*All results from games played on Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (55-40)_______________________________________
LAS VEGAS 9, RENO 4 (Box)
- PH Danny Muno: 1-1, R
- SS Matt Reynolds: 1-4, 2 R, K
- 3B Wilmer Flores: 1-4, R, 2 RBI
- LF Brandon Allen: 3-5, 2 R, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, K
- RF Andrew Brown: 0-4
- 1B Josh Satin: 1-4, K
- C Kevin Plawecki: dnp
- OF Cory Vaughn: dnp
- PH Cesar Puello: 0-1
- RHP Tyler Pill: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
- RHP Gonzalez Germen: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K
Double-A - Binghamton Mets (55-37)_____________________________________
PORTLAND 3, BINGHAMTON 13 (Box)
Binghamton beat the Sea Dogs Thursday afternoon to complete the four game sweep of the first place team from Portland. Steven Matz led the way with five strong innings, the first four of which were perfect, before being pulled in the sixth after running into some trouble. After struggling some in his first start at Double-A, Matz has reeled off three straight impressive outings. Travis Taijeron led the way offensive with a double, home run, and four runs batted in. He has quietly raised his 2014 line to around .250/.360/.500, which is very good.
- LF Brandon Nimmo: 1-4, R, BB, K
- 2B Dilson Herrera: 1-4, R, RBI;
- RF Kyle Johnson: 1-3, 2 R, BB
- 1B Brian Burgamy: 1-4, R, 2B, BB, K
- 3B Dustin Lawley: 0-4, R, RBI, 2 K
- CF Darrell Ceciliani: 2-5, 2 R, 3B, 2 RBI, K
- DH Travis Taijeron: 2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, BB, 2 K
- C Xorge Carrillo: 2-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, K
- LHP Steven Matz: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 5
- LHP Jack Leathersich: 1.2, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K; Leathersich's continued presence in Binghamton is a bit of a mystery to me. The walks are high, but not outrageously so, and he hasn't issued multiple walks in an outing since May 3rd. Regardless, it's more than made up for by the ridiculous 16 strikeouts per nine he's posting. I think it's probably time to move him up the ladder.
Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (12-6 / 52-35)_____________________________________
ST. LUCIE 1, BRADENTON 4 (Box)
Six errors doomed St. Lucie and sentenced them to a three game sweep at the hands of Bradenton. The bats struggled as well, with Gavin Cecchini having a noticeably bad game. He went 0-4 with a strikeout and an error, lowering his slash since promotion to .188/.240/.261.
- 2B Phil Evans: 0-4, E (14)
- 2B L.J. Mazzilli: 2-4, RBI
- LF Jared King: 1-4
- 1B Aderlin Rodriguez: 0-4, E (16)
- SS Gavin Cecchini: 0-4, K, E (6)
- 3B Jeff McNeil: 0-3
- RF Eudy Pina: 1-4, 2 K, 2 E (9)
- LHP John Lannan: 4.1 IP, 4 H, R, ER, BB, 0 K; No strikeouts against 20 High-A batters is probably not good.
Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (16-6 / 60-28)__________________________________
AUGUSTA 1, SAVANNAH 4 (Box) Rain shortened
- CF Patrick Biondi: 0-4, K
- CF Champ Stuart: 0-2, R, 2 BB, K; According to Toby Hyde, Champ scored from second on a sac fly.
- SS Yeixon Ruiz: 1-3, R
- 1B Dom Smith: 0-2, RBI
- DH Matt Oberste: 1-2, R
- 3B Cole Frenzel: 3-3, R
- RF Victor Cruzado: 0-3, K
- C Colton Plaia: 1-3, 2 RBI
- RHP Ricky Knapp: 7 IP, 4 H, R, ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (15-12)__________________________________
BROOKLYN 1, STATE COLLEGE 4 (Box)
- SS Amed Rosario: 0-3, BB, 2 K
- 3B Jhoan Urena: 0-4, K
- LF Michael Katz: 0-3, 2 K
- RF Michael Bernal: 0-3, 2 K
- C Tyler Moore: 1-3, R, 3B, K; Very odd to have a catcher who moonlights as a second baseman.
- DH Tomas Nido:1-3, RBI
- CF Joe Tuschak: 0-4, K
- RHP Casey Meisner: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K; That's 24 strikeouts, 10 walks, and a 5.30 ERA in 23.1 innings thus far.
Rookie - Kingsport Mets (9-12)__________________________________
KINGSPORT 2, ELIZABETHTON 4 (Box)
I must say, I'm a bit skeptical about the MiLB data we're getting from Kingsport. I could have swore this game was 6-4 entering the ninth, and then when it was completed the score dropped to 4-2. This made me question how we actually receive the data from these obscure, low minors games. Presumably, there is someone under the employ of MiLB feeding the data to MiLB.com. I can only imagine how that person copes with a full season of rookie ball.
- SS Luis Guillorme: 1-4, 2 K; He's hitting and getting on base, which is encouraging.
- LF Oswald Caraballo: 1-3, R, BB, 2 K
- 3B Eudor Garcia: dnp
- C Luis Ortega: 1-4
- 3B Pedro Perez: 1-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, K
- CF Ivan Wilson: 0-3, 2 K
- OF Wuilmer Becerra: dnp
- LF Vicente Lupo: 1-3, 2B, 2 K
- LHP Yoan Gonzalez: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, K
Rookie - GCL Mets (9-8)__________________________________
GCL NATIONALS 7, GCL METS 5 (Box) 12 innings
- CF John Mora: 1-4, 3B, RBI, BB, 2 K
- RF Enmanuel Zabala: 1-4, R, 2 BB, K
- PR-1B Dale Burdick: 0-1
- 1B Dash Winningham: 2-4, R, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, BB
- 2B Alfredo Reyes: 1-6, R, 3 K
- DH Darryl Knight: 0-4, BB, K
- PH-3B Alvin Maracaro: 0-3
- SS Milton Ramos: 2-5, 2B, 3B, RBI; Nice to see some pop from Ramos.
- LF Arnaldo Berrios: 1-4, R, 2B, BB, K
- LHP Jose Medina: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
- RHP Tyler Badamo: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K; I'm glad Badamo pitched today because it gives me an opportunity to link this article his agent wrote at Baseball Prospectus. I wasn't sure where it was going but it eventually turned into a description of life in the GCL, which does not sound pleasant. These guys are dropped into St. Lucie, paid peanuts, and are just grinding things out day after day. It sounds grueling and lonely. One positive takeaway is that it sounds like Badamo could be a legit arm, supposedly ratcheting it up to 94 or 95 at times. He's definitely someone to keep an eye on.
GCL NATIONALS 6, GCL METS 4 (Box)
Star of the Night
Goat of the Night
Gavin Cecchini. Honorable mention to Wally Backman for his continued refusal to play Puello everyday.