Mets Daily Farm Report - 6/20/13: The Bats Can't, Won't, Don't Stop

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Catch up on all of yesterday’s minor league action from around the Mets farm system!

*All results from games played on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013*

AAA - Las Vegas 51s (37-34)__________________________________

LAS VEGAS 8, TUCSON 4 (Box)

Matt Fox and Sean O'Sullivan traded zeroes for the first handful of innings, but the 51s broke through in the top of the 4th, scoring four runs on a few walks and a few hits. Las Vegas scored another three runs in the top of the 6th, and they came just in time, as Fox inevitably blew up, allowing two home runs and giving up four runs of his own in the bottom of the inning. The Las Vegas lead was padded enough that Tucson's four run inning didn't do much to change the momentum of the game.

AA - Binghamton Mets (43-27)_____________________________________

GAME ONE

BINGHAMTON 2, RICHMOND 3 / 8 (Box)

The B-Mets started out the day with a loss, falling to the Flying Squirrels in eight innings. Richmond got on the board first, scoring a run in the bottom of the 2nd, but their lead wouldn't last very long, as Allan Dykstra clobbered his 11th home run of the season in the top of the 3rd to put Binghamton up 2-1. Erik Goeddel was relatively decent in his start, limiting Richmond to that 2nd inning run in his five innings of work. John Church was brought in to relieve Goeddel in the 6th, and gave up the lead, allowing two line drives and a sac fly to tie the game. In the bottom of the 8th, Chase Huchingson ran into some difficulty, as the Joe Panik walk he issued to start the inning eventually turned into the winning run. Of note, Cesar Puello returned to the line-up and did not show any particular negative effects of his injury, swatting a double, his 12th on the season.

GAME TWO

BINGHAMTON 8, RICHMOND 1 / 7 (Box)

Game two of the double dip made up the game postponed Tuesday night. Perhaps angered by the fact that they lost game one, the B-Mets came roaring out of the gate, putting up four runs in the 1st inning. With the offense clicking on all cylinders, Darin Gorski didn't worry about being too fine, and could simply "pitch to the score". The left-hander struck out seven batters and walked three in the first five innings, contributing to a high pitch count and early exit, but was otherwise very good, scattering three hits and allowing only a single run. The B-Mets scattered a few more runs- one in the 2nd, one in the 4th, and another two in the 6th- but relievers Ryan Fraser and Adam Kolarek held Richmond scoreless in their two innings of work, making all those extra runs an unnecessary nicety.

ROSTER ALERT

The 26-year-old lefty has quietly been enjoying a successful season with the St. Lucie Mets (mitigated by his age and level of competition, of course). In 32 innings (16 appearances), he sports a sterling 0.84 ERA, 4.2 hits per nine innings, and 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The lone blemish is his walk rate, which stands at an unsightly 4.5 batters per nine innings.

Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (37-30)________________________________________

CHARLOTTE 4, ST. LUCIE 5 (Box)

Rainy Lara didn't have his best stuff, but he pitched well enough to get the win, as St. Lucie just barely hung on to add another notch in the win column. Things started out shaky for Lara, as he allowed a two-run home run to third baseman Richie Shaffer right out of the gate in the 1st inning, but he settled down and threw five acceptable innings, allowing just one more earned run. After holding St. Lucie to two walks, Stone Crab starter Ryan Carpenter completely lost it in the 5th, giving up three earned runs and two unearned runs. Robbie Shields started out the inning with a solo homer, and St. Lucie went hog wild, batting around in the inning. In the top of the 7th, reliever Carlos Vazquez gave up a homer to centerfielder Kes Carter, making it a 5-4 game, but Chasen Bradford and T.J. Chism hung on in the 8th and 9th to shut the door and win the team's fourth game in a row.

Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (43-26)__________________________________

NO GAME (ALL-STAR BREAK)

With the first half of the season already in the books, Savannah looks to start the second half on the right foot, starting a four game series against the Lexington Legends. The Sand Gnats won six in a row before the All-Star break, and will look to continue those winning ways.

Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (0-1)___________________________________

BROOKLYN 1, STATEN ISLAND 5 (Box)

The Cyclones continue to start the 2013 season on the wrong foot, dropping their second game to the Staten Island Yankees. Miller Diaz started for Brooklyn, and while he didn't pitch too poorly, the defense behind him let him down, as Staten Island scored three unearned runs. The two runs that Diaz allowed in the 2nd were all on him, but in the 3rd, left fielder Eris Peguero committed a fielding error that allowed two men to score on that play, and a third to score one batter later. Had that error not happened, there is no guarantee that Brooklyn might have won the game, as they only managed to score two runs in total, one in the 6th inning off of Stefan Lopez and one in the 9th inning off of Kelvin Castro. But, the error did happen, the runs did score, and Brooklyn did lose.

Star of the Night

Split over two games of course, but Allan Dykstra went 3-7 with three runs scored, five RBI, a walk, a double, and two home runs, his 11th and 12th on the season. With Ike Davis working his problems out in AAA-Vegas, advancement opportunities for the 26-year-old San Diego native are limited for the time being

Goat of the Night

Eris Peguero's fielding error opened the door for Staten Island to tack on a bunch of unearned runs, runs that eventually turned out to be the difference in the game. Mr. Peguero is not starting things out on the right foot.

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