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Week in Review Across the Farm
6/6 @ Norfolk 8-6
6/7 @ Norfolk 6-0 (L)
6/8 @ Durham 7-0 (L)
6/9 @ Durham 6-4 (L)
6/10 @ Durham 6-0
6/11 @ Durham 8-3 (L)
6/12 v. Lehigh Valley 6-3 (L)
Fernando Martinez: 3-for-8, HR, RBI, 2 R, 2B
Martinez returned to Buffalo after nearly a month on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Martinez appeared in four rehab games with St. Lucie where he went 4-for-15 with a double before heading north. In his first of two games last week, Martinez went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored. On Saturday, Martinez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a single. He had been sidelined since May 9.
Josh Thole: 2-for-8, 2 RBI, 2B
Thole's action was limited as well. He missed a week after he was hit in the head with a backswing. He returned on Friday and went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. The RBI were the first two runs driven in by Thole since May 21. Thole hit .323 in May with a .413 on-base percentage.
Dylan Owen: Loss, 6 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 7 K, 2 BB
Owen gave up four earned runs on six hits for the second time three outings. It is the second time has struck out seven since his arrival in Buffalo in mid-May. In 28 innings pitched in Triple-A, Owen has 28 strikeouts against eight walks. Overall, he is 2-2 with a 6.11 ERA in five starts with the Bisons.
6/6 @ New Britain 5-4 (L)
6/8 v. Bowie 5-0 (L)
6/8 v. Bowie 6-3
6/10 v. Bowie 3-1
6/10 v. Bowie 2-0
6/11 @ Trenton 6-2 (L)
6/12 @ Trenton 6-0 (L)
Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 5-for-22, HR, 3 RBI, 2B, BB, SB
Nieuwenhuis' consistency has dipped a bit in June following a very strong month of May (.271, 6 HR, 18 RBI), but the B-Mets centerfielder entered last week fresh off a 6-RBI performance on June 5. Nieuwenhuis went 2-for-3 with two runs and a double on Wednesday before swatting a two-run home run the next night. Nieuwenhuis is hitting .233 in 12 games this month with 10 RBI. On the season, Nieuwenhuis is hitting .300 off left-handed pitching and .333 (23-for-69) with runners in scoring position.
Reese Havens: 7-for-18, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R
Havens missed a couple of games this week with what was called "soreness", but when on the field the B-Mets second baseman continued his hot bat. Havens began the week with a 2-for-5 night with his home run and three RBI. He tacked on two additional multi-hit games for the week. In 18 games with the B-Mets, Havens is hitting .338 with six home runs, 12 RBI and a .400 on-base percentage.
Josh Stinson: Win, 5 IP, 2 H, 5 K, 2 BB
Stinson put together his third good outing in three appearances since moving into the B-Mets rotation. In three starts, Stinson is 1-0 and has allowed three earned runs on just six hits in 14 2/3 innings. The opposition is hitting only .205 off Stinson in 54 innings.
Michael Antonini: Win, CG, 7 IP, ER, 4 H, 7 K
Antonini tossed one of his best outings on the season in his complete game victory in the back half of Thursday's doubleheader against Bowie. It was Antonini's second straight outing of at least six innings pitched with only one earned run allowed and seven strikeouts, giving him a 1.35 ERA and 14/1 K/BB ratio in June. Antonini has walked only eight batters in 69 1/3 innings this season.
ST. LUCIE (High-A)
6/6 @ Dunedin 3-2
6/7 @ Dunedin 10-5 (L)
6/8 @ Dunedin 4-3
6/9 v. Jupiter 9-4 (L)
6/10 v. Jupiter 3-0
Florida State League All-Star Break
Stefan Welch: 6-for-21, HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, 2B, 3B, BB
Welch got the bat going for the month of June last week with his first home run of the month and four his five RBI. He went 2-for-5 with a 3-run home run on Tuesday. Overall, Welch is having a good season. In 58 games, Welch is hitting .296 with four home runs and 42 RBI. Welch, who isn't a burner by any stretch, recorded his fifth triple of the season on Thursday.
Jordany Valdespin: 7-for-23, HR, 3 RBI, 7 R, 2B, BB, 3 SB
Valdespin continues to heat up since returning from a broken finger that forced him to miss 35 games. Valdespin has scored at least one run in each for his last ten games since coming off the disabled list with at least one hit in nine of them. Valdespin began the week with a 3-for-7 night prior to hitting his fourth home run of the season on Tuesday. He is hitting .318 (14-for-44) since rejoining the club.
Kyle Allen: Win, 5 IP, 3 H, 3 K
Allen put together arguably his best start of the season by blanking Jupiter in the last game before the FSL All-Star Break. It was the seventh time in his last 10 starts that Allen gave up fewer one hit per inning or fewer. Allen has not allowed a home run in his last 30 innings of work. He closes the first half of the FSL season with a 5-3 record, 4.55 ERA and .253 opponent's batting average in 12 starts.
Robert Carson: ND, 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 7 K, BB
Carson tossed seven innings of two-run ball with seven strikeouts for the second time in his last three starts. Carson has allowed seven earned runs in 9 1/3 innings in June after a hot May. Carson closed the book on May with a 4-0 record and 3.69 ERA (13 ER in 31 2/3 IP). He entered the break with a 4-4 record, 5.07 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 55 innings pitched.
6/6 v. Kannapolis 2-0 (L)
6/7 v. Kannapolis 4-3
6/7 v. Kannapolis 7-1
6/8 v. Kannapolis 8-7
6/10 @ Greensboro 7-0
6/11 @ Greensboro 11-1 (L)
6/12 @ Greensboro 11-2
Wilmer Flores: 4-for-27, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB
Flores has cooled down in June (.175 in 10 games), but the Sand Gnats shortstop continues to hit for power. He homered on Thursday and Saturday to raise his season total to seven. Flores hit eight home runs with Kingsport in 2008. Flores picked up his 22nd walk of the season on Wednesday. Flores walked 22 times in all of 2009. Flores is hitting .295 off right-handed pitching, but just .239 against southpaws.
Mark Cohoon: 2-0, 2 CG SHO, 18 IP, 6 H, 15 K, 2 BB
Cohoon had the best week one will find anywhere across baseball this season. Cohoon tossed two complete game shutouts to lower his South Atlantic League-best ERA to 1.44 in 12 starts. Cohoon, who is 6-1, has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last 10 starts. Cohoon compiled a 1.62 ERA in five starts in May. Right-handers are hitting just .210 off the third-year southpaw. He has surrendered only 64 hits in 81 1/3 innings pitched this season.
Armando Rodriguez: 2-0, 11 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 6 K
Rodriguez had two strong starts last week to continue his hot pitching since the start of May. On Monday, Rodriguez gave up one earned run on two hits in five innings with three strikeouts. On Saturday, Rodriguez gave up two earned runs on five hits with three strikeouts. It is the first time this season he did not walk a batter in consecutive starts. Since May 1, Rodriguez is 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 25 hits allowed in 40 innings. The opposition is hitting .203 off Rodriguez this season.
Brandon Moore: ND, 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 12 K, 2 BB
Moore has been a punchout machine for the Sand Gnats over the last month. He fanned 12 in a start for the third time in a month and has four double-digit strikeout performances in his last seven starts. Moore, who is now 2-4 with a 2.32 ERA this season, has tallied 88 strikeouts against eight walks in 66 innings this season.
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