Thursday, the B-Mets offense scored one run on 10 hits. Friday, it scored three runs on seven hits, all in the ninth inning. The larger issue Friday was that the B-Mets trailed from the second batter of the game.
LHP Michael Antonini, in his first start since June 18th, walked the leadoff batter, and then New Hampshire Fisher Cats' secondbaseman Brad Emaus doubled him home for a 1-0 lead. The 'Cats scored twice more in the first inning and four more times a second inning Antonini couldn't finish.
Antonini worked off a fastball that was largely 88-89 although it was as low as 87 and touched 91 once. His second pitch on this evening was his slider which had below average velocity around 77 mph. Antonini gave up hard hit balls on both his slider and fastball. He walked three. Moreover, when he was in the strike zone, he worked up, and was hurt with it. As Binghamton manager Mako Oliveras said, "it was his command," that got him in trouble, "he left a couple of pitches up in the zone."
CF Manny Garcia was 3-4 with a walk and a two-run single in the ninth. The 23-year old was as pleased with the process as the results, "I've been working with [hitting coach] Luis Natera on my approach, trying to be more patient. I'm trying to see a lot of pitches, I'm trying to develop confidence with [hitting] 0-2. I got three two strike hits and that was a good step for me. I felt confident."
Caleb Stewart reached base by walking twice and blooping a single to shallow right in the ninth. Ike Davis was 1-3 with a sharp single to left-center field. He also flew out just shy of the warning track in leftcenter field. Even in BP, I didn't see a lot of power from Davis out in that direction. Most of the balls he really gets into, and he can hit 'em a long way, are from rightcenter on over into the rightfield corner.