** Eddie Kunz picked up his third career Double-A save, sealing the deal for the B-Mets, who beat the Akron Aeros, 6-3.
Kunz, listed as the Mets fifth best prospect by Baseball America, got the last four outs of the game without allowing a baserunner.
Another highly touted pitching prospect, Akron’s Chuck Lofgren, didn’t fare as well. His record fell to 0-1 after he allowed four runs on six hits and two walks over six innings.
Fernando Martinez and Mike Carp both homered for the Mets, with Carp going 3-for-4 on the evening.
** In a game that saw a grand total of four hits, the ever-exciting fielder’s choice off the bat of Jeff Natale in the seventh inning allowed the Sea Dogs to escape Connecticut with a 1-0 win.
Portland nearly extended their lead to two, but Connecticut’s Ben Copeland gunned down Zach Daeges at the plate.
Dan Haigwood got the start for Portland and allowed two hits in four innings while striking out seven before he came out of the game.
Beau Vaughan, who may have had one of the creepier baseball cards in the Eastern League last year, got his second save of the year for the Sea Dogs. Also, his name rhymes with Mo Vaughn. So he’s got that going for him working against him too.
For the Defenders, Adam Cowart was the hard luck loser, allowing the unearned run on only two hits and two walks in six innings.
Connecticut used 12 position players in the game.
** Led by a quality start from Bobby Brownlie, the Harrisburg Senators beat the Erie Seawolves, 2-1, in 10 innings.
Jorge Padilla drove in both runs for the Senators, going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI. He hit a walk-off single off of Matt Rusch to score Michael Daniel to get the win.
Pepperdine alum Daniel Worth had Erie’s only multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 on the night.
** New Britain fought off a late rally from New Hampshire, and kept the Fisher Cats winless after the Rock cats 4-3 win.
Ben Julianel got the second save of his Eastern League career and first since May 17, 2005 against those same Fisher Cats at Waterfront Park.
Dustin Martin got three hits for the Rock Cats as well – if his name sounds familiar, he was dealt from the Mets in the Johan Santana deal. His .538 average is good for second best in the Eastern League, behind only New Hampshire’s Scott Campbell, who did not play tonight.
The Fisher Cats made things interesting off of Julianel in the ninth, as he gave up a leadoff triple to Jacob Butler. Pinch hitter Ryan Patterson then reached on an error by Matt Moses, scoring Butler and cutting the lead to one.
Eric Kratz (sadly, not Stone Temple Pilots drummer Eric Kretz) then singled Patterson to second. But Julianel retired the next three batters in order, and the Rock Cats walked away with the 4-3 victory.
** Former Yankees farmhand Jeff Nettles had two hits for Bowie, helping the Baysox to a 3-2 win over Reading.
Ex-big league catcher Ben Davis is also in Bowie, but he went 0-for-3 in trying to throw out attempted base stealers.
Chorye Spoone, the O’s eighth ranked prospect according to BA, got his first Double-A win after allowing only one run while scattering five hits in five and a third.
Greg Golson went 2-for-4 in the losing effort for the R-Phils.
** Eastern League Notes **
Just to follow up on the Chris Smith story from yesterday, Portland called up Miguel Asencio from extended spring training to take his place. The former Royals hurler is now the only player up in Maine with big league time.
** Eastern League Standings **
New Britain, 2-3
New Hampshire, 0-5
** Eastern League Leaders **
1 – Scott Campbell, NH, .563
2 – Dustin Martin, NB, .538
3 – Joey Hammond, REA, .438
4 – Jonel Pacheco, ALT, .435
5 – Mike Carp, BNG, .409
1 – Luis Jimenez, HAR, 4
2 – Mike Carp, BNG, 3
3 – Yurendell De Caster, HAR, 3
4 – Eight tied with 2
1 – Luis Jimenez, HAR, 12
2 – Yurendell De Caster, HAR, 11
3 – Mike Carp, BNG, 8
T4 – Jeff Frazier, ERIE, 7
T4 – Armando Camacaro, AKR, 7
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