Mets Daily Farm Report - 4/12/13: 51's Nearly Put up 51, Tapia Gets Grilled

Domingo Tapia couldn't get out of the first inning Thursday night - Chris McShane

The Las Vegas bats were on fire Thursday night while Domingo Tapia struggled with his command in St. Lucie

*All results from games played on Thursday, April 11th, 2013

AAA - Las Vegas 51's (5-3)_______________________________________

LAS VEGAS 14, FRESNO 3 (Box)

Juan Lagares launched the second pitch of the game over the left field wall and it was a harbinger of the barrage to come. The bases proceeded to get loaded for Zach Lutz who promptly unloaded them. From then on it was much of the same combined with some pretty awful defense from the Fresno Grizzlies, who committed four errors in the second inning alone. On the other side of the ball, Colin McHugh was sharp over seven innings. He was snapping in that curveball all night while mixing in an assortment of other pitches. The Fresno announcer at one point described McHugh as a, "fastball, cutter, change up, curveball, slider pitcher" as if they're a dime a dozen. I'm not a scout, so I could only discern three different pitches, but his fastball needs to be located well. He left it over the plate a few times in the 4th which led to three very hard hit balls.

AA - Binghamton Mets (4-3)_____________________________________

NEW HAMPSHIRE 3, BINGHAMTON 1 (Box)

The B-Mets spoiled their home opener by mustering just three hits in the frigid cold of Upstate New York as they fell 3-1. Logan Verrett was the starter and seemingly pitched well, yielding one run over seven innings while striking out three and walking one. Our very own Jeffrey Paternostro was in Binghamton for this game and his brief Twitter review of Verrett's performance was not exactly glowing. The highlight of this game came in the 6th when Daniel Muno tracked down a pop up in foul territory and then gunned down a runner trying to tag to third. Other than that, it was a pretty dull affair. Former Mets farmhand Adam Loewen tied up the game with a solo shot off of Verrett in the 7th and Kevin Pillar put the game away with a two-run shot off of John Church in the 8th. The B-Mets lone run came on a Cesar Puello force out in the 4th.

Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (5-2)________________________________________

ST. LUCIE 4, PALM BEACH 7 (Box)

Domingo Tapia failed to get out of the first inning as St. Lucie lost its second game in a row. To say that Tapia did not have his best stuff would mildly understate what occurred. Here's how his outing went; triple, walk, walk, wild pitch, ground out, strike out, walk, wild pitch, walk. Yuck. Obviously, this isn't the type of start you ever want to see from a top prospect, but that's all it is, one start. Hopefully he learns from it and returns to form next time out. Again, not much to get excited about in this one. Gilbert Gomez had two hits and a walk, which is nice.

Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (4-3)__________________________________

This game was postponed due to inclement weather.

    Star of the Night

    Tough to choose just one from the Vegas squadron but we like to do things Highlander style -- there can be only one -- so I'm going with Zach Lutz for smacking a grand slam and driving in five runs. It's nice to see him get the bat going, although, his outfield defense is a work in progress.

    Goat of the Night

    Domingo Tapia. When you're a top 10 prospect in the system and you fail to make it out of the first inning, you get the horns. Tapia had a similarly brief start early on in the 2012 season, so here's to hoping this is just a bump in the road and not the start of something awful.

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