Wednesday night’s battle between the Binghamton Mets and the Erie Sea Wolves paired two hard throwing left handed prospects. Robert Carson faced off against Tigers prospect, Casey Crosby, but it was the B-Mets offense who stole the show.
Matt Den Dekker (2-4, 2 HR(11), 4 RBI) homered twice and drove in four runs to lead the B-Mets to the 10-2 victory. The win pushes the B-Mets winning streak to a season high of seven. Den Dekker smacked the second pitch he saw from Crosby over the left-field wall to tie the game up at 1-1 in the bottom of the first. In his second at-bat, Den Dekker hit yet another opposite field home run, this one a three-run shot.
He showed some serious strength, as he was able to drive the ball without loading his hands. One scout who I chatted with said, “Den Dekker just pushes his hands through the zone. Not much separation or hand load.”
By the way, both homeruns were off of Crosby (LHP), who was touched 96mph with his fastball. Den Dekker raises his combined season totals to (A+ & AA): .274/.347/.485, with 31 doubles, 11 triples, and 17 home runs.
Kai Gronauer (3-4, HR(3), RBI) collected three hits, including a solo home run in the fourth inning.
Juan Lagares extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a 2-4 effort.
Nieuman Romero also chipped in with a 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI night.
Carson’s line looked worse than he pitched, as the bullpen allowed two of his runners to score in the seventh. Overall Carson pitched well: 6 1/3 IP, 5 hits, 3 er, 3 bb, 4 k. Carson showed flashes of brilliance, but also showed that he is still has some work to do. I came away from Carson’s outing much more optimistic than before the game even started.
I will have more detailed information on Carson early next week, with some video of his start.
Rhiner Cruz showed an inconsistent delivery, but very good arm strength from a low ¾ arm slot. His fastball was 92-96 mph with a lot of arm side run.
Reese Havens did not participate in batting practice, and did not enter the game. He was just taking the day off after playing two straight days.