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Mets Daily Farm Report, June 2, 2014: No one can swat the Sand Gnats

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

Jeff McNeil
Jeff McNeil
Gordon Donovan

*All results from games played on Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (34-23)_______________________________________


Las Vegas has been scuffling of late, and given all of the recent roster moves, it is understandable. After going 11-4 in the first half of May, the 1st place 51s went 6-11. With June upon us, Wally Backman and his club were looking to turn the page and put that rough patch behind them. With Greg Peavey on the mound, it was going to be an uphill battle, though, as he has had some trouble in his first couple of AAA starts. Unfortunately, yesterday afternoon was no different. The Oregon State alumnus gave up a run in the 1st, but then allowed three in the 2nd and three in the 3rd. Down that much so early, the motley collection of hitters that made up the line-up just weren't able to get their team back in the game. Lucas Harrell, pitching for the Aces, was solid, giving up one run in the 2nd, and then another team in the 7th, when he was running out of game. The offense was able to scratch one more run off of the Reno bullpen, but it was too little, too late.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (30-25)_____________________________________


The B-Mets were 4-0 against the Rock Cats coming into this series, having won all four games against the sub-.500 Rock Cats last weekend. In a stunning turn of events, New Britain swept the B-Mets this weekend, the first time Binghamton was swept in a three-game series this season. The team combined to go 3-30 with runners in scoring position, and left 31 runners stranded on the bases over the course of the series

Alex Panteliodis toed the rubber yesterday afternoon, making his AA debut. While things looked under control in the first couple of innings, as he and Rock Cats starter Paul Dean traded zeroes, things fell apart quickly. In the 4th, he started the inning by allowing four consecutive singles. After recording an out, he allowed a double, a single, and a walk before getting the next out, and giving way to Jon Velasquez. All in all, five runs scored that inning. The B-Mets scored in the top of the 5th, thanks to a throwing error on the part of New Britain's first baseman, but other than that run, the offense was unable to do anything against the Rock Cats' pitchers. They didn't exactly make mincemeat out of the B-Mets line-up, as Binghamton did notch eight hits and four walks, most of them against Paul Dean, but the B-Mets were simply unable to capitalize- the story of this entire series.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (33-23)________________________________________


Steven Matz, Paul Seward, and Beck Wheeler combined to shutout the Daytona Cubs yesterday afternoon, bumping St. Lucie to ten games over the .500 mark. The Mets left-hander threw a season high 101 pitches, lowering his season ERA from 1.95 to 1.73 with his six plus innings of work, and while he didn't strikeout an obscene amount of batters and walked a pair, he kept his strikeout to walk ratio at roughly 3:1, with his K/9 rate slightly over 8 batters, and his BB/9 rate just under three. The offense helped him out, breaking out of nearly a week long slump by scoring six runs on eleven hits. Seven of nine Mets in the line-up had a hit, and all nine penciled into the line-up care got on base in one form or another. While it was a close game early on, St. Lucie broke things open in the 7th inning, when they scored four runs. Seward and Wheeler pitched flawless innings in the 8th and 9th, respectively. With the first two games in the books, St. Lucie looks to win a third in a row, and take the series.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (37-16)__________________________________


With a win last night, the Sand Gnats' 37-16 record is the best in the entire South Atlantic League. Their win last night, a combination of good pitching and situational hitting, demonstrated just why that is. After giving up a run in the top of the 2nd inning, John Gant settled down, not allowing another base runner until the 5th, and a hit until the 6th. Savannah didn't stay in the hole for long, as L.J. Mazzilli hit his sixth home run of the year to tie the game in the bottom of the 2nd. In the 3rd, Jeff McNeil lined a rope into center to score Colton Plaia and Patrick Biondi, and give the Sand Gnats a 3-1 lead. Gant showed cracks late, allowing lead-off triples in the 6th and 7th innings. Both scored, making it a tie game going into the 8th. Dawrin Frias, pitching in the top of the 8th, allowed a lead-off double, but stranded the runner on third. The Braves bullpen was not so lucky. Like Frias, Rome reliever Brady Feigl allowed a double to lead-off the inning. Like Frias, that runner was bunted over to third. What separated the men from the boys is that Savannah was able to get that runner home, as chopped an infield single to the left side of the diamond to score Plaia and give the Sand Gnats the lead. Robert Coles got warm in a hurry and though he allowed two hits, locked down the inning for his tenth save of the season.

The win yesterday was their third of four in the four game series against Rome, making them 10-2 against the Braves in 2014. Tonight, they'll take on the Ashville Tourists, the first series against them this year.

Star of the Night

For his late inning heroics, Jeff McNeil gets the SotN. He notched two other hits asides for that fateful one in the bottom of the 8th, and stole his 13th base of the season as well. The unheralded infielder has four multi-hit games in his last five, and is hitting a cool .346/.415/.489 on the season.

Goat of the Night

Greg Peavey and Alex Panteliodis both pitched clunkers last night, but I'm going to give Alex a break, since it was his debut against tougher AA hitters. Peavey, he has no such excuse, and will wear the goat horns.