Upper Minors Wednesday: Jefry Marte Goes Yard. And the Bisons Go to 12

AAA: @ Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (PHI) 5, Buffalo Bisons 4 

Jeurys Familia: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. A SS Josh Rodriguez error made most of the damage in a four-run Lehigh third inning against Familia unearned. That’s fine as far as it goes, but Familia still allowed three hits, a walk, committed an error of his own and threw a wild pitch in the inning so he was far from blameless. A pitcher is often fairly culpable in allowing unearned runs to score.

The winning run scored in the 12th on a Fernando Cabrera wild pitch.

Lucas Duda (0-for-4, 2 BB, 1 K) played leftfield, while Adam Loewen played first where he picked up two hits and two walks.

CF Matt den Dekker was 0-for-5 with a walk and two more strikeouts. He’s fanned 65 times against 10 walks in 52 games with the Bisons on his way to a .192/.227/.389 line. He’ll be 25 on Friday and the numbers speak loudly.

AA: @ Binghamton Mets 8, New Britain Rock Cats (MIN) 3

3B Jefry Marte (.262/.333/.388 – 107 games) had the big blow in this one, a three-run homer, his ninth of the year, in the second in a 2-for-4 night.

Wilmer Flores was 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout and played first base for the sixth time. Now 21, he’s played six games at first, 11 at second and 19 at third in double-A. I cannot stress enough how important it is for his value that he stick at second or third.

Darin Gorski was ok, but the peripherals were not impressive: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR.

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