Upper Minors Friday: Kirk Nieuwenhuis Injured, Bisons Bats Explode; A Homer Story for Wilmer Flores and Darin Gorski in AA

AAA: @ Buffalo Bisons 13, Syracuse Chiefs (WAS) 7

We’ll get to some big offensive performances, but instead, lets start on the two important down notes.

- After grounding out in his first at-bat, RF Kirk Nieuwenhuis (pictured) left the game and was diagnosed with a torn plantar fascia in his foot. Gary Cohen, on the SNY broadcast described it as plantar fasciitis. It’s really a matter of degree – plantar fasciitis is an inflamed condition, which includes minor tearing. Without knowing more about the severity of the tearing, it’s impossible to say how much time Niuewenhuis will miss.

- Jeurys Familia: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 2 HR – 5.15 ERA. So, yeah, that’s a 1.45 K/BB ratio (93 K/64 BB)  in 106 innings in AAA. Homeruns had not been his problem, the two he allowed Friday were his sixth and seventh of the year. Anyone who thinks the 22-year old is close to contributing in the majors needs their head checked. All the same, I think he should stay in the Bisons’ rotation for the next month to pick up all the game repetitions he can.

The Hitting
- LF Lucas Duda was 3-for-4 with a homer, and a walk. It was his seventh game back in AAA, and his fourth straight in leftfield.
- 1B Zach Lutz was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and three RBI. It was the seventh game at first for the 26-year old Lutz who is up to .325/.431/.561 in 46 games in AAA this year.
- 2B Josh Satin was 4-for-5 with two doubles, a three-run homer and four RBI. Satin played 70 games at firstbase, but is now up to 21 games at second while hitting .294/.401/.464 in 102 games as a 27-year old.

 


AA: @ Reading Phillies 4, Binghamton Mets 1

2B Wilmer Flores was 2-for-4 with a homer and a strikeout. He’ll be 21 on Monday, and is hitting .280/.323/.434 in 38 games in double-A. This was his ninth game at second.

And then Darin Gorski gave up three homeruns. His line: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 3 HR. His 17 homers are tied for fifth in the Eastern League this year and he’s given up 1.4 HR/9 IP this season on the way to a 4.09 ERA. That’s rough.