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Mets Daily Farm Report, April 10, 2014: Akeel with a capital 'K'

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

Do I have your attention now?
Do I have your attention now?
Gordon Donovan

*All results from games played on Wednesday, April 9th 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (5-2)_______________________________________


Cesar Puello batting 7th tonight; still not getting the logic behind batting him at the bottom of the order. Noah Syndergaard took the mound for the 51s, but he just didn't have his best stuff, looking a little shaky with his fastball command. The Mets' top prospect needed 90 pitches to get through five innings, walking two and striking out two. He allowed the leadoff batter to reach base in the 1st and 2nd innings, and both men came around to score, putting the 51s in an early hole. In the bottom of the 4th, Bobby Abreu hit a single up the middle and Eric Campbell drove him in with his second home run of the year, continuing the torrid pace he's been on since spring training. Syndergaard gave the lead back quickly, allowing two runs in the top of the 5th on three singles and a double. Going into the 9th inning, the River Cats were only winning by two runs, and with Danny Muno and the top of the order due up in the bottom of the 9th, the possibility for a walk off victory certainly existed. Dana Eveland crushed any hope for that coming to pass when he pitched the top of the inning, allowing two runs to score on three consecutive singles and a sac fly. Still, the 51s would not go down into the night quietly. In the bottom of the inning, Matt den Dekker walked and came home to score on a Bobby Abreu single. After Wilmer Flores laced a line drive of his own, Eric Campbell stepped to the plate. He, unfortunately, struck out looking to end the threat, and the game.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (4-2)_____________________________________


The B-Mets plated seven runs for the second consecutive night, toppling the SeaWolves and winning their first series of the season (with the potential to sweep it when the make-up game from April 7th postponed game is played on June 14th). The offense kept hammering away inning after inning while Matthew Bowman kept Erie in check.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (2-4)________________________________________


The St. Lucie Mets recovered from yesterday's embarrassing loss, beating the Hammerheads 5-2. Matthew Koch got the start for St. Lucie, spinning six solid if unspectacular innings. The Mets got on the board first, plating three runs in the 3rd inning. A chain of four hits scored two runs and a Cam Maron double scored the last. The Mets scratched out another run in the 5th and in the 7th. The Hammerheads plated a run apiece in the 5th and 6th, both charged to Koch, but Randy Fontanez pitched two scoreless innings and Beck Wheeler successfully navigated through a shaky 9th to earn his second save of the year.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (3-3)__________________________________


The wheels just fell apart in the third inning, giving Augusta a commanding 8-0 lead early in the game:

  • Leonardo Rojas singles on a line drive to right fielder Victor Cruzado.

  • Ty Ross singles on a ground ball to left fielder Jared King. Leonardo Rojas to 2nd.

  • Cristian Paulino reaches on a force attempt, fielding error by shortstop Gavin Cecchini. Leonardo Rojas scores. Ty Ross to 2nd.

  • Shawn Payne walks. Ty Ross to 3rd. Cristian Paulino to 2nd.

  • Christian Arroyo singles on a ground ball to center fielder Patrick Biondi. Ty Ross scores. Cristian Paulino scores. Shawn Payne to 2nd.

  • Brandon Bednar flies out to right fielder Victor Cruzado.

  • Matthew Chavez walks.

  • Shawn Payne to 3rd. Christian Arroyo to 2nd.

  • Pitching Change: John Mincone replaces Ricky Knapp.

  • Tyler Horan walks. Shawn Payne scores. Christian Arroyo to 3rd. Matthew Chavez to 2nd.

  • Ryan Tuntland pops out to second baseman L. J. Mazzilli on the infield fly rule. Leonardo Rojas doubles (1) on a fly ball to right fielder Victor Cruzado. Christian Arroyo scores. Matthew Chavez scores. Tyler Horan to 3rd.

  • Ty Ross walks.

  • Cristian Paulino singles on a line drive to center fielder Patrick Biondi. Tyler Horan scores. Leonardo Rojas scores. Ty Ross to 2nd.

  • Shawn Payne called out on strikes.

In the 6th, the Sand Gnats managed to scratch out three runs on singles by the middle infield duo of Gavin Cecchini and L.J. Mazzilli, but the offense was otherwise asleep at the plate. There isn't much else to say about this game, except that Akeel Morris was absolutely dominant in his three innings of relief. After walking the first batter he faced, he set down the next ten, nine of them coming via strikeout- he struck out four in the 8th inning, uncorking a wild pitch that allowed the batter to steal first and prolong the inning. Of his nine strikeouts, eight were swing-and-misses.

Star of the Night

Akeel Morris had an incredible night. His biggest blemish on the night, a wild pitch, actually helped enhance his overall line for the night- he wouldn't have been able to strike out four batters in the 8th inning if that errant pitch hadn't happened.

Goat of the Night

Ricky Knapp and John Mincone are going to share the goat award for the night, as both contributed to that terrible 3rd inning.