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Mets Daily Farm System Report 7/26: Valdespin hits, Wilmer Errs, Taijeron Slams

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*All results from games played on Monday, July 25th, 2011

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (43-60)_______________________________________

PAWTUCKET 7, BUFFALO  8 (Box): I lobby that Eric Simon steal Miguel Batista's subtitle for the next Amazin' Avenue Annual. The 40-year-old SP and author of The Avenger of Blood: A Plot Where Real Facts and Evidences Face Faith, faced Red Sox hitting last night and did well for an old guy, fanning nine. Miguel handed the ball to RP Gustavo Chacin with a reasonably comfortable 5-2 lead that was before long shot to hell in a four-run eighth, the big blow coming from a 3-run blast. That tied the game, but Herd CF Fernando Perez struck back by lining a triple into the right field corner and eventually counting for the 1-run lead. It held.

AA - Binghamton Mets (42-61)_____________________________________

PORTLAND 2, BINGHAMTON 13 (Box) The B-Mets jabbed at them early with a right hand of Raul Reyes and a left hand of Allan Dykstra, and it was a two-to-nothing ballgame through three. By the sixth, though, Portland had chased right back against southpaw Robert Carson with a rally that, considering a bases loaded predicament, might have been worse. But the Mets had something of their own. A six-run bottom of the sixth boasted homers by Maldonado and Valdespin as the best parts of a run through the order. In the seventh inning Maldonado once again led-off a big campaign, this time with a triple that gave way to a Reyes homer and, a bit later, a Valdespin double. Huge game for Jordany and the big-swinging Binghamton bats.

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (17-13)________________________________________

DAYTONA 5, ST. LUCIE 3 (Box) SP Scott Moviel's eleven hits allowed through six innings isn't pretty, but still he might have escaped with just two runs allowed were it not for the bum leather. Wilmer booted it twice, and Scott himself dropped a pop-up on the way to notching three unearned runs. The most that can be said of the Mets' offense is they battled back from a five-zip hole, gathering three runs on a solo shot and sundry mid-game hits. But the gap was left unclosed as RP Josh Edgin pitched his typically scoreless inning on route to the game's disappointing end.


Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (20-11)__________________________________

LEXINGTON 4, SAVANNNAH 5 (Box): Early on it was Lexington all the way, as the "Legends" worked around nine strikeouts to plate five runners through five, and it might have been worse without the always bad-ass 5-2-3 double play. But the Gnats, having rammed a couple home around a Blake Forsythe double, leapt to life in the sixth on a timely two-run single jolted by hero DH Albert Cordero. That tied it. Then, with tempers high, the "Legend" at first base dropped his feeder throw from the third baseman and blew the game! The Gnats held tight to their one-run lead for their fifth consecutive victory.

Short Season A- Brooklyn Cyclones (21-16)_______________________________________

BROOKLYN 9, STATE COLLEGE 5 (Box) The game was a hard knot when Travis Taijeron strode to the plate in top of the ninth. He not only feared the loss of a bravely fought four-to-four contest, he feared for his bodily integrity -- two of the three runners aboard had been plunked. He dreaded, too, that sinking feeling of deja vu, for in the seventh and again in the eighth the 'Clones had loaded the bases only to walk away runless and shamed. Not this time. Travis took a mighty cut and treated his fans to the greatest of offensive feats, the Grand Slam Home Run. And that was just one of Taijeron's three hits in a contest that saw secondary heroics from RF Charley Thurber and closely-watched SS Danny Muno. Hit the books, State College.

Applachian League (R)- Kingsport Mets (15-18)_______________________________________

Gulf Coast League (R)- GCL Mets (16-13)_______________________________________


 Beaming Star of the Night 

The two pole stars are Binghamton SS Jordany Valdespin and an up-and-comer in Brooklyn, CF Travis Taijeron. The 23-year-old middle infielder has certainly lifted his stock with farm watchers, boasting a line of .308/.354/.513 that wallops his poor introduction to AA last year and even outshines his promising A+ first-half. In God's own borough of Brooklyn, Travis Tajeron (pronounced "Tyrone") has simply been awesome. The twenty-two year old had sixteen blasts his excellent senior year at Cal Poly Pomona and may yet club his way through the low minors -- he's already stung 5 long-goners and sports a beefy line of .286/.403/.551. 

Stinking Goat of the Night

Port St. Lucie were the only losers last night though it's tough to pin the blame. The oft-maligned glove of Wilmer Flores spit back a couple of served-up ground balls; that's almost always costly, and no exception here. But I can't remember the last time a position player was a goat without an 0-fer, especially if he took a body-ball for the team, as Wilmer did last night. So my sights shift to Cesar Puello, who went 0-4 with 2 Ks, and has still not adjusted to A+ pitching though, at 20, he remains a young man. The center fielder is hitting just .240/.295/.367 with just 13 BBs to his 83Ks in 89 games.