AAA: @ Buffalo Bisons 9, Syracuse Chiefs 4Tobi Stoner (4-7, 5.28) picked up the win here, more for pitching five innings on a day when the offense was potent than for being really effective himself. His line: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. Dylan Owen and his 6.17 ERA came on in relief to throw the final two innings.
LF Lucas Duda homered for the third straight game to run his season line between AA and AAA to .291/.379/.654 with 21 doubles and 10 HR. For the year, the 24-year-old has drawn 35 walks and struck out just 35 times in 59 games. Per minorleague splits, his cumulative line vs. RHP: .340/.440/.617 with 21 doubles and 8 HR; Vs. LHP: .130/.255/.239. Obviously, they don't have Wednesday's stats in yet, but any questions? With that line, he just shouldn't play against lefties on the corners, but he really would be a tremendously valuable part of a straight platoon in LF with some right-handed batter. Duda's 10 HR this year are one off his career high set two years ago in St. Lucie when he had 11. Duda hit an underwhelming .281/.380/.428 for Binghamton last year. I left him off my Top 41 this past off-season because of 1. his significant platoon split, 2. his inability to hit LHP and 3. he'd never gone yard more than 11 times, which from a 1B or LF just isn't enough.
CF Jorge Padilla was 3-4 with two doubles and 4 RBI and 3B Mike Cervenak reached in all five of his PA going 3-3 with two walks. Padilla, who will be 31 in August, was acquired for RHP Clint Everts, who had been pretty bad for AA Binghamton. In 62 games between the PCL, in the hitter friendly environment of Las Vegas, and the IL, Padilla has hit a strong .330/.397/.476. With Carlos Beltran, Angel Pagan and Jason Pridie's injury problems, Padilla is a nice piece of organizational insurance. (Yes, I'm aware of the disparate value of Beltran, Pagan and Pridie.)
Fernando Martinez had the day off.
AA: Altoona Curve 6, @ Binghamton Mets 3 Mike Antonini (5-6, 4.05) threw well, but still took the loss. Antonini fanned seven and walked one, while giving up three runs on five hits.
LF Sean Ratliff was 2-4 with a double. In 15 games with Binghamton, Ratliff is hitting .274/.303/.565 with five bombs, equaling his total from 57 games with St. Lucie. All told, between the two levels, he's hitting .275/.325/.565 with 30 XBH and 79 strikeouts. With the injuries (Pridie, Nieuwenhuis, Martinez, Duda and Guzman) opening playing time at AA, Ratliff has been more than worth keeping around.