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Mets Daily Farm Report, July 20, 2014: Michael Conforto is a .250 hitter- TRAID!

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

Khal Conforto has arrived in Brooklyn
Khal Conforto has arrived in Brooklyn

*All results from games played on Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (58-43)_______________________________________


Brennan Boesch hit a two-run homer in the 1st inning to give Salt Lake City a 2-0 lead, and that score would stand for most of the game. The home run was the only real mistake that Logan Verrett made all night- the Baylor alumnus was otherwise very solid, pitching six more scoreless innings. After being shut out for seven innings, the 51s finally scored in the 8th. After Matt den Dekker walked and Wilmer Flores reached on a fielding error, Andrew Brown socked his team-leading sixteenth home run of the season, giving Las Vegas a 3-1 lead. The run parade spilled into the next inning, as the 51s plated three more. After Michael Kohn walked Juan Centeno, Anthony Seratelli, and den Dekker to load the bases full, his replacement, Anthony Lerew, gave up hits to Matt Reynolds and Wilmer Flores, who drove in a run apiece, and gave up a third run on an Andrew Brown ground out. The hits from Reynolds and Flores were notable because they represented Reynolds' 30th multihit game this season (20 in 58 games with AA-Binghamton and 10 in 26 games with AAA-Vegas) and Flores' 20th consecutive game with at least one hit. John Church navigated around a leadoff single in the 9th to ensure the 51s won their 58th game of the season.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (59-40)_____________________________________


The B-Mets scored one run off of Luis Severino, coming in the bottom of the 1st, but the highly touted pitching prospect lived up to his lofty status, blanking them for the next four innings afterwards. In the 1st, Brandon Nimmo singled, went first to third on a Thrillson Herrera single, and was driven home by a T.J. Rivera. Other than that scoring combination, the B-Mets didn't have much going for them last night- they managed just one more hit for the entirety of the game, a Jayce Boyd single in the 9th inning. They had a few chances- Trenton pitchers walked five batters- but were unable to cash in.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (17-9 / 57-38)_____________________________________


File this one in the "games Matt Koch wishes he could forget" column. The right-hander gave up six runs in three innings, giving up nine hits- a singles- walking one, uncorking two wild pitches, and hitting three. The Manatees were up 4-0 early, but Jeff McNeil got St. Lucie back in the game with a three-run homer off of former Mets draft pick Damien Magnifico in the top of the 3rd, his first at High-A, making it a much more competitive 4-3 ballgame. Koch gave up two more run in the bottom of the 3rd, but those would be the last runs that St. Lucie would allow. The same cannot be said about Brevard County's pitching. Thanks to some fielding difficulties, Cam Maron scored in the 6th, making it a 6-4 ballgame. Back-to-back doubles by Maikis De La Cruz and Jeff McNeil in the 8th made it a 6-5 ballgame. In the top of the 9th, with the bases juiced, Phil Evans lined a fly ball into shallow left that found some real estate, not only tying the game but pushing two insurance runs across the plate as well. Beck Wheeler came in to pitch the 9th, and the reliever successfully navigated the inning to earn his seventh save of the second half.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (17-11 / 61-33)__________________________________


Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (16-19)__________________________________


The main story here should've been Michael Conforto and his professional baseball debut, but Octavio Acosta must be a graduate of the Carlos Beltran Selfish School of Selfishness, because he completely outshone the Mets' newest prospect with a sterling eight-inning, four hit, one run, seven strikeout performance. The Crosscutters took the first lead of the game, scoring an unearned run off of Acosta in the top of the 6th thanks to a fielding error by Amed Rosario, but the Cyclones got that run back and more in the bottom of the inning, plating a total of six runs. Highlights of the inning included Conforto leading it off with a line drive into right- his first professional hit- and Adrian Abreu rocketing a frozen laser beam over the left field wall for a three-run homer. Brooklyn scored two runs in the 8th in addition, making it an 8-1 ballgame going into the 9th. The rehabbing Luis Mateo pitched the 9th, and although he recorded all three outs via swinging strikeouts, Williamsport was able to do some damage, plating three runs thanks to a two-out three run homer.

Rookie - Kingsport Mets (12-15)__________________________________


Kingsport scored three in the 3rd, and that's all they would need, as Yoryi Nuez and the bullpen combined to keep Princeton off the board. Oswald Caraballo, Eudor Garcia, and Luis Ortega each drive in a run that inning with singles. After Nuez was pulled, David Roseboom tossed two scoreless innings and Ramon Estevez threw a clean 9th to lock down the save.

Rookie - GCL Mets (13-12)__________________________________


It took eleven innings, but the GCL Cardinals narrowly edged out the GCL Mets for their seventeenth win of the season. The GCL Mets got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the 3rd, but the GCL Cardinals scored two in the 5th and on in the top of the 7th to give them a two run edge. In the bottom of the 7th, Dionis Rodriguez and Milton Ramos plated a run apiece to tie the game. The game stayed tied until the 11th inning, when Waldo Rodriguez gave up two runs on four hits and a hit batsman. The GCL Mets went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning, and that was that.

Star of the Night

Tough to choose. Logan Verrett and Octavio Acosta both had plus pitching performances. I'll give the SotN to Acosta by the slimmest of margins.

Goat of the Night

The offense might've pulled his fat from the fire, but a win isn't going to placate me that easily. Matt Koch is our goat.