Mets Daily Farm System Report - 4/30/11: It's a Walk-Off, It's a Walk-Off (in St. Lucie)

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 4/30/11

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*All results from games played on Friday, April 29th 2011

AAA - Buffalo Bisons (10-13)_______________________________________

BUFFALO 3, ROCHESTER 2 (Box)

Both teams scored two in the first. That was it until a tie-breaking solo job by LF Lucas Duda in the top of the eighth. Duda gets the game ball after driving in the first and third Bisons runs and scoring the second one. RHP Jenrry Mejia once again was not at his best, lasting only four innings due to pitch count constraints; he used 39 of his 81 pitches in the first inning alone. Credit to LHP Mike O'Connor for unexpectedly logging three scoreless innings of relief.

AA - Binghamton Mets (6-12)_____________________________________

AKRON 10, BINGHAMTON 1 (Box) Just an all-around awful game for Bingo as they dropped their fourth straight. The bullpen teamed up to start this game and considering the fact that the B-Mets have an awful 'pen the results were not surprisingly terrible. Special credit goes to LHP Eric Niesen for logging the worst appearance of the young season so far in the Mets system. Offensively...well they were offensive. The lineup managed just five hits, none with RISP and on the defensive side they made three errors. Moving on.

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (19-4)________________________________________

BRADENTON 5, ST. LUCIE 6 (Box) Starter RHP Jeurys Familia really is following in Matt Harvey's footsteps as he too had his first poor outing of 2011 tonight, allowing four runs in four innings. His seven hits allowed were more than his first three starts combined. Fortunately, RHP Kyle Allen was very good in the role of piggyback starter, keeping the Mets in the game long enough for the offense to kick in. The Mets 2-3-4 hitters (Den Dekker, Flores, Marte) went a combined 7-for-14 with three doubles and five RBI's. After a CF Matt den Dekker double in the bottom of the ninth, SS Wilmer Flores drove home the walk-off run on a single.

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (7-14)__________________________________

SAVANNAH 5, DELMARVA 7 (Box) Make it seven straight losses for the Gnats. Starter RHP Greg Peavey was solid -- if a bit shaky -- but once again the Gnat 'pen, namely RHP Guillame Leduc blew this one, allowing four earned in 1/3 of an inning. Did I say Niesen posted the worst appearance of 2011? Leduc has allowed runs in 5 of his 7 starts thus far. The offense was stronger than usual, thanks to four multi-hit efforts and a homer by SS Robbie Shields, but the comeback effort fell short with the tying run standing on first base.

 Star of the Night  ★

A lot of good choices last night: OF Lucas Duda had a hand in all three Buffalo runs, including the go-ahead home run in the eighth. St. Lucie's OF Matt den Dekker is on a torrid hot streak right now, extending his hit streak to thirteen games with three more hits, including two doubles. Even SS Wilmer Flores had a couple of hits including the walk-off single tonight for St. Lucie. But I'm going to go with Savannah's SS Robbie Shields because he's not gotten nearly the attention of the other guys but he is an intriguing prospect in his own right. Not only did he hit his first bomb of the season, he also stole his sixth base showcasing his athletic, well-rounded offensive game which, if he can stick at short, is very attractive.

 

Goat of the Night

I honestly can't pick one. And frankly Binghamton's LHP Eric Niesen and Savannah's RHP Guillaime Leduc both deserve it tonight so I'm not letting either of them off the hook for blow up innings that completely took both their teams out of their respective games.
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