Binghamton (AA - Eastern League)
All of that offense was more than enough for Tobi Stoner who threw eight strong innings. Stoner (3-4, 4.47) didn’t give up a run until the seventh on a long homer to right field by Carlos Sosa. For the most part, Stoner effectively located a 88-90 mph fastball, although he lost some velocity as the game went on and mixed in more 87 and 88s. Stoner’s success rested on his ability to mix in both a curve (~76) and slider (~79 mph) and throw them to both sides of the plate. Manager Mako Oliveras noticed a change in Stoner since he arrived in AA, “at the beginning, he was not locating his fastball, trying to throw the ball by everybody. Now, he’s hitting his spots and mixing his pitches and that’s why you saw results like tonight.”
Dan Murphy had a nice night on his final night as a B-Met, going 2-5 with a pair of doubles. In the fourth, he slashed a changeup the other way and in the eighth, he drilled an elevated fastball down the leftfield line for his second double of the night. A scout in attendance pointed out that that swing showed why Murphy was a good hitter, “that’s why he’s a good player,” he said, “he did exactly what he needed to do with that pitch.” Murphy made a pair of nice running catches in left, showing some solid closing speed. Oliveras praised his play there too, “he was very good out there.”
Ambiorix Concepcion was 4-5 with four singles into centerfield.