We'll start with something good here first: 2B Jordany Valdespin was 2-for-5. He was pulled from Wednesday's game after the second inning and the word out of Binghamton was that he was not injured, which implies that he was being disciplined. For what, I have no idea, but at least the discipline wasn't severe enough to keep him out any length of time.
Allan Dykstra (.270/.398/.436) was 2-for-4 with two walks to reach base four times.
Tobi Stoner held Bowie to two runs in five innings, but couldn't retire a batter in the sixth leading to a line of: 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. Roy Merritt was awful: 2.1 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Really interesting stuff from Wally Backman on Merritt post-game:
“Everything stays on the same plane with him.A lot of times his slider is flat. It stays or it’s just sliding through the hitting zone. His fastball -- from the way that I see it – its stays pretty true.
“He’s really not sidearm. He’s in between there somewhere. For me and I think for Roy’s career, I think he’s got to go up on top or go all the way down. It’s got to be one or the other because he has enough velocity to pitch. That’s my own opinion, but the arms slot is not working. He knows it. I’ve talked to him about it. That’s not my decision to make.”