Mets Daily Farm Report, May 14, 2014: Sally Subway Series split

Logan Verrett - Gordon Donovan

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

*All results from games played on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (28-11)_______________________________________

TACOMA 4, LAS VEGAS 5 / 10 (Box)

With former rotation mates Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom in the big leagues, Logan Verrett decided that it was time for him to shine, and the Texan right-hander delivered, tossing seven-plus strong innings. The 51s scored the first run of the game in the 2nd on a Matt den Dekker solo homer, and added runs in the 4th and 7th, on RBI singles from Cesar Puello and Danny Muno, respectively. After allowing consecutive singles in the 8th, and having the lead runner get to third on an Omar Quintanilla throwing error, Verrett was lifted in favor of Buddy Carlyle, who promptly allowed both runners to score and had a runner get to third before ending the inning. Vic Black came in for the save in the 9th, but a little bit of rotten luck turned what should've been his fifth save into his first blown save of the year. After giving up a lead-off double to Gabriel Noriega and Noriega moving over to third on a sac bunt, Nick Franklin was called to pinch hit. Given how Franklin has abused Las Vegas pitchers this season- he is 13/35 against the 51s with 8 additional walks, three doubles, and a homer- how his at-bat played out might have been the best-case scenario. After getting behind the hitter, Black threw a pitch that got away from the normally sure handed Centeno. Niriega slid in just under his tag once he recovered, tying the game. Franklin walked, but Black finished the inning without any other further damage. In the bottom of the 9th, den Dekker walked and Puello sacrificed him into scoring position, but the 51s were unable to get him home, sending the game into extra innings.

Jeff Walters came in to pitch the 10th and gave the Raniers the lead, allowing a run to score on a Ty Kelly double and a Jesus Montero RBI single. Things looked grim, but they were in no mood to end their home stand with a loss, or send the nearly 10,000 fans who came to see the early afternoon game home unhappy. In the bottom of the 10th, after Omar Quintanilla struck out to lead things off, Josh Satin singled to put the tying run on base. Allan Dykstra laced a double into center that scored Satin, and just like that, the game was tied and the 51s were threatening with a man on second. Sure enough, Zach Lutz came to the plate and delivered, sending a ground ball through the hole into left, scoring Kirk Nieuwenhuis, pinch running for Dykstra. Just like that, Las Vegas snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

The 51s have the day off today, and will go back to work tomorrow, against the El Paso Chihuahuas. Elder statesman Giancarlo Alvarado will get the start, making his first appearance since April 22nd.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (18-16)_____________________________________

ALTOONA 10, BINGHAMTON 3 (Box)

Hansel Robles looked great the first two innings, striking out four of the first six batters he faced and getting the other two to weakly ground, but the wheels fell off completely as the Curve derailed the B-Mets 10-3. Binghamton actually had the lead going into the inning, thanks to a Wilfredo Tovar RBI single in the bottom of the 2nd, but that lead turned into a deficit as soon as Robles took the mound for the 3rd. After giving up a leadoff double and a walk, Robles notched his fifth strikeout on a bunt that went foul, but things quickly took a turn for the worst. He allowed a home run to Gift Ngoepe, a triple to Alen Hanson, a double to Mel Rojas, and another homer, this time to Stetson Allie before recording his next out. After retiring that batter, he gave up a third home run, this one to Keon Broxton, before being lifted from the game. The Curve went right back to work in the 4th, this time against T.J. Chism, scoring another two runs, to make it a 9-1 ballgame. The B-Mets cut into the lead in the 6th on Dustin Lawley's third home run of the year, but Altoona got that run right back in the top of the 7th on a Ngope RBI single. Binghamton was able to scratch out another run in the bottom of the 7th, but right-hander Matt Benedict pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th to prevent the Mets from even sniffing anything close to a comeback. Bloodied but not broken, Binghamton will look to dust themselves off and win tonight. They'll send Eastern League Pitcher of the Week Greg Peavy to the hill, while Altoona will have Dominican left-hander Joely Rodriguez going for them.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (22-16)________________________________________

TAMPA 7, ST. LUCIE 2 (Box)

Down 2-1 in the 9th, the Tampa Yankees stunned St. Lucie, scoring six runs with only one out remaining. Steven Matz started the game and clearly didn't have his best stuff, but was somewhat effective nonetheless. Though he allowed eight runs, two walks, and a hit batsman over five innings, he limited the Yankees to only a single run, a Matt Snyder RBI single. The run tied the game, as St. Lucie scored a run of their own in the 1st on a wild pitch by starter Nick Goody, but it didn't stay tied for long, as St. Lucie scored another run in the 5th, this time on an errant pick-off throw by catcher Wes Wilson. The score stayed 2-1 and it appeared as if St. Lucie would win their fifth game in a row, but the bullpen experience a meltdown that would make the 2007/2008 Mets proud. Beck Wheeler issued three walks and struck out two, loading the bases but opening the play at any base to end the game. After uncorking a wild pitch that tied the game, he gave up a double to Dante Bichette Jr. that scored two runs, a single to Zach Wilson, a double to Matt Snyder that scored another two, and a walk for good measure. Hunter Carnevale was brought in the stop the bleeding, but he didn't fare much better, unleashing a wild pitch of his own to move the runners forward and a single to pinch hitter Trent Garrison that scored one more- if Eudy Pina hadn't thrown out the runner at home, another run would've scored and the inning would've continued. In the bottom of the inning, the Mets got a batter to third, but Brandon Nimmo struck out swinging to end the game and St. Lucie's modest four game winning streak.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (25-11)__________________________________

SAVANNAH 8, CHARLESTON 4 (Box)

Charleston burst out of the box with four runs against Ricky Knapp- the most runs the underrated right-hander has given up all year- but the Sand Gnats rallied late to beat the RiverDogs, splitting the Sally League Subway Series match-up. Knapp allowed four runs on a single and four doubles in the 1st, but settled down and spun four consecutive scoreless innings. He ran into some trouble in the bottom of the 5th, loading up the bases with only one out, but he was able to get out of the jam, recording a strikeout and a groundout. Savannah finally got on the board in the 7th, scratching out five runs. In the 8th, they struck again, plating three more. In both innings, Charleston's lack of fundies came back to bite them, as a fielding error and three wild pitches greatly helped the Sand Gnats. Robert Coles pitched the final two innings plus and allowed only a single base runner, a walk in the bottom of the 9th with two outs during that span, earning his eighth save of the season.

Savannah starts a scheduled three game set against the Greenville Drive tonight, plus they will finish a game that was re-scheduled on April 18th on Thursday. Left-hander Dario Alvarez will be on the mound for the Gnats.

Star of the Night

Logan Verrett deserves it for his strong performance last night. Though his peripherals weren't eye popping, he did toss seven plus innings of scoreless (the runs that were charged to him were inherited runners that a reliever allowed) ball. If the 51s are going to continue dominating like they have, Verrett is going to need to step up and continue pitching like this—and even more so when Noah Syndergaard is promoted.

Goat of the Night

Hansel Robles had a pretty bad night, but Beck Wheeler's meltdown hurt a lot more, given its timing. As such, he's our Goat of the Night.

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