyle all had 2 hits, with Puello doubling twice and driving in 2 runs. Stefan Welch hit his 13th homerun of the year. Savannah 7, Greensboro 1Taylor Whitenton struck out 3 in 3 shutout innings before leaving in favor of Adam Kolarek, who picked up his 5th win of the season after giving up a run on 2 hits with 7 strikeouts over 5 innings. The Gnats racked up 15 hits on the night, with Aderlin Rodriguez and Joe Bonfe having 3 each. Blake Forsythe was 2-4 with 2 doubles. Darrell Ceciliani and Alonzo Harris each had 2 RBI’s. Vermont 12, Brooklyn 1Eduardo Aldama got rocked for 5 runs in 3 innings, although he did strike out 5. The bullpen wasn’t much better, even T.J. Chism gave up a run. Richard Lucas homered and Charlie Thurber had 3 hits, but the Cyclones couldn’t manage much else. Bluefield 6, Kingsport 3Akeel Morris looked pretty good in 5 innings of work. He gave up just a single run on 4 hits and 4 walks, while striking out 9. Hansel Robles let up 4 runs in the 6th, but did strike out 4, costing the K-Mets the game. The K-Mets had just 6 hits, all singles. Both Julio Concepcion and Greg Pron were hitless, as Pron’s streak of 4 consecutive games with a home run came to an end. GCL Mets 8, GCL Nationals 2Seventeen-year old Craig Missigman got his first professional win after 2 shutout innings of relief. A pitcher named Beck Wheeler (not to be confused with Zack Wheeler) had a scoreless inning of relief and Roy Merritt gave up 2 runs in his second rehab appearance. Gilbert Gomez hit his first homerun of the year, Joe Tuschak doubled and drove in 3 runs, and 50th round pick Edward Rohan had 2 hits including a double.