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Mets Daily Farm Report, May 24, 2014: It's Splitsville, daddy-o

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

Chris McShane

*All results from games played on Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51s (32-16)______________________________________


The 51s took a 5-4 lead into the eighth inning, thanks to a solo homer off the bat of Josh Satin, but Sacramento's Stephen Vogt countered with a two-run shot off of Buddy Carlyle to put the River Cats ahead for good. Meanwhile, the on-again, off-again relationship between Wally Backman and Cesar Puello continues. One night after going two-for-five with a triple, Puello was back on the bench in favor of a Kirk Nieuwenhuis-Matt den Dekker-Andrew Brown outfield arrangement. That said, Puello did find his way into the game eventually, swiping a bag after pinch-running for designated hitter Allan Dykstra.

  • CF Matt den Dekker: 2-5, R, 3B, RBI
  • 3B Josh Satin: 2-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, K
  • DH Allan Dykstra: 0-3, RBI, BB, K
  • PR-DH: Cesar Puello: 0-0, SB
  • RF Andrew Brown: 1-5, R, 2B, K
  • 1B Brandon Allen: 0-1. 3 BB
  • LF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1-3, RBI, BB, K
  • C Xorge Carrillo: 1-3, R, BB
  • SS Omar Quintanilla: 0-4
  • 2B Daniel Muno: 0-3. R, BB, K
  • RHP Logan Verrett: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Zack Thornton: 1.1 IP, 0 H, ER, BB, 0 K

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (25-21)______________________________________


While the 51s were done in by a late-inning River Cats home run, the B-Mets clinched a victory against the New Britain Rock Cats in a similar fashion. Tyler Pill turned in his best start of the year to date, hurling six innings of one-run ball and striking out five in the process. Kevin Plawecki was the star offensively, as he had another multi-hit game, his fifth in the last ten contests. The first base knock was a double to left that plated a run, then in the eighth inning, he connected for a tie-breaking solo shot in, his second big fly in as many nights. After a weak April (just two doubles), Plawecki has slugged .541 over the last 30 days to bring his seasonal percentage up to a respectable .465.

  • LF Kyle Johnson: 1-4, RBI, K
  • SS Matt Reynolds: 1-3, R, BB, K, SB
  • C Kevin Plawecki: 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI
  • 1B Matt Clark: 0-4, 2 K
  • RF Cory Vaughn: 1-3, K, HBP
  • 3B Dustin Lawley: 1-4
  • CF Darrell Ceciliani: 1-4, K, CS
  • DH Travis Taijeron: 1-2, R, 2B, BB, K
  • 2B Wilfredo Tovar: 0-2, BB
  • RHP Tyler Pill: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 5 K
  • RHP Chase Bradford: 1 IP, 2 K

High-A - St. Lucie Mets (29-19)______________________________________


St. Lucie cruised to an easy win over the Clearwater Threshers, a team named for a shark that's named for the tool used to separate wheat from chaff. Speaking of harvesting, Dilson Herrera and Brandon Nimmo continue to prove they're the cream of the crop. The two table-setters combined to go four-for-seven with four runs scored. At present, Herrera is leading the Florida State League and he even drew a walk yesterday to push his OBP to a very nice .375.

  • SS Dilson Herrera: 2-3, 2 R, BB, CS
  • CF Brandon Nimmo: 2-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI
  • 3B T.J. Rivera: 1-4, R, 2B, RBI
  • DH Jairo Perez: 1-3, R. 2 RBI
  • C Cam Maron: 1-3. BB
  • 2B Phillip Evans: 1-4. 2B, 2 RBI
  • 1B Cole Frenzel: 0-4, 2 K
  • RF Eudy Pina: 1-4
  • LF Maikis De La Cruz: 0-3, K
  • RHP Matt Koch: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, K
  • RHP Seth Lugo: 3 IP, H, 2 K

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (31-15)_____________________________________


Robert Gsellman put the Savannah in an early hole by giving up five runs in five-plus innings, but the pesky Gnats hung a five-spot on Lexington reliever Luke Farrell in the seventh inning. Dominic Smith led off the frame by reaching on an error, Victor Cruzado and Stefan Sabol then joined him on the bases via walks, while Matt Oberste and Jeff Glenn followed with RBI singles. The three other runs were plated by Patrick Biondi (hit by pitch), Gavin Cecchini (sac fly), and L.J. Mazzilli (RBI single). Mini-Maz has been on a tear (7-for-15 with two homers) since word broke that the great Yogi Berra gave him some batting tips.

Unfortunately, those five runs were the only ones Savannah would score. Excellent relief work by John Mincone, Tim Peterson, and Paul Paez stretched this game into extras, but Lexington eventually won via walk-off in the 13th inning.

  • CF Patrick Biondi: 0-6, RBI, K, HBP
  • SS Gavin Cecchini: 1-4, 2B, RBI, BB, K
  • 3B Jeff McNeil: 0-6, K
  • 2B L.J. Mazzilli: 2-5, RBI, BB, 2 K
  • 1B Dominic Smith: 1-6, R
  • RF VIctor Cruzado: 2-5, R, BB, K
  • LF Stefan Sabol: 0-5, R, BB
  • DH Matt Oberste: 1-5, R, RBI, BB
  • C Jeff Glenn: 2-5, R, 2B, RBI, K
  • C Colton Plaia: 0-1
  • RHP Robert Gsellman: 5.1 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, BB, 3 K
  • LHP John Mincone: 2.2 IP, H, 0 BB, 5 K
  • RHP Tim Peterson: 2 IP, 0 H, 3 K

Star of the Night
Josh Satin and Kevin Plawecki were the only farmhands to find the bleachers yesterday, but since the young catcher's homer was a dramatic, go-ahead shot in the eighth inning of a tie game, let's grant him sole custody of the star.

Goat of the Night
Relievers blew a couple late leads last night, though none had goat-worthy meltdowns. Instead, let's grant those to Wally Backman for continuing to yo-yo Cesar Puello in and out of the lineup.