Last weekend on the farm Matt Harvey and Greg Peavey made their post-promotion debuts, the Bisons walked off and Fernando Martinez continued to hit.
AAA: International League
- Saturday: Norfolk 5, Buffalo 6
Jesus Feliciano had a walk-off single in the eleventh inning to secure a wild victory after blowing a late lead. Dylan Owen had the start and was strong, allowing two earned runs over 5.1. Fernando Martinez hit a three-run homer and Nick Evans had two doubles to pace the Bisons.
- Sunday: Norfolk 3, Buffalo 5
The Tide and the Bisons traded three-run first innings, with the herd powered by a Val Pascucci solo home run. Chris Schwinden bounced back nicely after the tough first, tossing six straight scoreless while striking out seven. Fernando Martinez had two RBIs on two singles, totaling five RBIs on the weekend and raising his average to .275.
AA: Eastern League
- Saturday: Binghamton 4, Bowie 1
Roy Merritt started for the B-Mets and was pretty good, allowing one run over five innings and only three hits before handing it over to an even better bullpen. Josh Satin continued to state his case for promotion, going 2-5 with three RBIs and a double, and Matt Den Dekker had three hits leading off.
- Sunday: Binghamton 4, Bowie 6
The story on Sunday, naturally, was Matt Harvey’s AA debut, and he struggled, allowing four runs over 4.2 innings. It’s a big jump from the FSL to the Eastern League, and Harvey is going to experience some growing pains, so let’s not all panic at once. A real cause for panic? Brad Holt allowed two runs on four hits and a walk over an inning and a third. On the bright side, Jordany Valdespin had two hits and Brahiam Maldonado had a triple and a home run. Unfortunately the pitching failures were the story of the day.
A: Florida State League
- Saturday: St. Lucie 5, Jupiter 1
Saturday’s schedule double-header turned into a good old-fashioned single tilt, with almost the entire line-up getting in on the fun for the Mets. Jefry Marte was the big man with a two-run double, hoping to get his numbers up a bit before the Futures game, while Wilmer Flores and Francisco Pena added doubles and Cory Vaughn, Pedro Zapata and Juan Lagares all had single RBIs. This was plenty for Greg Peavey who, in his FSL debut, allowed just a run over five innings. Thank god for small miracles.
- Sunday: Bradenton 11, St. Lucie 3
Cory Vaughn had an RBI double and Scott Moviel allowed two runs over five innings before all hell broke loose. Nine runs over the seventh and eighth innings were enough to get this one completed early, and its best we don’t talk about it.
A: South Atlantic League
- Saturday: Augusta 5, Savannah 6
A four-run sixth inning helped the Gnats come rebound from a shaky Ryan Fraser start (five runs, six hits, four walks) to get the win. Wilfredo Tovar had a rare big day at the plate, going 2-5 with two RBIs and Rafael Fernandez and Sam Honeck both had doubles.
- Sunday: Augusta 0, Savannah 2
Taylor Whitenton was excellent, tossing six scoreless while scattering four hits and a walk to notch the win. Joe Bonfe had the lone Gnat RBI, on an eighth inning double, and Luis Nieves scored an unearned run in the sixth.
Rookie: New York Penn-League
- Saturday: Hudson Valley 2, Brooklyn 7
Oh to be Brandon Browne this weekend--the Cyclones shortstop hit two home runs on Saturday, and would end the weekend slugging .900 (love the small sample size). The 24-year-old is way beyond the proper age for the NYPL, but it’s nice to see the guy hitting the ball regardless. Chris Hilliard snagged his second win with five innings of one-run ball, and Brian Harrison added two RBIs, but of course the weekend was all about Browne.
- Sunday: Brooklyn 6, Aberdeen 1
In addition to Browne’s third homer of the weekend, Javier Rodriguez had three hits and a walk, and Brian Harrison once again had two RBIs. Marcos Camarena started and allowed just one unearned run over six innings. Good weekend in Brooklyn.
Rookie: Appalachian League
- Saturday: Bristol 3, Kingsport 10
Yucarybert De La Cruz had the play of the game (in addition to the name of the year) for the Mets, tripling in three and scoring on an error by the second baseman in the bottom of the sixth. Julio Concepcion also had an RBI triple, while Gregory Pron and Jeffrey Glen each had a double in the seven-run inning. Brett Mitchell had an excellent start and did not allow a run over five innings in his season debut.
- Sunday: Bristol 3, Kingsport 10
The Mets spread the love a bit more on Sunday, taking the lead with a four-run fifth inning and adding six total runs in the next two innings. Julio Concepcion and Dustin Lawley each had two RBIs, Yucarybert De La Cruz had another triple, and the Mets pitching staff had a starting effort-by-committee, including the final four innings scoreless.
Rookie: Gulf Coast League
- Saturday: GCL Nationals 3, GCL Mets 4
Ryan Hutson was most of the offense, driving in two runs on a seventh inning double as well as the game-winning RBI single in the eighth. Juan Carlos Gamboa had three hits and an RBI as well. Edioglis Villasmil started and allowed one run over five innings in his 2011 debut, and challenged Yucarybert De La Cruz for the “name of the weekend” title. Lord help us if this guy makes the bigs.