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Mets Daily Farm Report, June 4, 2014: Almost McGowan all the way

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

Kevin Plawecki
Kevin Plawecki
Chris McShane

*All results from games played on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (31-25)_____________________________________

BINGHAMTON 15, ALTOONA 6 (Box)

Kevin Plawecki did this', or ‘Kevin Plawecki did that' have become fairly common headlines of late. Well, tonight is no different. The B-Mets derailed the Altoona Curve last night, and though the catcher wasn't exactly the one to put the nail in their coffin, he had a fine night at the plate, going 4-5 with a home run and 4 RBI. The Curve actually jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, touching up Tyler Pill early. The B-Mets went to town in the 5th, scoring a whopping seven runs. Pill started the inning, getting on base via an error on the part of third baseman Jarek Cunningham, and ended the inning, getting thrown out at third after trying to go first to third on an outfield error by right fielder Willy Garcia. They scored runs in the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th innings, putting eight more runs on the board. The Curve managed to plate three more runs of their own on a Willy Garcia home run. Normally, six runs scored would give you more than an ample chance to win, but in this case, Altoona had no chance for the better part of the night.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (33-25)________________________________________

DAYTONA 6, ST. LUCIE 5 (Box)

St. Lucie almost pulled out a win, in spite of themselves. Domingo Tapia, the too-talented-to-be-this-bad Dominican right-hander, couldn't get out of his own way, walking five batters on the night, including four in one inning. That inning, the 3rd, saw the Cubs plate four runs. His night came to a close when, in the 3rd, he walked Jeimer Candelario with the bases loaded to force in a run. Julian Hilario replaced him, and he wasn't much better initially, immediately walking Rock Shoulders to force in another run before getting the last two outs of the inning. Though down 5-1, St. Lucie began chipping away, scoring in the 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 8th. Unfortunately, all those free passes and free runs came back to hurt them, as their comeback ended a run short.

In other news, better news, seven St. Lucie players will represent the team in the 2014 Florida State League All-Star Game, to be held on Saturday, June 14th at McKechnie Field, home of the Bradenton Marauders. Infielders Dilson Herrera and T.J. Rivera, outfielder Brandon Nimmo, catcher Cam Maron, starters Steven Matz and Matt Koch, and reliever Randy Fontanez were all voted to the FSL South team.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (38-17)__________________________________

ASHVILLE 2, SAVANNAH 3 (Box)

Kevin McGowan started the game by retiring the first fourteen batters that he faced, tossing four plus perfect innings before finally allowing a hit, a double into right off of the bat of right fielder Jordan Patterson. He gave up a few more hits and two runs after that, but wound up throwing eight plus innings, giving way to Akeel Morris to finish off the remaining two outs. Savannah jumped out in front in the 1st, plating a pair of runs thanks to a Ryan McMahon throwing error. Jorge Rivero plated what would be a very important insurance run in the 8th, as Morris allowed one of his inherited runners to score on a groundout.

In other Sand Gnat news, seven Savannah players will represent the team in the 2014 South Atlantic League All-Star Game, to be held on Monday, June 16th at L.P. Frans Stadium, home of the Hickory Crawdads. Infielders Jeff McNeil and Gavin Cecchini, starters Kevin McGowan and Miller Diaz, and relievers Akeel Morris, Robert Coles, and Dario Alvarez were all voted to the team. In addition, Luis Rojas will be managing the Southern Division team.

Star of the Night

Kevin McGowan wasn't particularly flashy, but he got the job done last night. He came inches from a complete game, but seemed to run out of gas in the end. Still, there is no shame in pitching eight plus strong innings.

Goat of the Night

What can we say about Domingo Tapia that hasn't already been said?