Binghamton (AA - Eastern League)
@ Binghamton Mets 4, Connecticut Defenders 1 (Resumed from 7/19)
File this one under the “I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes” department. The Mets and Defenders resumed their game from July 19th, with Binghamton down 1-0 in the third.
In the bottom of the eighth, C Salvador Paniagua, who entered the game hitting .222/.263/.537 blasted a 2-0 fastball over the left-field wall to tie the game at 1-1. In the ninth, with two aboard, up stepped Paniagua again. This time on a 1-1 count, he pounded another homer in the same direction, again clearing the wall easily. Through game one, Paniagua now has 14 hits in 58 AB (.241), 11 for extra bases, including six homers.
After Paniagua’s homer in the eighth, Jose Coronado doubled, but the Defenders chose to walk Dan Murphy with the go-ahead run at second. After Ambio Concepcion was hit by a pitch, Mike Carp flew out to right field.
Jose Sanchez (9-5, 4.02 - pictured) was excellent over seven shutout innings for the win. He gave up just four hits and a walk, striking out five. Sanchez sat at 89 mph with a fastball that he spotted well all evening. He relied heavily on a curveball which he generally threw from 73-75 mph. His changeup, at 82 mph was clearly his third offering.
Murphy, who was 1-2, made a sensational diving stop at first.
Jose Sanchez Fastball
Jose Sanchez Curveball
Connecticut Defenders 5, @ Binghamton Mets 3 (7 innings)
Game two was a fairly blah affair after the theatrics of game one. Joe Hietpas held his team in the game through four innings. Hietpas used to be a knuckleballer after turning to pitching, but Monday, he worked off a 88/89 mph fastball. He was followed by two guys who also don’t have MLB quality heaters, Tim Lavigne and Elvys Quezada.