Upper Minors Thursday: Everybody Wins

AAA: Buffalo Bisons 10, @ Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 1 (7 innings)

The Bisons’ offense took care of business early, scoring seven runs in the second and third innings before rain washed out the last two frames.

2B Josh Satin (.302/.406/.474 – 107 games; pictured) had a perfect night, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and an RBI.

CF Matt den Dekker inched closer to a .200 batting average after going 2-for-4 with a double, 3 RBI and a strikeout. With 66 strikeouts in 53 games, he’s sitting at .198/.232/.396 while 21 of his 41 hits have gone for extra-bases.

RHP Chris Schwinden might never be a really good MLB pitcher, but he’s a ¬†fine AAA pitcher as he lowered his ERA to 2.87 in the International League this year: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.

AA: @ Binghamton Mets 6, New Britain Rock Cats (MIN) 4

DH Reese Havens led off while 2B Wilmer Flores hit second in the absence of Juan Lagares, missed his second straight game with a “tweaked ankle” that is reportedly day-to-day at this point. Oh, and it worked. Havens (.234/.366/.374 – 84 games; 97 strikeouts) was 4-for-5 with a strikeout, while Flores (.274/.324/.421 – 44 games) was 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a strikeout. Over on the left side of the diamond, 3B Jefry Marte was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

The 25-year old Havens has been better after the All-Star Break, going .278/.406/.430 with 25 strikeouts in 22 games, because he’s striking out less, but he’s still a 25-year old in double-A. By contrast, the 21-year old Marte, after a slow June, has bounced back with a .280/.337/.419 line in 27 games after the break with four walks against 10 strikeouts. The age gap and strikeout gap are very, very important.

Our daily check on Flores’ games played by position: 1B – 6; 2B – 12; 3B – 19; DH/PH – 7. Use wisely.

Greg Peavey wasn’t great (6.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K – 5.40), but was good enough to get the win.

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