CF Matt den Dekker led off the bottom of the ninth in a 0-0 game with a double, and then after Josh Rodriguez bunted for a base hit and Reese Havens walked to load the bases, 3B Jefry Marte delivered a line drive into right field to bring home den Dekker with the winning run. Den Dekker now is part of a three-way tie for first place in the Eastern League with 13 doubles and is alone in first with 21 extra-base hits while bopping .293/.355/.524 in 36 games. Perhaps even more importantly, he’s trimmed his strikeout rate from 29% in AA in 2011 to 23.6% in 106 PA April to 18% in 61 PA in May.
Despite the walk in the ninth inning, Reese Havens was 0-for-2. He’s hitless in his last four games and is sitting at .146/.255/.250 (7-for-48) with seven walks in 14 games thus far.
Marte had slowed down after a hot April, and has just one extra base hit in the month of May. However, he drove two balls to the warning track Wednesday and is still hitting .305/.362/.398 overall in 32 games as a 20-year old in AA where he is the fourth-youngest player.
Meanwhile on the hill, Collin McHugh scattered six singles in seven scoreless innings to drop his ERA to 2.05. He struck out six and walked one to move his K/BB ratio to 2.8 (42 K/15 BB) in 48.1 innings of work for the B-Mets. McHugh has earned his way to AAA, now he’s just waiting for an injury or opening in the AAA rotation.
The Bisons outhit Gwinett 17-15 and out-homered them 2-1 to win a slugfest. The Bisons touched Jair Jurrjens for 11 runs, 10 earned on 12 hits and two walks in 4.2 innings. When the Braves sent Jurrjens down to AAA, I doubt that’s what they had in mind.
OF/C Vinny Rottino was 2-for-4 with a walk to extend his hitting streak to 19 straight games. He is one away from tying Toledo’s Brad Eldred for the longest streak in the IL this year. Since April 18, he has hit .338 (25-74) with eight extra-base hits with the Bisons sandwiched around an 0-for-4 in the big leagues.
None of the Bisons’ pitchers (Garrett Olson, Jack Egbert, Chuck James or Justin Hampson) were particularly effective. It was the first action in 15 days for James who had been sidelined with a back strain.