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Minors 8.19.13: Forysthe walk-off homer

August, 19, 2013
8/19/13
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LAS VEGAS 14, SALT LAKE 8: Matt den Dekker went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two homers. Zach Lutz had a three-run homer. 51s starter Matt Fox allowed eight runs in four innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, BOWIE 2 (10 innings): After manning catcher and right field, Blake Forsythe blasted a walk-off homer leading off the bottom of the 10th. The victory reduced

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Binghamton's magic number to win the Eastern Division to two. Forysthe homered for the third time in his past four games. Wilfredo Tovar departed the game after sliding into second base in the third inning, prompting outfielder Alonzo Harris to play second base for the first time in more than a year. One inning later, Cory Vaughn left the game after being hit in the back of the helmet by a pitch from Devin Jones. The Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reported Tovar had X-rays on a wrist, while Vaughn passed a concussion test. After Vaughn’s exit, Forsythe went from behind the plate to right field. By the fifth inning, only two of Binghamton’s eight starting position players were in their original positions. Binghamton opened the scoring in the sixth. Danny Muno singled against Jones with one out. He advanced to third base one batter later. Josh Rodriguez hit a bouncer to shortstop Niuman Romero, but his throw skipped into the outfield to place runners on the corners. Xorge Carrillo then delivered a sacrifice fly. Bowie responded a half-inning later against Darin Gorski. Josh Horton doubled, moved to third on a bunt and scored on Luis Martinez's sac fly. Gorski’s night ended after seven innings. He allowed one run.

The B-Mets retook the lead on Richard Lucas' two-out solo homer in the bottom of the seventh. Adam Kolarek held the 2-1 lead with a scoreless eighth. Closer Jeff Walters was unable to convert the save chance in the ninth. He eventually walked Buck Britton with the bases loaded to force in the tying run. With the bases still loaded, Walters retired Lew Ford to send the game into extra innings. Chasen Bradford worked around two base hits in the top of the 10th to keep the score tied, setting up Forsythe's shot against Marcel Prado. The blast provided Binghamton (80-48) its second walk-off homer this season. Joe Bonfe also beat the Baysox, on June 16. Forsythe played one game in the outfield for St. Lucie in 2012. Bradford has not allowed an earned run since his Double-A debut (15 games). Box

SAVANNAH 3, AUGUSTA 2
AUGUSTA 4, SAVANNAH 0: Savannah won the opener behind a three-run third inning. Maikis De La Cruz worked a bases-loaded walk. Cole Frenzel followed with a single as two runs scored -- the latter on a throwing error. Paul Sewald earned his sixth save with a 1-2-3 seventh. In Game 2, Wanel Mesa allowed four fourth-inning runs (three earned) after three scoreless innings by Jake Kuebler. Box 1, Box 2

KINGSPORT 6, BURLINGTON 5: Jeff Diehl had three hits and an RBI. He also scored two runs, including the game-winner in the eighth on Eris Peguero's double. Peguero had two hits. Amed Rosario had two RBIs -- one on a triple to deep center in the sixth that tied the score at 5. Jeyckol De Leon had a two-run double in the first as Kingsport grabbed a 3-2 lead. Robert Coles (3-1) picked up the win in relief, working the final two innings while holding Burlington scoreless. He recorded the final out on a grounder with the potential tying run at second base. Victor Cruzado was in the lineup for Kingsport for the first time since Aug. 6. De Leon's two-run double in the first gave him the team lead in RBIs, at 28. Box

BROOKLYN 3, STATEN ISLAND 2
STATEN ISLAND 5, BROOKLYN 2: Akeel Morris dominated his first start of the season to lead the Cyclones to a Game 1 victory. Morris tossed five scoreless innings. He lowered his ERA to 0.47. Through 38 1/3 innings, Morris has struck out 52 and allowed four runs (two earned). Gavin Cecchini's hitting streak was snapped at 16 games, one shy of matching Lucas Duda's Cyclones record. In Game 2, Tomas Nido gave the Cyclones a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a two-run double. Starter Kevin McGowan then allowed three third-inning runs. Box 1, Box 2

GCL CARDINALS 7, GCL METS 1: Andrew Church surrendered six runs (five earned) on 12 hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 6.21.12

June, 22, 2012
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NORFOLK 5, BUFFALO 3: The Tides used a five-run third against Jeurys Familia to send the Bisons to their seventh loss in eight games. Familia lasted 2 2/3 innings and surrendered six hits and three walks while hitting a batter, committing a balk and tossing a wild pitch. The Tides got things started when Familia walked Carlos Rojas. L.J. Hoes followed with a single to place runners on first and second with none out. Following a flyout by Nate McLouth, Lew Ford drilled a line-drive hit to score Rojas and cut the Bisons' lead to 2-1. Miguel Tejada then singled to tie the score. With runners on first and third, Bill Hall singled and Jamie Hoffmann doubled. The fifth run scored when Familia balked by making a move to third without a glove on. Buffalo loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but came away with only a run, on Ruben Tejada's groundout. Ronny Cedeño stranded two with a strikeout. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, AKRON 2: Eric Campbell had a pair of RBI doubles and three newcomers contributed. Trailing 2-1 in the sixth, Campbell tied the score with his first double. Catcher Francisco Pena ripped a solo homer, third baseman Wilmer Flores provided the go-ahead single in the sixth and shortstop Wilfredo Tovar made two terrific defensive plays as the trio made their Double-A debuts. The Aeros had grabbed the lead in the first against starter Gonzalez Germen as Juan Diaz doubled and Chun Chen delivered an RBI single. Binghamton responded in the third. In his first Double-A at-bat, Pena led off the inning by crushing a 1-1 offering from Giovanni Soto over the left-field wall. Akron took the lead back in the fourth. Adam Abraham doubled, then scampered to third on a wild pitch. He scored on a passed ball by Pena, giving the Aeros a 2-1 advantage. Germen ultimately allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and struck out five in six innings. Ryan Fraser entered in relief and fanned three over two scoreless innings. The B-Mets cashed in on another leadoff walk in the eighth. Reliever Bryce Stowell put Reese Havens aboard and paid for it when Campbell scorched an RBI double. Leading 4-2, Robert Carson walked leadoff hitter Ryan Rohlinger in the ninth. The lefty battled back to retire the next three Aeros to secure his fifth save. Germen (4-4) earned his third straight win. Box

FORT MYERS 9, ST. LUCIE 5: Yohan Almonte suffered his second loss of the season, allowing seven runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings, as St. Lucie opened the second half with a defeat. Almonte allowed five runs in the first inning. He allowed the first eight batters to reach. He was chased during a three-run third. The Mets scored three runs in the second to cut the deficit to 5-3. Robbie Shields doubled to score Blake Forsythe and Richard Lucas. Alonzo Harris Jr. added an RBI double. Trailing 9-3 entering the fifth, Cory Vaughn hit a two-run blast for his 13th homer. Allan Dykstra -- who had last played with Binghamton on April 14, when he suffered a fractured left forearm reaching into a runner for a throw -- went 3-for-4 with a run scored in his first game with St. Lucie after being reinstated from the Double-A DL and transferred. T.J. Rivera had a ninth-inning single and finished 1-for-5 in his first game after being promoted from low-A Savannah. Fellow ex-Gnat Travis Taijeron went 0-for-4 and struck out twice in his St. Lucie debut. Shields had two hits, a run scored and two RBIs. Kyle Allen tossed 2 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on five hits and one walk. John Church pitched two scoreless innings. Hamilton Bennett also notched a scoreless inning. Jeff Walters pitched in his first game with St. Lucie after being promoted from Savannah. He retired the side in order in the ninth. Box

AUGUSTA 9, SAVANNAH 8: The GreenJackets took the lead with four runs (one earned) in the fourth against Savannah starter Logan Verrett. Verrett had retired the first seven batters he faced and struck out six in the first three innings. Augusta added a run against reliever Randy Fontanez in the sixth for a 5-0 advantage. Augusta starter Clayton Blackburn had been perfect through four innings. But Savannah used doubles from Gilbert Gomez, Cam Maron, Aderlin Rodriguez and Charley Thurber in the fifth to pull within 5-4. Maron, who was 1-for-5, extended his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest by a Gnat in 2012. Augusta scored four runs in the eighth against relievers Jeremy Gould, who was making Savannah debut, and Jared West. Savannah rallied again in the ninth. The first four batters all singled to produce two runs and two runners on base while slicing the GreenJackets’ lead to 9-6 and bringing the tying run to the plate. After two outs, Rodriguez ripped a two-RBI single to move Savannah within a run. However, pinch runner Gregory Pron was stranded at first when Brian Harrison flied out. In the seventh -- with two outs, the Gnats down 5-4 and the potential tying run at third -- the game had some controversy. Maron thought he was hit by a pitch, but plate umpire Shawn Ryan ruled the pitch missed. Gnats manager Luis Rojas was ejected. The Gnats committed two errors in each of the GreenJackets’ four-run innings. Box

PRINCETON 15, KINGSPORT 2: Persio Reyes and Edioglis Villasmil surrendered a combined 11 runs. Box

STATEN ISLAND 8, BROOKLYN 1: Hansel Robles pitched five innings and surrendered one run, but the bullpen combined to give up seven runs on six hits and five walks. In the seventh, the Yankees sent 11 men to the plate and scored six runs. Rich Ruff came out for his second inning of work that frame and walked the first two batters. Manager Rich Donnelly inserted Beck Wheeler. He surrendered two singles, then two doubles before recording the inning's first out. After giving up another double and a walk, the Yankees led 7-0. The Cyclones' lone run came on a seventh-inning homer by Phillip Evans. Reliever Tyler Vanderheiden tossed a scoreless ninth. Box

Compiled from team reports

Mets morning briefing 6.12.12

June, 12, 2012
6/12/12
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After an off-day to regroup following getting swept in the Subway Series, the Mets resume play with a stern test -- the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays at the Trop. Chris Young (0-0, 3.60 ERA) makes his second major league start since returning from surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule. He opposes Rays right-hander Alex Cobb (2-2, 4.12).

Tuesday's news reports:

• The Mets could look to upgrade the bullpen if they continue in at least the wild-card race, but whether they will be a contender is still playing out. Regardless, don't look for Sandy Alderson -- who received prized prospect Zack Wheeler for Carlos Beltran last July -- to turn around and trade a significant minor leaguer.

Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post identifies Minnesota's Matt Capps, Oakland's Grant Balfour and Houston's Brett Myers as relievers who potentially will be available at the trade deadline. “And that’s the hard part," Alderson said about trade versus preserving the farm system. "Of course we want to win. We all want to win. It would be important for the fan base. It would be important for ownership. But, at the same time, we have to sort of take everything into account.” Regarding the bullpen, Alderson said: “This is an area to begin to look at externally."

The GM added: “One of the interesting things that exists currently is now people have expectations. When you lose six out of seven, people are unhappy. … From two months ago when nobody cared, in that sense, we’ve made progress. You want to be able to satisfy those expectations at some point.”

Warner Fusselle, the radio voice of the Brooklyn Cyclones since the team's inception in 2001 and a former host of "This Week in Baseball," died Sunday night. He was 68. Read more in the Daily News.

Brian Costa in the Journal notes that while Andres Torres' attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is not causing his subpar production, his difficulty concentrating can make it more challenging to break the funk. Torres takes medication for the issue and was the subject of a documentary that recently was screened for the first time.

A switch-hitter, Torres is hitting .205 overall as a Met, and .163 against right-handed pitching. Once the Mets lose the DH on Friday back at Citi Field, and with Kirk Nieuwenhuis playing strongly, something will have to give with the outfielders' playing time. Assuming Jason Bay -- no given -- and Lucas Duda play regularly in the outfield along with Nieuwenhuis, Torres' playing time will decrease. If Duda shifts to first base for Ike Davis, another distinct possibility, that relieves some outfield crowding. But none of that accounts for getting Scott Hairston playing time, particularly against southpaws.

Writes Costa:

There is only so much information Torres can absorb before his mind strays. "He has kind of a difficult time staying on task," [hitting coach Dave] Hudgens said. "He's a great worker, great guy, really loves the game, but it's difficult for him to stay on one thing that he's trying to work on a lot of times." That is evident simply in talking to Torres by his locker. At times, he'll be only midway through one sentence when he jumps ahead to the next. He had been talking about hitting for less than a minute Sunday when he became distracted by the name on a reporter's credential. "Is that a Latin name?" he asked. It is just as difficult for Torres to keep his body at rest, which is why he works out constantly. After a game in Pittsburgh last month, Torres did push-ups off the seat of his chair while his teammates hit the showers.

• Bay, who is 0-for-11 since returning from the DL, tells Mike Puma in the Post he still can play. "Production-wise, it hasn’t been on par, I understand that, but I still feel like I can do those things -- that is the frustrating part,” Bay told Puma. “If I didn’t feel like I can do it, I think it wouldn’t be that tough. You wouldn’t be so hard on yourself, but I feel like I can do it and it’s just been a couple of years of searching for it.” Bay only has 68 plate appearances this season as a result of time lost due to a rib fracture, so he is unlikely to reach 500 plate appearances this season. Reaching that threshold, then again getting 500 PAs in 2013, would trigger a 2014 vesting option at $17 million. Bay (.197, 3 HR, 5 RBIs) still can trigger with it 600 plate appearances next season.

• Young is returning from the same surgery that was performed on Johan Santana. Only Young has done so more quickly than Santana. Young's procedure was performed on May 16, 2011. Santana underwent the shoulder surgery the previous September. “It represented more than just a no-hitter to my wife and I,” Young said about Santana's no-hitter to Anthony McCarron in the Daily News. “It represented hope that I’m going to be as good as ever, too. I know what it meant to the Mets, to the organization, and to the fans, the history there. But to me, I feel like it took on an even bigger meaning, symbolically.”

Writes McCarron:

At one point in May, Young told Santana he was hurting. His arm lapsed into what Young described as “the same kind of dead arm period you can get in spring training.” “He said he was feeling like he was hit by a truck,” Santana said. “I’m like, ‘I know exactly how you feel. Me, it was a train.’” On Santana’s advice, the Mets scheduled some extra rest for Young and he rebounded quickly. “I was achy and sore and since then, my arm has responded great and I anticipate it will continue to,” Young said.

The morning after his first major league start in 13 months start, Young's wife went into labor and he went on paternity leave. Doctors had been planning to induce labor that day, but she went into labor naturally, Young told Mike Kerwick in the Record. Grant Christopher is the newest addition to the family.

• Columnist Bob Klapisch in the Record reports Jim Duquette and 10-year-old Lindsey are doing well a week after the former Mets GM donated a kidney to his daughter. Writes Klapisch:

Both were crying, although for different reasons. Lindsey wept “out of pure fear,” said Jim, as the anesthesiologists converged on the little girl who was afraid of the bottomless black sleep where there are no sweet dreams. It broke Jim’s heart to see his child weeping, although he was coming apart, too. “But I was crying because I knew this was the start of something better for Lindsey,” he said. “For all of us.” It’s been one week since the transplant, and Lindsey’s doctors believe her nightmare, which began in 2004, finally may be over. Her new kidney, Jim’s gift, is functioning at 100 percent efficiency. Even though she will be on an immune-suppressing medication for the rest of her days, Lindsey soon could return to the life she’d nearly forgotten.

Read more in the Daily News.

• After David Wright and Omar Quintanilla's errors opened the door for a Yankees comeback from a three-run deficit Sunday, Anthony Rieber in Newsday concludes the Mets are a bad defensive club. Writes Rieber:

The Mets, who begin a three-game interleague series against the Rays Tuesday night in St. Petersburg, Fla., were the fourth-worst defensive team in the majors going into Monday's action. But here's the rub: The three teams with fielding percentages below the Mets' .978 -- Tampa Bay, Baltimore and San Francisco -- are all playoff contenders. As are the Mets, though their stock is dropping after they lost six of seven, including all three to the Yankees in the first go-round of the Subway Series. "We've talked about this time and again," manager Terry Collins said Sunday after a 5-4 loss in the Bronx. "We aren't the kind of club that can make a lot of mistakes. When you give teams as good as the New York Yankees or anybody else in the big leagues multiple-out innings, they're gonna get ya. We saw it several times in the last two weeks where we haven't made plays and the next thing you know, it becomes a big inning."

Read more on the Mets' lackluster fielding in the Times.

• Former Mets VP Tony Bernazard, who oversaw the farm system under Omar Minaya, is now working as a liaison to players for agent Scott Boras, Danny Knobler writes at CBSSports.com. Bernazard was at Yankee Stadium on Sunday for the Subway Series finale.

• The Mets' top two picks are now signed. The team confirmed the signing of first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, a prep shortstop from Louisiana, last Friday for a reported $2.3 million. Now, Jim Callis reports in Baseball America, the Mets' supplemental first-round pick (35th overall), also is on board. Purdue University catcher Kevin Plawecki signed for $1.4 million, according to the magazine. The commissioner's recommended amount for that slot was $1,467,400.

• Center field prospect Matt den Dekker was named Eastern League Player of the Week and was promoted to Triple-A Buffalo on Monday. Den Dekker hit .340 with eight homers, 29 RBIs and 10 steals in 238 at-bats with Double-A Binghamton.

• After tossing four scoreless innings for Buffalo, Jeurys Familia ran into trouble in the fifth, allowing five runs, including a two-run homer by Lew Ford. The game was called due to rain after that inning, and Norfolk beat the Bisons, 5-4. Read Monday's full minor league recap here.

Jose Leger was named the manager of the Class A Kingsport Mets. The Appalachian League team begins play next Tuesday. Former Mets bullpen coach Jon Debus originally was due to serve as Kingsport manager, but instead became minor league rehab coordinator based in Port St. Lucie, Fla., when Randy Niemann left the organization to join Bobby Valentine with the Red Sox. Leger managed a Dominican Summer League Mets team the past two seasons and is a former minor league infielder with the Minnesota Twins.

Anthony McCarron in the Daily News notes Jon Rauch retweeted expletive-filled tweets directed at him from fans after the reliever served up Sunday's game-ending homer to Russell Martin.

TRIVIA: The Mets won only one game in the last series between the Mets and Rays in St. Petersburg, in 2001. Who were the starting pitchers in that game?

Monday's answer: In the ill-fated Scott Kazmir-for-Victor Zambrano swap, the teams also exchanged relievers. The Mets received Bartolome Fortunano. Jose Diaz was sent to the Rays.

Around the minors 6.11.12

June, 11, 2012
6/11/12
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NORFOLK 5, BUFFALO 4 (5 innings): Jeurys Familia's outing turned from a scoreless effort to a rain-shortened loss in the span of three outs. Buffalo took a 4-0 lead into the top of the fifth, when Familia surrendered five runs, including a two-run homer by Lew Ford. The game was called due to rain after the Bisons went down scoreless in the bottom half of the inning. Corey Wimberly tripled and scored in the first inning. Brad Emaus contributed an RBI single an inning later. Emaus also produced a two-run homer in the fourth. Buffalo will welcome center fielder Matt den Dekker, who received a promotion from Double-A Binghamton. Den Dekker, the reigning Easterl League Player of the Week, will lead off for the Bisons, manager Wally Backman said. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, CHARLOTTE 2 (12 innings): Francisco Pena delivered a leadoff homer in the top of the 12th. Juan Torres drove in St. Lucie's other runs, on a two-run single in the second inning. Kyle Allen contributed three scoreless relief innings with five strikeouts. John Church had a scoreless 11th to improve to 2-2. Adam Kolarek notched his 10th save. Box

CHARLESTON at SAVANNAH (ppd.): The Gnats' games were postponed by rain. Monday’s regularly scheduled game has been rescheduled for Wednesday as part of a doubleheader. The two teams also are scheduled for two on Tuesday. The first game will be the completion of Sunday’s game in Charleston, which was suspended with the Gnats leading 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning. The second game will be scheduled for seven innings.

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 6.9.12

June, 9, 2012
6/09/12
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NORFOLK 5, BUFFALO 0: Forty-nine-year-old lefty Jamie Moyer surrendered one hit and struck out five in five scoreless innings in his debut with the Orioles organization. The last time Moyer pitched in the minors was in 1997 with Tacoma of the Pacific Coast League. His first-ever minor league stint was all the way back in 1984, when he pitched for the Geneva Cubs in the New York-Penn League. The Tides scored all of their runs in the fifth. With the score already 2-0, Bisons starter Jenrry Mejia surrendered the crushing blow. Lew Ford blasted a three-run homer to knock Mejia from the game. Mejia had bobbled a comebacker, allowing the first run to score. All of Norfolk's run were unearned. Mejia is the second straight Bisons starter to fail to finish five innings. Matt Harvey logged 4 2/3 innings Friday. Josh Satin and Pedro Beato returned to the Bisons on Saturday. Beato tossed two no-hit relief innings with three strikeouts. He has retired the last 17 batters he has faced in the International League. Beato has not allowed a run in his past 10 2/3 innings spanning six Triple-A relief appearances. Satin started at first base and went 0-for-2 with a walk. Box

BINGHAMTON 12, TRENTON 0: The B-Mets produced season high 18 hits and four homers and Darin Gorski tossed a career-high eight innings. Binghamton reached .500 for the first time since May 23 with its third straight win. Josh Rodriguez collected five hits, which matched Matt den Dekker's Friday output. The shorststop finished a homer shy of the cycle. Eric Campbell launched two homers and set a career high with five RBIs. For the fifth straight game, the B-Mets plated a run in the opening frame. Rodriguez tripled against starter Shaeffer Hall. Den Dekker plated him by singling. Rylan Sandoval doubled the B-Mets lead with a solo homer in the second. In the fourth, Kai Gronauer and Pedro Zapata started the inning with singles. They were driven home when Rodriguez doubled. Binghamton used the long ball to extend its lead against the Trenton bullpen. Ryan Pope took over for Hall in the sixth. Reese Havens greeted the righty by ripping a solo shot, his third homer this season. Campbell tagged Pope for a two-run homer in the seventh. Gorski faced no more than four hitters in each of his first seven innings. He scattered five hits through the first seven frames and never allowed any Thunder hitter to reach third. Binghamton put the game out of reach in the eighth. Havens reached on a fielding error by Luke Murton to start the inning and scored two batters later when Addison Maruszak booted a groundball. Joe Bonfe, a defensive replacement for Jefry Marte at third in the sixth, followed by ripping an RBI single. Campbell capped the frame by ripping a three-run homer. Gorski’s shutout stretch nearly came to an end in the eighth. After Yadil Mujica reached on an error by Havens at second, the lefty allowed a pair of singles to load the bases. The southpaw escaped unharmed by getting David Adams to line out to short and inducing Melky Mesa to bounce into an inning-ending double play. Gorski (4-3) spread out seven hits over eight innings and struck out three while walking none to earn his second straight win. Erik Turgeon posted a scoreless ninth. Box

CHARLOTTE 6, ST. LUCIE 4: Starter Cory Mazzoni allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. Alonzo Harris Jr. went 2-for-5 with two RBIs in the loss. Box

CHARLESTON 8, SAVANNAH 7: T.J. Chism allowed three ninth-inning runs to suffer the blown save. Starter Alex Panteliodis was charged with five runs on 10 hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings, but Savannah took a 7-5 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Cam Maron and Gilbert Gomez had three hits and two RBIs apiece. Box

Compiled from team reports

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BA HR RBI R
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OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187