Upper Minors Sunday: Bats Carry the B-Mets and Bisons to Wins

AAA: Buffalo Bisons 10, @ SWB Yankees 3 

The Bisons won four straight to head into the AAA All-Star Break on the strength of an offense that has scored 31 runs in those four games.

Sunday, CF Matt den Dekker led the way in a 3-for-5 effort with a homerun, 3 RBI and a strikeout. In 25 games with the Bisons, he has six homers, and 13 extra-base hits overall as part of a .211/.235/.459 line with four walks and 33 strikeouts.

Adam Loewen is back with the Bisons and hitting. After a 2-for-4 with a double and a homer Sunday, he’s 7-for-15 in July with 4 extra-base knocks in four games. Another left-hitting corner guy is pretty low on the Mets’ needs right now.

Collin McHugh earned his first AAA win on Sunday: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. He threw 64% of his pitches (52 of 81) for strikes.

The Bisons got all the hard-throwers in their bullpen (Jenrry Mejia, Josh Edgin and Elvin Ramirez) some work on the final day before the break.

And yes, that’s former Met, and “habitual liar” John Maine who started for SWB.

 


AA: Binghamton Mets 10, @ Altoona Curve (PIT) 9 

The B-Mets built a 9-3 in this one, and just held on at the end when the Curve scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.

CF Juan Lagares (pictured) was 3-for-6 with two doubles to help construct the B-Mets’ advantage. Lagares (.274/.332/.364 – 84 games) already has four doubles in July, equalling his total from the entire month of June. The 23-year old had a more patient season versus a year ago – his walk rate is up to 7.8%, but oddly at the expense of his power. He has just one homerun, and his extrabase hit rate has dropped from about 9% in 2011 to 6% in 2012. Usually, when batters become more patient, their power production goes up.

1B Alan Dykstra was 3-for-5 with a homer. Having him back and active will certainly help the B-Mets’ offense.

While Wilmer Flores was off playing third for the World Futures Team, 3B Jefry Marte was 0-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout for Binghamton while 2B Reese Havens was 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and a strikeout. Marte, who turned 21 in June, is hitting .230/.304/.351 since May 1. Like Lagares, his increased walk rate (up to 9.7%) since May 1, has come without a corresponding power surge as his extra-base hit rate is down to 5.7% since May 1 as his overall line sits at .260/.331/.381 in 80 games.

The 25-year old Havens is hitting .218/.352/.354 in 61 games in Binghamton.

Gonzalez Germen’s ERA rose to 4.27 when he walked five and gave up five runs on five hits in 7.1 innings.

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