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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report- 7/2/11: Kingsport goes Krazy

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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 7/2

*All results from games played on Friday, July 1st 2011

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (36-47)_______________________________________


RHP Chris Schwinden continued his breakout year, shutting down the Iron Pigs over seven innings of work. He only allowed four hits, and ably pitched out of his one jam in the fifth inning. The Buffalo offense couldn't provide him any support, though, only managing five hits of their own, two by LF Nick Evans who was not going to let his hitless streak stretch nearly as far as his hit streak. It got turned over to the bullpens at 0-0, but the Bisons pen couldn't match the Iron Pigs, as two errant pickoff throws in the ninth led to two runs off LHP Mike O'Connor and RHP Ryota Igarashi. Schwinden had to settle for a no-decision, but will be representing Buffalo in the International League all-star game, a well-deserved honor

  • LF Nick Evans: 2-3, BB (.327/.376/.495); We're going streaking!
  • 3B Michael Fisher: 1-4, K (.275/.339/.421); After a hot start in AAA, down to .272/.345/.386.
  • RHP Chris Schwinden: 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 8 K (5-3, 90.2, 2.78, 75 K, 30 BB, 67 H, 6 HR) ; Heck of a start. Since the small bump in the road at the end of May, has been lights out again. Last four outings: 25.2 IP, 17 H, 5 ER, 6 BB, 25 K

AA - Binghamton Mets (29-50)_____________________________________


RHP Matt Harvey's second AA start was markedly better than his first. 13 of his 15 recorded outs were by groundball or strikeout. Bingo jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when DH Salomon Manriquez doubled home CF Matt Den Dekker and 2B Jordany Valdespin in the bottom of the first. Harvey gave the runs right back on back to back doubles in the top of the 2nd. Harvey settled down after that and would only give up two hits over the rest of his evening. Valdespin singled in a run to give Bingo the lead and put Harvey in line for the win, but as has been the story of the season, the bullpen couldn't hold the line. We went to the bottom of the ninth knotted at 3, but a lead off single by C Jean Luc Blaquiere (Canada Day!)  and a pinch hit double by Raul Reyes sent everyone home happy.

  • 2B Reese Havens: DL'd (.250/.333/.405)
  • 3B Josh Satin: 1-4, 2 K (.315/.411/.513)
  • RF Eric Campbell: 1-3, K (.195/.305/.297)
  • CF Matt Den Dekker: 1-2, R, BB, HBP (.280/.348/.463); Hit on the arm, but stayed in the game.
  • 1B Allan Dykstra: 0-4, K (.264/.392/.428)
  • 2B Jordany Valdespin: 2-4, R, RBI (.287/.336/.448); In June, batted .330 and slugged .540.
  • RHP Matt Harvey: 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K (8-3, 85.2 IP, 2.73, 101 K, 27 BB, 81 H, 5 HR); That's more like it.
  • RHP Josh Stinson: W, 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K (5-8, 78.2 IP, 6.86, 45 K, 38 BB, 94 H, 7 HR)

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (35-32)________________________________________

St. Lucie and Fort Myers only got through one inning before the rains came.


Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (8-1)__________________________________


The Sand Gnats won their seventh in a row and continued their year long dominance of the GreenJackets. Savannah is now 10-2 against Augusta on the year. Savannah strung together some singles in the 2nd inning, and helped out by an error, took an early 2-0 lead. Augusta scratched out unearned runs in the fourth and the sixth to tie it up, but a seventh inning RBI single off the bat of 2B Wilfredo Tovar would be the final bit of scoring, as Savannah once again conjured up some late inning offense to notch a win.

  • CF Darrell Ceciliani: 1-3, BB (.241/.342/.360)
  • 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: DNP (.221/.270/.364)
  • 2B Wilfredo Tovar: 1-4, RBI (.232/.287/.283)
  • DH Blake Forsythe: 0-3 (.213/.303/.340); Neither catcher has been good this year, but at least Forsythe has shown some secondary skills.
  • C Albert Cordero: 1-4, R (.232/.260/.298)
  • RHP Taylor Whitenton: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER (1 unearned) 4 BB, 3 K (4-1, 67.2 IP, 2.79, 76 K, 33 BB, 46 H, 4 HR); Control has been an issue at times this year for him. This was another of those games.

Short Season A- Brooklyn Cyclones (10-5)_______________________________________


The Cyclones continued their whirlwind run of success (sorry, it's late), winning the rubber game of their series with the Renegades. Five Brooklyn pitchers combined to hold Hudson to a single run on seven hits while a first inning explosion of sacrifice bunts led to two Brooklyn runs. That is all they really needed, but RF Javier Rodriguez added a fifth inning RBI double for good measure. Brooklyn starts a four game series with division leading Staten Island tomorrow.

Applachian League (R)- Kingsport Mets (5-6)_______________________________________

Chaos and confusion. Dogs and cats living together. What a bizarre game. The teams combined for 25 runs, 26 hits, 9 errors, and 20 strikeouts. Kingsport blew a 10-2 lead in one inning, then scored five runs their very next time at-bat. Elizabethton's 8 run sixth was particularly nuts. Elizabethon sent 12 men to the plate. There were three Kingsport errors including one on what I imagine has to be a botched rundown. Elizabethton scored half their runs with two outs. And it all didn't matter in the end, because Kingsport promptly put up a five spot in the top of the seventh. This was thanks in part, of course, to two Elizabethton errors. CF Dustin Lawley went  a respectable 1-3, but drove in five RBIs, thanks to two sacrifice flies and a bases clearing double. He showed an efficiency that was lacking elsewhere in this game.

Gulf Coast League (R)- GCL Mets (4-3)_______________________________________

The GCL Mets were off yesterday. Fortunately, the Kingsport game had enough runs for two rookie games, so you don't feel cheated. They'll pick back up tomorrow against the GCL Astros.

 Star of the Night 

RHP Chris Schwinden pitched more than well enough to win, and more than well enough to be your Star of the Night. He hasn't done anything particularly well this year, except not give up a lot of hits on balls in play, and that is mostly luck. But if you look at his minor league track record, it's pretty solid. I don't know what to think about him at this point. It seems we won't know if he is a potential 4/5 or a AAAA guy until we see him against major league hitting.

Goat of the Night

RHP Ryota Igarashi has been pretty good at AAA this year, but when he came in with a man on first and no out, he made things much, much worse. The error on the pickoff certainly didn't help.