Again there is a good blend of offense and pitching in this fifth installment of the Inside Pitch…
Week in Review Across the Farm
Last Week: 2-5
The Bisons dropped the series finale against the Toledo Mud Hens to begin the week (for a series split) before dropping three of four to the Louisville Bats. The Bisons ended the week by dropping the first two against the Indianapolis Indians by a 3-1 score before claiming a 6-3 victory on Saturday.
Nick Evans: 7-for-27, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, 4 2B, BB
Evans continues to tread water in Buffalo but he did swat his fourth home run with the Bisons and ended the week riding a six-game hitting streak including a double in three straight games. He is hitting .268 for the month (11-for-41), by far his best month with the club.
Tobi Stoner: 0-2, 13 IP, 10 ER, 15 H, 12 K, 5 BB
Stoner was hit around fairly well in his last two starts giving up six earned runs and four earned runs respectively but did strike out six in each start. He has allowed two home runs in 40 1/3 innings with Buffalo after surrendering five long balls in 47 innings with Binghamton.
Last Week: 3-4
The B-Mets began the week by dropping the series finale to the Erie SeaWolves before splitting a four-game set with the Connecticut Defenders. Binghamton then hit the road to once again face Erie as they dropped the first two games of the series by a combined 25-9 score.
Josh Thole: 8-for-28, 7 RBI, 4 R, 2 2B, 2 BB
Thole returned from the disabled as the B-Mets began their second half schedule and picked up pretty much where he left off. He drove in two runs in each of his first three games of the week and racked up three multi-hit games. For the season, the left-handed hitting catcher is hitting .397 (31-for-78) against southpaws.
Ruben Tejada: 10-for-23, HR, 2 RBI, 8 R, 2 2B
The shortstop's productive month continued last week as he totaled three multi-hit games and knocked his third home run of the season. He is hitting .342 over his last ten games and .282 for the month of July after hitting .282 the previous month. On the season Tejada owns a 44/29 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Ike Davis: 11-for-27,3 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 2 2B, 3 BB
Davis' hot bat continues to prove valuable for the B-Mets as he clubbed three home runs last week, bringing his organizational-leading total to 14. The first baseman is currently riding a 10-game hitting streak during which he is hitting .410. Overall, he is now hitting .308 in 31 games with the B-Mets with a .400 on-base percentage, raising his season totals to .295 and .385 respectively. His recent surge is setting him on pace to surpass his St. Lucie totals much earlier than the 59 games he played in High-A.
Lucas Duda: 5-for-23, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, BB
Duda's week tailed off in the last seven games but overall, the newly minted left fielder is hitting .324 over his last ten games with four home runs and 11 RBI. He is hitting .325 for the month with a season-high .542 slugging percentage. His 52 walks ranks fourth in the Eastern League.
ST. LUCIE (A+):
Last Week: 2-4
St. Lucie's week was filled with close contests as they dropped three 1-run games but landed two large victories over the Daytona Cubs and the Brevard County Manatees. Weeks of up and down play have dropped the Mets to 10-15 in the second half of the season which puts them five games back of first place.
Zach Lutz: 9-for-21, HR, 7 RBI, 3 R, 2B, 2 BB
Lutz got off to a slow start for the week as he began it with a 0-for-7 skid, but picked up the pace by registering three 3-hit games including a 3-for-4, 4 RBI effort on Friday night. He is hitting .364 over his last ten games with a .391 mark (18-for-46) in July. His .472 on-base percentage in 14 games this month is also a season-high. In 22 games since the Florida State League All-Star Break, Lutz is hitting .403, raising his overall average to .289.
Jeff Kaplan: Win, 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 H, 4 K, BB
Kaplan picked up one of St. Lucie's victories this week with his six-inning effort. The nine hits allowed tied a personal high since his promotion to St. Lucie but after two rocky starts to begin his tenure with the club, the right-hander is 2-2 with a 3.23 ERA over his last 30 2/3 innings pitched. For the season to date, Kaplan is 6-6 with a 2.41 ERA in 97 innings.
Last Week: 4-2
The Sand Gnats started the week on a very high note as they claimed two blowout victories over the Hickory Crawdads by a combined 19-2 score before they hit the road to take on the West Virginia Power. There, the Gnats scored seven runs in each of the first two games of the series, taking both games before dropping the finale two for a split of the four-game set.
Wilmer Flores: 7-for-24, HR, 2 RBI, 4 R, 2 BB
Flores kick started his week with a 4-for-4, two run, two RBI effort last Sunday against Hickory. He then collected a hit in the following three games before cooling off with a 0-for-8 stretch to end the week. The shortstop is hitting .291 since the Sally League break with ten RBI.
Kai Gronaeur: 7-for-18, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3 R
The Sand Gnats catcher gets his first nod in Week in Review after putting together one of his most productive weeks of the season. Gronauer belted three-run home runs on back-to-back appearances on Monday and Wednesday, raising his season total of long balls to six.
Chris Schwinden: Win, 6 IP, 5 H, 10 K
Schwinden came through with his best start of the season as he fanned a career-high ten on Thursday. The right-hander has not allowed a walk in his last three starts (21 innings) and has issued just 11 free passes in 83 innings this season. He is 4-2 with a 2.77 ERA in the second half and has gone at least six innings in every start over the last month.
Last Week: 4-2
The Cyclones maneuvered around two rain outs last week to post a 4-2 mark and extend their McNamara Division lead to 4 ½ games entering Sunday. Brooklyn nabbed wins over Auburn and Vermont before returning to New York and taking two victories against the Staten Island Yankees which helped distance them from their cross-bridge rivals. Brooklyn's record sits at 24-11.
Nick Santomauro: 7-for-10, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, 3B
Santomauro was in and out of the lineup last week but certainly made the most of his opportunities as he notched back-to-back three-hit games and hit his first two home runs of the season. He began the season mired in a 4-for-20 slump, but has turned it on as of late by hitting .303 (10-for-33) over his last ten games. He has walked 12 times this season, helping to boost his on-base percentage to .409.
Mark Cohoon: Win, 6 IP, 3 H, 3 K, 3 BB
Cohoon picked up his second straight victory by blanking Staten Island for six innings en route to a Cyclones victory. His six victories and 46 innings pitched on the season put him alone atop the New York-Penn League leaders and his 2.15 ERA ranks 12th in the league. Left-handed batters are hitting just .130 off the southpaw.
Last Week: 2-5
The K-Mets unusually long road trip (by Appalachian League standards) finally came to an end on Friday night, but before that the K-Mets completed a sweep of the Greeneville Astros by picking up two wins by a combined 17-5 score. However, Kingsport then traveled off to Pulaski where they lost three tough games by two runs each and then headed off to Elizabethton where they dropped back-to-back one-run games. The K-Mets are now 10-21 on the season.
Darrell Ceciliani: 12-for-28, 2 RBI, 7 R, 2 2B, 2 SB
Ceciliani is in the midst of a very hot streak as he cements his role as the K-Mets table setter. He recorded his first three and four-hit games of his career with a run scored in eight of his last nine starts. He is hitting .395 (17-for-43) over his last ten games and is 8-for-10 in stolen base attempts.
Alonzo Harris: 10-for-28, HR, 4 RBI, 4 R, 4 BB, SB
Harris' hot hitting continued last week as he recorded four additional multi-hit games raising his average to .366 over his last ten games. He is now hitting .313 on the season but was caught stealing twice—his only two of the summer.
Angel Cuan: 1-0, 11 IP, ER, 9 H, 9 K
The 20-year-old left-hander put together his best two outings of the season as he shut down both Greeneville and Elizabethton (no-decision) and for the first time this season he did not issue any walks in a start. In 26 2/3 innings with Kingsport (he made two rough starts in Brooklyn previous), he has walked seven and struck out 18.
GULF COAST LEAGUE (R):
Last Week: 1-4
The GCL Mets dropped four of five games this week to fall to .500 (13-13) on the season. The club's lone victory last week came in a suspended game completed over two days in which the Mets shut out the GCL Cardinals 3-0.
Javier Rodriguez: 5-for-12, HR, 6 RBI, 3 R, 2B, BB
Rodriguez's production last week came from his two best games of the season as he went 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs on Wednesday and followed that up with a 2-for-4 effort with a home run on Thursday. Overall, the 2008 second round pick is hitting .214 on the season with seven RBI.
Gabriel Zavala: Win, 8 IP, 2 H, 4 K, 3 BB
The outfielder-turn-pitched tossed his longest outing of the season (he averaged three innings in four previous starts) and tied a season-high for strikeouts. In 19 1/3 innings this season, Zavala is 2-0 with a 1.40 Era and a .145 opponent's batting average.
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