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Week in Review Across the Farm
5/2 v. Louisville 6-4
5/3 v. Louisville 20-7 (L)
5/4 v. Louisville 5-4
5/6 @ Indianapolis 9-2 (L)
5/7 @ Indianapolis 8-5 (L)
5/8 @ Indianapolis 4-3
The Bisons had an even week taking on the bottom two teams of the International League's West Division. Buffalo finished off a four-game split with the Louisville Bats, including facing Aroldis Chapman in the 20-7 loss, and then dropped two of the first three in a four-game set with the Indianapolis Indians. The Bisons enter Sunday's action with a 17-12 overall record, one-half of a game behind first place Syracuse.
Mike Hessman: 7-for-24, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 6 R, 3 2B, 2 BB
Hessman has been one of the main power sources for the Bisons and his performance continued this past week. Hessman now has nine home runs on the season which ties him for the International League lead.
Chris Carter: 9-for-25, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R, 2B, 2 BB
Carter rides a 9-game hit streak into Sunday's action following another productive week. He went 5-for-9 with a home run, two RBI and four runs scored in the first two games of the week before recording one hit each of the last four. The left-handed hitting Carter is currently 10-for-25 this season versus southpaw pitching.
Tobi Stoner: 1-1, 8 2/3 IP, 6 ER, 15 H, 9 K 4 BB
Stoner started the week with his worst outing of the year in which he gave up five earned runs on 11 hits in 2 2/3 IP despite walking zero. However, he returned on Saturday with his best start of the year. He tossed six innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts to pick up his first victory of the season.
5/2 @ Akron 6-1
5/3 @ Erie 7-5
5/4 @ Erie 4-3
5/5 @ Erie 4-2 (L)
5/6 @ Erie 7-6 (L)
5/8 v. New Hampshire 13-5
The B-Mets ran their winning streak to a season-high six games on Tuesday before falling to the Erie SeaWolves. The B-Mets played five games this week decided by two runs or less. Binghamton enters Sunday's action at 17-12 and two games behind New Hampshire in the Eastern League Eastern Division.
Lucas Duda: 7-for-24, HR, 8 RBI, 5 R, 3 2B, 7 BB
Duda recorded three multi-hit games this week (five in his last ten), raising his batting average to .285. His seven walks last week ran his season total to 24 which lead the Eastern League. His .425 on-base percentage is tied for fifth in the league. Lastly, and possibly most importantly, his eight RBI last week gives him an Eastern League-leading 30 for the season.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 9-for-31, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 12 R, 2 2B, 3B, BB, 4 SB
Nieuwenhuis heated up at the end of the week by recording six hits in his last 15 at-bats with seven runs scored. This season, Nieuwenhuis is 13-for-32 (.406) against left-handed pitching. He has stolen ten bases this season without getting caught and his 31 runs scored lead the Eastern League.
Michael Antonini: 1-0, 12 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 5 K, 2 BB
Antonini continued his very solid pitching last week, picking up his third victory and going seven innings for the second time this season. Last Sunday, Antonini tossed 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball. He came back on Friday with seven innings of two-run ball with three strikeouts and one walk. He has given up only 12 hits to right-handed batters this season.
ST. LUCIE METS:
5/2 v. Fort Myers 9-3
5/3 v. Charlotte 6-3 (L)
5/4 v. Charlotte 10-6 (L)
5/5 v. Charlotte 8-2
5/6 @ Fort Myeers 9-7 (L)
5/7 @ Fort Myers 6-2
5/8 @ Fort Myers 3-2
The Mets had an up-and-down week as they battle to get out of the basement of the Florida State League South Division. The win against Forty Myers avoided a three-game sweep to the hands of the Miracle before dropping two of three to the Charlotte Stone Crabs. However, the Mets got the best of the Miracle at their housing by winning two of three. The Mets stand at 12-17 entering Sunday.
Reese Havens: 10-for-31, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 2B, 3B, 3 BB
Havens is finding a rhythm now that he is back in full action. He is 12-for-39 in his first nine games back including three straight multi-hit games last week. On Friday, Havens went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. Both of his home runs came against left-handed pitchers. He is 7-for-16 against southpaws in the early going.
Sean Ratliff: 9-for-29, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R, 2 2B, 3B, 2 SB
Ratliff too is getting hot. Ratliff had four multi-hit games and three multi-RBI last week and is 12-for-40 over his last ten games. Eleven of his 16 RBI have come over the last ten games after just five RBI in his first 24 games. Ratliff is 9-for-27 with runners in scoring position this season.
Eric Campbell: 15-for-28, 3 RBI, 9 R, 5 2B, 3B, 4 BB
Campbell is currently the hottest hitter on the farm. Not only did he notch 15 hits last week, but he is 18-for-39 (.462) over his last ten games. Campbell raised his batting average to .340 which puts him fifth in the Florida State League. He recorded four consecutive multi-hit games last week, topped by a 4-for-5 effort on Thursday night.
Chris Schwinden: Win, 6 IP, 4 H, 5 K
Schwinden, who had been piggybacking Eric Beaulac, got his first start of the season on Wednesday (in place of the injured Jeurys Familia) and had another very strong outing. Schwinden has now allowed only two earned runs on 12 hits in his last 15 innings. In that span, he has struck out ten and walked one. He currently boasts a 2-0 record and 1.59 ERA in 22.2 innings.
SAVANNAH SAND GNATS:
5/3 @ Delmarva 2-1 (L)
5/4 @ Delmarva 12-4
5/5 @ Delmarva 1-0
5/6 @ Delmarva 5-4 (L)
5/7 @ Lakewood 3-1 (L)
5/8 @ Lakewood 11-7
The Sand Gnats had a .500 week, but overall there appears to be little slowing down the Mets' South Atlantic League affiliate which enters Sunday with a 19-11 record, the best mark in the Sally. The Sand Gnats are two games up on the Augusta GreenJackets the Southern Division.
Wilmer Flores: 8-for-28, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 6 R, 3 2B, 3B, BB
Flores hot hitting continued last week when he belted his fourth and fifth homers of the season, surpassing his total of three from 2009. He has 25 RBI through 28 games after driving in only 36 runs in 125 games a season ago. His week raised his batting average to .328 to go with a .375 on-base percentage. He currently ranks fourth in the Sally League with a .963 OPS.
Armando Rodriguez: Win, 5 IP, 3 R, H, 3 K, 3 BB
Rodriguez had another positive start in which he allowed three unearned runs over five innings to pick up his second victory of the season. He has struck out 31 batters in 31 1/3 innings so far this season while the opposition is hitting only .209 against him (24 hits).
Brandon Moore: Loss, 7 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 12 K, BB
Moore tallied the most strikeouts in a start of any prospect this season by fanning 12 on Friday at Lakewood. Otherwise, it was a very tough luck loss for Moore who fell to 1-2 on the season. In 28 2/3 innings this season, Moore has given up only 22 hits while striking out 37 against five walks.
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