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Mets Daily Farm Report, 8/20/14: Counting Crows, Blue Cars, and magic numbers

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

How did the Mets' newest All-Star do?
How did the Mets' newest All-Star do?
Gordon Donovan

*All results from games played on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (73-59)_______________________________________

LAS VEGAS 10, OMAHA 4 (Box)

It's always good when you knock out a starter early. The 51s did just that last night, knocking out Omaha starter John Lamb in the 2nd inning. After two hits and a walk to load the bases, Cory Vaughn drove in the 51s' first run with a sac fly. Danny Muno followed that with a three run homer, his twelfth of the year, to break things open a bit and make it a 4-0 ballgame. Back-to-back-to-back singles scored a fifth run, and an Andrew Brown sac fly scored the teams' sixth run, knocking Lamb out of the game. The Storm Chasers recouped one run in the bottom of the inning, as Carlos Peguero hit his 26th home run of the year. They plated another two in the bottom of the 4th on another Peguero homer and one more in the bottom of the 6th on, yes, a double off of Peguero's bat. Talk about being locked in- in the four game series, Peguero is 7-14 with five home runs and nine RBI.

Peguero single handedly brought Omaha back within striking distance, but the Las Vegas bats made his efforts a moot point by scoring four runs in the top of the 9th. With the win, Las Vegas brought their ‘magic number' down to two. It's good to be talking about ‘magic numbers', isn't it?

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (76-52)_____________________________________

BINGHAMTON 0, ERIE 7 (Box)

Hours after being promoted to AA, Michael Fulmer made his first AA start. While I'd love to report that it was a rousing success, it wasn't. He was a little shaky in the 1st, allowing a Jamie Johnson double to start the ballgame, but navigated out of the inning allowing only one run to score despite giving up another double and a single. Fulmer looked solid in the 2nd and the 3rd, allowing only one base runner, a walk in the 3rd. Steven Moya led off the 4th with a home run, giving him 31 for the year, and that set the tone for what would be Fulmer's last inning. He gave up consecutive singles, recorded and out, and then issued two consecutive walks, loading the bases up and forcing a run in. After the second walk that made it a 3-0 ballgame, Pedro Perez pulled Fulmer for Adam Kolarek, who had the unenviable task of getting out of a bases loaded jam with only one out. He didn't really do too well in that regard, allowing two singles and a walk, resulting in four more runs scoring (three of which were charged to Fulmer). Hansel Robles took over after Kolarek was removed, and he continued pitching well out of the bullpen, tossing three shutout innings. It wouldn't matter, though, as Wilsen Palacios and the Erie bullpen kept Binghamton off the board all night.

Even though they lost, Binghamton can still in theory clinch a playoff berth tomorrow, as their magic number remains at two.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (28-29 / 68-58)_____________________________________

ST. LUCIE 8, CHARLOTTE 11 (Box)

With their 11-9 loss to Charlotte, the St. Lucie Mets fell to a game below .500 for the second half. The Mets' pitchers had problems all night, so the fact that it was a relatively close game- as close as an 11 to 8 game can be- is surprising, especially since there weren't exactly any stand out offensive performances. Angel Cuan gave up three runs over four innings, which isn't really that good, but it's not completely insurmountable, either. After the Stone Crabs added another run in the bottom of the 5th to make it a 4-0 ballgame, St. Lucie finally got on the board in the top of the 6th. With no outs and the bases loaded, Gavin Cecchini grounded into a double play that scored a run, and Cole Frenzel singled to drive in another a few batters later. Unfortunately, Robert Coles had a really bad inning at a really bad time. He allowed four runs in the bottom of the inning, making it an 8-2 ballgame. Improbably, St. Lucie surged back from that deficit, tying the game 8-8 in the 8th inning thanks to a six run inning. Beck Wheeler pitched the bottom of the 9th, and like Coles, he picked a really inopportune time to have a bad inning. "Bad Wheeler" gave up three runs in the bottom of the inning, giving Charlotte the lead once more, a lead that St. Lucie couldn't catch up with with their final three outs.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (38-20 / 82-42)__________________________________

SAVANNAH 11, ROME 3 (Box)

The Savannah Sand Gnats are a good team. The Rome Braves are a bad team. The Sand Gnats did to the Braves what good teams are supposed to do to bad teams: beat them soundly. Rob Whalen was solid over five plus innings, allowing three runs- two earned- on six hits, with a very strong 9:2 groundball:flyball ratio. Rome's pitching, on the other hand, had issues. Starter Steve Janas gave up five runs in the first two innings, though he did recover slightly, pitching two more scoreless frames. His replacements, Matt Sims and Pete Perez, had problems as well, each of them allowing an additional three runs apiece.

The win bumps Savannah's current win streak to six, and tonight, they'll look to once again beat Rome and make it seven.

Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (35-28)__________________________________

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

The NY-Penn League All-Star Game was played last night, hosted in Brooklyn's own MCU Park. A few Cyclones made the All-Star South team, and got some in-game action. Marcos Molina, first in the league in strikeouts (73) and second in ERA (1.58), started the game. He tossed a scoreless 1st, allowing a hit while striking out two and unleashing a wild pitch. Amed Rosario started at shortstop and went 0-2. Corey Oswalt pitched the 4th inning, allowing two hits and striking out one. Jhoan Urena came in as a defensive substitution in the 6th and went 0-2. Michael Bernal came in as a defensive substitution in the 6th and went 0-1. Shane Bay faced one batter in the 9th, retiring him to end the inning. All the while, Michael Conforto chilled out at home, brushing up on the political landscape and military tactics that led to the successful Targaryen conquest of the Iron Islands.

Perhaps as a tribute to Bud Selig leaving office, the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

Rookie - Kingsport Mets (31-28)__________________________________

GREENEVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 4 (Box)

Rookie - GCL Mets (27-25)__________________________________

GCL CARDINALS 2, GCL METS 3 (Box)

Star of the Night

This might be unprecedented, but Carlos Peguero deserves the Star of the Night. The dude raised his slugging percentage fifty points, from .524 to .574 in just the last four games against Las Vegas. That's impressive.

Goat of the Night

Beck Wheeler