The 51s scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to mount a comeback win, using doubles from CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis and LF Colin Cowgill and a DH Josh Satin single. The same issue that plagued Nieuwenhuis in the big leagues – strikeouts has followed him to AAA. He’s whiffed 17 times in his first 12 games as part of a .208/.321/.417 line. He is back to driving the ball, half (5 of 10) of his hits have gone for extra-bases.
2B Wilmer Flores (.270/.321/.421) homered, his second of the year.
The 51s staff, which included Chris Schwinden, Gonzalez Germen, Greg Peavey and Greg Burke struck out one batter. One. In nine innings.
Paul Demny, who entered Thursday with a 5.90 ERA threw eight innings of no-hit ball, as two Senators combined to no-hit the B-Mets. Demny told Lynn Worthy that the key was his fastball command, “Sure enough, I threw a lot of fastballs tonight and it was all weak contact because I put it where I wanted to for the most part.”
The B-Mets are in the bottom three of the Eastern League in runs (145) and all three major rate categories (AVG/OBP/SLG) as part of a .233/.318/.356 line.
The B-Mets’ blanking snapped RF Cesar Puello’s hitting streak at 15-games.
Jacob deGrom (0-4, 5.10): 5.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K (71 strikes/101 pitches). He’s given up five runs or more in three of his first five starts in AA. He’s giving up more walks and hits than he did in advanced-A and striking out fewer batters. I still like the arm, but I hoped for better from the 24-year old.