Mets Daily Farm Report, June 18, 2014: Stayin’ Alive

Gutcheck time for St. Lucie - Bryan Green

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

*All results from games played on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (41-31)_______________________________________

NASHVILLE 7, LAS VEGAS 8 (Box)

We had a real thriller over at Cashman Field last night, and it ended on a high note, with the 51s walking off in a 8-7 win. Las Vegas scored four runs in the 1st inning, powered by a Danny Muno solo homer and a Allan Dykstra three-run blast, and it looked like Nashville would be handed their fifth straight game with ease. There is no such thing as ease when the Mets are involved in anything, though. In the top of the 8th, Ryan Reid gave up three runs to tie the game 6-6. The bottom of the 51s' order was unable to get anything done in the bottom of the inning, so into the 9th inning we went with a tie ballgame. Buddy Carlyle was brought in to pitch the inning and promptly gave up a home run to the first batter he faced. He navigated out of the inning, but the 51s were suddenly on the verge of losing what should have been a win. Kirk Nieuwenhuis led off the bottom of the 9th with a single off of Sounds closer Donovan Hand, and Muno moved him over to second with a sacrifice bunt. Travis d'Arnaud came to the plate next, and he hit a come backer to the pitcher that trapped Kirk in a rundown between second and third. He returned to second, and Hand's throw was late- meaning that Kirk kept himself alive and d'Arnaud reached base. Cesar Puello came to the plate next, having been brought in in a defensive substitution in the 8th. He smashed a line drive into center that scored Kirk and tied the game. Josh Satin grounded out, so Brandon Allen was walked intentionally, to load the bases with two outs. Up stepped Cory Vaughn, who slapped a line drive into center to win the whole thing.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (39-31)_____________________________________

RICHMOND 1, BINGHAMTON 5 (Box)

Matthew "Little Lincecum" Bowman pitched like a reasonable facsimile of the former San Francisco ace, firing off six scoreless innings. He had been granted a 1-0 lead, thanks to a Kevin Plawecki sac fly in the 1st, but the fireworks really began in the bottom of the 6th. Brian Burgamy continued his hot hitting, smashing a grand slam, the first one hit by a B-Met in almost a year (Richard Lucas, 7/26/13). Chase Huchingson and Ryan Fraser both threw scoreless, hitless innings of relief in the 7th and 8th. Jack Leathersich allowed a run in the 9th, but it was ultimately meaningless as the Flying Squirrels were unable to do anything with the momentum the run granted them, and Binghamton won their seventh game in their last eight.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (40-29)________________________________________

CHARLOTTE 5, ST. LUCIE 10 (Box)

It was all hands on deck last night. After giving up two runs in the 1st and third in the 2nd, starter Luis Cessa was pulled- skipper Ryan Ellis was not fooling around. The offense seemed to respond to his sense of urgency and importance, scoring two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. After Seth Lugo pitched a scoreless 3rd, the St. Lucie batted around in the bottom of the inning, scoring a total of seven runs. While St. Lucie's three singles, two walks, and two doubles contributed to the inning, the Stone Crabs' lack of fundamentals might have played a larger role- pitcher Blake Snell uncorked two wild pitches, first baseman Patrick Leonard missed a catch, and Leonardo Reginatto misplayed a ball. Most noteworthy, both of Dilson Herrera's hits came in that inning- he singled to start it off, and later hit an RBI double. Lugo gave up a pair of runs in the 7th, but St. Lucie would not be denied, and fended off further attempts by Charlotte to play spoiler.

If St. Lucie lost, it would've been curtains for the their FSL South First Half Championship hopes. But, the better outcome happened, and they won. So, it all comes down to tomorrow: St. Lucie needs to win and Fort Myers needs to lose in order for St. Lucie to win division. St. Lucie will be finishing up their series with Charlotte, while the Miracle will be finishing up against the Bradenton Marauders. For what it's worth, St. Lucie would seem to have the edge: Charlotte is a sub .500 team and the Mets are 5-3 against then for the season, while Bradenton ended their season in third place, and the Miracle are 4-4 against them for the year.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (44-22)__________________________________

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (3-2)__________________________________

HUDSON VALLEY 1, BROOKLYN 5 (Box)

The Cyclones handed Hudson Valley their first loss for the year, with Brooklyn excelling on both the hitting and pitching sides of things. Brooklyn got on the board in the bottom of the 1st, scoring three runs on a Michael Katz triple and a Tomas Nido RBI groundout. They scored another run in the 4th on Joe Tuschak's first home run of the year, and a fifth in the 8th, once more pushed across by Tuschak's bat. All the while, Corey Oswalt was dominating the Renegades. The 7th round pick in the 2012 draft allowed only three hits, all of them singles. With his mom and grandmother in the stands watching him pitch for the very first time, the San Diego native struck out the side twice, in the 3rd and the 6th, accumulating eight strikeouts on the night and did not walk a single batter. Piggyback starter Scarlyn Reyes came in in the top of the 7th and notched an old fashioned save, pitching out the rest of the game.

Star of the Night

The entire St. Lucie team gets the SotN for keeping their First Half Championship hopes alive. It all comes down to tomorrow; we wish them all luck.

Goat of the Night

Goodwill all around, as everybody won and nobody lost. No goats tonight.

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