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Mets Daily Farm Report, June 30, 2014: Pitching: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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

Matt Bowman
Matt Bowman
Gordon Donovan

*All results from games played on Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (48-35)_______________________________________


It was close, but in the end, Sacramento just proved too much for the 51s, winning the series by taking three of four games. In the 1st, River Cats starter Arnold Leon uncorked a wild pitch with Kevin Plawecki at the plate, allowing Matt Reynolds to score the first run of the game. Las Vegas didn't hold the lead for long, as Sacramento second baseman Jake Elmore started the 2nd inning off with a picture perfect bunt down the third base line, and later came home to score a few batters later, tying the game. It stayed tied until the 5th, when Nick Buss, River Cats center fielder, smashed a solo home run off of Darin Gorski to give Sacramento the lead. Overall, Gorski pitched fairly well, allowing six hits in six innings, with two walks and eight strikeouts, but the two runs that he allowed were still enough to make him the losing pitcher of record.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (48-33)_____________________________________


The B-Mets jumped all over Curve starter Pat Ludwig early, pounding out six runs in the first three innings of the game, four in the 2nd and two in the 3rd. Travis Taijeron, Kai Gronauer, starter Matt Bowman, and Dilson Herrera all drove in runs in the 2nd, and Jayce Boyd and Taijeron plated the runs in the 3rd. The aforementioned Bowman pitched a great game, moving on to the pitching side of things, allowing two runs- one earned- in seven innings, walking one and striking out nine. Jack Leathersich pitched a perfect 8th, striking out all three batters he faced- something Bowman somehow didn't manage, despite all his strikeouts- but Ryan Fraser wasn't as lucky, giving up two runs in the bottom of the 9th. Fortunately, Binghamton built up a sufficient lead that the two late Altoona runs didn't matter.

The win was Binghamton's third in a row, and the series win represented their sixth in a row. They'll look to end June on a winning note against the New Britain Rock Cats. They are

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (6-3 / 46-32)_____________________________________


We had ourselves a good ol' fashioned pitching duel yesterday afternoon down at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie. Michael Fulmer and Jason Creasy both turned in quality starts for their respective teams. Fulmer allowed three hits and walked two, while striking out eight over seven innings, while Creasy allowed four hits and a run over six, striking out five. The lone run for the entire game came in the bottom of the second, when Aderlin Rodriguez, Gavin Cecchini, Phil Evans, and Albert Cordero hit four consecutive singles. Gavin Cecchini tried to score on the Cordero RBI single that plated Aderlin, but was thrown out, and the next two Mets batters were unable to do anything against Creasy, so while that one run was proved enough to win the ballgame, more runs could have been had. This was Fulmer's third start against the Marauders, and the right-hander has owned them all season. He is 2-0 against Bradenton, and has an eighteen inning scoreless streak against them. St. Lucie looks to sweep Bradenton tonight in the series finale.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (7-4 / 51-26)__________________________________

ROME 12, SAVANNAH 15 (Box)

This one can only be described by one word: slobberknocker! The Rome Braves and the Savannah Sand Gnats beat each other like government mules, and as god as my witness, the Sand Gnats broke Rome's pitching in half. Champ Stuart and Matt Oberste were harder to get out than $2 steaks, each of them going 4-4. Through hell, fire, and brimstone, the Savannah Sand Gnats pulled out a very ugly victory.

Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (11-6)__________________________________


Dillon Gee was on the mound at Richmond County Ballpark to start for the Cyclones, and he fared mostly well in his rehab start, allowing a run on four hits while allowing a walk and striking out six over two plus innings. He allowed a double, a walk, and two single to start the game, but recovered to get out of the inning without allowing further damage. With some of that adrenaline under control, he allowed only one more hit over the 1.2 innings he remained on the mound for. Overall, he threw 55 pitches, 36 of them for strikes. He is slated to start again for Brooklyn on July 4th.

In the 6th inning, both teams scored four runs. In the top of the inning, the Staten Island Yankees touched up Corey Oswalt, working his third inning. All of the hits were solid line drives into the outfield without any help from the wind (which blows in most of the time, anyway). In the bottom of the inning, Brooklyn plated four runs of their own to keep the score within one run. After Jersey native David Palladino loaded up the bases, Jhoan Urena reached on an error, allowing one run to score. After Michael Katz struck out, Michael Bernal grounded out to shortstop to allow the second run to score. Tyler Moore and Jeff Diehl notched two consecutive hits to drive in one run apiece before Dimas Ponce grounded out to end the inning. Despite their offensive outburst in the 6th, Brooklyn was unable to get anything much going against Jordan Foley, who relieved Paladino and pitch the 7th and 8th innings. In the 9th, the Cyclones almost came back, but their attempt fell just short, with Tomas Nido striking out against Justin Kamplain to end the game, with Amed Rosario on third and Adrian Abreu on second.

Rookie - Kingsport Mets (5-5)__________________________________



Not much to say here, folks. Sloppy field (rain), sloppy team, sloppy loss.


Rookie - GCL Mets (4-4)__________________________________


Star of the Night

Matt Bowman, with Darin Gorski and Michael Fulmer right on his tail

Goat of the Night

Paul Paez