Matt Harvey's line on a miserable day for baseball in Rochester: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. It was about 43 and overcast at first pitch. By the fifth inning, it was colder and pouring rain.
Strangely, in the fifth, when the weather was the worst, I saw Harvey snap off some of his best curveballs of the game. His fastball was lively all day, and he touched 95, but he had trouble commanding it, especially early when he gave up a walk and a couple of singles that led to a run. At times, he was able to get hitters off balance with his change-up. He'll be fine. Remember: it was 1. his second AAA start and 2. it was weather better suited to hanging out on the couch watching a movie than playing a baseball game outside.
CF Jordany Valdespin was 1-for-5 with a single and a caught stealing. Through six games he's hitting .222/.250/.222 and is 0-for-2 stealing bases.
His inexperience as an outfielder was on display in the first inning. With one out, and a runner at second, he settled under a fly ball in medium deep center. The Red Wings runner at second saw this, tagged and went to third. Valdespin, and this came up on the Bisons radio broadcast, should have set up behind the ball so he could catch it, and step into the throw. As it was, he got very little on the throw to third. In terms of physical ability, Valdespin can play centerfield, but he will need to learn these types of nuances to be good out there.
Not much good here outside of Jefry Marte as the B-Mets were held to three hits.
3B Jefry Marte was 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. Marte's off to a 6-for-16 start with three walks and two strikeouts in six games. It's early yet of course, but Marte made strides with his strike zone control last year in the Florida State League and the Arizona Fall League, so it's encouraging to see that continue in AA.
Mark Cohoon: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, HBP - Meh.
Robert Carson: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR. Carson has given up a home run in each of his one-inning outings in 2012.
Brad Holt: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. That's three walks in two innings of work for Holt.