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Mets Daily Farm Report, July 28, 2014: Not buying St. Lucie is dead

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

Noah Syndergaard
Noah Syndergaard
Gordon Donovan

*All results from games played on Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (61-49)_______________________________________

SALT LAKE 5, LAS VEGAS 6 (Box)

Whenever Noah Syndergaard pitches, he is the story. The story today was a good one, as Syndergaard allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings, walking two and striking out eight. He looked strong, and probably could have continued pitching if his pitch count wasn't as high as it was (103 pitches) because of the strikeouts. When he left the game, the 51s had a narrow 3-2 lead. Sure enough, the Bees went ahead in the 7th inning, scoring three runs off of Miguel Socolovich and Gonzalez Germen, to make it a 5-3 ballgame. In the bottom of the inning, after Anthony Seratelli singled and Matt den Dekker walked, Matt Reynolds launched his second homer in as many nights, giving Las Vegas the lead once again. Erik Goeddel and Chase Bradford made sure that score stood.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (63-44)_____________________________________

BINGHAMTON 3, TRENTON 7 (Box)

We had ourselves a close game until the Thunder blew things open with a four run 6th inning. Rainy Lara, who had already allowed seven hits, gave up four more, a single, two doubles, and a triple. Chase Huchingson got out of the inning without any further damage, and did not allow Trenton to score over the next two innings, but the B-Mets were only able to score one more run.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (17-17 / 57-46)_____________________________________

GAME ONE

ST LUCIE 3, DAYTONA 4 / 7 (Box)

The rehabbing Jeremy Hefner got the start for St. Lucie in game one, and while he allowed three runs in three innings, he really wasn't all that bad. All three runs came in the 1st, on a pair of ground ball singles with men in scoring position. He tossed a hitless 2nd, and worked out of a jam in the 3rd. Those four walks are problematic, but at this point in his rehab, the ability to be semi-effective is more important than fine-tuning those results to me. St. Lucie tied the game with a three run 5th, but Jake Kuebler gave up a run in the bottom of the inning without giving up a hit to give Daytona the lead once again. He walked shortstop Marco Hernandez, who advanced to second on a passed ball, to third on a wild pitch, and then scored on a sac fly. St. Lucie smacked two more hits, one in the 6th and one in the 7th, but both were erased in double plays.

GAME TWO

ST LUCIE 5, DAYTONA 6 / 7 (Box)

What a nightmare series for St. Lucie. After starting the season so hot, they're now .500 in the second half. St. Lucie took the lead early, but gave up the lead to Daytona not only once, but twice.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (21-14 / 65-36)__________________________________

SAVANNAH 2, LEXINGTON 5 (Box)

John Gant and Bret Mitchell combined to allow two runs, as did Lexington pitchers Luis Rico and Jose Miguel Rodriguez. Something had to give, and that something was Dario Alvarez, who relieved Mitchell in the bottom of the 7th. The left-hander was sloppy in the 8th, uncorking a wild pitch and throwing a ball into the outfield designed for second baseman Jorge Rivero. He gave up three hits in total, but combined with those miscues, allowed three runs to score.

Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (21-22)__________________________________

BROOKLYN 9, LOWELL 3 (Box)

Michael Conforto hit a double in the 1st to score the first run of the game, but Marcos Molina gave up two runs in the bottom of the 2nd and one in the bottom of the 3rd to put the Cyclones behind early on. The young Dominican settled down, allowing only two more baserunners for the rest of the ballgame, a hit batsman and a bunt single. The offense got their things together midgame, hitting middle relievers Mario Alcantara, Chandler Shepherd, Brandon Show, and Enfember Martinez for ten hits and seven runs over the final five plus innings.

Rookie - Kingsport Mets (17-19)__________________________________

KINGSPORT 11, BURLINGTON 3 (Box)

It's clobbering time! Kingsport hammered the Burlington Royals for sixteen hits and eleven runs for their 17th win of the season. Left-hander Blake Taylor was solid, allowing three runs over six innings and righty Persio Reyes earned an old-fashioned save tossing three innings of scoreless baseball in relief of him. The bottom of the order was particularly effective, with Miguel Leal, Vicente Lupo, Ivan Wilson, and Luis Guillorme all knocking two hits apiece, going a combined 8-15 with four walks.

Rookie - GCL Mets (17-15)__________________________________

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

Star of the Night

Noah Syndergaard had the best stat line of the night, in my opinion, but I don't look at things in a vacuum here. Matt Reynolds' late inning go-ahead home run was the difference maker in that 51s game, and he's our Star of the Night as a result.

Goat of the Night

Dario Alvarez has been pretty good this season, but last night, he was not. Our goat.