BUFFALO, N.Y. - Former Georgia College & State University standout pitcher Michael Antonini (2007) was recently promoted to the Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets organization. Antonini was drafted by the Mets in 2007, and has pitched well with a career 3.82 ERA and 359 strikeouts in 459 innings of work. He has 79 starts in 90 games.
Antonini has spent all of the 2010 season with New York’s Double-A affiliate, the Binghamton Mets, posting a 4.32 ERA with 106 strikeouts in 131.1 innings. He has been the hard-luck loser on multiple counts, as his 6-9 record does not reflect how well he has pitched. However, the Mets seemed to notice, calling Antonini up to their highest minor league affiliate.
Antonini did not disappoint, earning a win in his first Triple-A start of the season, Aug. 9. He allowed one unearned run in six innings, striking out five and walking none against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The only run allowed came in the first inning, despite Antonini striking out the side. The Bison shortstop committed a throwing error, allowing former major leaguer John Mayberry to reach second base with two outs. The next batter singled to center, scoring Mayberry, but was then stranded when Antonini struck out the final batter of the inning.
That was all she wrote for the IronPigs, who scattered five hits off Antonini. Lehigh Valley even featured two former major leaguers in Chris Aguila and Mayberry, who only managed two hits off the southpaw. His success didn’t stop on the mound as he went 1-for-2 at the plate, grounding a single through the right side in the top of the third, a remarkable feat considering he hadn’t picked up a bat all year in Double-A.
Being native of Drexel Hill, Pa., located just outside Philadelphia, Antonini grew up cheering for the Phillies. It is rather ironic that his first Triple-A start would come against the Triple-A affiliate of his childhood team, but it didn’t effect the lefty as he threw a gem.
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