New York Mets Daily Farm System Report: 8/8/12- Teaching Our Youngsters How To Lose Like True Mets

Familia

*All results from games played on Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (57-61)_______________________________________

LEHIGH VALLEY 5, BUFFALO 4 (Box)

Jeurys Familia got the start last night. Opposing him was Tyler Cloyd, Lehigh Valley ace, All-Star (the starting pitcher, to boot), and arguable best pitcher in the league in 2012. Going into the game, Familia’s greatest enemy might not have been the formidable Cloyd, but himself- Jeurys has regressed a great deal this season because of his lack of command, issuing unnecessary passes and racking up high pitch counts early. In this Jeckyl-and-Hyde season, the good (enough) Familia showed up to pitch. He went six innings, walked only two batters, and struck out seven. He allowed only one earned run, but a total of four scored, all coming in a third inning that saw a wild pitch and two errors by Josh Rodriguez on the same play (fielding and throwing). Cloyd fared a bit worse, giving up four earned runs in 6.2 innings, including a solo blast by walking four and striking out eight. Down by one in the 7th, Matt den Dekker was walked and eventually came home to score, tying the game 4-4. Neither team scored during regulation, and into extra innings this affair went. In the bottom of the 12th, Pete Orr hit a single off of Fernando Cabrera. He then stole second, and on the throw, Mike Nickeas threw the ball into center field, allowing Orr to advance to third. The bases were loaded intentionally to set up the force out anywhere. With Sebastian Valle, who was 0-5 in the game with 4 Ks up at the plate, what happens? Cabrera unleashes a wild pitch and Orr successfully makes the mad dash down the line to score. Phooey.

AA - Binghamton Mets (56-61)_____________________________________

BINGHAMTON 8, NEW BRITAIN 3 (Box)

Darin Gorski got the start, and he pitched a decent game, lasting six innings and allowing two runs on four hits. Things didn’t start off auspiciously, as he allowed a triple to the first batter of the game, but he settled down. In the second, a few singles, a walk, an error, and a Jefry Marte three-run bomb eased his mind a bit. Forced to play catch up, the Rock Cats knocked in a run a piece in the 4th and 8th innings, but ultimately couldn’t close the gap.

Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (22-24 // 71-43)________________________________________

PALM BEACH 4, ST. LUCIE 2 (Box)

With a win, St. Lucie could have gotten to .500 for the second half of the season, but they unfortunately didn’t win. Angel Cuan and Erik Goeddel pitched four innings apiece, and neither pitched particularly poorly, but the offense could only muster two runs against Cardinal starter Todd McInnis and was blanked by their bullpen. Both runs came in the first, on a Aderlin Rodriguez home run. After that, St. Lucie would scatter only four more hits

Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (18-27 // 59-53)__________________________________

SAVANNAH 9, GREENVILLE 1 (Box)

This 9-1 routing was actually a close game in late innings. Going into the 7th inning, Savannah had a narrow 2-1 lead. They added two runs to their lead in the 7th, but a 4-1 lead is still relatively easy to let slip through your fingers. The notion of a possible loss was erased completely in the 8th, when the Sand Gnats put up a five spot.

Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (31-19)__________________________________

LOWELL 4, BROOKLYN 1 (Box)

Brooklyn was not able to capitalize against the last place Spinners, and remain in second place in the McNamara Division. Luis Mateo pitched very good, walking none, striking out 9. He allowed only two earned runs, but another two unearned runs scored directly because of Mateo- a HBP and E1 throwing error that came back to bite him. Seven men were left on base, and the only run that the Cyclones were able to scrape across was because of two consecutive errors. Brandon Nimmo sat out another game, and is day-to-day.

Appalachian League (R) - Kingsport Mets (15-30)__________________________________

BRISTOL 3, KINGSPORT 2 (Box)

A Kingsport loss in crushing fashion? You betcha! With the score tied 2-2, Matthew Budgell was brought in to pitch the 9th. That set up a complicated sequence of events: Steven Nikorak doubled. Thurman Hall successfully laid down a bunt for a hit, moving Nikorak to third. Hall then stole second on defensive indifference. Kale Kiser struck out swinging. Jake Brown was walked intentionally to set up the double play. Kevin Weijgertse was brought in to replace Joe Tuschak in left field. Mets coach Yunir Garcia was thrown out by the home plate manager for jawing at him, and manager Jose Leger soon followed. Finally, Eric Grabe hit a line drive to centerfield, and that was that.

Star of the Night

A few choices to work with. Aderlin Rodriguez continues mashing the ball, former teammate Alex Panteliodis is very rapidly gaining traction as a solid draft pick (9th round, 2011) in my eyes, and Luis Mateo continues to dazzle. It's a tough one, but because I have a fondness for left-handed starters, I am going to give Panteliodis the nod (will his custom K-Counter be "GreeKKK..."?).

Goat of the Night

Not really sure who wins this ‘award’. I’ll let the people decide:

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