*All results from games played on Monday, May 6th 2013
AAA - Las Vegas 51's (14-15)______________________________________
Las Vegas and Sacramento had their game suspended due to rain.
AA - Binghamton Mets (16-15)_____________________________________
TRENTON 5, BINGHAMTON 0 (Box)
Welp, not much to see here. Cory Mazzoni struggled with his command in his first start back after missing three weeks with some vaguely-defined elbow soreness, and the B-Mets offense managed just two hits. Not a winning combination.
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 0-3, RBI
- LF Darrell Ceciliani: 1-4, 2 K
- 2B Danny Muno: 0-2, 2 BB
- RF Cesar Puello: 1-2, 2 HBP, SB (7); Baseball magnet Cesar Puello had been slacking in the HBP department this year, just one in his first 20 games after 16 in 66 last year.
- CF Alonzo Harris: 0-4, 3 K; Harris swings way too hard for a guy with his specific set of skills.
- C Juan Centeno: 1-4, K
- RHP Cory Mazzoni: 3 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, HBP; Mazzoni missed three weeks with elbow soreness following two games where he sat in the cold charting. Sometimes the way teams treat minor leaguers really annoys me. I don't think it's a causal relationship, but if the elbow was already bothering him, why is he out there?
- LHP Adam Kolarek: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K; The Amazin' Avenue Audio bounce never fails.
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (19-11)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 6, DAYTONA 2 (Box)
Hansel Robles returned to the St. Lucie rotation with arguably his best start of the 2013 campaign. The former male-model-turned-pitching-prospect struck out five and allowed just two baserunners in his five innings of work. The rest of the St. Lucie arms also acquitted themselves well, notching ten strikeouts on the evening and holding down a Daytona line-up that included some sexy prospect names like Javier Baez and Jorge Soler. Aderlin Rodriguez powered the Mets offense as he continues to thaw out from an ice-cold April. The slugging "third baseman" has now posted a .282/.341/.513 line and a much more palatable 6:4 K:BB ratio over his last ten games. Throggs Neck's own T.J. Rivera also added a very pretty looking 5-5 to the box score.
- 1B Aderlin Rodriguez: 2-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI
- SS Matt Reynolds: 1-5, R, 2 K, GIDP; Still don't know exactly what to make of the 2012 second rounder. Can put bat to ball, but you'd like to see a polished college guy from the SEC show a little more in the box score of Florida State League games.
- CF Gilbert Gomez: 2-4, 2B, R, K
- C Cam Maron: 0-4, K; After a strong first week, Maron has gone frigid at the plate and the walks have disappeared.
- RHP Hansel Robles: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K; Hopefully Robles is completely over whatever nagging ailments sidelined him, and we'll be able to see what he can do in the FSL.
Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (18-11)__________________________________
GAME ONE: HICKORY 4, SAVANNAH 3 (8) (Box)
GAME TWO: HICKORY 5, SAVANNAH 3 (Box)
Not a great day for the Gnats. They managed a two-out rally in the top of the seventh in Game One to force extra innings, but Phillip Evans turned a Joey Gallo pop-up into a double and then committed a walk-off fielding error. In Game Two, the Crawdads got to Luis Cessa early with a pair of bombs, and Hickory set the last ten Gnats down in order to quell any chance of additional late-inning heroics. The Gnats maintain a slim half-game lead over the Rome Braves who had both their scheduled games rained out.
- CF Brandon Nimmo: DNP; Still nursing that left hand contusion.
- C Kevin Plawecki: 0-3, BB, RBI // 1-3, R, K
- LF Stefan Sabol: 1-4, K, SB (1) // 2-3, K
- SS Phillip Evans: 0-2, BB, K, E (10) // 1-3, K; High error totals in the low minors aren't necessarily indicative that a player needs to move off the position, but Evans has not inspired confidence with his defensive play so far in 2013
- 1B Jayce Boyd: 2-3, RBI, HBP // 1-3, RBI, 2 K
- RHP Matthew Koch: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR; Koch has posted one of the weirder lines so far in the system. 25 H, 0 BB, 16 K in 19.1 IP. Might be throwing too many strikes right now. He was weirdly hittable in Brooklyn as well, especially for a guy with his stuff.
- RHP Luis Cessa: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 2 WP; Like Koch, Cessa has posted gaudy K/BB numbers (26 K and just two walks in 28.1), but has been awfully hittable (35 hits allowed including four home runs). Secondary stuff needs to improve to keep Sally league hitters from sitting fastball.
Star of the Night
Aderlin Rodriguez gave him a run for the crown, but let's go with Hansel Robles, who is so hot right now.
Goat of the Night
Walk-off error is a good way to find yourself in this space, so sorry Phil Evans.