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Mets Daily Farm Report, May 7, 2014: ¡Flores en fuego!

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

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

*All results from games played on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (22-10)_______________________________________


The 51s knocked in three runs in the 1st, giving starter Dana Eveland a nice, comfortable cushion. Eric Campbell led off the game with a single, and after advancing on a wild pitch, was driven home by the red hot Wilmer Flores. Allan Dykstra came to bat after Flores and swatted his 4th home run of the year, driving in runs two and three. In the top of the 2nd, Juan Centeno of all people sent a ball over the right field wall for his first home run of the season. In the bottom of the inning, Salt Lake catcher Luis Martinez hit two-run shot over the right field fence, halving Las Vegas' lead and in the bottom of the 3rd, first baseman Roberto Lopez hit a two-run shot of his own to tie the game. The rain began falling in the 4th, and the game entered into a 1 hour, 20 minute rain delay mid-inning. Erik Goeddel replaced Eveland when the bottom of the inning began, and pitched a scoreless inning. He was struck by the ball while recording the final out of the inning, a groundball off the bat of shortstop Shawn O'Malley, and was taken out of the game as a result. Dustin Richardson replaced Bees starter Jarrett Grube in the top of the 5th and was immediately roughed up. After giving up singles to Centeno and Campbell, Wilmer Flores launched his fifth home run of the year over the left field fences, breaking the tie and giving the 51s a three-run edge. Despite throwing 10 strikes in 11 total pitches, Joel Carreno was a little too hittable in the bottom of the inning, allowing back-to-back doubles that plated a Salt Lake run, chipping into Las Vegas' lead. Carreno pitched a scoreless 6th, but was removed in the 7th after putting two Bees on base, via a hit and a walk. Zack Thornton induced what should've been an inning ending 3-6-1 double play, but Wilmer Flores let loose an errant throw trying to complete the play that got away from the covering pitcher at first, allowing a run to score. In the 9th, Vic Black was called upon to protect a narrow one run lead against the bottom third of the Salt Lake order. Despite a 99 MPH electric fastball, Black made things interesting. With one out, Shawn O'Malley hit a liner down the first baseline, past a diving Brandon Allen for a double. In a fit of base running stupidity that must run in the blood of all Irish middle infielders, he attempted to steal third, but was gunned down by Juan Centeno. The next two batters both knocked base hits, which would have scored O'Malley and tied the game if he hadn't gotten himself thrown out at third. After walking the tightrope, Black got second baseman Taylor Lindsey to fly out to Matt den Dekker in center, ending the game.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (14-14)_____________________________________


The B-Mets got out front first, but Hansel Robles couldn't hold the lead as Binghamton lost the first game in their series against the Fisher Cats, dropping to .500 on the season in the process. The bats provided some offense in the early going, with Wilfredo Tovar driving in a run in the 2nd and Matt Clark driving in two in the 3rd with his seventh home run of the year, but two spots in the 3rd and 5th against Robles put the B-Mets behind midway through. Jayce Boyd led off the 6th inning with his first home run of the year, tying the game, but New Hampshire got that run right back in the bottom of the inning on a pair of doubles by DH Mike McDade and left fielder Mike Crouse, putting them back in the driver's seat. Against Cody Satterwhite in the 7th, New Hampshire added an insurance run, but it would prove unnecessary, as the B-Mets were unable to muster anything against reliever Scott Gracey in the game's final two innings. The B-Mets will look to get things going tonight with Greg Peavy on the mound. Opposing him will be Casey Lawrence, who is currently sports the 10th lowest ERA in the Eastern League.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (18-14)________________________________________


Less than 24 hours after having a sandwich that Ted Berg would approve of named after him at a Port Jefferson deli, Steven Matz logged his second consecutive uninspiring start. On a late morning when Steven Matz didn't really have his best stuff, the St. Lucie offense carried the burden of victory for most of the game, until some bullpen woes and mental mistakes turned what should have been a win against a sub .500 team into a tough loss. Matz gave up a double to the first batter he faced, and let him steal third, before a sac fly scored him, putting the Stone Crabs up 1-0 within minutes of the game starting. He walked a batter as well, but got a timely double play to end the inning. St. Lucie was quick to recoup the run, as Gilbert Gomez doubled to lead off the 2nd inning, and was plated on a Phil Evans RBI single. Jairo Perez cracked a home run over the left field fence- his third home run in the month of May- in the top of the 3rd, but Charlotte scratched back and tied the game in the bottom of the inning on two line drives and a bloop that dunked in near first base. After a scoreless 4th, St. Lucie pulled ahead once more in the 5th, on Maikis De La Cruz' third home run of the season. Jake Kuebler replaced Matz in the 6th inning and allowed a pair of runs in his first inning of work, giving Charlotte the lead. The Mets tied the seesaw affair back up in the top of the 7th, when Dilson Herrera drove in Albert Cordero. In the bottom of the inning, Charlotte scored two more runs, taking the lead once more, all pretty much because of Phil Evans. Evans flubbed not just one, but two plays that should have been routine double plays. The first was a missed catch that should've began a double play, but instead helped load the bases. The second was an errant throw to first to complete a double play, but instead allowed two runners to cross home. The Stone Crabs scored three more insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th, but that was mostly because Julian Hilario was being Julian Hilario. After allowing a run to score on a couple of hits, the Dominican right-hander gave up an inside-the-park home run to Charlotte third baseman Tyler Goeddel that scored two more. St. Lucie eeked out one more run in the 9th, when Dilson Herrera drove in Albert Cordero for the second time, but Marcus Jensen held fast to put a nail in the Mets' coffin. With the loss, St. Lucie ended their most recent road trip with a 4-2 record. They return to Tradition Field tonight, on All You Can Eat and a Seat Wednesday, to take on the Palm Beach Cardinals.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (20-9)__________________________________


Star of the Night

Jayce Boyd has a very strong case but Wilmer Flores gets the edge because his performance was the difference in the game. The shortstop heir apparent is on fire, swatting four home runs in as many days, going 8-16 during that period.

Goat of the Night

Maybe he doesn't necessarily deserve it, but I'm feeling mean spirited. For at least the third time that I've assigned it- let alone any of my fellow colleagues- Julian Hilario is the Goat of the Night.