AAA: Buffalo Bisons 6, @ Louisville Bats 1
Baseball, as we are reminded nightly, is a funny game. C Jean Luc Blaquiere, who was promoted to the Bisons earlier this week, smacked two home runs and drove home four runs in the Bisons’ win. It was the first time in his career Blaquiere has ever hit two home runs in a game and it came in his second AAA appearance.
Tobi Stoner (2-4, 5.00) skated around eight hits in seven innings to allow just one run, on a solo HR. He fanned five and did not walk a batter.
AA: @ Trenton Thunder 5, Binghamton Mets 2
Eddie Kunz: 5 IP, 5H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. No meltdowns, so that’s good, I guess. His K/BB now stands at an even 1/1 (21/21) in 33.1 innings. That’s not good. Hey, but if you want to be wildly optimistic, get fired up about 9 K/3 BB in 11 innings in May with a 4.09 ERA after a 8.83 ERA in April.
24 yo Brahiam Maldonado was 2-2 with a walk and an RBI. Promoted to Binghamton two weeks ago, he’s hitting a very nice .286/.375/.500 in his first 12 games in the Eastern League.
A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 6, Brevard County Manatees 5
Five different FSL Mets had multi-hit games, led by SS Wilfredo Tovar who was 3-5. The 18-year-old Tovar’s a little dude (5′10″, 160 lbs) who has now hit safely in every one of the seven game’s he’s played for St. Lucie. The Mets like him. He was described to me quickly as having “great” hands. He’s struck out just twice in 27 AB, so he’s making a lot of contact. He has no power yet, but all that contact is a good thing for the moment.
LF Eric Campbell (.342/.415/.544) was 2-5 with a double, his ninth. I was disappointed when Campbell hit just .248/.347/.360 last year for the Gnats, so his hot 30 games to start the season is a very pleasant surprise. 1B Stefan Welch(.328/.378/.492) was 2-4 with a strikeout, a walk, and a pair of RBI to run his hitting streak to 13 straight games.
Scott Moviel gave up three runs on 10 hits in five innings with a pair of walks and two strikeouts.
A: @ Savannah Sand Gnats 6, Rome Braves 2
SS Wilmer Flores is ridiculous. He singled hard to right field in his first AB. In his second AB he ripped a 90+ mph fastball in on his hands down the left field line for a two-RBI double that put the Gnats up 2-0. He didn’t fist it. Instead, he showed his premium bat speed and hand/eye coordination to make hard, barrel contact. He lined a single into left field in his third AB to push his season line to .343/.392/.577.
1B Alex Gregory doubled twice in four trips. The 23-year old Gregory (.302/.327/.377) has three doubles among his last four hits and has hit his way into more playing time at first, helped by 1B Jeff Flagg’s (.162/.246/.248) struggles.
Brandon Moore rolled through the Rome lineup twice, before giving up a run in the seventh. He might have grown a little tired, but he also took a hard comebacker off his thigh (I think) that appeared to disrupt him. Still, there’s nothing wrong with seven innings of one-run baseball. He was 86-87 mph from the right side, but he mixed in curve, slider and changeup effectively all night.