*All results from games played on Thursday, May 2st, 2013
AAA - Las Vegas 51s (13-13)__________________________________
LAS VEGAS 1, RENO 5 (Box)
Las Vegas failed in their bid to sweep a four game series from Reno as they dropped the finale 5-1. It was a bit of a minor miracle that Vegas was only able to put up one run considering they had eight hits and five walks. A ninth inning rally fell short when Jamie Hoffman struck out on a check swing. He was marching down the first base line to argue the call before Wally Backman jumped in between. No word on whether or not an epic meltdown ensued. Not the best night for Colin McHugh, he allowed four runs over five innings while walking two and striking out four. There were only a couple of hard hit balls, so I wouldn't say he pitched particularly poorly. Although, I should note that one of his strikeouts came on a failed bunt attempt with two strikes.
***Roster Update***: Andrew Brown is getting called up to the big leagues. A corresponding move has not been announced.
- CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1-5, K
- LF Josh Satin: 1-3, R, 2 BB; notice he played the outfield for the first time last night
- 2B Wilmer Flores: 2-4, 2B, RBI
- 3B Eric Campbell: 0-2, BB
- RF Jamie Hoffmann: 1-5, K
- 1B Zach Lutz: 1-3, BB
- RHP Collin McHugh: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, HR
- RHP Armando Rodriguez: 1 IP, H, BB, 3 K; that's his last seven outs recorded via the strikeout
AA - Binghamton Mets (14-13)_____________________________________
ERIE 9, BINGHAMTON 1 (Box)
Binghamton put on a display of offensive ineptitude last night as they managed just two hits in losing to the Erie SeaWolves (Wolves by the Sea?) 9-1. It wasn't until the seventh inning that the B-Mets got their first hit when Cesar Puello singled to right field. Puello began the night batting a robust .296/.367/.426 over his first 60 plate appearances this season, which is encouraging. The peripheral stats don't lead me to believe this is anything other than a small sample size mirage. The pitching wasn't any better for Binghamton. Logan Verrett was doing fine until the wheels came off in the fifth when he allowed four singles and a home run. The final line wasn't pretty. He went six innings, allowed eight hits and six earned while striking out one. The silver lining was that he didn't walk anyone. Josh Edgin relieved Verrett to start the seventh and quickly allowed a couple of baserunners before allowing a three run homer. You need to have a short memory in baseball and it's games like this that remind you why that is.
- CF Alonzo Harris: 0-4
- LF Darrell Ceciliani: 1-4, K
- RF Cesar Puello: 1.-4, RBI
- 1B Allan Dykstra: 0-3, BB (this man is a walk machine)
- C Blake Forsythe: 0-4, 2 K; came into the night hitting a completely unsustainable .347/.411/.653
- DH Francisco Pena: 0-3, K
- SS Danny Muno: 0-3, 2 K
- RHP Logan Verrett: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (16-10)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 2, TAMPA 3 (Box)
The St. Lucie Mets lost in walk-off fashion, literally. TJ Chism walked-in the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth after issuing an intentional pass to load the bases. Alex Panteliodis returned from the DL to make his season debut. He went five innings, allowing four hits, a walk, and an earned run while striking out three. With Darin Gorski relegated to relief duties, I believe this makes Panteliodis the highest ranking left handed starter in the Mets system. Offensively, it was good to see Ad-Rod draw a couple of walks.
- 2B T.J. Rivera: 1-4, R, K
- 1B Rylan Sandoval: 1-5, K
- SS Matt Reynolds: 0-2, R, 2 BB, K
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-1, RBI, 2 BB (!)
- RF Travis Taijeron: 2-3, 2B, BB
- CF Gilbert Gomez: 2-4, K
- LHP Alex Panteliodis: 5.0 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 3 K, 1 HR
- LHP Pedro Feliciano: 1 IP, H, BB
Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (17-9)__________________________________
KANNAPOLIS 3, SAVANNAH 5 (Box)
The start of the Savannah game was delayed due to rain but that did not have an adverse effect on Gabriel Ynoa as he went seven strong innings to lead the Sand Gnats to a 5-3 victory over the Kannapolis Intimidators. Ynoa struck out eight and walked none in his seven innings of work. He did allow two home runs out of Historic Grayson Stadium -- which means they were bombs -- so that's where you could look if you wanted to nitpick the outing. Eight strikeouts against zero walks over seven innings will work for me just about every time out. Again, he won't turn 20 until later this month. I'm high on Ynoa is what I'm trying to say. Offensively, it was the same old story as Jayce Boyd and Kevin Plawecki led the way, each going two for four with a double. I know it won't happen until the mid-season break, but I really don't see a point in keeping these two in Savannah, especially Plawecki. Brandon Nimmo sat for the second consecutive game with a sore/bruised hand.
- CF Eudy Pina: 2-3, R, BB, K
- 1B Jayce Boyd: 2-4, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI
- C Kevin Plawecki: 2-4, 2B, RBI, K
- SS Phil Evans: 0-2, BB, K
- LF Stefan Sabol: 0-3, 2 K
- RHP Gabriel Ynoa: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 2 HR
Star of the Night
It was a light night for star performances so we're giving it to one of my personal favorites, Gabby Ynoa. He now has a 27:6 strikeout to walk ratio through 28.1 innings this season. Not too shabby for a teenager.
Goat of the Night
I'll give the horns to Logan Verrett. Not the way we wanted him to follow up his last outing, which was spectacular (at least in the box score).