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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report: 8/16/12- Runs Are Scored, Games Are Won

Did this guy have a better night than Josh Thole?
Did this guy have a better night than Josh Thole?

*All results from games played on Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (60-65)_______________________________________


IronPigs starter Jonathan Pettibone scattered seven hits and a walk during his seven innings on the mound, but limited Buffalo to a single run, a Matt Den Dekker single that plated Adam Loewen. On the mound for Buffalo, Chris Schwinden was rolling until the 4th inning, where he gave up four runs, three of them earned. The Bisons’ bullpen contained Lehigh Valley once Schwinden was pulled, but the offense could not put anything together, allowing Pettibone to notch his 3rd win and Phillippe Aumont to save his 15th game.

AA - Binghamton Mets (60-63)_____________________________________


The pursuit for .500 continues, as the B-Mets defeated the Fisher Cats. In the 4th, Binghamton got on the board thanks to a Raul Reyes two-run home run, and didn’t look back from there. In total, four runs were scored in the 4th and another two were tacked on in the 5th. New Hampshire scraped out two runs- one earned- off of Darin Gorski, but he kept the Fisher Cats off the board otherwise.

Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (27-24 // 76-43)________________________________________
Erik Goeddel took the mound for St. Lucie and blanked Palm Beach for seven strong innings. Teammate Hamilton Bennett pitched a perfect 8th and 9th, and completed the shutout. On the offensive side, St. Lucie put up a two spot in the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings. All of the runs came on two run homeruns, care of Cory Vaughn, Blake Forsythe, and Travis Taijeron.

Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (23-28 // 64-54)__________________________________


The Sand Gnat offense came out blazing against Legend starter Luis Cruz, scoring three runs in the first inning and setting the tone for the game. Lexington would score only two runs off of starter Marcos Camarena, and both were unearned and in his last inning of work. Relievers Randy Fontanez and Estarlin Morel pitched the remaining four innings, and did not let the Legends rally. Any notion of a Lexington rally was put to bed in the bottom of the 8th, when the Sand Gnats put another four runs on the board.

Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (34-21)__________________________________


A night after four Cyclones starters represented Brooklyn in the All-Star Game and impressed (3.2 IP, 2 H, 6 Ks), the offense failed to show up, let alone impress. Brandon Nimmo walked three times, but that’s about all the good that came from this game.

Appalachian League (R) - Kingsport Mets (18-33)__________________________________


Kingsport absolutely crushed the Johnson City Cardinals in a lopsided route, and not a single home run was hit. Kingsport starter John Gant threw six effective innings, allowing only a single unearned run. His replacement, Martires Arias, allowed three more runs- two earned- in relief in the 8th, but by that point, Kingsport was already up by 12 runs. Kingsport’s big inning was the 4th, where they scored six runs on a variety of line drives, batting around in the process.

Star of the Night

For his 4-5 performance, I think that Maikis De La Cruz deserves the honor. Two of those hits were doubles, and he drive in 4 men in the process.

Goat of the Night

There was no clear gut GotN, so picking someone is hard. I'm going to go with Kevin Plawecki. At the plate, he wasn't too bad, making up for his 0-3 night with a walk and a HBP. Behind the plate, he allowed 3/4 base runners to steal (one normal SB, and one double steal). For whatever reason, all of the catchers on the farm had decent-to-good games except Plawecki.