Last Night on the Farm - 8/2/12
OK folks, whatever the hell is inside of my chest made a strong comeback yesterday, but I think it is permanently on the wane now. Or will burst out like the Alien. At this point, I’d welcome anything that closes this episode one way or another. The B-Mets’ work overtime, and a rare win from an unexpected source. Other than that, it was a night to forget in the minors. Let take a closer look, shall we? Syracuse 2, Buffalo 0Garret Olsen pitched seven strong innings, giving up just one walk and two hits while striking out seven. Unfortch, one of those hits was a solo homer, and since the Herd were two hit on the day, that was all the Chiefs would need in this one. Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda went a combined 0 for 7 Binghamton 4, Harrisburg 3 (12 innings)Dustin Martin singled home Raul Reyes with two out in the bottom of the 12th to give the B-Mets the victory. The two teams combined for 27 hits and five errors, so this one was not a thing of beauty per se. Brad Holt, CJ Nitkowski (yes, he’s back), Ryan Fraser and Adam Kolarek combined for five innings of shutout ball in relief of Cory Mazzoni. Chein Ming Wang started for the Senators. Clearwater 5, St. Lucie 2An errant Aderlin Rodriguez throw gave the Thrashers a pair of unearned runs in the third, spoiling an otherwise strong effort for Angel Cuan, and the Thrashers touched up Jack Leathersitch for three in the eighth to put the dagger into the Lucies. Blake Forsythe, Alonzo Harris and TJ Rivera all had two hits in the losing effort. Greensboro 5, Savannah 2Jim Fuller gave up four runs in 4.2IP, and the Grasshoppers were in control of the game from then on out, pounding out ten hits in total. Camden Maron was 2 for 4 with a run scored for the Sand Gnats. Connecticut 11, Brooklyn 3The usually strong Cyclone pitching staff folded last night, and even though there has been a bit of an offensive resurgence the last few games, it wasn’t going to help them here. Luis Mateo gave up five runs on ten hits in only five innings of work. On the flip side, he didn’t walk anyone (though he did hit a batter) and struck out 10. Ernesto Yanez gave up four unearned runs in 1.2 innings of work thanks to not one but two Alex Sanchez errors at third base. Phillip Evans was 2 for 5 with a run scored. For the season, this team is 16-7 on the road, but only 10-11 at home. You figure it out… Kingsport 7, Greeneville 4I know, I did a double take too. The K-Mets win! Though Gavin Cecchini was sitting following being hit by a pitch last night, Jorge Rivero picked up the slack, going 3 for 5 with three RBI and two runs scored. John Gant pitched effectively for the win, going 5.2IP, allowing two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out five.