*All results from games played on Saturday, May 10th, 2014
Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (25-10)_______________________________________
TACOMA 5, LAS VEGAS 5 (Box)
Nick Franklin continued his outright assault on PCL pitching, victimizing Noah Syndergaard with a three-run homer off of in the 1st inning to make it 3-0 before the Mets' top pitching prospect even recorded an out. The big Texan pitched a clean 2nd, but ran into a little trouble in the 3rd, giving up a triple and two singles for two more runs. He settled down after that, allowing only two more hits, both in the 5th. Despite giving up five runs in six innings- four of which were earned and belonged to Franklin, who went 3-3 with a single, double, and homer against Syndergaard- it's hard to characterize this one as bad start. Noah issued no walks and struck out ten batters, tying a career high he set last season twice, once with St. Lucie and once with Binghamton. Of those ten strikeouts, eight were swinging.
Despite being in a hole early, a depleted Las Vegas offense showed some fight, eventually clawing back to tie the game. After consecutive hits by Matt den Dekker and Cesar Puello in the bottom of the 2nd, Raniers starter Andrew Carraway walked Danny Muno to load the bases and Kirk Nieuwenhuis to force in a run. In the 4th, the 51s benefited from some good situational hitting, plating two runs on three singles and a double and a third on a Rylan Sandoval sac fly, making it a 5-4 ballgame. In the 6th, Las Vegas tied things up on an Allan Dykstra bases loaded sac fly.
In the 8th inning, the weather took a turn for the worst, as wind gusts made the field unplayable. The game will be completed today, for a Mother's Day double dip.
Omar Quintanilla cleared through waivers and has been assigned to AAA-Las Vegas, while Josh Satin was optioned to AAA-Las Vegas.
Double-A - Binghamton Mets (17-15)_____________________________________
HARRISBURG 2, BINGHAMTON 5 (Box)
Rain got things started on the wrong foot, delaying things for nearly an hour, but Rainy Lara was a bright spot, striking out a season high seven batters en route to a 5-2 win over the Senators. Dustin Lawley scored the big blow against Senators starter Paolo Espino, depositing the ball over the left field fences for his second home run of the year, to put the B-Mets up 3-0. Espino recovered, and ten of his next eleven batters, making his eventual exit after tossing five innings. Harrisburg, meanwhile, began chipping away at Binghamton's lead, plating a run in the 4th on a Matt Skole solo homer, and another in the 7th on a Rick Hague RBI double. The Senators almost tied the game in the 7th, as John Church gave up a line drive into center that Hague tried to score on, but Kyle Johnson threw him out, firing a one-hopper to Xorge Carrillo behind the plate. The B-Mets added a little insurance in the 8th, adding on two runs, thanks to a Matt Clark pinch hit sac fly and a Wilfredo Tovar RBI single, but the runs were unnecessary as Jack Leathersich threw a scoreless 9th, earning his first save of the season.
- CF Kyle Johnson: 1-3, K, HBP
- 2B Wilfredo Tovar: 1-4, RBI
- SS Matt Reynolds: 0-3, BB
- 1B Jayce Boyd: 0-3, R, 2 K, HBP
- LF Cory Vaughn: 0-3, R, BB
- C Xorge Carrillo: 0-3
- 3B Dustin Lawley: 2-3, 2 R, 2B, HR (2), 3 RBI
- RF Travis Taijeron: 1-3, R, 2B, K
- PH Matt Clark: 0-0, RBI
- RHP Rainy Lara: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, HR
- RHP John Church: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K
- LHP Jack Leathersich: 1 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K, SV (1)
Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (21-15)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 2, PALM BEACH 0 (Box)
St. Lucie beat the Palm Beach Cardinals and the Fort Myers Miracle lost to the Jupiter Hammerheads, giving the Mets sole possession of first place in the FSL North. Matthew Koch scattered three hits and a walk over six plus innings, while Randy Fontanez finished the 7th and pitched a scoreless 8th and Beck Wheeler finished the 9th to complete the shutout. The Cardinals' pitchers threw a good game, but they blinked first. In the 2nd, Phil Evans hit a groundball that deflected off of Palm Beach second baseman Breyvic Valera into right field that scores St. Lucie's first run, and in the 7th, Dilson Herrera hit a line drive into left that scored their second. With the way Koch and the BP were throwing, those two runs were all the Mets needed.
St. Lucie has today off, but will be back in action on Monday night to kick off some MiLB interleague play against the Tampa Bay Yankees at home.
- 2B Dilson Herrera: 2-4, RBI, SB (7)
- CF Brandon Nimmo: 1-3, BB, K, SB (6)
- DH T.J. Rivera: 0-4, K
- 1B Jairo Perez: 0-4, 2 K
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 0-4, K, E (7)
- RF Eudy Pina: 1-4, R, K
- C Albert Cordero: 1-3, R, K
- SS Phil Evans: 2-4, K, RBI
- LF Maikis De La Cruz: 0-4, 4 K; Golden Sombrero
- RHP Matthew Koch: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 K, HB
- RHP Randy Fontanez: 1.1 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K
- RHP Beck Wheeler: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K, SV (5)
Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (24-9)__________________________________
SAVANNAH 1, CHARLESTON 0 (Box)
John Gant scattered three hits and walked four, but the RiverDogs line-up was never able to cash in, as the Sand Gnats shut out Charleston to win their 6th game in a row. Caleb Smith, who started for the RiverDogs, pitched five strong innings, but ran out of gas in the top of the 6th, at roughly 80 pitches. He walked Gavin Cecchini, back in the line-up after a short layoff, to start the inning, and then consecutively walked Jared King, and L.J. Mazzilli to load the bases with no outs. Giovanny Gallegos, who replaced Smith, allowed a sac fly, but was able to navigate out of the inning without allowing King or Mazzilli to score. That one run would be enough, however, as Dawrin Frias and Robert Coles picked up their teammates by tossing three scoreless innings.
- CF Patrick Biondi: 0-2, 2 BB, K
- RF Victor Cruzado: 0-4, 2 K
- SS Gavin Cecchini: 0-3, R, BB
- RF Jared King: 1-3, BB, K
- 2B L.J. Mazzilli: 2-3, BB
- LF Stefan Sabol: 0-2, BB, RBI
- 1B Dom Smith: 0-4
- C Jeff Glenn: 1-4, 2 K
- 3B Jorge Rivero: 1-4
- RHP John Gant: 6 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 1 K
- RHP Dawrin Frias: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K, HB
- RHP Robert Coles: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K, SV (7)
Star of the Night
A bit of a toughie, but I'm going to have to go with Rainy Lara. Both he and Noah Syndergaard both racked up the strikeouts, but even though Noah struck out more, his overall line was a bit less impressive than Lara's.
Goat of the Night
Mother nature, for preventing what could've been another system sweep.