Stoner was sharp before heading to Buffalo
With the majority of the draft coverage now in the bank, Inside Pitch gives a look back to the week that was across the farm that featured two minor league versions of the Subway Series. Who was big on both sides of the ball in Binghamton? Who carried the hot bat for St. Lucie? Who came up big on the mound in Savannah? Find out the answers to those questions and more…
Last Week: 3-3
The Bisons ‘ split week during a seven-game home stand came at the hands of the Indianapolis Indians and the Durham Bulls. They picked up a 2-1 victory last Monday but lost the two other contests by a combined 14-2 score. The Bisons followed that by taking two of three against the Bulls including a 13-5 victory on Thursday. Buffalo entered Sunday with a 19-40 record overall.
Jon Niese: 1-1, 13 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 11 K, 4 BB
Niese picked up his first victory of the season, in his tenth start, in a 1-0 victory over Durham on Friday night. The left-hander threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and just two hits allowed. That start followed his first outing of the week when he took the loss in a six-inning effort in which he allowed two earned runs on six hits. One real struggle point for Niese this season has been against left-handed hitters who have pounded him for a .347 average. Niese is 1-2 with a 3.66 ERA in three starts this month.
Last Week: 2-5
The B-Mets fall in the Eastern League standings continued behind a 2-5 effort last week. They lost the series finale against the Connecticut Defenders before dropping two of three to the Harrisburg Senators. The B-Mets then hit the road but dropped two of the first three in a four-game set against the Trenton Thunder. The B-Mets also welcomed left-hander Eric Niesen to the staff. The left-hander went 3-4 with a 3.28 ERA in 11 starts with St. Lucie before surrendering five runs in five innings in his first start with the B-Mets on Saturday. Binghamton now sits at 25-36 and in last place in the Northern Division entering Sunday.
Nick Evans: 7-for-19, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 2B
Evans put together his best week of the season but collecting three consecutive multi-hit games and swatting his second home run since returning to Binghamton. Entering Sunday, Evans was hitting .357 (5-for-14) against left-handed pitching.
Michael Antonini: Loss, 7 IP, ER, 7 H, 5 K, BB
Antonini was the very tough luck loser in a stellar effort on Friday night against the Thunder. Antonini surrendered a first inning solo home run which was the deciding and only run scored in the game. It was the second straight start the left-hander has last seven innings and he seems to be settling back into the B-Mets rotation following a seven-run effort in 4 2/3 innings back on June 1.
Tobi Stoner: 1-0, 15 IP, 4 ER, 9 H, 11 K
Stoner went eight innings last Sunday and allowed four earned runs (three solo home runs) with six strikeouts on his way to a no-decision, but rebounded in a big way by tossing a seven-inning shutout in the front of Saturday’s doubleheader. That start boosted Stoner to Triple-A for the first time in his career. He exits Binghamton with a 2-2 record, 2.68 ERA, 28/13 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a .170 opponent’s batting average in 47 innings pitched.
ST. LUCIE (A+):
Last Week: 2-5
The week started in ugly fashion as the Mets dropped both games of a doubleheader with the Dunedin Blue Jays by a combined 16-2 score. The Mets went on to split the last two games of that series before dropping two of the first three games of the season against the Tampa Yankees. Entering Sunday, the Mets were 29-29 and eight games back in the South Division of the Florida State League.
Ike Davis: 6-for-16, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB
The 2008 top pick continued his hot hitting last week. He has homered four times this month while reaching base just a tick over 42 percent of his at-bats. His hitting splits only improve in more productive situations as he is hitting .287/.293/.308 with the bases empty, runners on and in scoring position respectively. Davis is hitting just .193 against left-handed pitching but tunes up right-handers for a .327 mark. The first baseman currently leads the Florida State League in extra base hits (26).
Scott Shaw: ND, 7 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 8 K, 2 BB
Shaw’s effort last Tuesday was his longest of the season and the eight strikeouts were a season high. After an up and down month of May in which he went 0-2 with a 4.61 ERA, Shaw seems to have found a rhythm in June, starting the month with a 2.13 ERA and a victory in 12 2/3 innings pitched and a .159 opponent’s batting average. Entering his start today, Shaw was ranked tenth in the FSL with 63 innings pitched.
Last Week: 3-4
The Sand Gnats too got off to a rough start last week as they dropped the final two games against the Augusta GreenJackets and the opener of a three-game set against the Rome Braves. However, the Gnats rebounded by taking the final two against the Braves and the opener against Augusta. Savannah finished off the week with a 6-2 loss to the GreenJackets. Entering Sunday’s contest, the Gnats are 30-33 and seven games back of the first place Charleston RiverDogs.
Chris Schwinden: 0-1, 10 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 14 H, 9 K, 2 BB
Schwinden did not last long in his first outing of the week when he tossed just four innings and gave up three earned runs with five strikeouts in a loss to the GreenJackets. He rebounded on Friday night by limiting the GreenJackets to just two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings pitched with four strikeouts. On the season, Schwinden is 3-3 with a 3.86 ERA in 37 1/3 innings pitched, 31 strikeouts against only seven walks.
Jeurys Familia: ND, 6 IP. 3 H, 6 K
Familia came up with one of his best starts of the year though he failed to pick up the win in Thursday’s scoreless start. The six strikeouts were the most he registered since punching out seven back on May 14 and the three hits were the fewest since his May 20 outing. Familia has allowed right-handers to hit just .212 off him.