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Mets Daily Farm Report, July 30, 2014: Late inning failure, late inning heroics

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

Robert Whalen
Robert Whalen
Gordon Donovan

*All results from games played on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (62-50)_______________________________________

EL PASO 7, LAS VEGAS 5 (Box)

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (64-45)_____________________________________

NEW HAMPSHIRE 3, BINGHAMTON 4 (Box)

Going into the 9th inning, it wasn't looking good for Binghamton. The combination of starter Daniel Norris and relievers Austin Bibens-Dirkx and Tyler Ybarra stymied them over eight innings, yielding two runs on six hits. Still, Tyler Pill kept them in the game with seven plus strong innings, and Chase Huchingson followed that up with an inning plus of his own, so all was not lost. Lo and behold, the B-Mets were indeed able to come back, touching up closer  Gregory Infante in the 9th for his first blown save of the season. Darrell Ceciliani got the rally going with a single to start the inning. He then stole second, and moved to third on a Jayce Boyd groundout. Travis Taijeron looped a dunker into shallow center that found some real estate, allowing Ceciliani to score, tying the game. After Kyle Johnson was brought in to run for Taijeron, Xorge Carrillo hit a groundball past the infielders into left. Brandon Nimmo followed that up with a walk, loading the bases for Dilson Herrera, who had already hit his 7th home run with Binghamton a few innings earlier. Herrera lofted one into right that was caught, and while it was not as dramatic as a walk-off grand slam, it still got the job done. Johnson tagged from third and scored easily, giving the B-Mets their 64th win of the season.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (18-17 / 58-46)_____________________________________

POSTPONED (RAIN)

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (23-15 / 67-37)__________________________________

SAVANNAH 8, LEXINGTON 3 (Box)

The Legends jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st thanks to a Yeixon Ruiz and Carlos Garcia's natural speed, but Robert Whalen would have none of it- he allowed only one hit and one walk over his next six innings, though another Ruiz error and a wild pitch allowed a second unearned run in the 7th. Lexington starter Jake Junis looked good over the first few innings, but things fell apart for him in the 4th. Stefan Sabol hit a triple that plated three runs, and Jeff Glenn lined a single into right for another run, giving the Sand Gnats a 4-1 lead. Savannah had another big inning in the 9th, as back-to-back-to-back-to-back hits by Jonathan Johnson, Jeff Glenn, and Patrick Biondi, and Yeixon Ruiz plated three more runs and really put the game away.

Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (23-22)__________________________________

BROOKLYN 4, LOWELL 1 (Box)

Michael Conforto had his first professional 0-fer. I repeat, Michael Conferto had his first professional 0-fer. Unlike Conforto, Casey Meisner turned in one of his better games of the season, pitching a solid five innings of one run ball. The Spinners' only run came in the bottom of the 3rd, when first baseman Sam Travis hit a line drive double into left field to score Danny Mars, who walked and stole second. Lowell Spinner starter Kevin McAvoy initially had no problem handling the Cyclones line-up, retiring his first seven batters, but in the 3rd, Brooklyn caught up to him for two runs: Tomas Nido scored on an error by Travis on an Anthony Chavez routine ground ball, and Joe Tuschak plated Chavez with a double. The Cyclones extended their lead in the 6th, this time against reliever Kuehl McEachern, who allowed a second pair of runs to score. Carlos Valdez and Brandon Welch were solid in their respective innings of relief, and Shane Bay- despite allowing a pair of hits- locked down the 9th to earn his ninth save of the year. The sweep at LeLacheur Park was just what the doctor ordered for the Cyclones, who are now above .500 for the first time in a long time. Let's hope the luck continues in Auburn, where Brooklyn will be for the next three days.

Rookie - Kingsport Mets (18-20)__________________________________

KINGSPORT 6, DANVILLE 2 (Box)

What would be the best way to describe starter Martires Arias? Effectively wild, I guess, as the right-hander allowed tossed five shutout innings despite walking five batters and letting loose two wild pitches. Going into the 9th, Kingsport had a narrow 3-2 lead over the Danville Braves, but two errors in the inning- two of five total for Danville- helped give them score three more runs to give the Mets a sizable four run lead with the Braves down to their last three outs. Ismael Tijerina, who pitched the 8th, loaded the bases in the 9th but successfully finished off Danville to earn his fourth save of the year, his transition to being a pitcher continuing smoothly.

Rookie - GCL Mets (18-16)__________________________________

GCL CARDINALS 5, GCL METS 8 / 6 (Box)

Star of the Night

Rob Whalen

Goat of the Night

John Church