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Mets Daily Farm Report, July 21, 2014: Michael Conforto is a .375 hitter- DO NOT TRAID!

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

John Gant
John Gant
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*All results from games played on Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (58-44)_______________________________________

LAS VEGAS 0, SALT LAKE 3 (Box)

The 51s and the Bees split their post-All-Star Game series at two apiece with Las Vegas' loss yesterday afternoon. Rafael Montero returned from his rehab assignment 78 pitches (50 strikes) over four innings. He gave up a run in the 2nd, but otherwise limited Salt Lake City's baserunners- and there were more than a few of them. The Bees got two on in the 1st, four in 2nd, two in the 3rd, and two in the 4th. Erik Goeddel surrendered a pair of runs in the 6th, but the bullpen was otherwise solid, keeping Las Vegas in the game. Even if they shut out the Bees, it wouldn't have mattered, though, as the offense forgot to show up to the ballgame. Bees starter Caleb Clay tossed a complete game shutout, allowing three hits and walking one en route to his third win of the AAA season.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (60-40)_____________________________________

TRENTON 2, BINGHAMTON 5 (Box)

After losing on Friday and Saturday, the B-Mets avoided the sweep with a 5-2 win over the Trenton. Binghamton came out swinging, scoring three runs in the first inning on back-to-back homers by Brian Burgamy and Dustin Lawley. They added on to that lead in the 5th, when Burgamy hit his second home run of the afternoon and T.J. Rivera lined one into right to score Lawley. Greg Peavey allowed his first run in the 7th, his last inning of work, and Jack Leathersich allowed one in the 8th, but the two runs were all that the Thunder were able to muster.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (17-10 / 57-39)_____________________________________

ST LUCIE 1, TAMPA 4 (Box)

The St. Lucie Mets started their series with Tampa off on the wrong foot, losing 4-1 to the Yankees affiliate. They scored a quick run in the 1st inning thanks to L.J. Mazzilli's 3rd home run with the team, but that run would be the only one they plated the entire game. Miguel Sulbaran and the Tampa bullpen combined to hold St. Lucie off the board for the rest of the game. Luis Cessa had a hiccup in the 4th and gave up a home run to Dante Bichette Jr., giving the Yankees the lead. They added two more insurance runs, but the combination of relievers Jacob Lindgren, Brett Gerritse, and Cesar Vargas got the job done.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (19-11 / 63-33)__________________________________

GAME ONE

LEXINGTON 0, SAVANNAH 5 / 7 (Box)

John Gant was absolutely spectacular in the first game of the doubleheader, preserving the bullpen for the second game (if necessary) with a complete game shutout. Only three Lexington batters got on base all afternoon- Frank Schwindel reached on a fielding error by Yeixon Ruiz in the 4th, Alexis Rivera walked and Carlos Garcia hit a single in the 6th. His opposite, Luis Rico, was not nearly as good, giving up five runs (two earned) on eight hits. Yeixon Ruiz hit a two-run homer and Nelfi Zapata laced an RBI double in the 3rd to give Savannah a comfortable 3-0, and they added to that in the 5th, when Dominic Smith hit a line drive into center that scored two more.

GAME TWO

LEXINGTON 1, SAVANNAH 3 / 7 (Box)

Alex Panteliodis was not as good as John Gant, but he was still pretty good- and a lot better than he was last time he was on the mound. The Greek right-hander tossed six strong innings, scattering five hits and allowing only a single run. Legend starter Matt Alvarez was just about as solid, but the fact of the matter is, he allowed two runs, to Panteliodis' one. The first Sand Gnat run came in the first, when Matt Oberste singled and drove in lead-off hitter Patrick Biondi. They scored again in the 4th thanks to a Victor Cruzado sac fly, giving Savannah a 2-0 lead. Lexington scored their run in the top of the 5th, but the Sand Gnats got it right back in the bottom of the inning thanks to a Smith RBI single. Akeel Morris came in to pitch the 7th and earned his 9th save of the season, rubberstamping Savannah's doubleheader sweep.

Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (17-19)__________________________________

WILLIAMSPORT 0, BROOKLYN 6 (Box)

Saturday, in his first professional game, Michael Conforto knocked his first hit. Today, in his second professional game, he had his first multi-hit game. He's growing up before our eyes. Soon he'll start hitting the ball with more authority, then he'll start smacking opposite field doubles and home runs, and before we know it, he'll be winning World Series' and MVPs.

Just as important was Brooklyn's win over Williamsport, inching them closer to the .500 mark for the season. The Cyclones had three men score in the 1st, mostly thanks to some Williamsport defensive miscues, and two men score in the 2nd, thanks to a Jhoan Urena double. They plated one more run in the 5th to make it six runs for the game, and because Corey Oswalt put up goose egg and goose egg, those six runs gave Brooklyn a 6-0 lead. He ended his night going seven strong innings, allowing two hits and a hit batsman in total. Scarlyn Reyes picked up where he left off, blanking the Crosscutters for the final two innings of the game to complete the shutout.

The Cyclones will go for the sweep early today, in an 11:30 matinee game.

Rookie - Kingsport Mets (13-15)__________________________________

PRINCETON 3, KINGSPORT 7 (Box)

With a solid quality start, Andrew Church rebounded nicely from his last start as Kingsport won their second game against Princeton. Both starters cruised along for the first few innings, with both Church and his Princeton counterpart, Freddy Alvarez allowing only a single and a walk. In the 5th, Kingsport scratched out a run, to which the P-Rays responded with two of their own in the top of the 6th. Not to be outdone, Kingsport scored two of their own in the bottom of the 6th on a Pedro Perez home run. They then plated three more in the bottom of the 7th, and one more in the 8th thanks to a home run that was absolutely crushed by Ivan Wilson. Craig Missigman gave up a single run, in the 8th, but he and Bryce Beeler prevented any further damage, cementing Kingsport's third win in a row.

Rookie - GCL Mets (13-12)__________________________________

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

Gulf Coast League
East Division

Team Record
GCL Cardinals 17-8
GCL Mets 13-12
GCL Nationals 13-12
GCL Marlins 7-18

Star of the Night

We had a few impressive performances on the mound and at the plate, but John Gant's complete game shutout stood out the most.

Goat of the Night

Pretty much every position player on the 51s and the St. Lucie Mets contributed to their respective losses, so the GotN will be split among all those players.