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Mets Daily Farm Report - 8/21/13: Flexen Flexes His Mound Muscles

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

Matt den Dekker
Matt den Dekker

*All results from games played on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013*

AAA - Las Vegas 51s (72-57)__________________________________


When Rafael Montero takes the mound, good things usually happen. Coming into the game, the 22-year-old right-hander had a 3.25 ERA in 72 innings (13 starts) for the Las Vegas 51s. Of late, he had been particularly good- before last night's game, Montero allowed four earned runs in 28 innings pitched, walking five batters and striking out twenty-eight. Montero was a bit shaky last night, but he wasn't bad- he certainly wasn't good, either. He lasted only five innings, giving up eight hits and allowing a pair of walks. He was danced in an out of danger in the 2nd and 3rd, but came out of both with only a few scratches- a few good defensive plays and some luck certainly helped. Matt Shoemaker, the Bees' starter, looked a lot better, pitching seven innings and striking out nine. In the end, despite the difference in their peripheral numbers, the game was tied 2-2 going into late innings. In the 8th inning, Salt Lake City scratched out a run against John Church to put the Bees in the driver's seat. The 51s responded in the top of the 9th by scratching out a run of their own. After a slew of defensive replacements designed to prevent runs, Kirk Nieuwenhuis walked, was moved over by Ruben Tejada and driven home by Lucas Duda, tying the game once more. After Eric Campbell walked, bases were left juiced for Matt den Dekker. The centerfielder laced a line drive into center field, clearing the bases. In total, the 51s scored four runs in the inning. Justin Hampson was left in the game to save it out- Robert Carson pitched two innings of middle relief, coming in after Montero was pulled- and he was successful.

AA - Binghamton Mets (80-49)_____________________________________


Greg Peavey pitched fine, but his Baysox counterpart, Eduardo Rodriguez, was a bit better. The B-Mets offense could not figure out the Venezuelan lefty. They could manage only five hits off of him, managing to score a run in the 6th, his last inning of work. Fortunately, that one run tied the game. The bullpen let the game get away- for as much as you can call a few runs "getting away". Ryan Fraser and Chase Huchingson gave up two runs over the last two innings, while the Baysox bullpen held on, and that was the ballgame.

Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (28-23 / 65-53)________________________________________



Rainy Lara pitched, and then it rained, and the game was suspended. Alanis Morissette said that's ironic.

Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (28-26 / 71-52)__________________________________


Gabriel Ynoa's strikeout rate has taken a tumble of late, but the Dominican righty is still getting it done. Pitching seven solid innings last night, Ynoa notched his South Atlantic League-leading 14th victory of the year. Savannah put up a five spot in the 7th inning, giving Ynoa the offensive support he needed to qualify for the ‘W'. Brandon Nimmo and Jeff Reynolds had the big hits in the inning, both of them driving in two on fly balls to left off of Intimidator reliever Storm Throne. Beck Wheeler came in the 9th, and he locked down the save, his 16th with Savannah.

Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (31-29)


What's this? Brooklyn two games over .500? In a weird game all around, the Cyclones shut down their interboro rivals, despite being no-hit themselves. Yes, for six innings, Staten Island starter David Palladino no-hit the Cyclones. Brooklyn starter Dario Alvarez didn't allow any runs in his five innings of work, but his line is nowhere near as pretty- in addition to a handful of hits, he was all over the place, walking six batters, uncorking a wild pitch, and hitting a batter. Juan Urbina of all people was brought in to restore some order to the game- which he did with two strong innings of scoreless relief. In the bottom of the 7th, Brooklyn got on the board with four consecutive singles. Paul Paez and Johnny Magliozzi were able to keep the Staten Island at bay in the game's late innings, completing the shutout.

Rk - Kingsport Mets (32-25)_____________________________


Chris Flexen was absolutely filthy. He gave up two singles, and walked a batter, and that was it. Kingsport scratched out a run in the 2nd on an Amed Rosario, and though they wouldn't score again, they didn't need to with Flexen on the mound. Flexen went all nine innings for his first nine-inning complete game shutout.

Rk - GCL Mets (17-35)_______________________________

GCL METS 13, GCL CARDINALS 10 / 12 (Box)

Star of the Night

Last night's performance put an exclamation point on the already impressive body of work that Chris Flexen has put together for himself in 2013. At the same time, you can't ignore Matt den Dekker's clutch hit in the 9th inning that drove in the go-ahead and insurance runs for Las Vegas. As such, the two can share the Star of the Night honors.

Goat of the Night

There weren't really any high profile efforts in futility. I guess, by default, Kirk Nieuwenhuis is the goat because of his Golden Sombrero. John Church allowing the go-ahead run would have been enough to give him the horns, had the offense not bailed him out in the 9th.

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