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Mets Daily Farm Report - 7/24/13: In Which Many Runs Were Scored

Catch up on all of yesterday’s minor league action from around the Mets farm system!

Mr. deGrom lasted a season low 3.2 innings last night
Mr. deGrom lasted a season low 3.2 innings last night
Matthew Lug

*All results from games played on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013*

AAA - Las Vegas 51s (55-47)__________________________________

RENO 10, LAS VEGAS 12 (Box)

Jacob deGrom was shaky, allowing a run in each of the game's first three innings, but the Las Vegas offense made that all moot when they scored ten runs in the 3rd inning. Seriously. How's that for having a teammate's back? Incredibly, despite putting up a ten spot, the 51s almost lost the game. The Aces scored two runs in the 4th, 6th, and 7th, and one in the 8th, while Las Vegas only scored two run during that timeframe, giving them a slim two-run cushion. Wally Backman seemed intent on testing fate, and had Robert Carson pitch the 9th inning. Carson nailed the save, though he did allow a single and unleashed a wild pitch. All in all, this was a very PCL game- five home runs were hit in total, and twenty-two runs were scored all together.

AA - Binghamton Mets (63-38)_____________________________________


On paper, we had ourselves a real good pitching match-up: Jesse Biddle for the Fightin' Phils and Noah Syndergaard for the B-Mets. In reality, one of the two top pitching prospects didn't show up- Jesse Biddle recorded only two outs. Josh Rodriguez got the run parade started with a double that scored Danny Muno and Darrell Ceciliani. A couple of batters later, Blake Forsythe laced a line drive single to center that scored Rodriguez, and sent Travis Taijeron to second. Wilfredo Tovar walked, and suddenly the bases were loaded. Biddle struck out Alonzo Harris, bringing Noah Syndergaard to the plate- it's always nice to come to bat before you take the mound. The top prospect wouldn't pitch to his fellow top prospect, as Biddle was yanked. Syndergaard would have the last laugh, as Brody Colvin, the pitcher who replaced Biddle, walked him. That's right- Syndergaard worked a walk and forced in a run. Muno grounded out in his second at-bat of the inning, but I don't think that took away the shame of embarassment from Colvin. On the mound, Syndergaard was good, but not great. In the 3rd, he allowed two singles, and uncorked a wild pitch, scoring two. He did get all three outs in the inning via strikeout, so that much is good. All in all, he needed 96 pitches to go five innings, and he allowed four hits and two earned runs, while walking one and striking out seven. Much better than Biddle. The Fightin' Phils scored an unearned run off of Adam Kolarek to reduce the B-Mets' lead to a single run in the 6th, but they gave themselves a cushion in the 7th by scoring two more. After Blake Forsythe reached on an error, Wilfredo Tovar hit a triple that scored him. One batter later, Alonzo Harris hit a double that scored Tovar. In the 9th, Jeff Walters does what he does best, and recorded his 27th save of the year.

Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (17-12 / 54-42)________________________________________


ST. LUCIE 5, DAYTONA 3 / 7 (Box)

St. Lucie scored five runs- all five runs they would score- in the first inning and set the tone for the rest of the game. Kyle Johnson, the game's first batter, was hit by a pitch, and that set the tone for the inning. T.J. Rivera and Jayce Boyd both walked, loading the bases with no outs. The next batter, Dustin Lawley, also drew a walk, and the first run of the inning scored. Cory Vaughn came to bat next, and hit a ground ball that got the runner at second, but scored a run. Vaughn promptly filled the vacancy at second by stealing the base- and a throwing error on part of the Daytona catcher allowed a second run to score. Kevin Plawecki then knocked a base hit into center that score St. Lucie's fourth run. Two batters later, Yucary De La Cruz singled, driving in Plawecki, and the Mets' fifth run. They could have had a bigger inning, as Kyle Johnson walked in his second plate appearance to load the bases, but T.J. Rivera grounded into a force out to end the inning. Rainy Lara was a bit shaky, walking a batter who would eventually score in the 1st and giving up a double in the 4th that would plate two, but he was good enough. Playing an abbreviated amount of innings probably helped, but a win is a win- both for Lara, who won his fourth game with St. Lucie and his eighth game for the 2013 season, and for the St. Lucie Mets.


ST. LUCIE 0, DAYTONA 7 / 7 (Box)

This game is the make-up of the postponement from Monday, July 22nd. Domingo Tapia doesn't like pitching on the dates of ‘20', ‘23', or ‘24'. On May 24th, he recorded only one out, while giving up two hits, four walks, and six earned runs. On June 20th, he pitched five plus innings, giving up eleven hits, and six earned runs, while walking two. Last night, on the 23rd, he recorded only two outs, while giving up two hits, walking four, and allowing three earned runs. Even if Tapia had been on point, St. Lucie would have had trouble winning the game and sweeping the double header, because they were shutout by Daytona pitchers Pierce Johnson and Frank Del Valle.

Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (13-15 / 56-41)__________________________________


You'd have to go all the way back to the beginning of May to find a performance comprable to the one turned in last night by Luis Cessa. On May 19th, he pitched five innings, allowing eleven hits, and six earned runs. He then went on a streak of eight starts where he pitched at least five innings, gave up no more than seven hits, and allowed three runs once, two runs twice, one run three times, and no runs twice. Well, last night, that streak came to an end, as Cessa gave up a season-high 13 hits over five innings, allowing five runs in the process. Savannah scored first, with Eudy Pina driving in two in the 1st inning, but they wouldn't hold the lead for much longer. In the 1st, Cessa danced out of danger without allowing a run. In the 2nd, Cessa danced out of danger, allowing a single run. In the 3rd, the house of cards fell apart, as he gave up five hits and uncorked a wild pitch, allowing four runs to score. In the 4th and 5th, he continued walking the tightrope, but was able to get out of danger both innings. In the 8th, long after Cessa left the game, Hunter Carnevale gave up a two-run home run and a two-run triple, allowing the Shorebirds to tack on four more runs. The Sand Gnats did nothing of any particular interest after scoring in the first- Brandon Nimmo being ejected in the 5th after striking out and arguing the call was the most exciting thing that Savannah did at the plate after the game's opening inning.

Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (15-20)


All in all, the Cyclones and the Spinners played a fairly boring ballgame. Seth Lugo was very solid, pitching seven innings and giving up two runs, but unfortunatley, he would be a hard luck loser, as the Brooklyn offense managed only one run against Lowell starter Mario Alcantara and the bullpen after him. Brooklyn's lone run came in the 5th inning, when Patrick Biondi hit a single that scored James Roche. The Spinners would do their damage against Lugo one inning later, on a Kevin Mager double.

Rk - Kingsport Mets (17-14)_____________________________


Not to be outdone by rotation mate Chris Flexen, who struck out 11 batters and walked one a few days ago, Robert Whalen pitched the best game of his young professional career. He blanked the Twins for seven innings, before getting touched up for two runs in the 8th inning, all while striking out eleven batters and walking none. After allowing three consecutive hits and uncorking a wild pitch, his night was done. Though Ricardo Jacquez allowed one of his inhereted runners to score, and allowed an unearned run of his own, Kingsport displayed some serious grission by scoring two runs in the 9th to get the walk-off win. With two outs, Jeff Diehl doubled and drove in the tying run. After Joe Tuschak was intentionally walked to set up a force out at either base, Jeyckol De Leon singled to center to notch the win.

Rk - GCL Mets (6-21)_______________________________


Star of the Night

Robert Whalen was fabulous yesterday...

Goat of the Night

Domingo Tapia, on the other hand, was not.