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Mets Daily Farm Report, May 19, 2014: Bullpain

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

Brown delivers
Brown delivers
Joel Auerbach

*All results from games played on Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (31-12)_______________________________________


Allan Dykstra got Las Vegas on the board in the 1st with a homer. Omar Quintanilla plated two more with a homer of his own in the 4th. In the 5th, Andrew Brown hit a two-run homer and Kai Gronauer doubled to plate two more. Despite being up 7-0 going into the bottom of the 5th, the 51s couldn't hold on to their commanding lead, dropping their first game in a week. Logan Verrett allowed a Tyler Greene solo home run in the bottom of the 5th, but the Chihuahuas did most of their damage in the 6th. Five consecutive hits- three singles and a double- to start the inning drove in three runs and ended Verrett's night. It is worth noting that a few of those hits were bloops or products of bad defensive luck, but regardless, the stage was set for bad things to happen. Joel Carreno came in to relieve him and quickly got two outs, though one was a sac fly. He then let things get out of control, walking a batter and giving up two more doubles. When El Paso came into the inning, they were down 7-1; when they left, they were up 8-7. The Las Vegas offense was still primed, and immediately went back to work, scoring two more runs on a Zach Lutz two-run homer. Unfortunately, the Chihuahuas offense was just as capable, and scored two runs of their own on solo home runs off the bats of shortstop Jace Peterson and left fielder Jake Goebbert. Brown led off the 9th with a line drive double into right, and advanced to third on a Kirk Nieuwenhuis groundout, but Zack Lutz wasn't able to come up in the clutch to drive him home, and Omar Quintanilla did typical Omar Quintanilla things, grounding out weakly to end the game. All in all, with a combined seven home runs, this was a very PCL game.

Despite the loss, the 51s won three of four from El Paso. They'll be beaming over to Fresno to start a four-game set against the Grizzlies before returning to the mother ship of Cashman Field for a four-game set against the Sacramento River Cats.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (23-16)_____________________________________


After sitting around the .500 mark a week ago, the B-Mets fattened up on the sub-.500 Altoona Curve and New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and hung on yesterday afternoon to win their 5th game in a row, beating the Fisher Cats in fourteen innings. The game should never have gone to extra innings in the first place, as the B-Mets had a 7-0 lead (sound familiar?) going into the bottom of the 6th. Tyler Pill, up to nearly 90 pitches on the afternoon and apparently tiring, gave up a pair of runs that inning, and in the 7th, after loading the bases, T.J. Chism walked a batter and hit a batter, forcing in two runs. Jon Velasquez, brought in to finish the inning, gave up a double that scored another three, and suddenly the game was tied 7-7. In the top of the 8th, the B-Mets scored a run on a Kevin Plawecki RBI single, but New Hampshire scored a run of their own in the bottom of the inning off of Jack Leathersich to tie the game once again. Neither team would score in the 9th, necessitating extra innings. Though the Fisher Cats threatened in the 12th, and Binghamton threatened in the 13th, neither team scored. Finally, in the 14th inning, the B-Mets plated a run. With one out, Kyle Johnson doubled, and back-to-back singles by Brian Burgamy and Matt Reynolds moved him over and drove him in. John Church came in to pitch the bottom of the 14th, and tossed a clean inning, earning his first save of the season.

When everything was said and done, the game was clocked at 4 hours and 41 minutes, the longest contest the B-Mets have played since a 15-inning game with the Portland Sea Dogs on July 12th, 2013, that took 5 hours and 2 minutes to complete. Wilfredo Tovar, who was 1-5 with an RBI, was hit by a pitch in the 12th, and removed from the game. We'll have to keep an eye on that situation.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (22-17)________________________________________


Gabriel Ynoa had a very strong start, but Paul Sewald gave up a run in relief of him, and that was all the Flying Tigers needed to win game three of the series. Lakeland got on the board first, plating a run in the bottom of the 3rd, but Dilson Herrera tied it with a monster solo homer and Eudy Pina hit a ball through the hole to give the Mets the lead, 2-1, in the 4th. The lead would be short lived, as Jeff McVaney hit a double in the 5th that tied the game- and almost gave Lakeland the lead, had Maikis De La Cruz and relay man Phil Evans not thrown out catcher Drew Longley at home, trying to score from first. The game stayed tied until the 8th, when DH Lance Durham lined a shot into left that De La Cruz misplayed, initially breaking in when he should have been backpedaling. The ball glanced off of his glove and rolled to the wall, allowing the winning run to cross the plate. Flying Tiger closer Angel Nesbitt was brought in in the top of the 9th and pitched a quick 1-2-3 inning, sealing St. Lucie's loss.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (28-14)__________________________________


Andujarmania was running wild yesterday afternoon at Grayson Stadium, brother. Miguel Andujar, the RiverDogs third baseman had a monster night at the plate, going 3-4 with a pair of home runs and 5 RBI in Charleston's 10-3 rout of Savannah. Chris Flexen started off a little shaky, loading the bases with a walk and two hit batters in the 1st, but recovered nicely and allowed only a single run through four innings. In the 5th, Andujar hit his first homer of the afternoon, a three-run shot, and in the 6th, after giving up a double and a walk, was pulled from the game, needing 96 pitches to get through five plus. Down 5-0, the Sand Gnats got on the board in the bottom of the 6th on back-to-back RBI singles from Dom Smith and Victor Cruzado to make it a 5-3 ballgame, but Charleston beat up on Dawrin Frias in the 7th and Robert Coles in the 9th to score five more runs and turn the game into a blowout in late innings. Of note, the three runs scored against Coles in the 9th broke his streak of 18.1 scoreless innings.

For the first time in 2014, Savannah has lost three games in a row. Kevin McGowan will take the mound for the Sand Gnats tonight, looking to break the streak. Opposing him will be Yankees 2013 first-round pick (33 overall) Ian Clarkin

Star of the Night

There were a few plus hitting performances, but Andrew Brown probably had the best time at the plate, going 4-5 with a double and a home run.

Goat of the Night

Both the Las Vegas and Binghamton bullpens were putrid yesterday. It's hard to say which was worse- Binghamton's gave up more runs overall, but Las Vegas' possibly prevented us from seeing Jeff Francoeur pitch late innings in a blowout- so I think it's a push, and they all get horns.