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Mets Daily Farm Report, July 3, 2014: How about some more 9th inning drama?

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

John Gant
John Gant
Chris McShane

*All results from games played on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (50-36)_______________________________________


In a battle to see whose pitching could be more nauseating than the 107-degree temperature at game time, the 51s sent Giancarlo Alvarado to the rubber, while the Bees sent five-time-five-time-five-time-five-time-five-time PCL Pitcher of the Week, Wade LeBlanc. The match-up did not fail to live up to the hype, as Alvarado allowed seven runs in four plus innings, while LeBlanc allowed seven runs in five innings. Oy vey. The 51s pulled out ahead once more in the 6th thanks to a Josh Satin double that plated two runs, but Ryan Reid lost the lead in the 9th, allowing three runs to score on three singles and a pair of doubles- and it could've been four, if Efren Navarro hadn't been thrown out at the plate. The 51s got men on base in the bottom of the inning but were unable to cash in.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (49-34)_____________________________________


Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (9-3 / 49-32)_____________________________________


Remember on Tuesday night when St. Lucie came back to win it in the 9th in dramatic fashion? Well, lightning struck twice. Going into the 9th inning, St. Lucie was trailing by a run. But, before we relive the late inning heroics, let's recap how they got there.

Matthew Koch was a bit shaky to start the ballgame, giving up six hits in the first two innings, two in the 1st and four in the 2nd. While he was able to get out of trouble in the 1st, he wasn't able to do so in the 2nd, allowing three Stone Crab runs. The offense had his back, however, and scored four runs off of Charlotte starter Leonel Santiago in the 3rd and one off of reliever Kevin Brandt to give him back the lead. Unfortunately, Koch wasn't able to hold it, allowing two more runs on four more hits, tying the game 5-5. Julian Hilario came in to pitch in the 6th, and as has been the case for much of his season, he allowed a run to score on a pair of singles- it's a shame, too, because he had been pretty good for the month of June. Jose Alberto Molina threw two scoreless innings in the 7th and 8th, setting the stage for 2007 first round draft pick Casey Weathers (eighth overall) to notch the save in the 9th.

Eudy Pina greeted him with a single, and Gilbert Gomez doubled right after him, putting two men in scoring position with no outs. The pressure of the situation seemingly got to him, as he uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Pina to scamper home, scoring the tying run, and Gomez to advance to third. One batter later, he uncorked another pitch that catcher Maxx Tissenbaum was unable to corral, allowing Gomez to score the go ahead run. Cam Maron walked and advanced to second on yet another wild pitch, but Gavin Cecchini was unable to bring him home, too. T.J. Chism came in to pitch the bottom of the 9th and, unlike Weathers, he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking Josh Sale out swinging to end the game.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (10-4 / 54-26)__________________________________


Charleston and Savannah traded runs the entire ballgame- the Gnats scored a pair in the 1st, the Dogs tied it up a pair of their own in the 3rd, the Gnats took the lead again with two in the bottom of the 5th, and the Dogs tied it up again with two runs in the top of the 6th. Savannah took the lead once more in the bottom of the 6th, on a Jorge Rivero groundout that scored Jonathan Leroux, and this time, the run went unanswered. Patrick Biondi and Jonathan Leroux both scored on wild pitches in the 7th and 8th, respectively, giving the Sand Gnats a little wiggle room, but ultimately, the insurance would be unneeded as Bret Mitchell held down the fort. John Gant started for Savannah, and while he only allowed six hits, Charleston made them all count, scoring four runs off of him. All of their hits were legitimate hits, too, as four went for extra bases- including a Dustin Fowler home run in the 3rd- and five of the six were hit into the outfield. Still, he struck out ten and kept his team in the game.

Savannah goes for the sweep- and their sixth win in a row- tonight. Caleb Smith is slated to pitch for Charleston, while Alex Panteiodis will pitch for the Gnats.

Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (11-7)__________________________________


Rookie - Kingsport Mets (6-7)__________________________________


Rookie - GCL Mets (4-5)__________________________________


Star of the Night

There wasn't too much to work with yesterday, so John Gant will be our star.

Goat of the Night

Ryan Reid couldn't hold the lead.