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Mets Daily Farm Report, April 30, 2014: Things fall apart for pitching prospects

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

A decidedly un-Montero-like performance last night
A decidedly un-Montero-like performance last night
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*All results from games played on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (18-8)_______________________________________

RENO 7, LAS VEGAS 5  (Box)

Rafael Montero had an uncharacteristic start, walking four batters in four innings of work. It was only the second time in his entire professional career that the Dominican right-hander walked four batters; the last time he walked four was on August 21st, 2011, when he was pitching for the Kingsport Mets against the Burlington Royals. Montero also walked more than he stuck out, also a very rare occurrence. The last time he did that was back on July 25th, 2013, when he walked three and struck out one, coincidentally also against the Reno Aces.

Things started out well enough, as the 51s got on the board first, but things fell apart for Las Vegas in the 4th inning. A single sandwiched between a pair of walks, all with no outs, set the stage for the implosion that was coming. Catcher Bobby Wilson singled on a groundball that made it into the outfield, scoring Reno's first run of the game and tying the score. Shortstop Nick Ahmed reached on a force attempt that second baseman Eric Campbell failed to field cleanly, scoring another run and giving Reno the lead. After pitcher Randy Wolf hit a sac fly and centerfielder Ender Inciarte struck out, Didi Gregorius hit a ball back up the originator that plated two more runs, making it 5-1. In the 5th, the Aces continued their surge, this time scoring a pair of runs against Buddy Carlyle, who replaced Montero after the 23-year-old needed 93 pitches to labor through four innings. The 51s showed signs of life, immediately getting back those two runs in the bottom of the inning. Wilmer Flores, back in the line up and getting the start at first base, hit a groundball down the line into left field for a double, scoring Juan Lagares, who got onboard with a pinch hit double, and Eric Campbell, who drew a walk. In the 8th, Cesar Puello grounded out and scored Matt den Dekker and Campbell hit an RBI single up the middle, putting the 51s within reaching distance of Reno,but the bats were unable to perform in the 9th, and Las Vegas lost by two.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (12-10)_____________________________________


The B-Mets jumped out to an early lead, but Hansel Robles was unable to keep the RubberDucks offense in check late in the game, allowing them to tie it, and the bullpen gave up the lead shortly thereafter. Both teams scratched out a run in the 1st inning, but Binghamton gained the edge when they scored two in the 2nd when Wilfredo "Muscles Jr." Tovar jacked a home run over the left field fence, plating Xorge Carrillo and himself. Robles was hittable for the next few innings, but he kept Akron off the board until the 6th, when ‘Ducky third baseman Giovanny Urshela hit his 5th home run of the year, a two-run shot that tied the game. One inning later, Francisco Lindor singled off of Jack Leathersich to plate a run and give Akron the lead. Binghamton got baserunners on in the 8th, when Matt Reynolds walked and made it to third, and in the 9th, when Carrillo singled, but was unable to cash in either opportunity, dropping their second game in a row- the first time Binghamton has lost two consecutive games in a row since they dropped two to Portland on 4/21 and 4/22.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (14-11)________________________________________


Gabriel Ynoa pitched one of the worst games of his entire professional season last night- and no, that isn't rhetoric. The seven earned runs he gave up were the most he's ever given up in a professional baseball game, and the nine hits he allowed were the most since July 26th, 2013, when, as a Sand Gnat, the Augusta GreenJackets squared up for ten hits against him in five innings. For the first few frames, Ynoa pitched himself in and out of trouble, escaping having allowed just three runs. In the top of 4th, already with two outs, the wheels came off. Catcher Justin O'Conner doubled into center to score a pair, and one batter later, the infamous Josh Sale hit his first home of the year to score two more and put an end to Gabriel's night. St. Lucie finally got on the board in the bottom the inning on an Aderlin Rodriguez solo jack, his fourth of the season, and added one more in the 8th on a Cam Maron sac fly, but with an offense that has had trouble delivering with RISP, St. Lucie was doomed from the second things got out of hand for Ynoa.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (15-8)__________________________________


The Sand Gnats touched Hunter Harvey up for four runs, en route to a 4-0 victory. They jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the 1st, when Stefan Sabol drew a walk with bases loaded to force in a run. The Baltimore top prospect got himself back on track and did not allow another base runner until the 5th inning, but ran into trouble again in the 6th, when the Sand Gnats broke through and plated three more runs against him and the Delmarva bullpen. Meanwhile, Franklin Piece alum Kevin McGowan, 386th pick in the 2013 draft outpitched Harvey, 22nd pick in the 2013 draft class. He blanked the Shorebirds for six plus innings, allowing three hits and giving up two walks, all while striking out seven. Robert Coles, also a 2013 draft pick (28th round, 836 overall), scattered a few hits over the final few frames but did not allow any runs, giving Savannah their first shutout victory of the 2014 season.

Star of the Night

Kevin McGowan deserves it for his strong performance last night.

Goat of the Night

I'm gonna have to give it to Gabriel Ynoa here over Montero. He's had two bad starts sandwiched between a decent one now, so time will tell if these are just blips or if trouble is brewing.