Saturday: @ Louisville Bats 8, Buffalo Bisons 3
Kirk Nieuwenhuis smacked his sixth home run of the year Friday, but an 0-4 on Saturday dropped him under .300 for the first time since April 15th. For the year, he's hitting a solid .299/.401/.545.
Worried about the Mets pitching depth? Sure.
Friday, Casey Fossum: 3 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Saturday, in his second Bisons' start 36-year old Brian Sweeney: 4 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 2 K.
In better news for the Bisons, Tobi Stoner thew well in his FSL rehab Thursday.
Saturday: Binghamton Mets 3, @ Trenton Thunder 2
Friday, Brad Holt (1-2, 3.12) took a step backward walking five in 3.1 innings. His line: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 2 WP. Something good: last year, the Eastern League hit .339 against him. This year it's just .189 (25 H/34.2 IP). However, his K/BB ratio has gone south and is now just a little bit over one at 24 K/20 BB.
Saturday, Robert Carson (1-4, 3.96): 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. The 22-year old has a K/BB of 2.5 (33 K/13 BB) and is striking out nearly a batter an inning 33 K/36.1 IP. It's ok to be excited about his improvement.
Saturday: PPD by rain.
Saturday, Wilmer Flores (.289/.318/.373) was 3-5. He's had a slow week and a half (.224/.240/.306 in 11 games in May) after a batting average fueled .323/.356/.409 April.
Friday, Erik Goeddel (pictured): 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 0 BB, 5 K. His numbers are starting to sparkle: 4.75 K/BB (38 K/8 BB), 9.24 K/9 (38 K/37 IP). The only blemish is the home runs, but the homer he allowed Friday was his first in three starts since giving up at least one long ball in each of his first three starts. Also, exactly half of his walks for the year - four - came in one game at home against Greenville. Subtract that, and he's at four walks in 34 innings.
Saturday was a night to celebrate the bats as the Gnats scored 10 runs for the first time and set new season-highs with 12 runs on 16 hits. Leading the charge from the top of the order, Darrell Ceciliani: 5-5, 4 R, 2B, 3 RBI. In his ten games since returning from his strained right hamstring, he's hitting .308/.400/.359.
Robbie Shields was 3-6 Saturday with a double and a triple after three hits Friday. AFter a .236/.349/.403 April, he's bopping along at a .304/.353/.543 rate. His plate coverage (17 BB/18 SO) in 32 games is much improved over a year ago, and the 23 year old is looking ready for a new challenge soon.
Cory Vaughn was also 3-6 with a double Saturday. He's leading the SAL in OBP and is tenth in average as part of a .345/.473/.462 line and is a scorching hot .419/.569/.512 in May.