Futures at Fenway Live Blog: Backed by Brad Meyers, Syracuse Defeats Pawtucket and Kyle Weiland 3-1


August 20, 2011

Futures at Fenway Live Blog: Backed by Brad Meyers, Syracuse Defeats Pawtucket and Kyle Weiland 3-1

Final, 3-1: Syracuse's pitching was just too much for Pawtucket to overcome.

Jeff Mandel continued his strong performance, first by getting Jose Iglesias to ground out to third.

He followed that up by getting Che-Hsuan Lin to fly out to left field.

There was still a little bit of hope for the Red Sox, as Ryan Kalish lined a pitch into left field. But Roger Bernadina chased it down, stretched himself out, and snagged the ball for the final out and arguably the best play of the game.

Brad Meyers is the winning pitcher, and Kyle Weiland is the losing pitcher. That's all for tonight from us, so have a good night.

Mid 9th, 3-1: Pawtucket came out with its own pitching change, swapping Jason Rice for Tommy Hottovy.

Hottovy sailed two strikes past Corey Brown, before Brown drove a single to left field.

Hottovy recovered, getting Steve Lombardozzi to fly out to center field and striking out Roger Bernadino.

With two outs, Pawtucket brought out Michael Bowden, who came out to "Shipping Up to Boston." Needless to say, everyone at Fenway started clapping and singing along.

Bowden finished the inning easily by getting Chris Merrero to fly out.

End 8th, 3-1: Syracuse came out with another pitching change, replacing Atahualpa Severino with Jeff Mandel.

Pawtucket countered with its own move, getting Nate Spears to pinch hit for Hector Luna. Spears hit a leadoff single.

Mandel then struck out Brett Carroll, and then Luis Exposito grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Mid 8th, 3-1:The first two outs came pretty quickly — Jason Rice  struck out Jhonatan Solano and then Matt Antonelli lined out to third.

But, Seth Bynum, who's been doing a lot for Syracuse the entire game, lined a single off the Green Monster.

The next batter, Jeff Frazier popped up to end the inning.

End 7th, 3-1: Atahualpa Severino started off by walking Daniel Nava, but Lars Anderson grounded into a double play.

Will Middlebrooks grounded out to shortstop to cap off an easy inning for Severino.

Brad Meyers went six innings, threw 85 pitches and gave up one earned run. On the same note, Kyle Weiland went five innings, 92 pitches and three earned runs.

Mid 7th, 3-1: Things settled down a little bit for Pawtucket, especially in terms of pitching. Jason Rice struck out Roger Bernadina to start the inning. 

Chris Merrero took Rice to a full count, but Rice got Merrero to strike out swinging for the second out.

There was a little bit of a scare for Pawtucket when Jesus Valdez hammered the ball deep to the center field triangle, but Ryan Kalish was there to snag the ball for the out.

Syracuse removed Brad Meyers from the game and put in Atahualpa Severino.

End 6th, 3-1: Pawtucket finally managed to get something going against Brad Meyers when Jose Iglesias hit a leadoff single up center field, but it didn't last long.

The Chiefs quelled the comeback by picking off Iglesias at first, with Che-Hsuan Lin in the batter's box.

Meyers then struck out Lin, which brought up Ryan Kalish. Kalish didn't do much better — he grounded out to end the inning.

Mid 6th, 3-1: Well, Rice came out and threw two straight balls. He threw a couple more strikes and ultimately got Jeff Frazier out, but not before Seth Bynum advanced to second.

Corey Brown fouled out near third base, and Steve Lombardozzi grounded out to first baseman Lars Anderson to end the inning.

7:19, 3-1: Pitching change. Jason Rice will come in for Kyle Weiland. Zero outs in the inning so far.

Top 6th, 2-1: Matt Antonelli lined one into the left-field corner, securing a leadoff double.

Antonelli advanced to third on Kyle Weiland's wild pitch, putting him on the corner with zero outs.

Seth Bynum lined a single up the field, and Antonelli scored easily from third.

End 5th, 2-1: In a very short inning, Meyers retired the side.

After working Brad Meyers to a full count, Hector Luna struck out looking.

Meyers then got Brett Carroll to fly out to second base, and Luis Exposito flew out to right-center field to wrap up the inning.

Mid 5th, 2-1: Small ball seems to be working for the Chiefs right now.

Corey Brown hit a groundball between first and second, but Lars Anderson managed to cut off the ball before it hit the outfield and throw Brown out at first.

Weiland responded by walking Steve Lombardozzi on four straight pitches, putting one on with one out.

Roger Bernadina took Weiland to a full count before grounding out to first and advancing Lombardozzi to second.

Lombardozzi's position came into play when Chris Merrero stepped up to the box — Lombardozzi stole third, successfully. Exposito's throw was very close, but Lombardozzi beat it to third.

Weiland worked up two strikes against Merrero, but the count turned full pretty quickly, and Weiland ended up walking Merrero.

With runners on the corners Weiland threw a first-pitch strike to Jesus Valdez. With two strikes and zero balls, Valdez found a pitch he liked and drove it up center field to score Lombardozzi.

But Weiland struck out Jhonatan Solano swinging to end the inning.

End 4th, 1-1: It was a pretty quick and easy inning for Brad Meyers, who seems to have really settled down since giving up a home run to Daniel Nava.

Nava, Pawtucket's first-inning hero, grounded out to first to start the inning, after making Meyers work a little for the out.

Lars Anderson followed Nava's pattern, hitting the ball hard down the first base line. For a second it looked as if Anderson would be safe, because Chris Merrero bobbled the ball at first, but his teammates came to his rescue and barely beat out Anderson for the out.

Shortly after, Will Middlebrooks flew out to end the inning.

Mid 4th, 1-1: Weiland got two strikeouts and retired the side. He struck out Matt Antonelli to start the inning and then struck out Seth Bynum, although Bynum forced the count full before Weiland caught him.

The inning ended when Jeff Frazier lined out to right field.

End 3rd, 1-1: The Red Sox had another chance to score, but Brad Meyers was able to put out the rally and keep the game tied.

Luis Exposito lined a double off the other wall in Fenway, the much shorter center-field wall, to kick off the inning for Pawtucket.

Jose Iglesias then grounded to third. Matt Antonelli threw to first to get the out, but Chris Merrero's throw back to third was unable to catch Exposito, who slid in safetly.

After Che-Hsuan Lin grounded out, Ryan Kalish stepped into the box with two outs and Exposito on third. But Kalish was unable to give Pawtucket the lead back, as Brad Meyers struck out Kalish to end the inning and the scoring threat.

Mid 3rd, 1-1: Weiland seemed to settle down in the third inning. He gave up zero runs and retired the side.

To start the inning, It didn't take him long to get Chris Merrero to ground out to third.

He then threw a first-pitch strike to Jesus Valdez. Two pitches later, Valdez flew out to center field.

Weiland finished the inning by striking out Jhonatan Solano.

End 2nd, 1-1: Will Middlebrooks, who was just called up from Portland, struck out to begin the inning.

Brad Meyers walked Hector Luna, but Meyers managed to get out of the inning fairly quickly by gettng Brett Carroll to fly out.

The Chiefs caught Luna stealing to end the inning while Luis Exposito was batting.

Mid 2nd, 1-1: Weiland's second inning was a little rougher than the first.

Matt Antonelli smacked the ball just over shortstop Jose Igesias' glove to get to first. He moved to second when Luis Exposito had a passed ball.

Seth Bynum then knotted up the score when he drove a single up the middle to score Antonelli.

With zero outs and Bynum on first, Weiland walked Jeff Frazier to put runners on first and second. Corey Brown then laid down a sacrifice bunt, advancing the runners to second and third with just one out.

Syracuse's rally died down when the next batter, Steve Lombardozzi, popped out to shortstop. Weiland then struck out Roger Bernadina to escape the inning with minimal damage.

End 1st, 1-0: On a full count, Daniel Nava crushed a full-count pitch into the center-field bleachers to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.

The damage could have been worse for Syracuse pitcher Brad Meyers, because Che-Hsuan Lin singled to right to lead off the inning,

But, the single was soon negated as Ryan Kalish hit a line drive right to first baseman Chris Merrero, who turned the double play.

Lars Anderson was called out as he tried stretching a single down the first-base foul line into a double to end the inning.

Mid 1st, 0-0: In the first inning of his first start at Fenway since being optioned down to Pawtucket, pitcher Kyle Weiland managed to give up zero runs.

Steve Lombardozzi led off the inning with a single to shallow right field. 

Roger Bernadina followed by throwing down a bunt at the first pitch he faced. Bernadina was thrown out at first, but he successfully advanced Lombardozzi to second.

The Chiefs, however, couldn't capitalize on the scoring oppurtunity. Chirs Merrero flew out to deep first before Weiland walked Jesus Valdez to put runners on first and second. Jhonatan Solano ended the inning by flying out to right field.


5:30: Pawtucket's roster is being introduced, so the game should be underway shortly.

5:15: The players are in the outfield now, tossing the ball around, but the infield is still getting some work done. The game should be starting in roughly 15 minutes.

4:54 p.m. ET: Jashvina here, taking over for Jesse for Futures at Fenway Game 2. Start time for the Pawtucket Red Sox-Syracuse Chiefs game is expected to be around 5:30 p.m. ET.

Kyle Weiland, who is 8-8 with a 3.40 ERA, will be taking the mound for Pawtucket, opposite Brad Meyers. Meyers is 4- with a 3.79 ERA.

While the ground crew gets the field set up, here are the lineups:

Syracuse Chiefs

Steve Lombardozzi, 2B
Roger Bernadina, LF
Chris Merrero, 1B
Jesus Valdez, RF
Jhonatan Solano, C
Matt Antonelli, 3B
Seth Bynum, SS
Jeff Frazier, DH
Corey Brown CF,

Pawtucket Red Sox

Che-Hsuan Lin, RF
Ryan Kalish, CF
Daniel Nava, DH
Lars Anderson, 1B
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Hector Luna, 2B
Brett Carrol, LF
Luis Exposito, C
Jose Iglesias, SS

Final, Mets 6-4: Although the late-game heroics by Alex Hassan made it appear like it was the Sea Dogs' day, one swing by Kai Grounauer in the 11th inning changed all that. 

Grounauer's homer helped propel the Mets past the Sea Dogs in extra innings as Binghamton still had to fight off a late rally by the Sea Dogs.

 Ryan Dent came on to pinch hit in the top of the ninth, leading off with a single off new Mets pitcher Erik Turgeon, followed by a double that was torn down the right field line by Jeremy Hazelbaker. 

After a groundout by Oscar Tejada, Jon Hee cut the deficit in half with a two-RBI base hit before getting thrown out trying to take second on the throw home. 

John Stinson took over for Turgeon on the mound for the Mets, striking out Mitch Dening looking to take care of the only batter he faced.

Mid 11th, 6-2: Juan Lagares led off the inning with a bunt single. 

After a strikeout by Brahiam Maldonado, new shortstop Niuman Romero executed a perfect hit-and-run with Lagares, hitting the gap left by the shortstop and allowing Lagares to advance to third. 

A base hit by Eric Campbell drove Lagares in, as Campbell is now 3-5 on the day.

So much for the small ball approach. With two men on, Kai Gronauer demolishes a homer off the light tower in the Monster seats, opening the Mets lead to 6-2.

Jon Malo followed up the three-run shot with a single up the middle of his own, however a double-play ended any more trouble for Chris Martin.

Top 11th, 2-2: The Sea Dogs tried their own attempt at small-balling a run after Mitch Dening led the inning off with a single. 

A sacrifice bunt by Ryan Khoury pushed Dening to second, with an intentional walk for Alex Hassan putting a runner on first. 

The leadoff runner couldn't be turned into the game winner, as Mark Wagner flew out and Reynaldo Rodriguez grounded out to short to end the inning.

Mid 10th, 2-2: After a leadoff double by Jon Malo, the Mets tried to score him with a little small-ball after Matt Den Dekker laid down a bunt to move Malo to third. 

A fly ball to center field by Michael Fisher wasn't deep enough to drive Malo in, as he was stranded there as Reese Havens grounded to second to end the inning.

4:00 p.m.: Chris Martin comes on to relieve Josh Fields. 

Fields line: 2 1/3 innings pitched, no hits, no runs, one walk and two strikeouts.

Top 10th, 2-2: Looking to start something off in the last half of the ninth, Jeremy Hazelbaker tried to lay down a bunt on the third base line, but it was snuffed out by Jon Malo. Hazelbaker came up limping slightly down the first base line.

Two infield flies, one by Oscar Tejada and the other by Jon Hee helped bring this game to extra frames. 

When you're having this much fun, why stop at nine?

Bottom 9th, 2-2: The Mets brought on their third pitcher of the afternoon, Rhiner Cruz, to pitch the bottom of the ninth. The line on Ricky Brooks: two innings pitched, one hit, two earned runs, one walk and three strikeouts.

Mid 9th, 2-2: The top of the ninth looked like it was going to be a breeze for Josh Fields after a fly out by Brahiam Maldonado. 

But a walk and an error put two on with one out. However, a 5-4-3 double play negated any trouble that might have been started, keeping the game tied heading into the last of the night.

Top 9th, 2-2: With one swing of the bat, we have a whole new ballgame, as Alex Hassan's two-run home run ties it back up in the bottom of the eighth.

After Ryan Khoury drew a walk, Hassan blasted the homer to deep center off Ricky Brooks.

Brooks was able to settle in after the homer, getting Mark Wagner to fly out and Reynaldo Rodriguez to strike out before Dan Butler flew out to right to end the eighth.

Mid 8th, 0-2: Josh Fields has no problems in his first full inning of relief, getting the Mets out in order. 

Michael Fisher grounded to short to start things off, followed by a fly out to shallow left by Reese Havens and capped off by Fields' first strikeout of the day, the victim being Juan Lagares. 

Now the Sea Dogs hope to cut into the two-run deficit with an inning-and-a-half remaining.

Top 8th, 0-2: Ricky Brooks comes in and does immediate work of Jeremy Hazelbaker, striking him out to lead off the inning. 

It looked as though the second batter for Brooks would be easy as the first, getting ahead of Oscar Tejada 0-2, but a botched play by third baseman Eric Campbell allowed Tejada to reach for the first time today. 

Tejada reached scoring position after a fielder's choice groundout by Jon Hee but was stranded there after Mitch Dening struck out to end the inning.

3:15 p.m.: Ricky Brooks comes on to replace Collin McHugh who is in line for the win. McHugh went six innings, giving up four hits and one walk while striking out six.

Mid 7th, 0-2: Control became a bit of an issue for Charlie Haeger in the seventh, as he issued his first two walks of the game to back-to-back batters. 

After getting Juan Lagares to fly out, Haeger walked Brahiam Maldonado and Allan Dykstra before getting Eric Campbell to strike out. 

With two strikes on Kai Gronauer, Dan Butler let one of Haeger's knuckleballs get away from him. Butler attempted to gun down the runner heading towards second but overthrew the base, resulting in the Mets' first run. 

After Gronauer managed a walk, Jon Malo added the second run on the game with a single, driving in Dykstra and ending Haeger's day. 

Josh Fields came on in relief, striking out the only batter he saw in the inning in Matt Den Dekker

3:08 p.m.: Josh Fields is on the mound for the Sea Dogs after Charlie Haeger lost a bit of his control in the seventh. 

The line for Haeger: 

6 2/3 innings pitched, seven hits, two runs, one earned run, three walks and six strikeouts.

Top 7th, 0-0: Alex Hassan led off the inning with his second single of the game and looked like he was on his way to scoring on Reynaldo Rodriguez's double but was held up at third. With the late stop sign thrown up, Rodriguez was caught up between second and third and tagged out. 

The out proved important, as the Sea Dogs failed to take the lead with Hassan on third. Dan Butler had a bloop look like it were to fall in shallow center, but a spectacular diving catch by Matt Den Dekker saved a run and closed the sixth inning down with the score still tied. 

Mid 6th, 0-0: Trying to get something going in the sixth, Michael Fisher was thrown out trying to steal second as the only baserunner of the inning. 

Matt Den Dekker led off the inning with a groundout to third, which required a nice swipe-tag by Reynaldo Rodriguez. 

After Fisher's single and subsequent tag-out at second, Reese Havens flew out to end the inning. 

Top 6th, 0-0: Collin McHugh is still in his groove, completing his second 1-2-3 inning of the game with two strikeouts.

After sitting down Jon Hee, Mitch Dening couldn't provide the same heroics at the plate as he did in the field and flew out to right field. Ryan Khoury struck out while searching for his second hit of the game. 

Mid 5th, 0-0: A leadoff single for Eric Campbell proved to be no problem for Charlie Haeger, as he finished up the away half of the fifth in 1-2-3 fashion. 

After the single, Kai Gronauer grounded into a double play and Jon Malo ended the inning flying out on a foul ball. 

It took quite some effort by right fielder Mitch Dening to record that third out, reaching into the first two rows along the Pesky Pole to record the final out.

Top 5th, 0-0: Collin McHugh has the entire Sea Dogs lineup fooled thus far. 

After a routine groundout by Reynaldo Rodriguez, McHugh had Dan Butler completely confused en route to his third K of the game. 

A little patience by Jeremy Hazelbaker extended the inning and got another Sea Dogs runner in scoring position after a steal, but Oscar Tejada's second strikeout of the game ended any chance for the Sea Dogs.

Mid 4th, 0-0: It must be nice growing up with a Green Monster in your backyard. 

After Juan Lagares struck out to lead off the top of the fourth, Brahiam Maldonado crushed a ball off the top of the Green Monster but right fielder Alex Hassan snagged the ball on one bounce and fired it back into second to hold Maldonado to the single. 

It was a vital play too, as Allan Dykstra grounded into a 3-6-1 double-play to end the inning and keep Charlie Haeger's line pretty clean. 

Top 4th, 0-0: The Sea Dogs had their best scoring chance thus far with runners on the corners and two outs, but a groundout by Mark Wagner ended the threat.

Jon Hee started the inning off by getting hit by the pitch and was tagged out at second on a fielder's choice. Alex Hassan ripped a single up the middle to advance Mitch Dening to third, but the Wagner groundout ended any scoring chance.

Mid 3rd, 0-0: Once again, the Mets managed to get a runner in scoring position and, once again, he stayed there, as Michael Fisher reached on a two-out single before stealing second. Reese Havens flew out to shallow center to strand the third Mets' base runner of the game. 

Matt Den Dekker crushed a ball to deep center field before Fisher's single only to have Jeremy Hazelbaker reign it in before crashing into the wall. 

Top 3rd, 0-0: Collin McHugh made quick work of the Sea Dogs in the bottom of the second, retiring the side in order. 

Catcher Dan Butler fouled out to third base, followed by a long drive by Jeremy Hazelbaker that died at the warning track and was brought down for the second out. 

McHugh picked up his second strikeout of the game after sitting down Oscar Tejada. 

Mid 2nd, 0-0: After putting out a couple Sea Dogs, Brahiam Maldonado had a taste of his own medicine when he flew out to center field to lead off the inning. 

It looked like it was going to be smooth sailing for Charlie Haeger as he picked up his fourth strikeout after fanning Allan Dykstra, but Eric Campbell got the finest contact on the ball thus far, ripping a double to right-center. 

After a passed ball moved him to third, Haeger got out of the jam by popping out Kai Gronauer.

Top 2nd, 0-0: The Sea Dogs mirrored the Mets in the bottom half of the first, getting the lead runner on with a single to left field by Ryan Khoury but couldn?t capitalize on it.

After Alex Hassan roped a liner right at left fielder Brahiam Maldonado, Mark Wagner flew out and Reynaldo Rodriguez struck out to keep the score knotted up.

Mid 1st, 0-0: Sea Dogs pitcher Charlie Haeger managed to settle down after allowing a leadoff single to Matt Den Dekker, striking out the side to escape further damage.

After stealing second, Dan Dekker was stranded as the three batters after him all looked confused by Haeger?s knuckleball.

1:05 p.m.: First pitch is now just seconds away.

12:45 p.m.: With soft toss seemingly wrapping up in the field, it looks like we're about 20-30 minutes away from first pitch. While a little overcast, it looks like the first game may stay dry today, but time will tell about the second contest.

Here are the lineups for your enjoyment.

Portland Sea Dogs

Ryan Khoury, SS
Alex Hassan, LF
Mark Wagner, DH
Reynaldo Rodriguez, 1B
Dan Butler, C
Jeremy Hazelbaker, CF
Oscar Tejada, 2B
Jon Hee, 3B
Mitch Dening, RF

Binghamton Mets

Matt Den Dekker, CF
Michael Fisher, DH
Reese Havens, 2B
Juan Lagares, RF
Brahiam Maldonado, LF
Allan Dykstra, 1B
Eric Campbell, 3B
Kai Gronauer, C
Jon Malo, SS

12 p.m. ET: Futures at Fenway returns for the sixth year, hosting two minor-league matchups. First, the Portland Sea Dogs and the Binghamton Mets, Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets, will battle over fifth and sixth place. Then Boston's Triple-A affiliate Pawtucket will face off against the Syracuse Chiefs.

Portland has a 9-7 edge in the season series so far, but the Sea Dogs (53-72) are one game behind the Mets (54-71) for last place in the EAS Eastern Conference.

The Pawtucket Red Sox (72-54) are leading the INT North and have a 14.5 game lead over Syracuse (56-67), whom Pawtucket has defeated six times in 10 meetings this season. The Syracuse Chiefs are the Washington Nationals' Triple-A affiliate.

First pitch is at 1:05 p.m., when the Sea Dogs and Mets face off. The Triple-A matchup will begin at 4:30 p.m.

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