Darin Gorski was commanding again: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 4 K. He threw 62% of his pitches (54 of 87) for strikes. That's two out of three starts in which he's thrown six shutout innings. His three-start line: 16 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, 16 K, 1.13 ERA. Sure, you want to point out that he's walking 3.9 batters per nine? Fair. He's also not allowing hits. The Eastern League is hitting just .120 against him. There's a tradeoff, he could throw more strikes and give up a few more hits and walk fewer batters.
Also, Elvin Ramirez keeps racking up the strikeouts out of the B-Mets' pen. Thursday, he fanned four and walked one in two innings of action while throwing a wild pitch. Ramirez has now struck out 14 of the 30 batters he's faced at double-A this year. That's... good.
3B Jefry Marte returned after missing three days with a tight hamstring and extended his hitting streak to nine straight. Still just 20, he's hitting .379/.438/.517 in his first nine games in Binghamton. Leave the batting average aside over nine games: he has three walks and just four strikeouts. That's good stuff.
Entering Wednesday's game, Matt den Dekker was hitting .318/.375/.500. After going 0-for-8 with two strikeouts since, he's down to .269/.333/.423. Small sample sizes are still fun, y'all.
Gorski photo courtesy Michael Baron.
There might or might not have been a blown call on a force play at the plate that opened up into a five-run eighth inning for Lehigh that broke a 2-2 tie. The runs were charged to Jack Egbert who finished with this ugly line: 1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K.
I'm more interested in CF Jordany Valdespin (.269/.319/.373) who was 3-for-4 with a homer, his second, and a walk, his fifth. He's now drawn more walks in 15 games of 2012, than he did in 27 games at AAA in 2011. His 2012 walk rate thus far is 6.9%, nearly double his 2012 AAA rate of 3.5%. Small numbers and all, but progress in small numbers nonetheless.
2B Bobby Scales was 2-for-4. He's reached base at least twice in every single game he's started. At 34 years old, it's highly unlikely he'll ever help the Mets, but he's in the midst of a remarkable two-week run for Buffalo.