Jenrry Mejia was once again the star of the game. Mejia ran his season's scoreless innings streak to 12 2/3, as he shutout Scranton over 6 2/3 innings. Mejia gave up only three hits, while walking three and striking out five. Mejia did escape a bases loaded two-out jam in the sixth inning, as he got Brandon Laird to fly out to right field.
Mejia threw 101 total pitches, 64 for strikes. His groundball/flyball ratio once again was solid (9GB/5FB). During the game, I chatted through text with Toby, and he said "Still haven't seen a curveball for a strike." Mind you, Toby did not watch the entire game, but saw enough of it to make this observation. Now the results are what they are, but Mejia still needs refinement in AAA.
Ok no more negativity. Mejia has been stellar in his first two outings, and is building more confidence as he develops.
If this were only done a year ago, Mejia could have been in the rotation in New York right now. Ah forget that, let's just celebrate another dominant effort by Mejia. In a battle of New York City prospects, Mejia struck out Jesus Montero twice and got him to groundout once.
At the plate, Jason Pridie (3-5, rbi, SB), Justin Turner (3-4) and Ruben Tejada (2-3, rbi, BB) each had multi-hit games for the Bisons. Pridie, Tejada, and Lucas Duda (1-5, 2B, rbi) each drove in a run.
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Jeurys Familia (6 IP, 1 hit, 1 er, 2 bb, 6 k) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, as St. Lucie scored two in the top of the ninth to defeat Ft. Myers 5-3. Familia gave up only one hit, a one-out double to Anderson Hidalgo in the top of the sixth. Familia received his second straight no decision, as Eric Beaulac (2/3 IP, 1 hit, 2 er, 2 bb, k) allowed the Miracle to even the score in the seventh.
According to the Miracle broadcast, Familia's fastball sat at 93-96 mph, while his change-up was 85-87. He also was throwing his slider for strikes, which is also encouraging. The commentator made an interesting observation on Familia's outing: "Familia is showing a blistering fastball and a good change-up today." As you can tell, the "good change-up" comment is what gets me excited. The development of his change-up is key, especially against left-handed hitters. Familia kept the ball down all game, inducing seven groundball outs to three flyouts. Familia and Matt Harvey are looking like a formidable 1-2 combo for St. Lucie.
Wilmer Flores (2-5, 2rbi) drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth, with a single to right field plating Cesar Puello (0-5, 2k). Matt Den Dekker (2-5, 2B), Stefan Welch (2-4, 2B), and Pedro Zapata (2-3) each had multi-hit games.
Jeffrey Kaplan pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his fourth save.
Hickory catcher Tomas Telis smacked a walk-off three-run homerun of Sand Gnats reliever Gabriel Zavala in the bottom of the ninth, to give the Crawdads a 7-5 come from behind victory over Savannah. The loss drops the Sand Gnats to 1-5 on the young season.
With runners on first and second and one out, Crawdads outfielder Jake Skole nearly grounded into a game-ending double play, but beat the relay throw to first base setting the stage for Telis. With Savannah leading 5-4, Telis hit a 3-0 pitch over the right-field wall to end the game.
After a Aderlin Rodriguez (0-4, rbi, bb, k) rbi fielder's choice, Blake Forsythe (1-5, HR, 2rbi, 2 k) launched a two-run homerun to left-field giving the Gnats a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. Sam Honek (3-4, 2B, rbi, bb) and Cory Vaughn (2-3, 2B, 2 bb, 2 SB) were both offensive standouts for the Sand Gnats.
Gnats starter Greg Peavey struggled in his second start: 5 IP, 6 hits, 4 er, 1 bb, k.