Saturday, May 28, 2011
Around the minors 5.27.11
By Adam Rubin
GWINNETT AT BUFFALO (DH, ppd.): Friday’s doubleheader between the Buffalo Bisons and the Gwinnett Braves at Coca-Cola Field was postponed due to rain. The teams will make up the games with doubleheaders on May 28 and May 29 at Coca-Cola Field (1:05 p.m. each day). The New York Mets announced they have selected the contract of right-hander Dale Thayer off the Bisons roster and activated center fielder Angel Pagan from his injury rehab assignment. The Mets also announced that outfielder Fernando Martinez has been optioned to the Bisons and left-hander Pat Misch has been designated for assignment. Misch will have the opportunity to opt for free agency rather than report to Buffalo assuming he clears waivers. Martinez played in nine games with New York and hit .250 (5-for-20) with a home run and two RBIs. He clubbed a pinch-hit home run on May 13 in Houston. The outfielder began the 2011 season with the Bisons and hit .292 (19-for-65) with three home runs and seven RBIs in 19 games. Misch has also split the season between Buffalo and New York. The southpaw is 0-2 with a 6.46 ERA in four starts with the Bisons and 1-0 with a 10.29 ERA in six relief appearances for the Mets (7 IP, 11 H, 5K). Because of Thursday night’s rainout, Pagan did not appear in a game with the Bisons during his one-day stint with the team. Thayer was 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA and a team-high four saves in 20 appearances for the Bisons (26.1 IP, 19 H, 25 K).
ALTOONA 6, BINGHAMTON 6 (suspended): The B-Mets and Altoona Curve made it to the top of the seventh inning tied at 6 before torrential rain forced a suspension at NYSEG Stadium. The B-Mets held a 5-0 lead before watching the Curve post three-run innings in the fifth and sixth. In the top of the seventh, Eric Niesen allowed two runners as Jordy Mercer reached on a fielder’s choice and Jeremy Farrell walked. B-Mets manager Wally Backman made the call to the bullpen and brought in righty Rhiner Cruz. Jose Coronado went to shortstop as part of the double-switch. Before Cruz could complete his warm-up tosses, the downpour accelerated and the tarp was brought on the field. Following a delay, the contest was suspended. The game will restart Saturday, with first pitch set for 6:05 p.m. The Curve will have runners at first and third with one out and Tony Sanchez batting against Cruz. In accordance with Rule 4.12(a)(Rule 9) of the Major League Baseball rulebook, Saturday’s regularly scheduled game will be a nine-inning affair. Right-hander Tobi Stoner will make his first start for the Binghamton Mets, after returning from a shoulder impingement with St. Lucie. Stoner will be opposed by left-hander Jeff Locke. Second base prospect Reese Havens joined the B-Mets after a cameo with St. Lucie following offseason surgery to remove an inch of a rib. Havens was 1-for-2 with two runs scored when the game was halted. Lorenzo Scott was released. Box
ST. LUCIE 4, DUNEDIN 2: Matt Harvey, who is nearing a promotion to Binghamton, certainly offered justification for moving up a level. Harvey tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits while striking out 10 batters en route to his sixth win. The St. Lucie Mets made it two wins in a row over the Dunedin Blue Jays. At 28-21, St. Lucie is now a half-game ahead of the Fort Myers Miracle for first place in the Florida State League’s South Division. Stefan Welch singled in Matt den Dekker, giving the Mets a 1-0 first-inning lead. Den Dekker singled in Cesar Puello an inning later. Den Dekker would score in the fourth inning on a fielding error. Estarlin Morel and Jeff Kaplan tossed the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, and each allowed a run. Kaplan danced out of trouble, getting the final out with runners on second and third base. It was Kaplan’s ninth save. Welch had three hits, including his team-leading sixth homer. Welch drove in two. Den Dekker had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run in the win. Harvey’s six wins ties him for the FSL lead with Daytona Cubs pitcher Nick Struck. The Mets continue their series with the Blue Jays Saturday night at Digital Domain Park. Armando Rodriguez is the probable starter for St. Lucie. This will be Rodriguez’s first appearance of the season, aside from extended spring training work. He had been sidelined with a strained oblique. Rodriguez received an invite to New York Mets spring training this season before landing on the disabled list. Last year for the Savannah Sand Gnats, Rodriguez finished with an 8-9 record and 3.08 ERA in 27 starts. He struck out 152 while walking 46, with opposing batters hitting .214 against him in 146 innings. Box
SAVANNAH 5, AUGUSTA 2: In a game delayed for more than an hour in the third inning by rain, the Savannah Sand Gnats pulled ahead in the sixth inning to win a battle of the bullpens at Lake Olmstead Stadium. What started out as a duel between Seth Rosin and Taylor Whitenton turned into a bullpen game as play was halted with one out in the top of the third inning by a 77-minute rain delay. When play resumed, the GreenJackets struck first with a Bobby Haney sacrifice fly that brought home a run in the third. Savannah tied the score in the fifth on its third hit of the inning -- a Robbie Shields RBI double. In the sixth, Blake Forsythe’s sacrifice fly and an error brought in runs for the Sand Gnats to give Savannah a 3-1 lead. With the bases loaded on an error and two walks from Tom Vessella in the seventh, Savannah stretched the lead to four on a two-run Rafael Fernandez double to make it a 5-1 game. Augusta committed four errors -- three in the sixth and seventh -- while leaving 12 on base offensively. Hamilton Bennett (1-0) threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings of one-hit relief for the Sand Gnats to get the win, while Vessella took the loss. He allowed four runs (three earned) in 1 1/3 innings. After Adam Duvall’s RBI single in the ninth made it a 5-2 Savannah lead, Josh Edgin came on to strike out the last two hitters to earn his seventh save. Rosin struck out five -- one shy of a career-best -- in 2 1/3 innings. Whitenton walked two but didn’t allow a hit in two scoreless frames for Savannah before departing with the stoppage. The GreenJackets send Taylor Rogers (3-5, 2.58) to the mound Saturday night, looking to avoid being swept for the first time this season. Righty Ryan Fraser (2-3, 3.21) starts for Savannah. Box
Compiled from team reports