It's a good thing the Gnats (39-30) eliminated the Greenville Drive and clinched a first-half title last Tuesday, because the Drive swept the Gnats to finish the first half this past weekend.
Chase Huchingson turned in the best performance of the weekend, tossing three shutout innings out of the bullpen Friday. He gave up just one hit and fanned five. The Mets moved Huchingson to the bullpen to keep the strain down on his arm, as he's already thrown 53.1 innings in 2011. The lanky lefty has been one of the most pleasant surprises of the 2011 season.
Aderlin Rodriguez was 2-4 with a double on Sunday to run his June production to .279/.315/.353. His monthly splits are interesting: .209/.236/.442 in April, .204/.278/.345 in May, and then .279/.315/.353 in June. There's a danger in making too much out of small samples, but in April he hit for power (5 2B and 5 HR) and never walked. In May, he walked (12 times) and hit for a little less power (7 XBH). Now in June, he's starting to see the returns to a more patient approach in his batting average, but is walking a little less with a little less power. Still, he's going deep into counts and battling through at-bats. My bet is that he puts it all together in the second-half.
Vaughn Needs a Breather
The All-Star could not come at a better time for RF Cory Vaughn (.286/.405/.408) who was named the Southern Division's starter in centerfield Friday. On the heels of a .356/.496/.510 May, Vaughn has slumped to .154/.225/.215 in 17 games in June with 20 strikeouts in 65 AB.