Jenrry Mejia’s AAA debut went well. Very, very well. He took a no-hitter into the sixth, where he gave up a solo home run to Michael Martinez.
His final line: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 1 HR. He threw 66 of his 103 pitches for strikes. He picked up 10 ground ball outs against two air outs.
I wasn’t in Buffalo; I was in an airplane somewhere along the east coast while Mejia was throwing, but from his line, that’s a great introduction to AAA.
Asked postgame, what worked for him, Mejia said that it was all working: “My fastball, cutter, changeup,” he replied. He also blew a hole in the nothing that his fastball is a separate pitch from his cutter, ” Somebody say my fastball[is] like a cutter, but it’s [a] fastball. Every pitch was pretty good today…”
Bisons’ manager Ken Oberkfell was impressed, “He threw the ball great. He had electric stuff. Everything he threw, moved. He was throwing 96, 97 with movement. His changeup was moving. He had a good breaking ball.”
The Bisons ended up losing 4-1 on a night that will be very damaging for their wild card hopes because Columbus, the team they are chasing, beat Indianapolis 6-4 so the Bisons are now 3.5 out with eight to play. The team entered play 2.5 games behind the Columbus Clippers with nine to play. The Bisons have a double-header on Saturday the fourth and Mejia could pitch on regular rest Saturday in Lehigh Valley
Some other Bisons:
After an 0-4 night, Kirk Nieuwenhuis is hitting .182/.265/.307 in 22 games in AAA with nine walks against 30 strikeouts.
Nick Evans was 2-3 with a double. He’s hitting .319/.391/.563 in 31 games with the Bisons this season.