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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report- 7/29/11: Matt Harvey throws down the gauntlet

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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 7/29

*All results from games played on Thursday, July 28th 2011

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (43-63)_________________


LHP Mark Cohoon continued to pitch sort of okay but not really that great, but a Valentino Pascucci solo shot in the sixth tied the game up at 3, holding out the hope of possible late inning heroics. Which is what happened, but not for the good guys. Scranton put up a three spot in the eighth off reliever Brian Sweeney. Bisons killer Jorge Vazquez broke the tie with a leadoff home run, and the Yanks added two more on an RBI single and a sac fly. In good, if totally expected, news 3B Josh Satin went 3-4.

AA - Binghamton Mets (42-64)_____________________________________


Binghamton played into the wee hours of the morning, just to lose a heartbreaker in extra frames. After a nearly two hour rain delay, we got underway and RHP Matt Harvey did his best to hurry things along, throwing a dominant 7 innings against the Senators. Unfotunately, outside of a solo home run by LF Juan Lagares, the Bingo offense was downright anemic, only managing four other hits in their fourteen times at bat. They only had three at bats with RISP and went 0-3. The pen did an admirable job, but finally ran out of gas in the bottom of the fourteenth.

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (19-14 // 57-46)________________________________________


The legendary pitching tandem of LHP Johan Santana and RHP Greg Peavey shut down Daytona, as the High A Cubs never even got out of pit row. The rest of the Mets were rather uninspiring, committing three errors and not managing much offense themselves. CF Cesar Puello continued his strong July, going 2-3 with a triple. 

  • RF Cory Vaughn: 1-3, R, CS
  • 3B Jefry Marte:  0-4, 2 E (22); Still got a ways to go to catch Rodriguez.
  • SS Wilmer Flores: 0-4, K
  • CF Cesar Puello: 2-3, 3B, R, RBI, K, SB (14); .545 SLG in July. So there's that. There is also a 26:2 K:BB ratio this month, though.
  • 2B Robbie Shields: 1-3, R, K
  • Francisco Pena: 1-3, RBI, 2 K
  • RHP Gregory Peavey: W, 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 8:4 GO:FO; His St. Lucie stint has been quite the roller coaster so far.
REHAB ALERT: LHP Johan Santana made his first appearance in a real game since September 2nd of last year. He pitched three innings, giving up two hits and striking out three. He also hit a batter, who probably won't wash that bruise for a week. 

WHEELER ALERT: The Zack Attack  thinks he will be making his first start in St. Lucie Monday. 


Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (21-12 // 60-42)__________________________________


A poor start from RHP Yohan Almonte in this one doomed the Sand Gnats' chances at extending their lead in the SAL South Division. Savannah did their best to mount a comeback, but a rally killing two-run homer in the ninth by 1B Joe Bonfe ended those hopes. Stupid rally killers.

Short Season A- Brooklyn Cyclones (22-17)_______________________________________


A pitcher's duel at Coney, as the two staffs combined for 19 strikeouts and a mere ten hits allowed. CF Travis Taijeron made his one hit count, though, as it was of the walk-off home run variety. 2011 draftee RHP Randy Fontanez continues to pitch well in his professional debut, and the Cyclones pen combined for 4 1/3 scoreless to set up the dramatic finish. Fun fact: This was only the sixth walk-off home run in Brooklyn's history.

Applachian League (R)- Kingsport Mets (0-1)_______________________________________

Despite outhitting Greenville 12-8, the Appy Mets eight game win streak came to an end. LHP Juan Urbina has 12 Ks against only 2 BBs in his last two starts, but he has also given up 5 home runs this year in under 30 IP. 

Gulf Coast League (R)- GCL Mets (17-15)_______________________________________


The GCL Mets were outhit 11-2 in this one. So at least they kept it respectable?
REHAB ALERT: In the less exciting rehab appearance of the night, LHP Roy Merritt tossed an inning with a hit and a K. 

 Star of the Night 

RHP Matt Harvey likely has a few more mediocre starts in AA in his future. He will also have plenty of starts like last night's. No need to overreact to either variety, but this was clearly a Star of the Night performance from our top prospect.

Goat of the Night

RHP Yohan Almonte's crooked looking line earns the horns tonight.