3B Mike Hessman (pictured), the active HR leader in the minor leagues launched a pair of homers and drove home four in the Bisons win. SS Ruben Tejada was 2-4 with an RBI and is hitting .324/.378/.412 in his last ten games.
Fernando Martinez did not play; he has a strained muscle in his back. There is nothing more to say.
Dillon Gee had his roughest outing of the year, (4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), which should quiet some of the calls, some of which have come from around here, for him to join the Mets rotation.
Portland Sea Dogs (BOS) 2, @ Binghamton 0Michael Antonini (2-2, 5.06) was the tough-luck loser on a night when the B-Mets bats picked up just two singled. CF Kirk Niuewenhuis (.313/.360/.475) did walk twice at the top of the order and stole a base, his third. In seven innings, Antonini gave up two runs on six hits and did not issue a walk, nor did he strike out a batter. In 21.1 IP this year, Antonini has four walks (good) and 11 strikeouts (not enough).
St. Lucie Mets 5, @ Charlotte Stone Crabs (TB) 3The Mets scored three times in the top of the seventh inning to overtake the Stone Crabs, but more importantly, Scott Moviel continues to struggle: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K. In 19.2 IP this year, Moviel has 13 walks and 13 strikeouts. Both of those numbers are troubling.
The Mets rally in the seventh was all about the extra-base hits. CF Sean Ratliff drilled a two-run homer, his second of the year, to put St. Lucie in front. 1B Stefan Welch (.257/.325/.414) then doubled and scored on an RBI single from LF Eric Campbell. Campbell (.250/.344/.393) had a nice night, going 2-4 with a homer and a walk.
Juan Lagares gave the Gnats an early 2-0 lead with a two run jack to left field, but Darin Gorski couldn't make it hold up, because he couldn't retire Hickory centerfielder Miguel Velazquez. Velazquez drove home all four Hickory runs, first with a two run homer of his own, and then with a two-run double to straightaway centerfield. The amazing thing about his homer is that it hit at least twenty feet up the light pole in LF - the same pole that Velazquez had hit with a homer on Sunday. On the HR pitch, catcher Kai Gronauer set up way inside, but Gorski missed with his fastball out over the plate and Velazquez just crushed it. Gorski was working 83-85 mph with his heater.
At age 21, Lagares (.279/.281/.512)is much stronger than he was two years ago when I saw him in the SAL, and hitting for a power (5 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR), but does not to work counts (0 BB, 17 K).
One bright spot for Savannah was the relief work of Taylor Whitenton (pictured) who was a HBP away from perfection over four innings. He struck out five with a fastball/curveball combination with his fastball 88-89 touching 91. He had really struggled to locate in his first few outings, but was really on point Tuesday night.