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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report- 7/7/11: Not a Banner Night

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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 7/7

*All results from games played on Wednesday June 6th 2011

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For those keeping score, the S.O.T.N. contest was won by user Marty0111 as he correctly selected Matt den Dekker on Tuesday night. Pretty impressive guess considering the slump den Dekker's been in since the promotion. And so as a result he won the authentic St. Lucie First Half Champions t-shirt. Congrats Marty and to everyone else, keep your eyes open for the next minor league giveaway!

AAA - Buffalo Bisons (38-50)_______________________________________


RHP Chris Schwinden didn't pitch great, but he limited the damage and let the Bisons bats carry them to victory last night. LF Nick Evans continues to rack up multi-hit games, and 1B Zach Lutz has picked up right where he left off. All in all, Buffalo compiled 14 hits while holding Bisons killer Jorge Vazquez to an ineffectual 0-3.

ROSTER MOVES: IF/OF Jon Malo heads back to Binghamton along with RHP John Lujan.

UPDATED: (8:37 AM) Nick Evans is on a plane to Los Angeles, possibly to replace a DL'd Reyes.

AA - Binghamton Mets (30-55)_____________________________________


The biggest jump in difficulty for a minor leaguer is from Hi-A to AA, and RHP Matt Harvey is finding that out. In arguably his worst start as a professional, Harvey lasted only 3 innings, and was tagged for seven earned runs, including two home runs off the bat of Portland slugger Reynaldo Rodriguez. Harvey did strike out five against only one walk, but also hit a batter and threw a wild pitch. The one nice thing you could say about the game is it was short, as storms caused it to be called after six innings. Binghamton did still manage to work a full games worth of 10 strikeouts in there, though.

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (7-5 // 45-37)________________________________________

FORT MYERS 3, ST. LUCIE 2 (11) (Box)

St. Lucie let one get away from them last night against the Miracle. Despite outhitting Fort Myers 11-7, the Mets left 10 men on base and committed four errors. RHP Greg Peavey pitched a strong, though not dominant, seven, but two errors in the eighth by 3B Jefry Marte allowed Fort Myers to tie the game at 2. We went to extras down at Digital Domain Stadium where two more errors and a wild pitch let in the go ahead run in the top of the 11th, despite the Miracle not even managing a hit in the inning. St. Lucie managed to get RF Cory Vaughn to 2nd with one out in the bottom of the 11th, but that is where he would remain as the final two outs were recorded.

DOCK DOYLE WATCH: The MVP of the Mets Minors All-Name team DH'd and went 2-4 with an RBI. He has driven in 5 in his last 3 games. He is hitting .333/.391/.476 in 21 AB this year.

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (12-2 // 51-32)__________________________________


Another sloppy game in Savannah, as the Sand Gnats matched St. Lucie's 4 errors, including 3 by iron-gloved 3B Aderlin Rodriguez. Still, Savannah looked to be in pretty good shape to win their 12th straight, backed by RHP Taylor Whitenton's fine work. The Gnats took an early 3-0 lead with some aggressive baserunning and helped out by two Braves wild pitches, but only managed to put two runners on base after the third inning. Rome cut it to 3-1 with a solo shot in the sixth, and then touched up RHP Luis Rojas for two runs in the seventh and two in the eighth. The Gnats had no answer, and their franchise best win streak was snapped at 11.

Short Season A- Brooklyn Cyclones (10-8)_______________________________________


Brooklyn continues to scuffle, coming off a series loss to first place Staten Island where they should have won all four games. The Cyclones bats went a quiet 2-10 with RISP, and 2011 28th round pick RHP Randy Fontanez put 7 baserunners on, tossed a wild pitch and committed an error on a pickoff in just 1 1/3 innings of work. One bright spot for the Cyclones has been the impressive performance of small college CF Travis Taijeron. He reached base in all four plate appearances and rapped out two doubles on the evening.

Applachian League (R)- Kingsport Mets (7-9)_______________________________________

Oof, not much to report here. LHP Brian Valenzuela got knocked around to the tune of 8 runs in 3 innings, digging the Kingsport a hole they weren't going to climb out of. The K-Mets managed to push across three runs in the seventh, helped out by an error on Twins top prospect Miguel Sano, but that would be it for their offense on the night.

Gulf Coast League (R)- GCL Mets (8-4)_______________________________________

The GCL Mets were off yesterday. They pick back up today at noon against the GCL Astros.

Star of the Night

On a night when the affiliates went 1-5, there isn't a lot of great performances to single out, so we'll split the baby between RHPs Taylor Whitenton and Greg Peavey. Both pitched well enough to win, only to have their defense and bullpens let them down. Both are also having very nice campaigns this year, Whitenton has been clocked well into the 90s this year, and, if he sharpens up his control, could be an interesting, fast moving arm out of the pen. Peavey has seen his peripherals flag some at St. Lucie, but he continues to get the job done and keep the ball on the ground.

Goat of the Night

Conversely there are plenty to choose from here, but I said before that if you make three errors, you are going down here, so 3B Aderlin Rodriguez wears the horns. Any other night, though, and SS/2B Jordany Valdespin would be sitting in this ignominious spot.