The Bisons had an up and down week, but still fought to a 3-4 week as they split a series with the Norfolk Tides before splitting a series with the Gwinnett Braves and dropping the opener against the Pawtucket Red Sox. Three of the Bisons games this week were decided by one run (2-1) and three others were decided by two runs (1-2). They are 9-25 overall entering Sunday, 15 ½ games back of the first place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
Fernando Martinez: 7-for-26, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 SB
Martinez’ torrid pace of extra-base hits cooled a bit last week as his home run was the lone extra-base knock of the week. The left-handed hitting outfielder has fared very well against southpaw pitching, hitting .310 (9-for-29) against it so far this season. His average for the month of May sits at .351 entering Sunday and .285 overall for the season.
Dillon Gee: ND, 7 IP, ER, 3 H, 7 K, 2 BB
Gee allowed one earned over seven innings for the second time in his last three starts and struck out seven for the second time this season. The three hits allowed were a season-low. Gee is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts this month, totaling 18 innings and a 13/3 strikeout-to-walk ratio going into his start on Sunday.
Michael Antonini: ND, 3.1 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 4 K, 2 BB
Antonini made his Triple-A debut on Friday night and was met rudely by the Gwinnett Braves. The left-hander, who gave up only two home runs in 31 1/3 innings in Binghamton, gave up a two-run shot in the third inning.
The B-Mets came out of the week battle tested as they went 2-4 with victories coming over New Hampshire on Monday and Trenton on Thursday night. Every game was a grind as the B-Mets played in five 1-run games last week, including both of their victories, with the other decided by two runs. The B-Mets are 16-18 entering Sunday and three games behind the Connecticut Defenders for first place. They will travel to Norwich this week to take on the first place ballclub.
Josh Thole: 10-for-25, HR, 3 RBI, 5 R, 3 2B, BB
The B-Mets backstop simply continues to hit his way on base and is now hitting .375 over his last 10 games while registering the system’s first five-hit performance of the season. On Thursday night, Thole went 5-for-5 with a double, RBI and two runs scored. Entering Sunday, he ranks third in the Eastern League with a .357 batting average and second with a .429 on-base percentage. Thole, who swings left-handed, is hitting .474 (18-for-38) and reaching base over 52 percent of the time against left-handed pitching.
Tobi Stoner: Win, 7 IP, 2 H, 3 K, BB
Tobi Stoner was lights out in his first start after coming off the disabled list as he blanked the New Hampshire FisherCats over seven innings. The right-hander returns to Binghamton after going 4-6 with a 4.33 ERA in 15 starts with the B-Mets in 2008.
Eric Brown: Win, 6 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 K, BB
Brown came entered the game following Dylan Owen’s early exit and was excellent in giving the B-Mets the long appearance, his longest of the year, they needed. Brown, who has served as a swingman for Binghamton, is now 3-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 25 innings of relief work this season.
ST. LUCIE (A+):
The Mets’ week was a tale of two halves as they swept the Palm Beach Cardinals to begin the week before being swept by the Fort Myers Miracle. If that sounds familiar, there is good reason why as the same pattern happened the previous week with the only difference being the location of the games. Entering Sunday, the Mets are 18-17 and 5 ½ games back of first place Fort Myers.
Reese Havens; 6-for-26, HR, 10 RBI, 3 R, 2B, 4 BB
Havens is slumping as of late, hitting just .179 (7-for-39) over his last ten games, but he had one of his most productive weeks in terms of driving in runs by recording the first double-digit RBI week of his career. He had back-to-back 4-RBI nights on Wednesday and Thursday. The left-hand hitting shortstop possesses a .296 average against southpaw pitching.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 6-for-22, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 6 R, 3 2B, 6 BB
Nieuwenhuis too has been in a bit of a slump with just nine hits in his last 39 at-bats, but his power continues to come on as his two home runs ran his total to four over that same time span. His strikeout ratio is a bit high with 37 in 35 games, but the centerfielder continues to show the signs that make him such a multi-faceted player.
Carlos Guzman: 8-for-27, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R, 5 2B, BB, SB
On a roster full of bigger names, Guzman continues to add value depth and production. He has followed up his three home runs in April with three more this month while maintaining nearly identical on-base percentages in that time. One weaker point for Guzman is his .222 average against left-handed pitching while hitting .306 off righties.
The Sand Gnats continue to build momentum coming a week in which they went 4-2 including a series split against the Bowling Green Hot Rods and wins in the first two games in their series against the Lexington Legends. The strong week pushed the Gnats to 20-15 overall and into first place by ½ game in the SAL Southern Division entering Sunday’s action.
Sean Ratliff: 10-for-24, HR, 4 RBI, 8 R, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 BB, SB
Ratliff continued his hot hitting with another week with double-digit hits as he raised his average to .361 which ranks second in the league entering Sunday. He also registered another four-hit game as he went 4-for-6 with three RBI, three runs and two triples on Thursday. His 14 doubles and four triples rank third and tied for second in the league, respectively.
Jeurys Familia: Win, 6 2/3 IP, ER, H, 7 K, 2 BB
Familia continues to mow down the opposition. He picked up his third victory of the season on Thursday by holding Bowling Green to just one hit. It was the fifth time this season he has gone at least four innings and given up two hits or less. The seven strikeouts were a season high. He lowered his ERA to 1.24 (third in the league) and his opponent’s batting average to .160.
Kyle Allen: Save, 4 IP, H, 4 K, 3 BB
Allen earned his second save of the season as he piggybacked Eric Beaulac and pitched four strong innings. Following his last outing, Allen had a 2-to-1 groundball/flyball ratio and a .223 opponent’s batting average. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA and a .119 opponent’s batting average in 17 1/3 innings as a reliever.
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