The round up of yesterday’s games around the farm system: The Gnats snapped their losing streak; Mark Cohoon pitched seven innings, but a B-Mets win was lost in the ninth; the Bisons had a tough day overall, losing the game to the Yankees and Boof Bonser to arm surgery; the St. Lucie Mets returned home and defeated the Stone Crabs after winning all five games on the road.
The Savannah Sand Gnats
The Savannah Sand Gnats snapped their five-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory over the Hickory Crawdads Thursday night in Hickory to head home to Historic Grayson Stadium for Opening Night - Friday, April 15 – on a winning note.
The Gnats (2-5) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. Singles by DH Robbie Shields and CF Cory Vaughn put runners at first and second with one out. Shields scored on a throwing error by Hickory shortstop Jurickson Profar. C Albert Cordero then singled into left, driving home Vaughn to give the Gnats a 2-0 advantage. Cordero finished Thursday’s game 3-4 with a home run and two RBI.
The Gnats blew the game open with a four-run top of the seventh. Cordero began the frame with a solo home run to left field for a 3-1 lead. SS Wilfredo Tovar followed with a double. LF Alonzo Harris doubled home Tovar to make it 4-1 and then Shields singled up middle scoring Harris. After Shields worked his way around the bases, he scored on 1B Sam Honeck’s single into center for a 6-1 Gnats advantage. Honeck, who was 2-4, is hitting .480 (12 H/25 AB), second-best in the SAL.
The Binghamton Mets
The Binghamton Mets opened their 2011 home schedule on a sour note by giving up two runs in the ninth inning in a 3-2 loss to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at NYSEG Stadium tonight. Trailing by one in the ninth, Fisher Cats leftfielder John Tolisano roped a two-out double to deep centerfield off B-Mets reliever Ricky Brooks to plate a pair of runs and give the visiting team the lead for good.
Brooks inability to nail down the save squandered a fine performance for starter Mark Cohoon. The Texan left-hander made his second start of the year and tossed seven innings, the longest outing for any B-Mets starter this season.
The Buffalo Bisons
The Bisons got some bad news on Thursday afternoon and things didn’t get any better at night.
Buffalo dropped a 6-2 decision to the Yankees in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre just a few hours after learning that starting pitcher Boof Bonser would be lost for the year with an arm injury.
The St. Lucie Mets
The St. Lucie Mets returned home after winning all five games on the road to kick off a six-game home stand at Digital Domain Park beginning with three against the Charlotte Stone Crabs starting Thursday night. They beat the Stone Crabs again, 6-3.
Scott Moviel got the start for the Mets and was solid tossing five innings allowing three runs on seven hits to earn his first win of the season. The St. Lucie bullpen combined to toss the final four frames allowing only two hits. Nick Carr came on and pitched a perfect ninth for his second save of the season.
Travis Ozga, Cesar Puello and Rafael Fernandez each had two hits and Rylan Sandoval drove in a pair in the win.