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Mets Daily Farm Report, 8/16/2014: Everyone deserves PROMOATIONS

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

Marcos Molina
Marcos Molina
Gordon Donovan

*All results from games played on Friday, August 15th, 2014.

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51s (72-56)_______________________________________

LAS VEGAS 2, IOWA 0 (Box)

Taking the lead from the parent club, Las Vegas defeated the Iowa Cubs last night thanks to a very strong performance from its starting pitcher. Matthew Bowman twirled his best start since getting promoted to Triple-A. The Princeton product held the baby Cubs scoreless into the eighth inning, fanning seven along the way.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (74-50)___________________________________

BINGHAMTON 8, READING 7 (Box)

The B-Mets and the Fightin Phils slugged it out in Reading, as the two teams combined to hit six homers and 18 base knocks overall. The top of Binghamton's order wielded the heaviest lumber: Brandon Nimmo, Dilson Herrera, and Brian Burgamy all went deep. Rainy Lara took it on the chin for four-plus innings, but a quartet of relievers, led by Chase Huchingson, turned in solid-to-strong appearances to keep the game close enough for the bats to bail out the shaky starter.

High-A - St. Lucie Mets (28-25 / 68-54)___________________________________

ST. LUCIE 10, BRADENTON 7 (Box)

Domingo Tapia allowed six runs in six innings, but St. Lucie scored five times with two out in the eighth to steal a win away from the Marauders. Cole Frenzel and Jeff McNeil tallied the game-tying and go-ahead hits, respectively. Tapia's line wouldn't have nearly as many crooked numbers hanging from it had he not given up a two-out grand slam to Jose Osuna, as those accounted for the only earned runs credited to his name.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (35-20 / 79-42)_____________________________

SAVANNAH 16, GREENVILLE 4 (Box)

The Sand Gnats gave a textbook demonstration of the organization's principle of controlled aggression in Savannah yesterday evening. As a team, the Gnats coaxed eleven walks from Greenville's pitchers and smacked them around for a total of eight extra-base hits. On a less eventful for the system, either Jeff Glenn or Victor Cruzado would have been in the running for Star of the Night. Neither will earn those honors (see below) because that just how buckwild the Mets prospects went yesterday.

Short Season-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (33-28)_____________________________

BROOKLYN 7, VERMONT 0 (Box)

Hitters were ascendant in the organization last night, but Marcos Molina was transcendent. The kid really has nothing left to prove in the New York-Penn League. He fanned a full fifty percent of the batters he faced and seven in a row across the second, third, and fourth innings. Molina now leads the league in both strikeouts and ERA.

Rookie - Kingsport Mets (29-26)_______________________________________

KINGSPORT 11, BRISTOL 9 (Box)

Kingsport won yesterday with our own Jeffery Paternostro in attendance, so definitely check out his Twitter feed for a fuller report of the goings on. In broad strokes, Vincente Lupo had himself a game, drawing five walks and swiping home as part of a double steal with Branden Kaupe. Ivan Wilson also extended his hot streak by homering for the third time in a week. Unfortunately, he also struck out for the 78th and 79th time in just 146 at-bats.

Rookie - Gulf Coast Mets (25-24)_______________________________________

GCL MARLINS 3, GCL METS 0 (Box)

This was the only dud of a game a stateside Mets affiliate played on Friday. Not much else to say about this one.

In Dominican Summer League action, Mets2 kept with the winning trend, while Mets1 was blown away by a score of 19-4.

Star of the Night
Given how many star-worthy performances there were from top to bottom, I'm going to give out two. Pitching honors go to Marcos Molina, while Vincente Lupo deserves something gold and shiny for his stellar offensive output.

Goat of the Night
None. Too many good vibes emanating throughout the system for any goat horns to stick.