*All results from games played on Thursday, May 29th, 2014
Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (34-20)_______________________________________
LAS VEGAS 4, El PASO 7 (Box)
Cesar Puello got the start but was double switched out in the sixth to serve the greater good of winning triple-A baseball games. I don't give much credence to Rubin's report the other day because a "team insider" could literally be the Vegas bat boy, but it would be nice for this organization to take a more supportive position with regard to Puello. Part of me can't help but feel like this is PED shaming.
As for the game, the 51's could not survive John Church's 2014 triple-a debut in which he allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in a single inning of work. The home runs from Andrew Brown, Josh Satin, and Danny Muno weren't enough, and Vegas fell to El Paso 7-4.
- PH Danny Muno: 1-1, R, HR, RBI
- 2B Josh Satin: 2-5, R, HR, 2 RBI
- RF Andrew Brown: 2-3, R, HR, RBI, 2 BB, K
- 1B Allan Dykstra: 1-4, 2 K
- 3B Zach Lutz: 1-4, K
- LF-CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1-4, K
- LF Brandon Allen: 0-2, K
- CF Cesar Puello: 0-3
- RHP Joel Carreno: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
Double-A - Binghamton Mets (30-22)_____________________________________
NEW HAMPSHIRE 2, BINGHAMTON 7 (Box)
- CF Darrell Ceciliani: 1-2, 2 R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, K
- 2B Brian Burgamy: 3-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI
- 3B Nelfi Zapata: 1-3, R, K
- IF Matt Reynolds: dnp; according to Lynn Worthy, Reynolds is having an issue with his back and was scheduled to get an MRI. Hopefully nothing serious.
- C Kevin Plawecki: 1-4, R, K; Plawecki's walk rate is 4.3%. I feel like it would be difficult to have lower walk rate, especially in double-A. It's the seventh worst walk rate among qualified hitters in the Eastern League. Just throwing a little cold water on his hot streak.
- DH Jayce Boyd: 1-4
- LF Cory Vaughn: 1-4; hitting .182/.259/.267
- SS Rylan Sandoval: 0-3, BB
- RF Travis Taijeron: 1-4, 2B, RBI; .221/.331/.423 isn't terrible. Much better than I thought, actually. Not bad for an 18th round draft pick.
- IF Wilfredo Tovar: dnp; again according to Lynn Worthy, Tovar was in New York getting his hand checked out. This is why you had Burgamy and Sandoval manning the middle of the diamond.
- RHP Hansel Robles: 6.2 IP, 6 H, R, ER, 2 BB, 5 K; Remember when Robles was on the 40-man? That was weird.
Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (31-22)________________________________________
BREVARD COUNTY 9, ST LUCIE 1 (Box)
A solid start by Luis Cessa was wasted when Seth Lugo got knocked around the ballpark, allowing seven runs on seven hits in one and a third innings to blow the game open. The offense was equally inept, managing just one run while striking out eight times. Leading the way in the strikeouts department was Brandon Nimmo, who struck out three times in four plate appearances.
- 2B Dilson Herrera: 0-4, 2 K
- CF Brandon Nimmo: 0-4, 3 K;
- DH Gilbert Gomez: 0-4, K
- 1B Jairo Perez: 3-4
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-4, K
- RF Eudy Pina: 1-4
- SS Phil Evans: 1-3, R, HR, RBI
- LF Maikis De La Cruz: 1-3, 2B
- RHP Luis Cessa: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (35-15)__________________________________
ROME 2, SAVANNAH 3 (Box) /12
LJ Mazzilli singled in Patrick Biondi in the bottom of the 12th to mercifully end this one and give the Sand Gnats the victory. The win is nice and all, but the story of this game was highly touted prospect, Amed Rosario, who made his season debut. It did not go well. In fact, short of injuring himself, it couldn't have gone worse. Five strikeouts in five at-bats is as bad as it gets. I'm certainly not going to jump to any conclusions after one game, but suffice it to say that there's a big difference between extended spring and full-season ball.
- DH Gavin Cecchini: 2-4, R, 2B, BB
- 3B Jeff McNeil: 4-5, R, 2 2B, RBI, BB
- 2B LJ Mazzilli: 3-5, RBI, BB, K
- 1B Dom Smith: 0-5, 2 K
- SS Amed Rosario: 0-5, 5 K
- RHP Ricky Knapp: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 6 K
Star of the Night
Let's go with Jeff McNeil and his four hits and a walk.
Goat of the Night
This was Brandon Nimmo's to lose, but then Rosario struck out again and again in his fourth and fifth at-bats and made this an easy choice.