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Mets Daily Farm Report, June 23, 2014: C-C-C-Combo Breaker!

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

Josh Satin
Josh Satin
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*All results from games played on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (42-32)_______________________________________

MEMPHIS 7,  LAS VEGAS 5 / 11 (Box)

Winners of five straight, the red hot 51s took on the Memphis Redbirds in an afternoon matinee that took eleven innings to finally decide. Unfortunately, the Cardinals' AAA affiliate ruined our momentum, scoring two runs in the 11th inning that the Las Vegas offense could not get back. In the early going, it looked like Memphis was going to take this game easy. They scored three runs in the top of the 4th and another two in the top of the 6th to make it a 5-0 ballgame going into late innings. The 51s clawed their way back, scoring a run in the bottom of the 6th on an Andrew Brown double, and tying it in the 7th with a four run inning. Cesar Puello, pinch hitting for Erik Goeddel, got things started with a walk, and when the dust settled, the game was tied. Matt Reynolds drove in a run with his second double of the game, Alan Dykstra drive in a pair, and Josh Satin lined a double into center for one more. Neither team scored in regulation, so into extra innings we went. The Redbirds went down quickly in the top of the 10th, while the 51s prolonged their half- despite men on first and second with only one out, they were unable to score. In the top of the 11th, Zack Thornton surrendered two runs, giving up a double to Randal Grichuk with two men on. The offense went down quickly in the bottom of the inning, and just like that, Las Vegas is suddenly one a one-game losing streak!

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (43-32)_____________________________________


Coming into the yesterday's loss to the Baysox, it had been nearly a calendar week since the last time the B-Mets had tasted defeat. But, all things must come to an end, and in just two hours and fifteen minutes, poof. Matthew Bowman was on the mound for Binghamton, and he actually pitched a pretty good game, despite being tabbed for the loss. He basically made two mistakes all afternoon, a Niuman Romero line drive in the 3rd inning that plated a run, and a 5th inning solo shot off the bat of Kyeong Kang. Despite having perhaps the most potent line-up of all of the Mets' farm teams, the B-Mets weren't able to get anything going against Bowie starter Zach Davies, who threw seven shutout innings, or the two relievers that followed him.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (3-1 / 43-30)_____________________________________

ST. LUCIE 10, JUPITER 6 / 8 (Box)

After taking two of three from their first half champion Miracle, St. Lucie moved on to Jupiter, where they looked to keep the good times rolling against the hapless Hammerheads. They did just that, beating them 10-6 in a rain-shortened eight inning game. St. Lucie got things started with a four run inning in the 2nd, and didn't look back from here. They smacked 19 hits off of hapless Hammerhead pitching, scoring ten runs in total. Jupiter scored a few runs, but the closest they were able to get was within two runs, and that was all the way back in the 2nd.  

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (2-2 / 46-24)__________________________________


Savannah took the lead early, but some late inning bullpen issues coupled with bad fundies lost them the rubber game of the series yesterday evening. The Sand Gnats got on the board first, plating a run in the 2nd on a Stefan Sabol sac fly and another in the 3rd on a Victor Cruzado groundout, but Chris Flexen and reliever Paul Paez were unable to hold the lead. Flexen allowed a run in the bottom of the 5th, and another in the 6th. Paez took over for Flexen mid-inning, and one more inherited runner scored thanks to a Colton Plaia throwing error. Nelfi Zapata started the top of the 7th out with an error, and three runs came home to score, all unearned, as a result. The Sand Gnats were able to get a man on in both the 8th and 9th, but the Drive squashed both attempts at a late inning rally before they could materialize.

Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (8-2)__________________________________


Make it six straight, two consecutive sweeps for the boys from Brooklyn. The Cyclones scored first, with the speedy Tucker Tharp scoring on a variation of the classic Reyes run- he singled, stole second, was moved over to third on Amed Rosario's single, and came home to score on a groundout (that also happened to be a double play). The IronBirds tied the game up in the bottom of the third on a bases loaded sac fly, but that was the only run that either Carlos Valdez or Gaither Bumgardner would allow. Brooklyn immediately took the lead back on a Michael Bernal solo homer, and would eventually go on to win by that margin.

Rookie - Kingsport Mets (2-2)__________________________________


The Bluefield Blue Jays stood no chance against Kingsport's bats. Starter Alberto Guzman gave up two runs in one inning, and his replacement Miguel Burgos allowed three more runs- including home runs by Brandon Brosher and Ivan Wilson- over four more. Yoryi Nuez was solid, allowing only one run in five plus innings, and his replacement, Craig Missigman was solid himself. Converted infielder Ismael Tijerina came in to replace Missigman in the 9th after loaded the bases with no outs. Tijerina induced a double play- the lead runner scored- and a groundout to end the game. Speaking of converted position players, Carlos Martinez pitched three scoreless innings in relief for Bluefield over the game's final three innings. Martinez is a former outfielder, and his outing today was the first time he's ever stepped on the mound in a professional baseball game.

Rookie - GCL Mets (1-1)__________________________________


Star of the Night

So many choices. Six players had three or more hits, and four players hit two or more doubles. Josh Satin and Eudy Pina find themselves on both lists, both of them going 3-4 with three doubles, so they will share SotN honors.

Goat of the Night

Have to give it to Zack Thornton. Relievers blowing games in extra innings is a peeve of mine.