Last Week: 5-2
The Bisons put together their best week of the season by earning a split against both the Rochester Red Wings and the first place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. The Bisons then hit the road to Pawtucket where they handed out their first series sweep against the PawSox and then took the first of a two-game set against the Yankees.
Jonathon Niese: 1-0, 15 IP, ER, 13 H, 15 K, 3 BB
Niese continued his torrid pace by shutting down both Rochester and the Yankees last week. In his first start of the week, the left-hander tossed a complete game shutout with a season-high ten strikeouts. He followed that up by limiting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to one run over six innings with five strikeouts and one walk. Niese has allowed just four earned runs over his last 44 1/3 innings.
Tobi Stoner: 1-1, 12 2/3 IP, 6 ER, 9 H, 9 K, 4 BB
Stoner had an inconsistent start to his week when he allowed six earned runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings against Rochester, though he struck out six in that start—his Triple-A best. He rebounded later in the week by tossing his best start of the season as he blanked Pawtucket over seven innings and allowed only one hit. The right-hander is now 2-2 with a 4.28 ERA in five starts since his promotion to Buffalo.
Last Week: 1-6
The B-Mets slide continued last week as they gained only a single victory, a one-run win over the Portland Sea Dogs. Binghamton’s remaining losses came against the Erie SeaWolves, two more against Portland and the first two in a four-game set against the New Britain Rock Cats. The B-Mets are 2-9 in July.
Ike Davis; 6-for-25, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 2B, 3 BB
Davis swatted his second and third home runs since his promotion to Binghamton though he watched his Double-A average slip to .254 entering Sunday. Davis is hitting .200 (8-for-40) in July but his ten home runs overall tie him for the organizational lead with St. Lucie’s Carlos Guzman. He is hitting .316 with runners in scoring position for Binghamton.
Dylan Owen: Win, 7 IP, 0 ER, R, 5 H, 7 K, BB
Owen’s own hot streak continued as he did not allow an earned run Thursday night at Portland. Owen has not surrendered an earned run over his last three starts while striking out 15 against five walks. The only two wins the B-Mets have earned this month have come via Owen who picked up the victory in both of his starts this month.
ST. LUCIE (A+):
Last Week 4-2
The Mets dropped two of three against the Jupiter Hammerheads to begin the week but rebounded to win both games of a rain-shortened series versus the Palm Beach Cardinals. The Mets picked up the victory in the series opener again versus Jupiter in the second half of a home-and-home series with their South Division opponents. The Mets are now 6-7 in their second half entering Sunday.
Stefan Welch: 11-for-23, HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 2B, BB
The newly promoted corner infielder has simply torn the cover off the ball since he arrived in St. Lucie last Monday. His best game came on Thursday night when he went 3-for-5 with the home run and five RBI. Entering Sunday, Welch had yet to strikeout in 23 at-bats with St. Lucie.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 5-for-19, 8 RBI, 7 R, 2 2B, 4 BB
The outfielder broke out of a big slump by driving eight runs last week featured by his four RBI on Thursday night in a 2-for-4 effort in which he also scored three runs. Entering the week, Nieuwenhuis was 0-for-11 in his first three games of the month. Nieuwenhuis is hitting .268 against right-handers but is hitting only .176 (13-for-74) off southpaws.
Last Week: 4-3
The Sand Gnats remained one game over .500 entering Sunday by playing one game over .500 ball for the week. The Gnats began the week by taking two of three against the Greenville Drive to give them the series win. Savannah then headed to Lexington where they split a four-game series against the Legends. The Gnats are now 9-8 in the second half of their season.
Josh Satin: 10-for-25, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 2B, 5 BB
After hitting .238 in June, the Gnats second baseman continued his hot month of July with his third and fourth home runs of the season. He pushed his season average back over .300 (.301) and is now tied for the team lead in hits with 89 entering Sunday. His .399 on-base percentage leads all Savannah regulars. Satin is hitting .333 with runners in scoring position and has balanced splits with a .318 average off left-handers and a .296 mark versus righties.
Robert Carson: 1-1, 14 2/3 IP, ER, 7 H, 11 K, 3 BB
The left-hander has locked down the opposition over his last five starts by allowing three earned runs on 19 hits over his last 35 2/3 innings. He picked up a loss last week but it was a strong effort in which he allowed the one earned run over 5 2/3 innings on four hits. He took the mound again on Saturday and tossed a complete game shutout with three hits and eight strikeouts. In four starts after the All-Star Break, Carson is 3-1 with a 0.61 ERA in 29 2/3 innings and his 2.02 overall ERA is second in the South Atlantic League.
Last Week: 4-4
The Cyclones 10-game win streak was snapped with Wednesday’s loss to the Aberdeen IronBirds but they salvaged an even week with a sweep of Tri-City and one victory in three-game series against Aberdeen and Staten Island. Nonetheless, Brooklyn is still 17-6 on the season and remains 5 ½ games ahead of Hudson Valley in the NYPL McNamara Division.
Brandon Moore: Win, 7 IP, 5 H, 8 K, BB
Moore picked up his third victory in four starts this year to remain undefeated on the season. Moore has lasted at least seven innings every start this season and now holds a 24/2 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a .178 opponent’s batting average. His 0.62 ERA ranks third in the New York-Penn League. Moore has allowed 18 hits in 29 innings.
Luis Rivera: 7-for-24, HR, 4 RBI, 2 2B, 6 BB, SB
Rivera cooled off a bit last week but remains a run-producing cog in the Cyclones order. His best night of the week came last Monday when he went 2-for-4 with the home run, two RBI and two runs scored. Rivera’s 17 RBI on the season ties him for second in the league.
Last Week: 2-5
The K-Mets subpar week dropped them to 6-13 on the season and into last place in the Appalachian League’s West Division. Kingsport was swept by the Greeneville Astros to begin the week before it lost two of three to the Elizabethton Twins. The K-Mets concluded the week by taking the series opener against the Bristol Sox.
Alonzo Harris: 8-for-32, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 8 R, 3B, 2 BB, 3 SB
Harris did a little bit of everything last week including knocking his second and third home runs of the season. Harris’ 14 RBI put him second on the club aided by his four consecutive games with a run batted in last week. So far, Harris has stolen five bases without being caught.
Jeff Flagg: 11-for-29, HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 4 BB, SB
Flagg remains one of the hottest hitters in the organization as he racked up a .442 average (19-for-43) over his last ten games with 13 RBI and ten runs scored and a RBI in all but one. So far this season, Flagg is hitting .444 (12-for-27) with runners in scoring position.
GULF COAST LEAGUE (R):
Last Week: 6-0
The GCL’s perfect week ran its season record to 11-5 and the club into first place in the GCL East division, 2 ½ games ahead of the GCL Marlins. The Mets picked up two victories against both the GCL Cardinals and Nationals, and one victory over the GCL Astros and Marlins.
Jhonathan Torres: 2-0, 11 IP, ER, 2 H, 12 K, 3 BB
Torres’ record remained perfect on the season and he was nearly perfect in his second start of the week when he tossed six hitless innings and struck out eight with two walks. On the season, Torres has allowed just six hits in 22 innings for a .085 opponent’s batting average. He boasts a 22/5 strikeout-to-walk ratio.