This was absolutely a positive step for Jeurys Familia: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K. He threw 61% of his pitches (59 of 97) for strikes and induced 10 groundball outs against jsut one in the air. This was his first start of 2012 in which he did not allow a run.
In his two starts in June, he's fanned 10, walked three, and thrown 63% strikes. It's too early to say he's turned a corner for sure, but the last two starts have been extremely encouraging.
Bisons' pitching coach Mark Brewer told MiLB.com he liked what he saw from Familia:
"Tonight primarily he used a really heavy sinking fastball and just was overmatching some hitters with the sinking fastball that he threw across the plate. He got some swing-and-misses and induced ground balls. He mixed his secondary pitches to keep them off the fastball.
"He calls it a curveball but he it has a little more of a slider look. When he has a feel for it, it's a real good pitch he can throw it front door to righties and he can drop it on the back foot of lefties when he needs to. His change, he's getting real comfortable with these days."
Interesting comment too from Brewer about the work ethic on Familia as compared to the rest of his staff:
You don't run into kids like this very often that have the ethic he does. It's not overbearing. It's not the guy who will run through the wall ... but being consistent about his work, he's the best.LF Fred Lewis was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles. The 31-year old is up to .313/.365/.486 in 36 games with the Bisons. The left-handed hitter has fairly extreme L/R splits, going .265/.308/.327 in 49 vs. LHP and .337/.394/.568 in 95 AB vs. RHP.
In the seventh inning, with the B-Mets up a run, Collin McHugh left a pair of runners aboard for Rob Carson, who gave up a double to the first batter he faced to score both runners. McHugh allowed a run in each of the first two innings, and then settled in, retiring 13 of 16 batters at one point. His final line: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.
Adrian Rosario worked a scoreless eighth with a strikeout. In 5.2 innings in AA, he's walked five and fanned two.
Meanwhile, at the plate, CF Matt den Dekker was 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and a walk. The 24-year old is up to .318/.382/.545 in 54 games. We'll do this again because it's so fun: he's first in the Eastern League in doubles (18), extra-base hits (30), total bases (120), runs scored (41), fourth in slugging and batting average, ninth in on-base percentage, and tied for fourth in strikeouts (60). The Eastern League's All-Star game is July 11. At this rate, there's no way he will play for Binghamton on July 12th at home versus Erie.
3B Jefry Marte (.292/.359/.422 - 50 games) was 1-for-4 with a triple, his second of the year.