*All results from games played on Friday August 10th
News & Notes__________________________________________________
In their weekly Prospect Hot Sheet over at Baseball America, St. Lucie starter Rafael Montero was recognized for his rash of success lately, stating:
"The 21-year-old Dominican has limited Florida State League hitters to a .196 average while striking out 56 in 50 innings. After fanning 14 in six innings last week, Montero held Palm Beach hitless over his 7 2/3 shutout innings on Tuesday night. After yet another dominating performance, the righthander has now registered seven quality starts in just eight appearances at the level."
Nice praise for Montero, who represents perhaps the best shot for a big league rotation piece among any of the Mets low level prospects.
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (58-62)_______________________________________
SCRANTON-WB 10, BUFFALO 4 (Box)
Because of the doubleheader earlier in the week, the Bisons were forced to toss a bullpen game Friday Night. It wend about as well as if you had asked the big club to do the same. Pedro Beato started and got touched up for four runs, and he was followed by a parade of five relievers, four of whom surrendered more runs. So here's to you C.J. Nitkowski and your 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, I guess. The Buffalo bats were able to touch up Ramon Ortiz early, but didn't score after the third inning.
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 2-4, R
- 1B Zach Lutz: 2-4, 2B, RBI
- 2B Josh Satin: 1-3, HR (13), R, 2 RBI, BB; 1.428 OPS so far in August.
- LHP Justin Hampson: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
- RHP Elvin Ramirez: L, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP
- LHP Robert Carson: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, WP; Only the second earned run he's given up in AAA
AA - Binghamton Mets (58-61)_____________________________________
BINGHAMTON 5, HARRISBURG 0 (Box)
The story of the game was Mark Cohoon who turned in his best pitching performance of the year (though, SPOILER ALERT: Not the best pitching performance of the night). The little lefty spun a complete game two-hitter while striking out 10. Most of that was spent nursing a 2-0 lead until the Bingo offense finally broke the game open a bit in the late innings.
- 3B Jefry Marte: 1-4, 2B, R, K; If only every month were April.
- 1B Allan Dykstra: 0-3, BB
- 2B Wilmer Flores: 1-4, RBI
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 1-3, BB
- LHP Mark Cohoon: W, 9 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K;
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (23-24 // 73-43)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 2, FORT MYERS 1 (Box)
Logan Verrett couldn't quite match Mark Cohoon, but he still turned in a fine outing in Fort Myers. Verrett turned in 6 1/3 innings of one run ball, before handing it over to Adrian Rosario and Taylor Whitenton to slam the door. St. Lucie got two runs in the first on RBI from T.J. Rivera and Danny Muno and that was all the Mets would need for the night. The win keeps St. Lucie just a half game back in the very tightly packed FSL South Division
- RF Cesar Puello: 0-4, 2 K; Sigh.
- DH Cory Vaughn: 0-4
- LF Travis Taijeron: 1-3, K; Sigh.
- 2B Danny Muno: 2-4, RBI, K; Continues to do enough to make me think there is a future utility guy somewhere in here. Good K:BB rate, efficient basestealer, and you can stick him at short once a week and hope he doesn't have to make any throws while moving to his right.
- C Blake Forsythe: 2-3, 2B, BB
- RHP Logan Verrett: W, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, WP; Like Pill, his K rate has dropped some upon promotion to Advanced A. We'll see if he gets some of it back with more experience at the level.
- RHP Taylor Whitenton: SV, 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (21-27 // 62-53)__________________________________
GAME 1: SAVANNAH 3, GREENVILLE 2 (Box)
GAME 2: SAVANNAH 9, GREENVILLE 5 (Box)
An unconventional doubleheader sweep for the Gnats last night. Game 1 was the completion of Thursday Night's game which was suspended after one inning. Domingo Tapia took over for Jim Fuller and allowed just two run over six innings while striking out 8. Unfortunately that was two more runs than Savannah managed to score over the same period. But the Gnats rolled the clock back to 2011 and pulled out some late inning magic at Historic Grayson Stadium, tying the game in the seventh on a two-run double off the bat of Brandon Brown. The stage was now set for a walk-off win and Greenville obliged with a throwing error from pitcher Tyler Lockwood with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. That's a pretty South Atlantic League ending right there. In the seven inning night cap, Savannah's bats kept mashing, while the Gnats' bullpen game went a little bit better than Buffalo's.
- C Cam Maron: 2-4, 3B // 1-3, 2R, RBI, BB, K; Average slips back over .300. If he could throw he'd be a very interesting prospect.
- C Albert Cordero: DNP // 2-3, RBI
- CF Gilbert Gomez: 0-3, BB, K // 2-4, 2 R, K
- SS Matthew Reynolds: 1-5 // DNP
- RHP Domingo Tapia: 6 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 8 K; More walks his last few starts, but more strikeouts as well. Working out of the zone more?
- CF Brandon Nimmo: Still nursing his shoulder?
- SS Philip Evans: 1-4, RBI
- C Kevin Plawecki: 0-2, BB, K
- 2B Juan Carlos Gamboa: 0-3, BB, K
- RHP Hansel Robles: 8 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K; That 51:6 K:BB ratio is not just a Penn League mirage, as Robles can dial it up to 95 and has a workable change. He's a short righty with a lot of effort though, so he's likely a pen arm in the end.
Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (32-20)__________________________________
BROOKLYN 1, VERMONT 0 (Box)
Hansel Robles continues his hot streak, one-upping Mark Cohoon with 7 2/3 perfect innings of work before he finally surrendered a two-out single in the eighth. Robles finished off the eighth, but left to a 0-0 tie, as Brooklyn didn't manage a hit for the first eight innings. Brooklyn would find some late inning magic of their own though, as Dimas Ponce broke up the Vermont no-hitter with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a hit from Phillip Evans. I'm sure pandemonium ensured for the 7000+ at MCU Park. Unsurprisingly, the whole affair was over in a brisk 2:17.
Appalachian League (R) - Kingsport Mets (16-30)__________________________________
KINGSPORT 6, DANVILLE 5 (Box)
Hey, a game that was neither a rainout nor a K-Mets loss, rejoice!
Star of the Night
Poor Mark Cohoon, that damn Hansel is just so hot right now. So he has to settle for Co-Star of the Night.
Goat of the Night
The Buffalo bullpen. Egads.