Mets Daily Farm Report, May 22, 2014: I’m a loser, baby, so why don’t you sweep me?

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 Wednesday, May 21th, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (32-14)_______________________________________

LAS VEGAS 4, FRESNO 5 (Box)

Noah Syndergaard got the start, and while the results were so-so, the Vegas offense was good enough to get him off the hook. Omar Quintanilla got the scoring going with a solo home run, his second, in the 2nd, but Syndergaard gave that run back and then some in the bottom of the inning. Gary Brown and Joe Panik went back-to-back for their third home runs, the former a solo shot and the latter a two-run blast. The 51s came right back in the 4th and put up a three spot of their own, powered by a Taylor Teagarden sac fly and Kirk Nieuwenhuis' fourth home run of the season, a two run shot. The 51s held that 4-3 lead for the next couple of inning, until the 8th, when Travis Ishikawa swatted a two run blast off of Miguel Socolovich. The 51s had nothing in response, and dropped their second game in this four game set.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (24-20)_____________________________________

GAME ONE

BINGHAMTON 1, PORTLAND 5 / 7 (Box)

Brian Burgamy was placed on the DL, opening up a roster spot on the B-Mets, one that starter Luis Cessa took to start the first game of Binghamton's doubleheader against the Sea Dogs. His AA debut...could have gone better. Given a 1-0 lead before he ever even stepped on the mound, Cessa immediately gave that lead back, and then some. After hitting his very first batter, and giving up a single, third baseman Stefan Welch cracked his second home run of the season over the right field wall to give Portland a 3-1 lead. He worked around a runners on the corners situation in the 2nd, but let the Sea Dogs plate another run in the 3rd when first baseman Travis Shaw hit a solo homer to lead off the inning. After letting a fifth run score in the 4th, and uncorking a wild pitch to advance centerfielder Mookie Betts to third and put runners on the corners, he was removed from the game. Hamilton Bennett replaced him, and tossed two plus scoreless innings, but the deep hole that Cessa put the team in, coupled with Portland starter Keith Couch handcuffing offense, doomed the B-Mets.

GAME TWO

BINGHAMTON 5, PORTLAND 6 / 7 (Box)

This game was a make-up from a postponed game on April 15th. Before the game, Luis Cessa was transferred back to St. Lucie, and infielder Rylan Sandoval was transferred from Las Vegas to Binghamton to fill in the roster spot.

The B-Mets jumped out to a commanding lead early on, but starter Matt Bowman fell apart in the 5th inning, giving the Sea Dogs the ability to come back and stun Binghamton, winning the game, sweeping the doubleheader, and sweeping the four game series. Binghamton scratched out a run in the 1st, and plated four more in the 2nd, but even a five run lead wasn't safe. Bowman allowed the first Sea Dog run in the 3rd on two consecutive doubles, but limited the damage to just that run. In the 5th, he loaded up the bases and Portland made him pay. Stefan Welch got things started with a single that plated two runs. After loading up the bases, Chase Bradford was brought in to get the final out, but he gave up a few more runs before doing so. Michael Brenly and Peter Hissey both singled, driving in two runs apiece. Given that it was a shortened game, Binghamton had little wiggle room to navigate out of the one run deficit they found themselves in.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (27-19)________________________________________

CLEARWATER 2, ST. LUCIE 5 (Box)

Domingo Tapia threw four innings of one hit, one run ball, doing his usual 1:1 BB:K thing. Still, it was an improvement from his last start. The two teams traded runs early, but St. Lucie broke out in the 5th, scoring three runs and the lead that they would not relinquish. Dilson Herrera was in the middle of things the entire morning, sparking the offense in that 5th inning with a ground rule double that started the rally, and with a solo home run in the 7th.

The victory was St. Lucie's fifth win in their last six games.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (30-14)__________________________________

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

Star of the Night

Dilson Herrera was a triple away from a cycle. Mind you, the triple is the hardest part of the cycle, and plenty of batters miss that part of the combination, but his performance deserves to be commended.

Goat of the Night

Luis Cessa was pretty bad, but I don't care: Wally Backman is the Goat of the Night, and will continue to be as long as Cesar Puello is benched in favor Kirk Nieuwenhuis- and I don't care if he homered tonight. I get that he is the manager not the GM, and prospect maturation isn't his first priority, but even if he is playing to win, with absolutely no other concerns, playing Kirk over Puello still doesn't make much sense- his .235/.301/.400, 0/2 SB line isn't much better than Puello's .254/.323/.331, 4/5 SB line.

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