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Mets Daily Farm System Report 4/23 -- Familia & Schwinden Strong, Thriller in St. Lucie

Danny Muno with host of SNY's "Beer Money!"
Danny Muno with host of SNY's "Beer Money!"

*All results from games played on April 22nd, 2012

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (9-9)_______________________________________

Game One, 7 innings: BUFFALO 6, SYRACUSE 1 (Box)

The news you wanted: Familia threw his best innings of the year. The righty still labored a bit, offering 93 pitches in just 5 innings, 56 of which were strikes, but you'll accept that with 8 strikeouts and only a solo shot registering on the board. Meanwhile, the Zach Lutz legend grows. Make us an offer, Bruce Bochy. I'm sure he plays a fine second base.

Game Two, 7 innings: BUFFALO 0, SYRACUSE 1 (Box)

Schwinny did his job. In a 6 inning complete game, 4 batters were K'd, including Bryce Harper, nobody walked, and the GB/FB ratio was a more even 6/7. The Bisons were tuckered out and only RF Matt Tuiasosopo was worth a damn. The 25-year-old Tuisosopo saw limited playing time across three major league seasons with the 2008-10 Mariners, hitting .176 with 15 runs batted it, and accounting for a full 17% of Mariner offense.

AA - Binghamton Mets (9-7)_____________________________________


In the second inning, the 9-hitter 2B Rylan Sandoval cleared the deck with a 3-run double, then scored on Matt Den Decker's 2-base encore. Dealt a strong hand, SP Colin McHugh protected it with efficiency and cunning, striking out 6, inducing 7 ground balls, and allowing only 2 hits in 6 innings. MDD would thump another run home with his second double of the day -- (and he would only strike out once (18 on the year)) -- and Sandoval tripled in some additional insurance, but they weren't even the most prolific hitters of the game. That honor goes to the 27-year-old SS Josh Rodriguez, who sits at a monster .367/.475/.551 on the year. In 12 ABs with the Pittsburgh Pirates last year Rodriguez batted .083/.214/.083. Ruben Tejada is 5 years his junior.

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (14-2)________________________________________


Oh, doctor! It wasn't quite Saturday afternoon at Fenway, but the 776 souls on hand at Digital Domain Park witnessed a comeback they shant soon forget. SP Cory Mazonni was dispensed with having been shredded into a 6-run, 3-inning pile, and the score stood 6-zip when fortune's wheel turned. DH Danny Muno anchored a 5-run fifth inning with a 2-ribbie homer, and the Mets snatched a brief 8-7 lead following a seventh inning base-clearing double from Wilmer Flores; that lead wouldn't hold. In the bottom of the ninth, SS Wilfredo Tovar poked aboard with a ground ball through the hole, and a balk call amplified or perhaps just exemplified the afternoon's madness. A batter later, a double smashed off the bat of young Danny Muno, earning the Mets a sensational walk-off victory.

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (10-8)__________________________________

HICKORY 1, SAVANNAH 0 (Box -- 5 Innings)

Boo. SP Michael Fulmer had struck out 4 and retired his last 6 batters when the game was called for reasons I haven't yet discerned. Last time, I assumed (and duly blogged) a rain out only to be corrected by Rob reporting the lights broke. Rob? The game's only run scored owing to 2 throwing errors on the same play by CF Tillman Pugh and the pitcher Fulmer. It looks like Fulmer fielded a line drive and tried to double a man off second, attended by bungling. The Hickory Crawdads steal one.

Beaming Star of the Night

It was an impressive day, and but for a premature ending in Savannah, there might have been wins all around. Zach Lutz cracked his third home run. Jeurys pitched a start to build on and Schwinden rolled. We got to praise some unfamiliar faces as SS Josh Rodriquez and RF Matt Tuiasosopo said hello. MDD, Sandoval, and Lagares swung handsomely in AA ball, too. But in the end it was St. Lucie that had the sizzle. DHing infielder Danny Muno, in adversity's teeth, deposited a beauty in the seats when the Mets looked beaten, and chased in the game-winning runner in the last of the ninth. Danny Muno (.322/.412/.593) truly is a beaming star.

Stinking Goat of the Night

Everyone smelled passable.