Last Night on the Farm - 8/10/11
Last night on the farm, the world stopped while Matt Harvey made a start, the Lucies lit up the scoreboard in a double dip, and Juan Urbina continues to look like an erratic teenager.Syracuse 6, Buffalo 1Dylan Owen was good for a while, but the wheels came off in the 6th inning and he ended up allowing 6 runs on 8 hits and 5 walks in 5.1 innings. Zach Lutz had 2 hits including a solo homer. Jordany Valdespin made his AAA debut by going 2-4, including a double to lead off the game; however, he also committed 2 errors. Josh Satin’s hitting streak came to an end, but after 17 games in AAA he’s still hitting .338.Binghamton 9, Trenton 3Matt Harvey won his second straight start, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits in 5 innings, which isn’t overwhelming but it’s solid. Striking out 6 and walking none is what stands out the most about his stat line. Rhiner Cruz added 2 shutout innings, and Brad Holt also pitched a scoreless frame. The B-Mets were great with the bats last night. Reese Havens, Michael Fisher, and Eric Campbell all had 3 hits. All had at least 1 double and 1 RBI. Jon Malo had 2 hits including a homerun.St. Lucie 9, Jupiter 2 (Game 1)Cory Mazzoni gave up his first run as a professional, but he also got the win after pitching the 4th inning after Greg Peavey only lasted 3 shutout innings. I assume the brief outing is to limit Peavey’s innings count down the stretch (they don’t want to max him out before the playoffs). Five different Lucies had a 2-hit game, including Pedro Zapata who doubled and tripled, Rylan Sandoval who hit a 3-run dinger, and Juan Centeno who’s hitting .305. Jefry Marte drove in 2 runs. Cory Vaughn was subbed out prior to the 5th inning and catcher Dock Doyle finished the game in left field. Vaughn didn’t bat or make a play in the field in the 4th, so I’m not sure why he came out; Doyle played left field because the Lucies have just 3 outfielders on their roster.St. Lucie 9, Jupiter 1 (game 2)John Church got the start and pitched a complete game (7 innings) 5 hitter, giving up just 1 run, with no walks and no strikeouts. Stefan Welch hit his 14th homerun of the year. Cesar Puello was 1-3 with a double and 2 RBI’s. Rylan Sandoval also doubled and drove in 2. Pedro Zapata and Francisco Pena had 2 hits each. Pena doubled and drove in a run; he hit .200 before the all-star break, but is hitting .255 since. I know that’s not much and I know a lot of people have given up on him, but he’s still just 21 years old, and for a 21-year old catcher playing at this level with his genes, that’s more than acceptable.Greenville 7, Savannah 2They’ve been few and far between, but Taylor Whitenton got bombed, giving up 6 runs on 7 hits in 4.1 innings, despite striking out 5; even after that shelling his ERA sits perfectly at 3. Albert Cordero had 2 more hits, including a double. He’s hitting .289 and may have an outside shot of reaching .300 by season’s end, which would have seemed impossible just a couple months ago. Joe Bonfe hit his 2nd homerun of the season to drive in both Gnat runs.Brooklyn 9, Batavia 2Marcos Camarena struck out 6 and allowed 5 base runners in 5.2 scoreless innings. Tyson Seng gave up a run but also struck out 3 in 2 innings of work. Daniel Muno had 3 hits, including a double. Travis Taijeron hit a grand slam in the 9th to put the game out of reach. Javier Rodriguez was 2-3 with a double and 3 RBI’s. Seng, Muno, and Taijeron, along with Charley Thurber, T.J. Chism, and Richard Lucas will all be representing Brooklyn in the NY/Penn League all-star game next week.Pulaski 8, Kingsport 4Juan Urbina struggled, but he wasn’t as bad as he’s been. He did complete 5 innings, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits with 3 strikeouts and just 1 walk. Lucas Stewart hit a 2-run homer and Julio Concepcion doubled home a run, but otherwise, it was a slow night for the K-Mets at the plate.