Last Night on the Farm - 8/22/11
Today, we will take a look at Matt Harvey’s outing last night, how the Bisons arranged their infield yesterday, and updates on playoff races for the affiliates still alive going down the stretch.Buffalo 6, Columbus 4Miguel Batista scattered 9 hits and let up 4 run in 5.1 innings, but got the win after the bullpen pitched 3.2 shutout innings. Jordany Valdespin (playing second base), Josh Satin (playing third base), and Zach Lutz (playing first base) all had 2 hits. Valdespin doubled and drove in 3 runs; Lutz had 2 RBI’s.Binghamton 2, Erie 0Matt Harvey was borderline dominant, pitching 7 shutout innings, giving up 4 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 5. Harvey has given up 7 runs in his last 5 starts, totaling 29 innings. Josh Stinson pitched 2 perfect innings, save for a Reese Havens error. Havens had 1 of the B-Mets 3 hits, all singles, but that was enough to get the win. Michael Fisher and Juan Lagares also singled.Rome 4, Savannah 3Erik Goeddel let up 4 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits through 5 innings, striking out 5 and walking 2. Adam Kolarek pitched three 3 scoreless innings. Wilfredo Tovar had 2 hits, including a double, as he continues his hot streak. Darrell Ceciliani returned to the lineup after a couple days out and went 1-4. The Gnats lead in the SAL Southern Division is at 2 games, and their magic number to win the second half title is 11.Tri-City 7, Brooklyn 4 (continued from Sunday)The Cyclones had already dug themselves a big hole on Sunday, and even with good pitching the next day they couldn’t come back. Nick Carr had another rehab outing, pitching a scoreless frame, and striking out 2. Brandon Brown was 3-4 with a homerun and 2 RBI’s, his 6th homerun in just 29 games this season. Chase Greene and Tillman Pugh had 2 hits each.Brooklyn 3, Tri-City 2 (8 innings)Marcos Camarena struck out 5 and let up 2 runs on 3 hits in 5 innings of work. Jack Leathersich followed with 2 perfect innings out of the bullpen, striking out 2, and Michael Weldon pitched a scoreless 8th, which set up a walk-off homerun by catcher Amauris Valdez. Tillman Pugh had 2 more hits, as did Valdez, T.J. Rivera, and Javier Rodriguez. The Cyclones are 3.5 games back in the division and 1.5 games out of the wildcard spot.Danville 11, Kingsport 4It was a real rough night for the K-Mets, Jacob Lugo and Brian Valenzuela gave up all 11 runs within the first 4 innings, but because of 4 errors, only 4 of the runs were earned. There wasn’t much the K-Mets offense could do, so a couple key regulars were taken out midway through the game to give them some extra rest down the stretch as Kingsport remains just a game behind Elizabethton for the final playoff spot in the Appalachian League West Division.GCL Mets 4, GCL Marlins 2The Mets got solid pitching from 4 different youngsters to lead them to victory, although they have already been eliminated from playoff contention. Brandon Nimmo was honored with the golden sombrero. Jorge Rivero hit his first homerun of the season.