Mets Daily Farm Report, May 18, 2014: Eveland cages Chihuahuas, Sand Gnats bug River Dogs but have no bite

Dilson Herrera - Chris McShane

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

*All results from games played on Saturday, May 17, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51s (31–11)______________________________________

LAS VEGAS 6, EL PASO 4 (Box)

The 51s came out firing against the Chihuahuas and Juan Pablo Oramas on Saturday, scoring five runs in their first three innings, topped off by a three-run top of the third that included a Xorge Carrillo double and a Brandon Allen home run. Dana Eveland thew a dominant six innings, striking out ten and walking one, but he did allow four unearned runs due in part to two defensive errors committed in the bottom of the second. Eveland earned his third win in the effort and Vic Black pitched a perfect ninth to notch his sixth save. Las Vegas will  be looking to sweep El Paso today at 3:05 EDT when Logan Verrett takes the mound.

  • CF-LF Cesar Puello: 2–3, 2 R, K, 2 SB (4)
  • 2B Josh Satin: 1–4, RBI, BB, 2 K, E (1)
  • 1B Allan Dykstra: 1–3, RBI, 2 BB
  • RF Andrew Brown: 0–5, 2 K
  • 3B Zach Lutz: 1–3, 2B, R, 2 BB
  • C Xorge Carrillo: 2–5, 2B, RBI, 2 R
  • LF-1B Brandon Allen: 2–5, HR (3), RBI, R, 2 K
  • SS Daniel Muno: 1–4, BB, E (6)
  • LHP Dana Eveland: 6 IP, 4 R (2 ER), 6 H, 1 BB, 10 K, HR
  • RHP Buddy Carlyle: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Zack Thornton: 1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Vic Black: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (22–16)______________________________________

BINGHAMTON 6, NEW HAMPSHIRE 5 (Box)

Rainy Lara threw a strong six innings against the Fisher Cats on Saturday before breaking in the seventh, but the B-Mets bullpen stanched the bleeding and held on for the win. Binghamton kicked off the scoring in the top of the third when Travis Taijeron led off with a double. Wilfredo Tovar knocked Taijeron in with a single and then scooted home himself following a wild pitch and a Brian Burgamy single. A little later, Kevin Plawecki finished the scoring by driving home Burgamy on a stiff single to right field.

The B-Mets managed to score three more, including two in the top of the seventh on a couple of Fisher Cat defensive miscues. Lara struck out seven and walked none in his 6⅓ innings of work, and had allowed only two runs when he hit a wall in the bottom of the seventh. Three of the first four Fisher Cats reached on a couple of singles and a double. With one run already in the books, John Church relieved Lara and allowed two more of his (Lara's) runners to score. But at 6–5, the bullpen held on for the final two innings and Lara earned his fourth win. Cody Satterwhite closed it out and netted his first save of the season.

The B-Mets are going for the sweep this afternoon up two games to none.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (24–18)______________________________________

ST. LUCIE 6, LAKELAND 3 (Box)

Matthew Koch and Randy Fontanez combined to hold the Flying Tigers to three runs on Saturday. The game was deadlocked at 2–2 before St. Lucie exploded for four runs in the top of the eighth. The bases were loaded with one out after Malkis De La Cruz reached on an error, Dilson Herrera doubled, and Brandon Nimmo was given an intentional pass. T.J. Rivera singled in De La Cruz to keep the bases loaded and then Jairo Perez took a walk to bring in Herrera. Another single and a sac fly later, and the Mets found themselves firmly in control 6–2. Koch moves to a perfect 5–0 on the season with the win. With two more to play, the Mets are up 2–0 and will send Gabriel Ynoa to the mound today to get them one step closer to the series sweep.

  • 2B Dilson Herrera: 3–5, 2B, 2 R, SB (10), CS
  • CF Brandon Nimmo: 0–2, R, 2 BB, K
  • 1B T.J. Rivera: 1–4, RBI, R, K
  • 3B Jairo Perez: 1–3, 2 RBI, BB
  • Cam Maron: 3–4, RBI, K, SB (1)
  • RF Gilbert Gomez: 0–3, RBI, 2 K
  • SS Phillip Evans: 1–4,
  • DH Eudy Pina: 0–4, K
  • LF Maikis De La Cruz: 1–4, 2 R, 2 K
  • RHP Matthew Koch: 7.1 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 0 K, HR
  • RHP Randy Fontanez: 1.2 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (28–13)______________________________________

CHARLESTON 3, SAVANNAH 1 (Box)

The Sand Gnats recorded the only loss on the Mets farm on Saturday. There was plenty of action, as Savannah racked up 12 hits on the day, but only one went for extra bases. It was a group effort on the mound for Savannah. Gavin Cecchini made a costly error in the first which led to two unearned runs. The River Dogs only scored one more, but with Savannah's untimely hitting, it was enough. Robert Gsellman took the loss to move his record to 2–3. The two teams will square off today at 2:05 EDT for game two of their four-game set. Chris Flexen will get the start for the Sand Gnats.

Star of the Night
While it's not an exciting pick seeing that it's Dana Eveland, it's hard to ignore ten strikeouts and one walk in just 6⅓ innings of work. So I'll give it to Eveland. But, hey! Dilson Herrera had a pretty good day too.

Goat of the Night
With his costly error in the top of the first that allowed two runs to score, Gavin Cecchini is the goat. Had he taken care of the ball in the inning, who knows? Maybe the Mets farm would have swept the day.
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