*All results from games played on Tuesday, August 21, 2012
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (62-69)_______________________________________
SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 4, BUFFALO 2 (Box)
On a nice, sunny afternoon, future Mets ace and co-2014 National League Cy Young winner (no pressure, no pressure) Zack Wheeler continued to show some growing pains adjusting to AAA. His pitching line looks worse than his actual performance on the day- 5.1 innings pitched, four runs (three earned), and five hits, with three walks and three strikeouts. Wheeler seemed to be cruising before he ran into trouble in the 6th, though, giving up his first walk in the 3rd and first hit in the 4th. He threw 80 pitches (47 for strikes), and probably could have gone deeper, but he was yanked when the wheels started coming off- a leadoff double, and three singles in the 6th plated three runs. The Bisons BP shut the Yankees down for the remaining 2.2 innings, but the offense couldn’t manage more than a walk and a single (both coming in the 9th inning) for the rest of the game. They had the early lead, scoring two in the 2nd inning, but couldn’t put anything together after that.
- LF Lucas Duda: 2-4
- 1B Zach Lutz: 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
- DH Josh Satin: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 0-4; 2 K
- RHP Zack Wheeler: 5.1 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 K; No reason to panic. Bad games happen, and we all know Wheeler (a) is better than this and (b) has the intestinal fortitude to rebound from any bad outings he's had.
ROSTER MOVES: The Mets have announced that Johan Santana may not be making his scheduled start this Thursday. The most likely candidates to fill the role are Jenrry Mejia (making his 2012 debut) or Collin McHugh (making his MLB debut).
AA - Binghamton Mets (62-67)_____________________________________
BINGHAMTON 1, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0 (Box)
In a real nail biter of a game, the B-Mets triumphed over the Fisher Cats by a 1-0 margin. Binghamton scored their lone run in the bottom of the 5th, when Wilmer Flores scored on an error committed by 3B Ryan Schimpf when he mishandled an Eric Campbell groundball. Greg Peavey was solid, throwing 7 scoreless innings. Jeff Kaplan and Jeff Kaplan both gave up a hit in the 8th and 9th, but allowed no runs, recording their fourth hold and second save, respectively.
- CF Juan Lagares: 1-4
- 2B Wilmer Flores: 2-3, 2B, 1 R, 1 BB; Hitting .425/.489/.525 over his the last two weeks or so, and .289/.337/.444 for the season
- 1B Allan Dykstra: 0-2, 2 BB
- 3B Jefry Marte: 2-4, SB (8)
- RHP Greg Peavey: 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 6 K
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (28-27 // 77-46)________________________________________
NO GAME (RAIN)
The game against the Juniper Hammerheads is rescheduled for tomorrow as a doubleheader.
Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (24-33 // 65-59)__________________________________
ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 0 (Box)
In a lackluster performance, the Sand Gnats fell to the Tourists, failing to score any runs and managing only two hits. Asheville starter Ben Alsup wasn’t all that dominating, walking two and striking out two, but Savannah just could not figure him out. They couldn’t figure out the Tourists’ bullpen, either, and here we are. Marcos Camarena did not pitch that bad, but got tagged for the loss regardless.
- C Camden Maron: 0-3, 1 K
- 1B Cole Frenzel: 0-3
- CF Dustin Lawley: 0-2, BB
- LF Gregory Pron: 1-3, 1 K
- C Albert Cordero: 1-4, 1 R, RBI
- RHP Marcos Camarena: 6.2 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 5 K, HR
Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (37-24)__________________________________
BROOKLYN 2, TRI-CITY 0 (Box)
The Cyclones almost toppled the ValleyCats, the best team in the NY-Penn League, but came just short. Brooklyn got on the board first, scoring two runs in the 3rd on a Nelfi Zapata home run, but couldn’t keep the lead, as Rainy Lara- who seemed a bit shaky in the top of the 3rd- had one of his worst performances of the season. In the 5th inning, he walked a batter, hit a batter, and walked a batter to load the bases with no outs. Four runs subsequently scored. ValleyCats pitchers Juri Perez and Jeremiah Meiners combined to blank the Cyclones from then on, and with a Hudson Valley win, fall to 4.5 games out of first place.
- CF Brandon Nimmo: 1-4, 2 K
- SS Phillip Evans: 2-4, E (10)
- C Kevin Plawecki: 0-4
- DH Nelfi Zapata: 1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, HR (2)
- 2B Juan Carlos Gamboa: 1-4, 2B, 1 R, 2 K
- 1B Alexander Sanchez: 1-3, 1 BB
- RHP Rainy Lara: 4.1 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 WP; His three walks tonight match the number of walks given up over his previous six starts. His ERA now stands at 3.44, which isn’t bad, but is almost a .40 spike
Appalachian League (R) - Kingsport Mets (21-38)__________________________________
KINGSPORT 4, BURLINGTON 3 (Box)
The second game of the doubleheader that from Monday night was postponed, so Kingsport saw some doubleheader action on Tuesday. Game one began at 5:00, and saw Kingsport win a close one. The Royals got on the board first, plating two in the 2nd inning. Kingsport answered in the 4th, knocking in two of their own, and other two in the 8th, on the bats of Maikis De La Cruz and Jeffrey Diehl. Burlington had a rally going in the bottom of the 8th, and scored a run, but Hunter Carnevale was able to close the door and work out of the jam he created for himself, notching his second save.
- DH Gavin Cecchini: 1-4, 2B, 1 R,
- CF Maikis De La Cruz: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
- RF Jeffrey Diehl: 2-2, 2 RBI, 1 BB
- RHP Persio Reyes: 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 4 K
BURLINGTON 4, KINGSPORT 3 (Box)
In the nightcap, Kingsport and Burlington decided to switch things up a little, and the Mets lost 4-3 this time. Kingsport was up 3-1 going into the bottom of the 6th, but the team suffered a BP meltdown that would make the Mets proud. After replacing Cristian Chivilli, who left him runners on the corners, Edioglis Villasmil threw a wild pitch, walked a batter, hit a batter, walked a batter, and gave up a single that thankfully only plated one runner. He miraculously retired the next two batters, but the damage was already done. The Mets’ 2012 first round draftee Gavin Cecchini didn’t have too bad of a game, going 1-3 with an RBI. In the battle of first round draftees, he was (understandably) beaten by Royals 2011 first round draftee Bubba Starling, who went 3-3 with an RBI of his own, and a stolen base to boot.
- DH Gavin Cecchini: 1-3, RBI
- CF Maikis De La Cruz: 2-3
- RF Jeffrey Diehl: 2-3, 2B
- SS Anthony Chavez: 1-3, 2B, RBI, 1 K
- RHP Corey Oswalt: 4.1 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 K
- RHP Edioglis Villasmil: 0.2 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, WP, HBP
Star of the Night
Wilmer Flores and Greg Peavey get to share the SotN for tonight. Flores went 2-3 with a double that put him in scoring position to score the game's only run, and a walk, while Peavy kept the Fisher Cats silent for seven innings, allowing for a single run to win the game to begin with.
Goat of the NIght
Edioglis Villasmil handily wins the nod for tonight. It's only Rookie Ball, but a line like that looks bad anywhere. He only gave up one run, but he allowed both inherited runners to score, and it's a miracle he only allowed one run all by himself.