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Mets Daily Farm Report, June 25, 2014: Tennessee-ya!

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

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*All results from games played on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (47-32)_______________________________________


With a feel-good come-from-behind victory against the Redbirds, the 51s have won seven of their last eight games, and are 7-for-8 against teams from Tennessee. In the early going, it looked like Memphis was going to split the four game series, building up an 8-3 bulge after four innings. There's a reason Las Vegas has the best record in the Pacific Coast League, and the second only to the Syracuse Chiefs in all of AAA-level baseball- you can never count them out.

Reliever Heath Wyatt practically invited Las Vegas to mount a comeback in the 5th, issuing four free passes. After issuing two walks, he got Cory Vaughn to ground into a double play, but Memphis wasn't as lucky when he issued his next two, loading the bases up- Juan Centeno lined a hit off of lefty Justin Wright- no relation to David, but coincidentally, another Virginian- into center for two runs. Brandon Allen pinch hit for John Church next, and he drove in another run- while the move worked out, it kind of makes you wonder: why Allen? He's hitting lefties well this season (.294/.410/.529 in 61 PAs), but his track record is very up-and-down; why not insert into the game someone who has more consistently hit lefties just as well, if not better?

With the bullpen holding the fort down, the combo of Centeno and a pinch hitter burned the Redbirds once again, this time in the 7th. After the catcher drove another line drive into the outfield, Matt den Dekker was called to pinch hit. He smashed the first pitch he saw over the right field wall, a no-doubt-about-it home run that tied the game 8-8. After Vaughn flashed the leather in the top of the 8th to keep the game tied, the 51s took the lead for the first time in the game in the bottom of the inning. Cory Vaughn drove in Andrew Brown and was himself driven in by Allan Dykstra. Buddy Carlyle gave up a hit to Minor League Guy to start the top of the 9th, but he was able to get a fly ball out and a double play to end the game.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (45-32)_____________________________________


Four Binghamton pitchers combined to shutout the Fightin' Phils last night in front of roughly 2,000 paid attendees. Greg Peavey went six innings, allowing four hits, while relievers Randy Fontanez, Adam Kolarek, and Cody Satterwhite combined to throw the final three. Severino Gonzalez, the Reading starter, was a real hard luck loser. He had yet to allow any baserunners before Dustin Lawley walked and Brandon Nimmo went yard in the 5th to give Binghamton a 2-0 lead- the first oppo taco of his career! The B-Mets made those two baserunners count, parlaying them into their seventh win in their last eight games. They look to sweep the Phillies' affiliate tonight, on fireworks night.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (4-2 / 44-31)_____________________________________


Luis Cessa just did not have it last night from the get go. He gave up four runs on five hits in the bottom of the 1st, navigated out of a base runner at second in the 2nd, and then gave up a run in the 3rd and 4th to put St. Lucie in an early 6-1 hole. The offense came alive late, scoring a run in the 5th, 6th, and 7th, but Jupiter relievers Casey McCarthy and Reid Redman shut them down in the 8th and 9th to stop the comeback. Still, they took the series, and they'll look to keep that momentum going against rivals Fort Myers

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (3-3 / 47-25)__________________________________



Ricky Knapp gave up a run in the bottom of the 1st, but the Sand Gnats got that run right back, scoring a run of their own off of RiverDog starter Caleb Smith in the top of the 2nd. The score stayed tied for most of the rest of the game, both teams getting their fair share of base runners but neither able to get that important run across the plate. With a high pitch count, Knapp was sent back to the mound to work the bottom of the 6th, and that decision cost Savannah dearly. After getting the first out, he allowed a single and Gosuke Katoh RBI double. He got one more out, but was pulled in favor of John Mincone after walking Paul's nephew, Michael O'Neill. Mincone promptly gave up an RBI single and a three-run home run, turning what was a close game into a no-doubt victory for Charleston.



The make-up game from Monday saw Dario Alvarez reach double-digit strikeouts in less than six innings of work for the second time this season. The left-hander allowed two hits and a walk in four plus innings of work while striking out ten. He struck out the side in the 4th, getting Dustin Fowler and Eduardo de Oleo swinging and Reymond Nunez looking. In total, six of his strikeouts were swinging, while the other four were looking. Hunter Carnevale replaced Alvarez in the 5th and kept the shutout going, and Akeel Morris finished things, earning his fifth save of the year by striking out the side- two swinging and one looking- in the 9th. Jorge Rivero's double in the 2nd inning gave Savannah the lead, and Matt Oberste scored on a wild pitch in the 9th to give them an insurance run they ultimately wouldn't need- a classic case of stat padding.

Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (8-4)__________________________________


Brooklyn stopped Hudson Valley's momentum last week, and now it seems that turnabout is fair play, as the Cyclones dropped another one to the Renegades. Starter Alberto Baldonado got whacked around for six runs on eight hits. The Cyclones were initially able to keep pace with Hudson Valley, as they tied the score 2-2 in the top of the 2nd inning, but Baldonado's struggles, combined with stingy pitching from Hudson Valley's hurlers from that point on, doomed Brooklyn. The only other run they scored was a Jhoan Urena solo shot in the 4th, his second of the season. With the two-game series in the rear view mirror, the Cyclones will look to start a new winning streak, with the 1-11 Aberdeen IronBirds as their first victims.

Rookie - Kingsport Mets (3-3)__________________________________


Kingsport came back in the bottom of the 9th to snatch a victory away from the Bluefield Blue Jays, bringing their record on the young season to an even 3-3. Bluefield scored three runs off of starter Andrew Massie in the top of the 1st, and one more in the 3rd, giving them an early lead. Kingsport chipped away, scoring in the bottom of the 1st, and then in the 5th and 7th innings to make it a close 4-3 game. Bluefield scored an insurance run in the top of the 9th, giving them a two run lead with the Mets down to their last three outs. The rookies came through, though. With Luis Guillorme and Brandon Brosher on base, Pedro Perez lined a two out line drive into center that scored them both and tied the game. The next batter, Wuilmer Becerra, lined a hit of his own into right that scored Perez and won the game.

Rookie - GCL Mets (3-1)__________________________________


The best way to guarantee a win? Score eleven runs in the 8th inning. The GCL Mets get some points off for allowing two runs in the bottom of the 9th to lose the shutout.

Star of the Night

Call me crazy, and maybe it's the heat of the moment, but I'm going to give the Star of the Night to Matt den Dekker, for his game-tying pinch-hit home run. Dario Alvarez and his ten strikeouts certainly were impressive, but den Dekker's one-and-only swing of the night completely changed the momentum of the 51s game.

Goat of the Night

I should give it to Dan Herrmann for allowing a pair of runs in the 9th inning of a 17-0 route, but John Mincone is going to be our goat, because, unlike Herrmann, the runs he gave up really mattered, and put a comeback out of reach for Savannah.