*All results from games played on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013*
AAA - Las Vegas 51s (21-24)__________________________________
LAS VEGAS 0, IOWA 4 (Box)
The 51s faced off against the Iowa Cubs in Iowa on Thursday afternoon, with a glorious first pitch time of 1:05 PM EST. It seems ours is a nocturnal bunch, as Vegas was unable to plate any runs in losing 4-0. If you're looking for a bright spot, look no further than Wilmer Flores, who had two singles in four trips. Flores's ability to control the plate, combined with his young age for the level, should excite us all. Matt We-Have-To-Go-Back Fox -- signed out of independent ball -- was pretty mediocre, allowing three runs in five innings.
- CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 0-4, K; (.198/.303/.349)
- LF Collin Cowgill: 0-4, 2 K; (.219/.306/.406)
- 1B Josh Satin: 1-4; (.299/.410/.470)
- 2B Wilmer Flores: 2-4, K; (.271/.323/.441)
- 3B Eric Campbell: 1-3, BB; (.309/.412/.519)
- C Francisco Pena: 0-4, 2 K; (.214/.267/.643)
- SS Brandon Hicks: 2-3, 2B, K; (.188/.188.250)
- RH Matt Fox: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; (10 IP, 13 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 3 HR)
AA - Binghamton Mets (26-21)_____________________________________
BINGHAMTON 0, NEW BRITAIN 1 (Box)
No offense to be found here. Mark Cohoon and Logan Darnell matched zeroes until the fifth, when Cohoon blinked first and allowed a solo home run to Daniel Ortiz. Despite the dinger, this was by far the best outing of the season for Cohoon, who went 8 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 7 K for the complete game loss. The B-Met bats couldn't generate anything against Darnell, getting shut out for the fourth time this season. Cesar Puello had a single and was hit by a pitch, a skill that seems repeatable enough that it could possibly make up for his below average walk rate.
- RF Cesar Puello: 1-3, HBP, SB (10); (.304/.369/.519)
- LF Cory Vaughn: 1-4, K; (.300/.385/.469)
- CF Darrell Ceciliani: 0-4, 2 K; (.247/.310/.351)
- 1B Allan Dykstra: 0-4, 3 K; (.284/.430/.457)
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 0-4; (.237/.280/.263)
- LHP Mark Cohoon: 8 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 7 K; (33 IP, 41 H, 12 ER, 10 BB, 34 K, 2 HR)
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (26-19)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 8, DUNEDIN 5 (Box)
St. Lucie came out of the gates swinging when Aderlin Rodriguez smacked a first inning three-run homer. Dunedin was able to chip away over the next seven innings to briefly take a 4-3 lead before the Mets broke it open in the 8th with five runs. A rehabbing Jenrry Mejia started off shaky, allowing five hits -- including three doubles -- and a walk in the first two innings. He settled down after that, striking out six of the next nine batters he faced, which is nice. I refuse to get excited about Mejia. I'm taking the under on a career WAR of 3.
- 2B T.J. Rivera: 1-5, R, K; (.292/.355/.360)
- SS Matt Reynolds: 1-5, R, K; (.244/.319/.357)
- LF Dustin Lawley: 1-4, 2 R, BB, 2 K; (.240/.295/.514)
- 1B Aderlin Rodriguez: 2-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR, K; (.251/.279/.480)
- DH Travis Taijeron: 2-3, RBI; (.277/.384/480)
- C Cam Maron: 2-3, 2B, RBI, BB, K; (.210/.280/.301)
- REHAB ALERT - RHP Jenrry Mejia: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 8 K; (8 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 14 K)
Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (26-19)__________________________________
CHARLESTON 1, SAVANNAH 3 (Box)
Jayce Boyd drove in two runs on a fourth inning double and that was all Robert Gsellman needed as the Sand Gnats beat Charleston 3-1. Gsellman allowed a first inning run but settled down after that, allowing just one hit over the next six innings. Kevin Plawecki's lone hit was -- what else -- a double. He has 19 doubles already. I'm sure a promotion can't be too far off. Speaking of which:
ROSTER ALERT: Rainy Lara was promoted to Hi-A St. Lucie yesterday. Lara had struck out 25.9% of the batters he'd faced and walked just 3.1% over 50.2 innings. His 1.42 ERA is second best in the South Atlantic League, and the only reason he's not first is because the guy ahead of him has been extremely lucky. His 1.80 FIP is tops in the league. The promotion comes on the heels of his second pitcher of the week award this season. Well earned.
- CF Eudy Pina: 1-4, R, K; (.237/.335/.391)
- DH Jayce Boyd: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; (.342/.431/.491)
- LF Stefan Sabol: 0-3, K; (.187/.288/.276)
- C Kevin Plawecki: 1-4, 2B; (.361/.441/.595)
- SS Phil Evans: 1-3, R, K; (.188/.274/.248)
- 3B Jeff Reynolds: 0-3; (.256/.299/.366)
- RHP Robert Gsellman: 7 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 3 K; (full season: 26 IP, 21 H, 7 ER, 9 BB, 11 K, 2 HR)
Star of the Night
Fairly quiet night for the system overall, but that doesn't take anything from Mark Cohoon's performance. He earns the crown with his 8 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K complete game gem. Honorable Mention to Savannah righty Robert Gsellman who is quickly putting himself on the map after an unexpected promotion to make a spot start for St. Lucie.
Goat of the Night
Allan Dykstra gets the horns for his 0-4, three strikeout night. As great as Dykstra's 20% walk rate is, there's a reason he's spending his third consecutive season in Binghamton -- he strikes out too much. He hasn't posted a sub-25% strikeout rate since 2009 when he was in A-ball. Striking out at a plus-25% rate in the minors is pretty much the kiss of death for a prospect.