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Mets Daily Farm Report, May 12, 2014: Plawecki flexes his catching muscles

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

Kevin Plawecki contributed with the bat and the glove
Kevin Plawecki contributed with the bat and the glove
Chris McShane

*All results from games played on Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (26-11)_______________________________________



This game is a continuation of the suspended game from Saturday night, called on account of wind in the top of the 8th inning with two outs already recorded. To sum up, the Las Vegas fought back to tie the contest after Noah Syndergaard had a rough couple of innings early on.

Vic Black came in to pitch when the game resumed, and despite needing only one out to finish the inning, made things interesting. Back-to-back walks put the number seven and number eight batters on base, and a wild pitch moved them both into scoring position before he got Endy Chavez to strike out. After the 51s went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning, Black went back to work in the 9th. He issued yet another walk to lead off the inning, but was able to induce a double play to erase both runners. In order to escape the inning unscathed, he would need to get though Nick Franklin; not an easy order these days. Franklin won the battle, knocking a line drive into right and stealing second, making him 4-4 for the game with a walk, double, home run, and steal. Jesus Montero, hitting behind Franklin, cashed in with a double to drive the run in and give Tacoma the lead. In the bottom of the 9th, Allan Dykstra started things off well enough with a walk, but Andrew Brown grounded into a double play to erase both of them from the base path. Zach Lutz stepped to the plate as the 51s' final hope, but he was unable to come through, grounding out weakly to end the game, Las Vegas' first loss in almost a week.



Both teams were scoreless well into middle innings until Las Vegas broke out, and in a big way. The 51s put up an eight spot in the 6th inning, enough to win the game and split the Mother's Day doubleheader. Dana Eveland pitched five scoreless innings, scattering five hits and three walks, while Tacoma starter Jordan Pries pitched five plus scoreless, allowing only one hit and walking four. After allowing a walk to Rylan Sandoval in the 6th, Pries was lifted in favor of lefty Nick Hill. Things didn't go according to plan, as the United States Military Academy graduate did not record a single out for the second game in a row. Unlike Saturday's game, where he allowed a walk and was immediately pulled, Hill was left in to face a handful of batters. After he hit lefty Allan Dykstra, Andrew Brown clubbed a double to center that scored one batter. Brandon Allen, the second lefty the left-handed reliever was left in to face, hit a flyball into right that was kicked around by Endy Chavez and ruled a double, scoring two more runs. Former MLB closer Mike MacDougal, who was just signed by Seattle May 10th after impressing scouts who watched him pitch for the Camden Riversharks, replaced Hill to face Zach Lutz. The veteran didn't fare much better. Lutz seared a groundball into left to score Allen, and after Matt den Dekker walked and Danny Muno was hit, MacDougal found himself with bases loaded and still not a single out recorded since Jordan Pries got Kirk Nieuwenhuis to fly out to begin the inning. With the bases loaded, Juan Centeno pulled a groundball through the hole into right for a double, plating two more runs. After Kirk flied out- the second and only two outs in the inning- Sandoval took a flyball the other way, depositing it into right field for a two-run double. Clay Rapada recorded the final out of the inning, but the damage was done: Hill allowed three earned runs without recording a single out, good for an infinite ERA, while MacDougal allowed four earned runs in 0.1 innings, good for an ERA of 108.00.

The Raniers didn't go down completely without a fight. Right after Las Vegas' big inning, in the top of the 7th, third baseman Ty Kelly and catcher Humberto Quintero hit back-to-back singles to plate a pair of runs. In the top of the 8th, second baseman Chris Taylor hit a sac fly to plate the Raniers' third run. Josh Edgin shut Tacoma down in the 9th to take game two of the series. Jake deGrom will look to make it a second win in a row, when he takes the mound tonight, opposing Tacoma starter Chance Ruffin.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (18-15)_____________________________________


Kevin Plawecki chipped in on both sides of the plate in the series finale against the Harrisburg Senators. In the bottom of the 3rd, he hit a double into right that scored Kyle Johnson for the game's first run. In the 4th, he gunned down the speedy Cutter Dykstra trying to steal second, and in the 5th, he threw out pinch hitter Quincy Latimore and right fielder Caleb Ramsey. Meanwhile, Tyler Pill was effective, tossing five plus innings of scoreless ball, giving up four hits and hitting a batter while striking out a season-high seven batters. After scuffling in the his first three starts (14 innings), Pill has recovered nicely, giving up two earned runs over his last three (15.2 innings), walking three and striking out fourteen.

In the 6th, Dustin Lawley hit a sac fly that gave the B-Mets an insurance run. That run would prove handy when the Senators hit a sac fly of their own in the 7th to finally get on the board. The bullpen held Harrisburg at bay in the final innings of the game and Binghamton won their fourth game in their last five. After an off day today, they'll look to continue those winning ways against the 14-21 Altoona Curve.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (21-15)________________________________________

The St. Lucie Mets had yesterday off, but will be in action tonight against the Tampa Bay Yankees. Gabriel Ynoa will pitch for St. Lucie, while Tampa Bay has yet to announce who will start. The Yankees are coming off of a series loss against the Lakeland Flying Tigers, and have lost six of their lost seven, while the Mets are coming off of a series win against the Palm Beach Cardinals, and have won five of their lost seven.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (24-10)__________________________________


The Sand Gnats jumped out in front early, plating a run on a Jared King ground ball single in the 1st, but they were unable to capitalize for the rest of the game. Utah native Brady Lail gave up just two more hits and a walk over the next five innings, while striking out nine. Chris Flexen was nowhere near as efficient or dominant, giving up five hits and walking four batters, while needing 96 pitches to get into the 6th. In the 3rd, the RiverDogs tied the game up on Mikeson Oliberto RBI double and in the 5th, they scored another two to take the lead. Tim Peterson kept Savannah in the game, pitching two plus scoreless innings, but the offense was unable to score against Charleston relievers Jordan Cote or Cesar Vargas. With the loss, Savannah's five game winning streak was snapped. They'll look to start a new streak tonight, with Kevin McGowan on the hill. Opposing McGowan will be Jaron Long, son of Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long.

Star of the Night

It's not that yesterday was a bad day for the system, butt there wasn't a lot to work with, in terms of individuals going above and beyond, so I'll go with Tyler Pill and his 5+ IP, 7 K performance. My bias towards pitching gives him the edge over Plawecki; I can't help it.

Goat of the Night

I'm going to give it to Vic Black. Black has been pitching relatively well as of late, and has reasserted his name into the Mets bullpen conversation, but the Black we saw yesterday pitched like the Black that lost an almost all but guaranteed roster spot on the big league club earlier this season. Let's hope this is just a blip in the radar, and not a sign of things to come.