Mets Daily Farm Report - 8/12/13: So Close To A Sunday System Sweep

Kyle Johnson definitely didn't get the silent treatment after his home run last night. - Bryan Green

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

*All results from games played on Sunday, August 11th, 2013*

AAA - Las Vegas 51s (65-55)__________________________________

OKLAHOMA CITY 3, LAS VEGAS 4 (Box)

For the first few innings of the game, Chris Schwinden and David Martinez traded zeroes. Finally, in the 4th, both teams broke out of their respective funks. In the top of the inning, the RedHawks hit three doubles and a single, plating three runs in total. In the bottom of the inning, the 51s hit two singles and a double, scoring two runs. Las Vegas followed their two-run 4th with a two-run 5th. The inning began with Travis d'Arnaud taking a walk. Lucas Duda followed with a single, and after Zach Lutz drew a walk of his own, the 51s found themselves with bases loaded and nobody out. The first run of the inning came on an Eric Campbell hit a sac fly. Jamie Hoffmann walked, re-loading the bases and Matt den Dekker lined a groundball through the hole, scoring another run. More damage could have been done, but Brian Bixler and Kirk Nieuwenhuis both struck out. It would be a moot point, though, as the Las Vegas corps of pitchers prevented the RedHawks from scoring for the rest of the ballgame.

AA - Binghamton Mets (75-46)_____________________________________

BINGHAMTON 6, ERIE 1 (Box)

The Erie SeaWolves scored a run in the 1st inning off of southpaw Mark Cohoon, but the longest tenured B-Met quickly righted the ship and with the help of some power from the offense, Binghamton took the rubber game of the series. Erie shortstop Eugenio Suarez led off the game with a double and was driven home two batters later, giving the SeaWolves a quick lead. The lone run would be all they would manage, as Mark Cohoon and the bullpen combined to blank their opponents for the next eight innings. The Mets' offense would have no such problem. In the 3rd, Cory Vaughn launched another home run- his fourth in the past nine games- to put two runs on the board, and give Binghamton a one-run edge. In the 6th, Travis Taijeron added a solo blast of his own. In the 7th, Josh Rodriguez drove in a run with a double and Vaughn added another two RBI to his total with a line drive into right- he was thrown out trying to stretch the single into a double, but no harm, no foul.

Monday will be Binghamton's final off day of the season. On Tuesday, they begin a series against Jesse Biddle and the Reading Fightin' Phils.

Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (25-19 / 62-49)________________________________________

PALM BEACH 8, ST. LUCIE 9 / 12 (Box)

In twelve innings, the Palm Beach Cardinals and St. Lucie Mets combined for a total 17 runs on 31 hits. Both starters were ineffective, to say the least. Cardinals starter Kyle Hald lasted four plus innings, giving up six runs- five earned- on seven hits. Mets starter Alex Panteliodis also pitched four plus innings, and he gave up seven runs- three earned- on eight hits, including a home run. Palm Beach scored a pair in the 1st, and a pair in the 3rd, putting St. Lucie in a hole early. The plucky Mets plated runs in the 4th and 5th, but at that pace, they'd outscore Palm Beach. In the 5th, both teams put up a few runs. The Cardinals drove in three, and the Mets drove in four, making the score 7-6 Palm Beach- suddenly, we had ourselves a ballgame. In the 7th, Palm Beach plated an insurance run, but one run would not protect their lead, as the Mets scored two of their own in the bottom of the inning, tying the game 8-8- with the bases loaded, Gilbert Gomez hit a double that drove in both. The game would stay tied until the 12th inning, when Kyle Johnson hit a walk-off homer over the left field wall to put the game to bed.

Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (25-21 / 68-47)__________________________________

HICKORY 2, SAVANNAH 1 (Box)

It wasn't exactly a pitching duel, as neither Andrew Faulkner or Luis Cessa lasted particularly long, but the Crawdads and the Sand Gnats played a low scoring affair yesterday afternoon that saw Savannah on the wrong side of the stick. Savannah scored the game's first run, a Brian Harrison RBI-single. In the 4th, the Crawdads tied the game up with an RBI-single of their own. Neither team scored until the 9th, when the dangerous Joey Gallo hit his 27th home run of the season, putting Hickory up by one. Jose Leclerc, who threw a perfect 8th for Hickory, stayed in the game for the 9th and threw a second perfect inning, dashing Savannah's hopes for taking the series.

The Sand Gnats will recuperate on Monday, and then will embark on a 10-day, 11-game roadtrip.

Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (26-26)

STATE COLLEGE 2, BROOKLYN 9 (Box)

The Cyclones returned to the .500 mark with an emphatic win over the Spikes. Carlos Valdez pitched well, as did the bullpen- including Juan Urbina, who pitched a scoreless inning in the 9th- but Brooklyn's offense was the main story yesterday afternoon. The team scored nine runs on sixteen hits. After State College scored a run in the top of the 3rd, the Cyclones responded in the bottom of the inning with four of their own. In the inning, Ed Rohan and Anthony Chavez hit back-to-back doubles, L.J. Mazzilli and Alex Sanchez hit back-to-back singles, Patrick Biondi walked and James Roche reached on an error. In the 4th and 5th, the Cyclones added a run each to add to their growing lead. After the Spikes scored a run in the 7th, Brooklyn put the game completely out of reach, scoring three of their own in the 8th. In the inning, Mazzilli drove in a run on a single to right, and Sanchez hit his second home run of the season to drive in two more.

With his 4-5 performance on the afternoon, Little Maz raised his batting average to over .300. And, don't look now, but Gavin Cecchini is hitting .282. In the month of August, Cecchini has seventeen hits in forty-four at-bats, four of which were doubles.

Rk - Kingsport Mets (29-20)_____________________________

KINGSPORT 7, GREENEVILLE 2 (Box)

After a fairly cold start, the Kingsport Mets find themselves on the cusp of being a healthy ten games over .500 with their victory over the Greeneville Astros last night. Kingsport jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning when Joe Tuschak laced a double into right field that scored Yeixon Ruiz and Jeff McNeil, both of whom were walked by Astros starter Austin Chrismon. In the 4th, Kingsport plated another pair of runs to increase their lead to 4-0. Greeneville finally got on the board one inning later, Persio Reyes' only real blemish on the night. The Mets got those runs back and then some, scoring one in the 7th and two in the 8th.

Rk - GCL Mets (14-30)_______________________________

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

Star of the Night

With a 4-5 performance on the night, it's hard not to give the night's honors to L.J. Mazzilli. Kyle Johnson's walk-off home run literally won the ballgame for his team, but Mazzilli had twice as many hits on the night.

Goat of the Night

Albert Cordero wears the horns for the night. In addition to taking an 0'fer, he committed an error and allowed three out of four stolen base attempts.

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