Mets Daily Farm Report - 4/24/13: Cessa's Dominance Continues

Chris McShane

Catch up on all of last night's minor league action from around the Mets farm system!

*All results from games played on Sunday, April 23rd, 2013

AAA - Las Vegas 51s (10-8)__________________________________

POSTPONED (COLD)

For the second straight night, the scheduled match between the 51s and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox has been postponed. The teams now have two games they need to make-up: last nights game (4/23), and the game from the night before (4/22).

AA - Binghamton Mets (10-9)_____________________________________

BINGHAMTON 8, PORTLAND 9 / 10 (Box)

In a seesaw of a game that saw the lead change and tie multiple times, the Portland Sea Dogs narrowly triumphed over the B-Mets, walking off in the 10th inning on a wild pitch. It was a fitting end to a relatively strange game that saw the B-Mets score three runs off of major league rehabber Craig Breslow without allowing the southpaw to record a single out, including a steal of home plate by Alonzo Harris on a delayed steal with Darrell Ceciliani. Portland came roaring back in the bottom of the 3rd, putting up a four spot, and tied the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the 5th after scoring another two. After the Sea Dogs went up in the bottom of the 7th, scoring two runs, the B-Mets promptly scored two of their own, tying the game. Things stayed tied until the bottom of the 10th, when John Church was called in to pitch. Heiker Meneses hit a double, and Shannon Wilkerson laid down a sacrifice bunt to move him to third with only one out. Up came Xander Bogaerts, who already had two hits in the contest...and struck out. Next came pinch hitter Derrik Gibson. John Church's very first pitch sailed to the backstop, and that was all she wrote.

Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (12-7)________________________________________

ST. LUCIE 2, CHARLOTTE 3 (Box)

The Charlotte Stone Crabs gave St. Lucie their seventh loss on the year, defeating them 3-2. Noah Syndergaard was on the mound for St. Lucie, and while he wasn't at his best, he put in a good outing, going six innings, allowing three hits, two walks, and striking out four. In the bottom of the 5th, after St. Lucie scored the first run of the game, Charlotte answered with their own. That inning was bad for Syndergaard, as he threw a wild pitch and battery mate Albert Cordero allowed a passed ball. It could have been a lot worse, however, as they actually nailed the runner attempting to scamper home on the passed ball, saving a run and preserving the tie ballgame. The Stone Crabs scored in the 7th and 8th off of Estarlin Morel and Hamilton Bennett, respectively, giving Charlotte the edge 3-1. In the top of the 9th, Dustin Lawley led off the inning with a home run, and it seemed as if a comeback was imminent. Indeed, Albert Cordero doubled one batter later, Gilbert Gomez, and Cordero's pinch runner, Robbie Shields, was able to advance to third on a wild pitch. With runners on the corners and two outs, T.J. Rivera unfortunately popped up, ending the game.

Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (10-8)__________________________________

DELMARVA 1, SAVANNAH 9 (Box)

The Sand Gnats punished Shorebirds pitching, scoring five earned runs off of starter Parker Bridwell and another three off of his replacement, Juan Guzman. On the opposite side of the ledger, Savannah starter Luis Cessa pitched exceptionally well, allowing no runs in his six innings of work. Cessa's replacement, Julian Hilario, allowed a run the 8th inning, but Savannah was so far ahead by that point that it hardly had an impact on anything.

Star of the Night

For his excellent performance on the mound last night, Luis Cessa is well deserving to be Star of the Night.

Goat of the Night

John Church wasn't particularly bad, as he was only one out away from successfully getting out of the inning, but the wild pitch that he uncorked came at the worst possible time, as it allowed Portland to win in extra innings. As such, he gets to wear the goat horns until tomorrow.

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