The roundup for June 18th minor league games: The Bisons gave up 10-runs in the first four-innings; Dykstra powers B-Mets past Thunder; St. Lucie Mets have an off day; the Gnats are defeated by the Drive; and the Brooklyn Cyclones lose to the Yankees.
The Bisons fell to Norfolk, 11-3, after the Tides scored 10-runs in the first four-innings of Saturday night’s game at Harbor Park. Norfolk didn’t wait long to get on the board, cashing in on three-walks and a homerun by Rhyne Huges for a grand-slam into center-field. It was Huges eighth-homerun of the season catapulting Norfolk to a, 4-0, lead.
Allan Dykstra’s three-run home run in the seventh inning broke a tie ballgame and helped the B-Mets defeat the Trenton Thunder 7-4 tonight at NYSEG Stadium.
After watching their two-run lead disappear in the top of the seventh, Binghamton jumped on reliever Cory Arbiso in the bottom half of the frame. Josh Satin and Reese Havens started the rally off with singles.
Dykstra, facing a righty for the first time in the game, lined the second pitch he saw from Arbiso over the right field fence for his seventh homer of the season to give Binghamton the lead for good.
St. Lucie Mets OFF DAY
Savannah Sand Gnats
The Drive (37-32) continued to roll before heading into the South Atlantic League’s mid-season All-Star break, coming up with a 5-4 victory Saturday night at Fluor Field over the Savannah Sand Gnats (39-29). The win extended Greenville’s season long win streak to six games.
The Sand Gnats would strike first putting a run on the board in the second inning. Rafael Fernandez led-off the inning with a double to right and was able to take third on error by right fielder Lucas LeBlanc. He would score two batters later on a groundout to short to put the Sand Gants ahead 1-0.
After opening the 2011 season with a 5-3 win Friday evening, the Brooklyn Cyclones (1-1) gave a valiant effort in front of a 9,003 crowd at MCU Park, but fell to the Staten Island Yankees (1-1) 3-2. The Cyclones are now 9-2 in home openers, with their only other defeat coming at the hands of Staten Island in 2006, an 18-0 defeat.
Cyclones’ starter Carlos Vazquez (0-1) dazzled through the first four frames retiring 11 of the first 12 batters faced before running into a trouble in the top of the fifth inning. Yankees’ right fielder Benjamin Gamel led off the frame with a bloop single to right and first basemen Reymond Nunez followed suit with a single up the middle to load the bases with no outs.
The K-Mets open their 31st season in Kingsport on Wednesday June 22nd as they host their West Division rival Johnson City Cardinals. Game time is at 7:00PM and gates open at 6. The game will open a 5 game homestand as the team will be playing home games at Hunter Wright Stadium through Sunday June 26. This season all Saturday home games will be at 6:00PM and Sunday games at 5:00PM. For ticket or any other team information please call the KMets front office at (423) 378-3744.