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: 2-2
The Bisons split their four games in a week interrupted by the International League All-Star Break. The Bisons began the week by dropping a one-run affair against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Buffalo returned home after the break to take on the Toledo Mud Hens, dropping the opener before winning the final two games in a rain-shortened series.
Jon Niese: Win, 7 IP, 2 H, 2 K, 2 BB
Niese continued his hot hand by shutting out Toledo on Saturday. It was the second time in three starts that Niese did not allow a run and he lowered his ERA in July to 0.41 while the opposition has hit .215 off him in the time frame. The two hits allowed were the fewest he gave up since his June 12 start against the Durham Bulls when he tossed 7 1/3 shutout innings. The left-hander has not recorded a loss since June 7 against the Indianapolis Indians.
Tobi Stoner: Loss, 7 IP, 6 ER, 8 H, 6 K, 4 BB
Stoner failed to back up his best performance of the season but he still worked seven innings and tied his Triple-A high with six strikeouts. It was the second straight start he went seven frames.
Last Week: 4-1
The B-Mets too ran into their respective All-Star Break but kicked off the week with an offensive explosion as they scored 25 runs in their two wins over the New Britain Rock Cats. Binghamton finished the week by taking two of three against the Erie SeaWolves. The B-Mets finished the first half 33-56.
Ike Davis: 9-for-27, HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 2B, 3 BB
After a bit of a lull, the first baseman picked up his offense this week by clubbing his 11th home run of the season and driving in one-third of his RBI total in 25 games with Binghamton. After hitting .288 in 59 games with St. Lucie, Davis is now hitting .277 with Binghamton with a matching .376 on-base percentage.
Lucas Duda: 9-for-23, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 3 2B, 4 BB
Duda is currently riding a 17-game hit streak and doing a little bit of everything with the bat in the process. He homered on back-to-back nights on Friday and Saturday with his best night coming during the former when he went 2-for-3 with a late grand slam that sparked a B-Mets victory. In 17 July games, the left-hander is hitting .359 and reaching base slightly over 42 percent of the time. That comes on the heels of his .228 average in June.
Brad Holt: 2-0, 13 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 10 H, 14 K, 3 BB
The right-hander had his two best Double-A starts this week, pitching deeper than he had since his promotion and racking up seven strikeouts in each appearance. He tossed seven shutout innings on Monday against New Britain and walked one. The opposition is hitting .216 off Holt in six Double-A starts.
ST. LUCIE (A+):
Last Week: 2-4
The Mets started the week on a high note with an 8-2 victory of Jupiter and two days later picked up a 10-0 shutout of the Palm Beach Cardinals, but went on to lose their last three of the week—two more against Palm Beach and the series opener against the Daytona Cubs. Entering Sunday, the Mets were 8-12 in the second half, four games back of the Charlotte Stone Crabs.
Stefan Welch: 8-for-25, HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 2 2B, 5 BB
Welch's hot bat continued since his promotion to St. Lucie as he upped his RBI total to 14 in 12 games and with a .396 average in that time. He ended the week with a 0-for-3 night but recorded hits in eight straight games before that including five multi-hit nights. Welch is 9-for-15 with runners in scoring position for St. Lucie.
Francisco Pena: 6-for-22, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 2B, BB
Pena lands in Week in Review for the first time this season after putting together one of his best weeks so far this year. His best night of the week came on Wednesday when he went 3-for-5 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored. He has hit four of his six homers on the season during July.
Tim Stronach: Win, 8 1/3 IP, H, K, BB
Stronach had, arguably, his best start of his career as he went into the ninth inning before surrendering his first and only hit. He did that, somewhat remarkably, by striking out just one batter. Stronach, who has been with St. Lucie only since June, has given just up two earned runs on eight hits in his previous 13 2/3 innings.
Last Week: 3-3
The Sand Gnats battled tough all week in splitting their six games. They played in four games that were decided by two runs or less-all against the Kannapolis Intimidators—with victories in two of them. The Gnats finished the week by splitting two games with the Hickory Crawdads. The Sand Gnats are now 13-11 in the second half of the South Atlantic League season.
Kyle Allen: Win, 6 2/3 IP, 3 H, 5 K, 4 BB
The right-hander had his best start of the season on Tuesday by blanking Kannapolis for his deepest outing since he went 6 2/3 innings against Augusta on June 14. This season, left-handed batters are hitting just .189 off Allen who is also limiting hitters to a .238 average with runners in scoring position.
Jeurys Familia: Win, 6 IP, ER, H, 4 K, BB
Familia rebounded from a poor start the previous week by giving up just one run on a single hit. In 99 innings this season, Familia has given up 79 hits with the opposition hitting only .218 off him. He has allowed three home runs this season—all to right-handers. The opposition is hitting .183 with runners in scoring position off the right-hander.
Eric Beaulac: 1-1, 13 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 14 K, 5 BB
Beaulac has found his rhythm and it continued last week as he backed up a three-run, eight-inning performance with 5 2/3 shutout innings with one hit allowed with seven punch outs in each appearance. The eight innings he three last Monday was a season-high. In four starts this month, Beaulac is 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA with 32 strikeouts against eight walks.
Last Week: 3-3
The Cyclones got off to a rough start in the week by dropping a game each to Staten Island and Williamsport by a combined 15-7 score. Brooklyn, however, rebounded for three wins in its final four games including two one-run victories and an 11-3 blowout. Entering Sunday, Brooklyn is 21-9 and in first place by three games over Hudson Valley.
John Servidio: 5-for-13, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R, 2B, BB, SB
The Brooklyn outfielder's batting average continues to hover around .200-.220 but he provided some thump this week when he belted two home runs and drove in three runs in Friday's blowout victory. He now has six home runs on the season which ranks him second in the New York-Penn League.
Brandon Moore: Win, 8 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 9 K
Moore has pitched his way into becoming the Cyclones' most dependable starter by again going eight innings and striking out nine, the second time this season he has done both. For the season, Moore is now 4-0 with a 0.97 ERA (4 ER, 37 IP), a 33/2 strikeout-to-walk ratio and .171 opponent's batting average.
Last Week: 2-3
The K-Mets continue to tread water despite going 2-3 on the week with wins over the Bristol Sox and the Greeneville Astros. Both wins required the K-Mets to score double digit runs as they combined for 25 runs in their two wins. The K-Mets are now 8-16 on the season.
Alonzo Harris: 9-for-22, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 8 R, 2B, 3B, 2 BB, SB
Harris continues to rake as he has done pretty much since the season began. The speedy second baseman ran his home run total to six on the season which ties him for first in the Appalachian League tied with four others. On Saturday, he went 3-for-4 with three runs, a triple and his first two-walk game of the season. Harris hit five home runs in 104 at-bats last season in the Gulf Coast League.
GULF COAST LEAGUE (R):
Last Week: 1-4
The rookie league Mets picked up a one-run victory over the GCL Astros to begin the week, but ended up dropping their remaining four games including two one-run losses. The GCL Mets are now 12-10 on the season, three games back of the first-place GCL Marlins in the East Division.
Richard Lucas: 6-for-18, 3 RBI, R, 3 2B, 2 BB, SB
The 20-year-old, 2007 fourth round pick who was injured for most of 2008 finally got back on the field with the GCL Mets before heading off to Kingsport. In 38 games last season split between Savannah (31 games) and Kingsport (seven games), Lucas hit .185 (27-for-146) with three home runs and 16 RBI.
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