Week in Review Across the Farm

There were more than a few postponements across the farm last week, but there were still a number of big producers both at the plate and on the mound. Did Fernando Martinez continue his hot hitting? Who had the big week at the plate in Binghamton? Who is emerging in St. Lucie? And who continues to mow down hitters in Savannah? Find out the answers to those questions and more.

BUFFALO (AAA):
Last Week: 3-3
The three wins in six games constitutes a hot streak for the struggling Bisons. They defeated Louisville to start the week before losing two games that were disrupted by rain three different times. They defeated Lehigh Valley and then split the first two games with Norfolk to end the week. Buffalo entered Sunday at 6-22 on the season.

Fernando Martinez: 8-for-21, HR, 7 RBI, 4 R, 3 2B, 3B, 2 BB

Martinez continues to flat out rake in the month of May. He is hitting .371 for the month with two home runs, nine RBI and six-multi hit games after only one home run and eight RBI in all of April. He is getting on base over 40 percent of the time in May while slugging .714. He struck only two times in his first nine games of the month. Martinez is hitting .273 and .279 against left-handed and right-handed pitchers respectively.

Dillon Gee: ND, 4 IP, 7 H, 5 K, BB

Gee picked up his second no-decision of the season in a bumpy start at Lehigh Valley on Thursday that the Bisons came back to win with a sixth inning rally. The walk issued was the lone free pass in his two starts. The right-hander has two no-decisions on the road this season with a 6.75 ERA and a 12/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

BINGHAMTON (AA):
Last Week 2-5

The B-Mets had a tough week, first dropping games against New Hampshire and Portland, but salvaged a split against the Sea Dogs before dropping the first two games of a weekend series against the Trenton Thunder. The B-Mets welcomed Stephen Clyne to their bullpen—his first crack at Double-A. Entering Sunday, the B-Mets sit at 13-15 and tied for last in the Eastern League Northern Division.

Shawn Bowman: 13-for-29, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 2 2B, BB

Bowman's big week lifted his average well over .300 for the season and he is hitting .410 over his last ten games with three of his five home runs and nine RBI. His 20 RBI this season tie him for seventh in the Eastern League. He is hitting .343 and .300 against left-handed and right-handed pitching respectively. He has recorded five straight multi-hit games, a streak during which he has hit .619 (13-for-21).

Lucas Duda: 9-for-28, 3 RBI, 5 R, 3 2B, 2 BB

Duda too has been very hot since May started, hitting .359 in ten games (14-for-39) with six RBI. His .450 on-base percentage ranks second in the Easter League. The biggest split of note for Duda is his .393 average against right-handers (24-for-61), but just a .154 average (4-for-26) versus southpaws.

Michael Antonini: Win, 6 2/3 IP, ER, 5 H, 6 K, 2 BB

Antonini came up with one of his best starts of the season on Thursday night when he stifled Portland at home. It was his longest outing of the season and an important outing after giving up six earned runs in four innings in his previous start. Antonini is 1-1 with a 8.10 ERA in two day games, but 3-0 with a 3.38 ERA in four starts at night.

ST. LUCIE (A+):
Last Week: 3-4

The Mets had an up and down week. They started off by dropping the series finale to the Sarasota Reds before sweeping the Palm Beach Cardinals, and then were swept by the Fort Myers Miracle. Three of their losses this week were by one run and the other by two runs. Entering Sunday, the Mets are 15-14, good for third in the Florida State League South Division.

Hector Pellot: 11-for-21, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, 2B, 2 BB

Pellot, who missed most of 2008 with a hip injury, exploded in a big way last week after 12 unproductive games at the start of his 2009 comeback. Then, starting last Sunday, he erupted for five multi-hit games in six days. Pellot has only three walks in 18 games this season.

Brad Holt: Win, 6 IP, 2 H, 5 K, 2 BB

For the second time this season, Holt tossed six scoreless innings as he blanked Palm Beach. The right-hander still has not lost a game since his disappointing season debut back on April 9 in which he allowed nine earned runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 IP. Since that start, Holt has allowed three earned runs in 21 innings (1.28 ERA) with 20 strikeouts against four walks. Left-handers have mustered just a .200 average off Holt.

SAVANNAH (A-)
Last Week: 3-3

The Sand Gnats even week included splitting the last two games of a rain-shortened series against the Asheville Tourists before splitting a four-game series with the Greenville Drive to end their homestand. The Sand Gnats are 4-4 in the month of May and are currently 16-13 overall which leaves them ½ game back of first place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division.

Sean Ratliff: 11-for-25, HR, 6 RBI, 8 R, 4 2B, 2 3B, 2 BB

Ratliff continues to pound Sally League pitching to the tune of a .524 average over his last ten games (22-for-42) with six multi-hit games in that span. His .558 slugging percentage ranks fifth in the league and his 12 doubles still rank him tied for third. He is doing his damage equally to pitchers from both sides, hitting .348 and .351 versus right-handers and left-handers respectively. This season, he is hitting .324 (11-for-34) with runners in scoring position.

Jeff Kaplan: 2-0, 12 IP, ER, 9 H, 7 K, 2 BB

Kaplan continues to confound the opposition as he registered his third scoreless start of the season and his second of only one run allowed. Kaplan has allowed more than one earned run just once back on April 28. On the season, he has allowed 28 hits in 32 innings pitched with 30 strikeouts and only seven and walks. At home, Kaplan is 3-0 with a 0.41 ERA in 22 innings pitched and his 1.13 overall ERA ranks second in the league.

Jeurys Familia: ND, 6 IP, ER, 7 H, 5 K, BB

Familia continues to steam along in the Sally League, bouncing back from his worst start of the year to shut down Greenville on Friday night. Despite a 20/15 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a 2-2 record, his 1.21 ERA ranks fifth in the league. He has allowed four earned runs in 29 2/3 innings pitched while the opposition has hit .181 off him this season.

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