*All results from games played on Saturday, July 12th, 2014
Triple-A - Las Vegas 51s (56-42)_______________________________________
ALBUQUERQUE 6, LAS VEGAS 5 (Box)
OF Cory Vaughn (Photo credit: Bryan Green)
The 51s were sailing right along, having scored in three of the first five innings. That is, until Las Vegas reliever John Church -- who has been having a solid year otherwise -- entered and not only allowed plenty of men on base, allowed a pair of balls over the wall as well.
Four-plus innings of very strong relief work from the Isotopes bullpen, including a scoreless inning from Robert Carson, managed to hold the 51s bats at bay as they would go 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position over the final four innings. Old friend Mike Baxter also went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in this one. Oh and in case you were wondering, the thermometer read 102° at the time of first pitch at Cashman Field yesterday.
- C Kevin Plawecki: DNP (.214/.313/.405); He was likely already out in Minnesota where we'll see him in the Future game TONIGHT at 5pm on MLB Network.
- SS Matt Reynolds: 1-5, R, 3 K, SB(4) (.337/.389/.453)
- 2B Wilmer Flores: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB, K (.326/.368/.588); Flores is batting .356 with seven homers in 18 games since returning to Las Vegas; he's also currently riding a 17-game hitting streak. Might be hard for fans in Queens to see it so far, but this is a major league-quality bat.
- CF Matt den Dekker: 0-2, R,3 BB (.312/.372/.502)
- LF Cesar Puello: 0-2 (.233/.333/.354)
- PH Allan Dykstra: 0-1, K (.282/.428/.516)
- RF Andrew Brown: 0-2, R, BB (.307/.395/.596)
- C Juan Centeno: 1-4, 2 K, PB(9) (.290/.339/.342)
- 3B Josh Satin: 1-5, 2B, RBI, K (.304/.402/.429)
- LF-RF Cory Vaughn: 3-5, 2B, RBI (.266/.360/.385); More than anything Vaughn's relative success in this hitting environment just makes me more concerned about Puello.
- RHP Gonzalez Germen: 1 IP; Germen has not allowed a run in eight minor league appearances in 2014.
- RHP Giancarlo Alvarado: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER,4 BB, 2 K, HR (3-4, 7.79, 67 IP, 85 H, 44 BB, 40 K, 9 HR)
- RHP Ryan Reid: 3 IP, BB, 3 K (3-1, 3.51, 51.1 IP, 61 H, 23 BB, 45 K, 1 HR, 3.12 GB:FB)
- RHP John Church: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER , 1 BB, 0 K, 2 HR, WP (1-2, 3.81, 26 IP, 28 H, 10 BB, 24 K, 3 HR)
Double-A - Binghamton Mets (56-38)_______________________________________
BINGHAMTON 9, ERIE 3 (Box)
1B Jayce Boyd (Photo credit: Gordon Donovan)
This was a bit of a see-saw affair. The B-Mets scored early only to watch the SeaWolves come storming back, Heading into the ninth, Binghamton had managed to edge out the narrowest of leads -- that is, until a Brandon Nimmo double sparked a five-run frame to put this one out of reach.
- LF Brandon Nimmo: 1-5, 2B, R (.190/.326/.354); No one will ever question the on-base ability, but he has to prove that the hit tool is also a major league-caliber tool to live up to the hype. I also don't like that he's only playing center in about two-thirds of his games so far in Double-A.
- 2B Dilson Herrera: 3-5, 2B, R, K, PO (.330/.394/.466); Herrera has now hit in 17 of his first 21 games at Double-A and had multiple hits in seven of those efforts. The .136 ISO so far is also a pretty exciting development.
- 1B Jayce Boyd: 3-4, HR(4), R, 3 RBI (.262/346/.362); While it hasn't been an awful year for the 23-year-old slugger, that power is going to have to blossom if he's ever going to make a run at a major league role; could easily see another in the Satin/Lutz/Campbell mold here.
- 3B Brian Burgamy: 1-2, R, 3 BB, CS(2) (.264/.356/.490); The 33-year-old switch-hitter and former indy leaguer ranks sixth in the league in OPS.
- SS T.J. Rivera: 1-5, R, K (.333/.400/.458); Rivera quietly represents a similarly legit major league utility profile as Matt Reynolds -- except the Bronx product was undrafted.
- DH Dustin Lawley: 2-5, R, 2 RBI (.245/.296/.470)
- CF Darrell Ceciliani: 2-5, 2 R, RBI, 2 K (.271/.309/.384)
- RF Travis Taijeron: 1-5, RBI, BB K (.248/.361/.505)
- C Kai Gronauer: 2-4, HR(1), K (.286/.375/.500); Not surprisingly, Double-A suits the 28-year-old German-born backstop much better, after batting .167 in 17 games at Las Vegas.
- RHP Cory Mazzoni: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 9 K (2-0, 4.50, 12 IP, 10 H, 4 BB, 10 K, 0 HR)
- RHP Cody Satterwhite: 1 IP, 1 H (3-1, 1.52, 41.1 IP, 26 H, 15 BB, 45 K, 1 HR); Wouldn't be surprised to see this guy in September.
- LHP Jack Leathersich: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (1-2, 2.56, 38.2 IP, 29 H, 17 BB, 67 K, 1 HR); How very un-Leathersich.
High-A - St. Lucie Mets (13-7 / 53-36)_______________________________________
LAKELAND 4, ST. LUCIE 5 (10) (Box)
SS Phillip Evans (Photo credit: Gordon Donovan)
St. Lucie snapped the four-game skid in this one. Things looked bad when the Flying Tigers fought back with three runs in the seventh and one more on a solo homer with two out in the ninth to bring it to extras. That said, we saw a perfect example that despite what we may think/feel momentum rarely matters in such affairs -- as quantified numerous times by Russell Carleton at BP -- as the Mets went on to take it in walk-off fashion on a wild pitch by Nate Fury.
- DH Gavin Cecchini: 1-4, 2 K (.184/.241/.250); He's struggled pretty badly since the promotion, relegated to eighth in the lineup for now.
- 3B Jeff McNeil : 1-5, R, K (.217/.299/.250); Also struggling since the promotion.
- 2B L.J. Mazzilli: 1-3, 2B, R, 2 BB, K (.300/.352/.500); Mazzilli, on the other hand, has thrived in his first couple weeks of Advanced-A experience.
- C Cam Maron: 2-5, 2 RBI (.290/.388/.391); 2014 continues to be a consolidation season for Maron; the Thole ceiling is back in play.
- RF Jared King: 0-5, K (.250/.286/.250)
- 1B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-4, K (.241/.285/.374)
- SS Phillip Evans: 1-3, HR(3), BB (.257/.317/.338); Strange that the home run was only his 13th extra-base hit of the season; but in any case he's bounced back some this season.
- CF Gilbert Gomez: 0-2, 3 BB, K (.246/.383/.397); Not much of a hitter, but the Nimmo-esque walk rate keeps him interesting; he's walked ten times in his last five games.
- RHP Luis Cessa: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, HR (6-5, 4.16, 80 IP, 82 H, 22 B, 51 K, 3 HR)
- RHP Beck Wheeler: 1.1 IP, H, 0 ER, 3 K (3-1, 4.67, 27 IP, 20 H, 12 BB, 42 K, 2 HR)
- LHP T.J. Chism: .2 IP, H, ER, 2 K (0-0, 2.16, 8.1 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 HR)
- RHP Paul Sewald: 1 IP (3-1, 1.25, 36 IP, 26, 14 BB, 41 K, 0 HR)
Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (16-7 / 60-29)_______________________________________
CHARLESTON 4, SAVANNAH 1 (Box)
RHP Robert Gsellman (Photo credit: Gordon Donovan)
Post-promotions the Gnats don't have much offensive firepower -- and it showed in this one where they went behind early and didn't make much noise after that. The four errors, leading to two unearned runs against Robert Gsellman, didn't really help either.
- 1B Dominic Smith: 2-5, 2 K, E(5) (.298/.355/.361); Batting .415/.422/.488 in July.
- CF Champ Stuart: 2-5, RBI, 2 K (.302/.416/.380); Loving that plate discipline (25:41 BB-to-K).
- LF Patrick Biondi: 0-5, K (.244/.322/.300) Oof - 18 stolen bases versus 12 caught stealing. Hate when fast guys aren't good at stealing bases.
- RF Victor Cruzado: 1-2, 2 BB, K (.254/.337/.381)
- DH Matt Oberste: 1-5, 2B, K (.320/.359/.478) 2013 seventh-rounder out of U of Oklahoma with a highly-touted bat is quietly bouncing back very nicely from tough debut in Brooklyn. Keep an eye on him to see what he does once he escapes Grayson Stadium.
- RHP Robert Gsellman: 4 IP, 6 H, 2 ER (2 unearned), 4 BB, 3 K, HBP (7-4, 2.89, 81 IP, 88 H, 26 BB, 61 K, 2 HR); Scuffling a bit of late, posting a 4.50 through three July starts.
Short Season-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (15-14)_______________________________________
STATE COLLEGE 4, BROOKLYN 3 (Box)
RHP Luis Mateo (Photo credit: Bryan Green)
Despite out-hitting Connecticut 11-to-5, the Cyclones managed to fall short in the run department. That's what happens when you go 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position, I suppose. Another nice game from starter Octavio Acosta, though.
- SS Amed Rosario:1-4, R, BB, K (.280/.352/.344)
- 3B Jhoan Urena: 1-3, 2 BB, K, E(7) (.305/.381/.467)
- 1B Michael Katz: 1-5, 2B, K (.284/.33/.373)
- CF Tucker Tharp: 2-5, 2 K (.222/.271/.244)
- LF Joe Tuschak: 0-4, RBI (.205/.276/.295)
- DH Tomas Nido: 2-4, K (.253/.279/.289)
- RHP Octavio Acosta: 6 IP, H, ER, BB, 3 K, 0 HR (2-1, 1.86, 29 IP, 14 H, 7 BB, 24 K, 2 HR)
- RHP Luis Mateo: 1 IP, 3 H, ER, K; According to Jeff the velocity is still not back yet after TJ last spring -- but the slider is. Gotta be frustrating to find himself back in Brooklyn after torching the place three seasons ago.
Rookie - Kingsport Mets (10-12)_______________________________________
SCHEDULED DAY OFF
Rookie - Gulf Coast Mets (9-9)_______________________________________
GAME ONE: GCL METS 3, GCL NATIONALS 4 (7) (Box)
OF Enmanuel Zabala (Photo credit: Bryan Green)
- SS Milton Ramos: 0-3
- C Darryl Knight: 0-3, 3 K (.219/.297/.344)
- CF John Mora: 1-4, 2B, R, K
- RF Enmanuel Zabala: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI
- 1B Dash Winningham: 1-3, K (.222/.309/.444)
- RHP Adrian Almeida: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, (1 unearned), 3 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, HBP (2-0, 1.23, 14.2 IP, 8 H, 12 BB, 19 K, 0 HR)
- RHP Brent McMinn: .2 IP, H, ER, K
GAME TWO: GCL NATIONALS 4, GCL METS 3 (7) (Box)
- REHAB ALERT - DH Taylor Teagarden: 0-1, BB, K; Gotta be an embarrassing strikeout
- SS Milton Ramos: 0-4, K (.160/.170/.220); Tough pro debut for the 19-year-old third-rounder; but hey, he's known for his glove.
- CF John Mora: 0-3, 2 R, 2 BB, SB(8) (.355/.487/.452) Nice start from the quick little lefty.
- RF Enmanuel Zabala: 1-3, R, K (.328/.366/.422)
- REHAB ALERT - RHP Jeremy Hefner: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K; Hey, look who's back!
Star of the Night
We're gonna go with Jayce Boyd after his fourth home run of the season. I mentioned it earlier, I can see Boyd fitting the Eric Campbell profile one day -- and as you can see below in the video of last night's bomb, there are some similarities in the swing.
Goat of the Night
Again, it's been a solid year for John Church as he bides his time for filler innings at the major league level -- just not last night as he pretty much cost Las Vegas their game