Mets Daily Farm Report - 4/14/13: Pitching Ugly as Sin in Sin City, Salvation and Salvage in Savannah

Remember me? - Chris McShane

Daily News and Notes from the Metropolitan minor league system.

* All results from games played on Saturday, April 13, 2013

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

COLORADO SPRINGS 11, LAS VEGAS 6 (Box)

In Groundhog Day fashion, for the second straight night the 51s conceded three runs in the top of the first and allowed the opposing pitcher to have a plate appearance before he threw his first pitch, and in both cases prevented what should have been a bigger inning. Darin Gorski was hit hard, and when not being hit, could not find the strike zone. His two innings went as such:

1st: 3B, SF9, F7, 2B, 2B, 1B, BB, BB, FC
2nd: 5-3, BB, BK, BB, 2B, 2B, F2

The Las Vegas bats did wake up in the bottom of the third with the following sequence: Brian Bixler single, Wilmer Flores double, Travis D'Arnaud RBI groundout, Andrew Brown RBI double, and a Josh Satin RBI single. After Gonzalez Germen allowed two more Sky Sock runs for a 7-3 deficit, the 51s went right back to work against Drew Pomeranz, scoring three in the bottom of the fifth via a Travis D'Arnaud double and Josh Satin two-run home run to cut the lead to 7-6. Colorado Springs scored in the sixth to buoy their lead to 8-6 as a D'Arnaud passed ball and Robert Carson wild pitch conspired for the run. Vegas was able to load the bases against Manny Corpas with none out in the 7th and proceeded to fly out to center and right, and strikeout without getting a run. Justin Hampson then threw gasoline on already smoldering embers in the form of a three-run inning in the top of the eighth which gave the Sky Sox all of the insurance they would need at Cashman Field last night.

AA - Binghamton Mets (5-4)_____________________________________

NEW HAMPSHIRE 6, BINGHAMTON 1 (Box)

After the offensive explosion that ensued in Binghamton the night prior, our Eastern League heroes were held in check by the Fisher Cat combination of Ryan Tepera and Fernando Hernandez, the latter of whom was able to get a three inning save. Erik Goeddel was not terrible last night, as he was missing bats (seven strikeouts) but also the strike zone (four walks). Only conceding one hit in 4.3 innings, Goeddel was already at 87 pitches upon being substituted for Julian Hilario, who finished the fifth unscathed before doing his best Justin Hampson impression in the sixth, allowing three runs and converting a one-run deficit into that of four runs. The Mets' were primed for a huge first inning which saw four stolen bases (including two by Richard Lucas) but Blake Forsythe struck out with Lucas on third and Cory Vaughn on second to limit the Mets' lead to 1-0. The Bingo bats remained silent for most of the game as for six of the next eight innings, Fisher Cat pitchers allowed Met hitters to have three plate appearances.

Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (6-3)________________________________________

ST. LUCIE 3, BRADENTON 4 (Box)

The S-Mets opened the game with three straight hits against Marauder starter Adrian Sampson, leading to a 1-0 lead before they could make an out. However, Sampson recovered to allow only one more run in the first inning and managed to retire 13 St. Lucie batters in a row after the shaky start. Noah Syndergaard was majestic through the first three innings, allowing only a walk and striking out three. However, Syndergaard's command wavered in the fifth as two walks and two hits were miraculously countered by him striking out the side around his issues and the primary reason he escaped the fourth with a 2-1 lead. He would leave with the game tied at two after five innings having struck out eight but walking four, and would not have a decision in the game. St. Lucie took a 3-2 lead in the seventh as Travis Taijeron scored on a T.J. Rivera double play ball, however, Estarlin Morel would allow the decisive two runs in the bottom of the inning after Alen Hanson's bunt single and subsequent steal of second, a Benji Gonzalez RBI double, a Jose Osuna infield hit, and Dan Gamache's RBI single. It was a lead the Marauders would never relinquish as Zach Thornton would retire the final six Mets in order without a ball leaving the infield.

Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (5-4)__________________________________

ROME 6, SAVANNAH 8 (Box)

Oh, the delights of low-A ball. Steven Matz was really damn good for the second straight start, and four Sand Gnat pitchers accrued 11 strikeouts. Jayce Boyd's three-run home run placed Savannah on what appeared to be winning track, leading 5-1 after a four-run fifth, and 6-2 after six. Then Tim Peterson and Julian Hilario had this completely fictional conversation leading into the seventh:

"Hey Julian, I'm going to give up three straight singles so you have to come in with a bases-loaded no-out jam."

"No problem, Tim, I'm going to do the EXACT same thing once I come into the game, allowing all of your inherited runners to score and giving the lead away! Then I'm going to strike out the side, because I can."

"Excellent idea, Mr. Hilario! So glad we coordinated this."

After the meltdown, the bullpen was bailed out by some timely hitting/bad fielding/wild pitching scoring two runs as such: single, caught stealing error, hit by pitch, 1-3 fielders' choice (that Yucary De La Cruz scored from second on), wild pitch, double. Hilario recovered to retire the side in the eighth, and Hunter Carnevale pitched a shaky ninth inning to earn the save. Thank you Savannah.

Star of the Night

Steven Matz made all his homies in East Setauket proud tonight. Noah Syndergaard and Travis D'Arnaud garnered consideration as well.

Goat(s) of the Night

Darin Gorski gets the horns. Tim Peterson and Stefan Sabol with consideration.

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