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Mets Daily Farm Report, May 1, 2014: Syndergaard off the schneid

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

Fear the Odinson
Fear the Odinson
Chris McShane

*All results from games played on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (19-8)_______________________________________


Noah Syndergaard has certainly been scuffling to start the season, averaging five innings, six hits and three runs per game. Hopefully, that is all behind him, as the Mets' top prospect had his strongest start of the young season to date, tossing an encouraging seven innings. His fastball looked good, sitting in the high 90s all night, but most importantly, he had command of it. He allowed just one run, an unearned run that came in the top of the 4th. The 51s got that run right back in the bottom of the inning, when the rehabbing Juan Lagares scored on a wild pitch. Las Vegas was poised to score a few more runs that inning, but failed to cash in with runners in scoring position not only once, but twice. Despite Lucas Harrell giving up four hits and walking six, the 51s were able to do much against him in his four innings of work. Alex Sanabia relieved Harrell and pitched a clean two innings. Las Vegas finally broke through in the bottom of the 7th, when Eury De La Rosa came in to pitch. De La Cruz sandwiched a single between two walks to start the inning, loading the bases with no outs. Zach Lutz came through with a flyball into shallow right that plopped in that scored Brandon Allen and pushed the go-ahead run across the plate. Third baseman Andy Marte committed an error with Juan Centeno at the plate that allowed a second run to cross the plate and the catcher to reach first, keeping the bases juiced. Danny Muno kept the merry-go-round going by taking one for the team and getting hit with a pitch. Reno pulled De La Cruz and inserted in reliever Will Harris to face pinch hitter Wilmer Flores, but the move did them no good, as Flores socked a line drive into center, scoring a fourth run. Lagares grounded into a rare 5-2-3 double play the erased both himself and the lead runner at home, but Eric Campbell was able to plate one more run, lining a shot off of the pitcher, before the inning mercifully came to an end. Zack Thornton worked around a base runner in both the 8th and 9th, striking out pinch hitter Bobby Wilson to end the game.

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


Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (14-12)________________________________________


Steven Matz had his first uninspiring game of the season. He gave up two runs in five innings, which isn't the worst, but he walked four batters, tying a career high mark he set twice in 2012 with Kingsport and once last year with Savannah. Those free passes came back to haunt him, as two of the four eventually came around to score. He walked second baseman Thomas Coyle in the 1st, but stranded him at third. He walked shortstop Leonardo Reginatto and Coyle for a second time in the 2nd inning, and this time got burned, as first baseman Patrick Leonard lined a triple down the line that drove both men in. He ran into trouble again in the 4th, but was bailed out by some good defense- Stone Crab right fielder Kes Carter was thrown out at home trying to score from second by Gilbert Gomez. Despite being a bit sloppy, St. Lucie was still very much in the game. They scratched out a run in the 2nd, and were only down by a run going into the later innings of the game. Matz was pulled after 99 pitches, giving way to Julian Hilario in the 6th. As has been the case for Hilario this season, when it rains, it pours. In his first inning of work, he allowed a single, a double, a triple, and a stolen base. In his second inning of work, he allowed a double, a home run, and walked a batter. All in all, he allowed four runs to score, though Albert Cordero had a hand in one, throwing the ball away after trying to pick off Kes Carter, who tripled to start off the 6th. Charlotte's relievers had a much easier time keeping the St. Lucie offense in check, and the little Mets lost the series against the Stone Crabs, their second series loss in a row.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (16-8)__________________________________


You know things are going well when not a single player on your team drives in a run, and yet, your team still wins. That was the case last night in Savannah's second consecutive shutout of the Delmarva Shorebirds. Ricky Knapp and his opposite, Steven Brault, traded zeroes for four innings, with no baserunners advancing past first base. Then, in the 5th, Brault allowed consecutive singles to Victor Cruzado, Dom Smith and Colton Plaia to load the bases, and let loose a wild pitch with Patrick Biondi at the plate that allowed Cruzado to score. That run represented the only run either team would score. The closest either got to plating another run was when, in the bottom of the 7th, centerfielder Josh Hart threw out Plaia trying to score from second on a Gavin Cecchini single. Knapp was strong all night, throwing seven plus strong innings, and he was helped out by Dawrin Frias, who got his second hold of the season, and Akeel Morris, who pitched an inning to earn his first save of the year.

Star of the Night

Noah Syndergaard had his first real Noah Syndergaard game of the year, and as such, he is our star. Rickey Knapp gets honorable mentions, though.

Goat of the Night

It is not the first time these words have been typed, and it probably won't be the last time: Jullian Hilario will be wearing the horns for that clunker.