Week In Review Across the Farm
Eric Niesen had one of his best Double-A starts
Eric Niesen had one of his best Double-A starts
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Posted Aug 30, 2009


In this edition of Week in Review, find out who swung the hot bats in St. Lucie. Who was dominant on the mound for Savannah? Who kept runs off the board in Brooklyn? Find out the answers to those questions and more…

BUFFALO (AAA):
Last Week 3-4

The story of the Bisons season continued last week as they endured an up and down week. Buffalo began the week by taking two of three from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees to finish a split of a four-game series before they hit the road, losing both games of a series in Pawtucket and splitting the first two games of a weekend series in Rochester. The Bisons enter the last full week of the regular season with a 53-80 record.

Tobi Stoner: ND, 6 IP, ER, 3 H, 5 K, 3 BB

Stoner tossed his third straight outing of six innings with two earned or less as he stifled Pawtucket for the third time in his last ten starts. The right-hander has allowed just three earned runs and 14 hits over his last 18 innings

BINGHAMTON (AA):
Last Week: 2-5

The B-Mets week began as they dropped the final two games of a four-game set against the Connecticut Defenders. Binghamton then returned home where it lost two of three to the Portland Sea Dogs before again hitting the road where the B-Mets split the first two games of a series against the Akron Aeros despite being outscored 14-6. Binghamton enters the final full week at 50-81.

Eric Niesen: 1-0, 11 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 9 K, 5 BB

Niesen’s strong performance since the start of the month continued last week, headlined by his six-inning, one-run performance on Friday against Akron. That night, he held the Aeros to just one hit and struck out five. He picked up a no-decision earlier in the week as he allowed three runs over five innings to the Defenders.

Shawn Bowman: 8-for-25, HR, 4 RBI, 7 R, 4 2B, 2 BB

The B-Mets third baseman has been riding a hot streak since his return from his strained back, compiling a .321 average (17-for-53) with nine extra-base hits and eight RBI. Bowman has raked left-handed pitching this year, tuning it up for a .368 average (39-for-106).

ST. LUCIE (A+):
Last Week: 5-1

The Mets had a strong blend of pitching and power last week as they earned two close victories yet posted 47 runs in six games, including a 16-6 thrashing of Palm Beach. The Mets won all three series, and enter the final week 27-31 in the second half and 61-65 overall.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 12-for-28, HR, 5 RBI, 8 R, 6 2B, 3 BB

Nieuwenhuis kept his blistering pace alive last week and is now hitting .348 in August (.295 in the second half) with six home runs and 25 RBI in 26 games. Twenty-one of his 39 hits this month have been for extra bases. Nieuwenhuis ranks in the FSL top five in the following categories: home runs (2nd), RBI (3rd), doubles (1st), hits (5th), runs (1st – by 17), total bases (1st), slugging percentage (1st).

Brahiam Maldonado: 7-for-22, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 8 R, 2 2B, 5 BB, SB

Maldonado is riding his own power surge as his two additional home runs this week ran his monthly total to eight, or one fewer than he had hit the entire season until August 1. His 17 long balls put him in sole possession for the Florida State League lead. He is hitting .322 this month after his previous monthly high was .273 and is hitting .299 with runners in scoring position.

Reese Havens: 7-for-22, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 9 R, 2 2B, 7 BB, SB

Havens went step-for-step with Maldonado and is hitting .333 (13-for-39) over his last ten games. His four home runs this month tie his season high when he smacked for round-trippers in April.

Scott Shaw: 2-0, 11 2/3 IP, 6 ER, 11 H, 8 K, 3 BB

Shaw’s run of six innings or more came to a halt on Saturday when he last 5 2/3 and allowed two runs in a victory over Palm Beach. He struck out four and walked three. He began the week by surrendering four runs in six innings with four strikeouts against the Sarasota Reds.

SAVANNAH (A-):
Last Week: 4-3

The Gnats began the week by clinching a series victory over the Rome Braves before returning to Savannah for their final home stand in which they went 3-2 in the first six games. The Gnats hit the road for their final week with a 28-30 second half record and 63-65 overall.

Kyle Allen: 2-0, 12 2/3 IP, 4 ER 9 H, 12 K, 3 BB

Allen went deeper in back-to-back starts for the first time since mid-July as he twice stymied the Rome Braves last week. He started the week with a more modest three earned runs over six innings with three strikeouts and two walks. But he backed that up with 6 2/3 innings—tying a season-high—of one-run, three-hit ball with nine strikeouts and six walks. The nine strikeouts were a season-high.

Eric Beaulac: ND, 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 11 K, BB

The right-hander went six innings for the first time since an eight-inning effort back on July 13, registering a new career-high in strikeouts along the way.

BROOKLYN (SS-A):
Last Week: 4-2

The Cyclones started their week by icing a series sweep in a rain-shortened set against the Aberdeen Ironbirds. However, they then dropped two of three to the visiting Vermont Lake Monsters before heading to Oneonta where they claimed two victories in another rain-shortened series. Brooklyn begins the week at 43-24 with a 2 ½ game lead over Staten Island, but have already clinched a playoff spot.

Richard Lucas: 10-for-25, 4 RBI, 2 R, 4 2B, 2 3B, BB, SB

Lucas has brought his hot bat to Brooklyn where he is hitting .361 (13-for-36) through his first nine games. He has knocked in six runs and recorded seven extra base hits in that time. Overall, the third baseman is hitting .355 in 40 games across three levels with a .605 slugging percentage.

Mark Cohoon: 2-0, 14 IP, 0 ER, 9 H, 10 K, 3 BB

Cohoon has been dominant in his last two starts, picking up seven-inning complete games in both outings. He has allowed only seven earned runs in 35 innings this month, good for a 1.80 ERA. His nine victories lead the New York-Penn League, his 2.17 ERA and 67 strikeouts each rank fifth in the league.

KINGSPORT (R):
Last Week 3-4

The K-Mets began the week by finishing off a series win over the Bristol Sox in which they won three in the four-game set and two of three this week. They headed to Greeneville for a makeup which they lost before heading to Elizabethton where they dropped two of three to the Twins. Kingsport begins its final series of the season with a 28-34 record.

Jeff Flagg: 6-for-22, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 4 R, 3 2B, 2 BB

The big first baseman’s RBI surge last week vaulted him into first place in the Appalachian League with 58 for the season. His ten home runs tie him for second with teammate Alonzo Harris and one other. Flagg is hitting .346 with runners in scoring position (27-for-78).

Yohan Almonte: 1-0, 12 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, 15 K, 2 BB

The 19-year-old right-hander cruised through two starts, picking up season-highs in strikeouts as he fanned eight in his first start with seven in the next. In 43 innings this summer, Almonte has given up 46 hits and issued just eight walks.

GULF COAST LEAGUE (R):
Last Week 2-4

The GCL Mets dropped one game to each of their divisional rivals except the GCL Cardinals who they defeated twice. The club enters its final game on Sunday with a 22-33 overall record.

Javier Rodriguez: 8-for-22, RBI, R, 2B, 3B, 3 BB

Rodriguez’s fine week was headlined by his 4-for-4 effort with a double and triple last Monday. Overall, the 2008 second round pick is hitting .228 with two home runs and 19 RBI in 35 games this season.



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