Last Night on the Farm - 8/24/11
Last night on the farm, the B-Mets stayed hot, the Cyclones let one slip away, Brandon Nimmo went yard for the first time, and St. Lucie actually managed to play both games of a doubleheader. Let’s take a look:Toledo 7, Buffalo 6A 3-0 lead got squandered as Chris Schwinden allowed 6 runs on 9 hits through 5.1 innings, striking out 4. Jordany Valdespin had 2 hits, but also struck out 3 times. Josh Satin and Raul Reyes both had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s; Reyes hit his first AAA homerun.Binghamton 10, Erie 5This was the 7th straight win for the B-Mets, who have actually got themselves within 8 games of a playoff spot, which seems like a lot, and it is, but considering how far away they were, it’s an epic accomplishment. Robert Carson actually won a game, giving up 3 runs in 6.1 innings, and getting a lot of help from the offense. Carson is now 4-11 with a 4.99 ERA. Matt Den Dekker homered twice and collected 4 RBI’s. Juan Lagares extended his hitting streak to 14 games with 2 hits. Kai Gronauer had 3 hits, including a homerun. Eric Campbell drove in 2 runs.Fort Myers 3, St. Lucie 0 game 1 (7 innings)Darin Gorski was the tough luck loser after pitching a complete game (6 innings), giving up 3 unearned runs on 4 hits while walking no one and striking out 5. Cory Vaughn had one of the Lucies 5 hits, but he also struck out twice.St. Lucie 4, Fort Myers 3 game 2 (7 innings)Kyle Allen pitched well, letting up 1 run on 4 hits in 5 innings. Josh Edgin got the final 4 outs, striking out 3. The Lucies had just 3 hits but Dock Doyle came out of nowhere with a 3-run homer to propel them to victory.Rome 5, Savannah 3The Sand Gnats have now lost 4 in a row and are losing their grip on first place. Gonzalez Germen started and let up 3 runs (2 earned) in 4 innings, and Ryan Fraser gave up 2 more. It’s not bad pitching, but Savannah needs great pitching to win games with their offense; although 3 fielding errors didn’t help either. Wilfredo Tovar had 2 hits as he continues to be red hot. Blake Forsythe also had 2 hits. Aderlin Rodriguez launched his 15th homerun of the year, but still holds just a .217 average.Tri-City 7, Brooklyn 4Carlos Vazquez pitched a solid 6 innings, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits, but Todd Weldon and Jeremy Gould gave up 5 runs in the 8th to let the game slip away. Charley Thurber had a monster game, going 3-3 with a double, an RBI, and 2 walks. No one else on the Cyclones was much help, although Tillman Pugh homered.Kingsport 9, Danville 4The K-Mets played their final home game of 2011 and kept their playoff hopes alive with a win, getting a little help from 8, yes 8 Danville errors. Domingo Tapia struck out 6 in 6 innings, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits and 2 walks. The bullpen did a fine job of closing out the game. The K-Mets only had 5 hits, but did I mention that Danville committed 8 errors, making all the runs Kingsport scored unearned, but a win’s a win.GCL Nationals 13, GCL MetsThe Mets young pitchers got roughed up pretty bad, and they only managed 5 hits at the plate. Brandon Nimmo had one of those hits, hitting his first professional homerun in the 8th inning; going 1-3 with a walk and no strikeouts. Phillip Evans was 2-4 with a double and 2 strikeouts. Eudy Pina hit his second homer of the season.