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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 8/27/14: Coming down to the wire

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

Casey Meisner
Casey Meisner
Chris McShane

*All results from games played on Tuesday, August 27th, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (79-60)_______________________________________

ROUND ROCK 5, LAS VEGAS 7 (Box)

Looking to win their only series in 2014, the 51s jumped on the board first with a exclamation point. With Bobby Abreu (single), Allan Dykstra (double), and Cesar Puello (walk) on base, Anthony Seratelli hit a grand slam over the right-center wall to put Las Vegas on the board early, 4-0. Round Rock came rumbling back in the top of the 3rd, as Logan Verrett gave up a two-run homer to center fielder Ryan Strausborger. Ryan Reid replaced Verrett in the 6th and immediately gave up a home run to right fielder Jared Hoying, making it a 4-3 ballgame, but Las Vegas scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to pad their lead once again. Seratelli came to bat with bases loaded once again, giving him the chance to jack his second grand slam of the night, but he settled for a walk to drive in a run instead. Danny Muno followed with a second walk that forced in a run, while Matt Reynolds hit a sac fly to score a third runner. The Express didn't lay down quietly. In the top of the 8th, first baseman J.R. Towles doubled into left to score two runners, making it a 7-5 game. The 51s responded with a two run inning of their own. After Matt Reynolds doubled and stole third, Josh Satin and Bobby Abreu walked, loading the bases with one out. While Andrew Brown was unable to get it done, fouling out to the first baseman, Allan Dykstra and Taylor Teagarden were on top of things, drawing a walk to force in a run and knocking an RBI single, respectively. Cesar Puello grounded out to end the inning with the bases still juiced. Gonzalez Germen pitched a clean 9th, locking down Las Vegas' 79th win of the season. With five games remaining, it appears likely that the 51s will end the season with a better record than last year (81-63).

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (83-53)_____________________________________

GAME ONE

NEW BRITAIN 5, BINGHAMTON 1 / 7 (Box)

The B-Mets got on the board in the bottom of the 1st, scoring on a Jayce Boyd RBI single, but were otherwise quieted by the Rock Cats' Jose Berrios. Gabriel Ynoa served up the lead in the top of the 2nd, giving up three runs, and then gave up a pair more in the 3rd, making it a 5-1 ballgame, a score that would stand for the rest of the game. Ynoa pitched a bit better than the score would seem.

GAME TWO

NEW BRITAIN 2, BINGHAMTON 3 / 7 (Box)

This game was a make-up from the postponement on July 2nd. Binghamton and New Britain had a back-and-forth affair, but in the end, the B-Mets found themselves on top. With New Britain up 2-1 in the 5th, the B-Mets scored two in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. A passed ball scored Dustin Lawley, who originally got on base thanks to a catcher's interference call, and one batter later, a wild pitch scored Xorge Carrillo. Binghamton didn't so much win the second game of the doubleheader as much as New Britain shot themselves in the foot.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (32-32 / 72-61)_____________________________________

CHARLOTTE 2, ST. LUCIE 5 (Box)

Matt Koch followed his strong performance last start (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) with an even better one, his best start of the year. The 23-year-old gave up a pair of runs in the 2nd inning, but bore down and blanked the Stone Crabs for the rest of the game. In total, he pitched seven plus innings, striking out a season-high eight batters, six of which were swinging strikeouts. For a while, it looked like Koch's efforts were going to be all for naught, as Charlotte starter Austin Pruitt was having no difficulties keeping St. Lucie off the board. Finally, in the bottom of the 7th, they broke through. After loading the bases with on three singles, Eudy Pina hit a line drive into left that scored all three runners and chased Pruitt from the game. Jeff McNeil followed that up with a single that scored Pina, making it a 4-2 ballgame. In the bottom of the 8th, St. Lucie added an insurance run on a Cam Maron sac fly that scored Gavin Cecchini. Ryan Fraser, who came in to get the last out in the 8th, pitched a scoreless 9th, giving St. Lucie the victory.  While St. Lucie might have been eliminated from playoff contention, they are still looking to end the second half over .500, and this win brings them one step closer.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (38-28 / 82-48)__________________________________

AUGUSTA 5, SAVANNAH 3 (Box)

The Sand Gnats dropped another one, making it six losses in a row now. Both Robert Whalen and GreenJackets starter Luis Ysla pitched well, both men pitching deep into the game allowing a few runs on a handful of hits. John Mincone relieved Whalen in the 7th, and immediately gave up an RBI single (charged to Whalen), making it a 3-1 game. The Sand Gnats fought back in the bottom of the inning against Augusta bullpen, and scored a pair of runs, tying the game 3-3. Mincone leaded the bases in the top of the 8th, but escaped without allowing any damage, striking out Jeremy Sy to end the inning. He wouldn't be so lucky in the 9th, though. He gave up two runs, giving the GreenJackets a late 5-3 lead. Savannah went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning, with Luis Castillo locking down his 9th save of the year.

Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (39-31)__________________________________

BROOKLYN 8, STATEN ISLAND 2 (Box)

The only thing better than a Brooklyn win over Staten Island is a dominant Brooklyn win. The Cyclones did most of their damage in the top of the 3rd, batting around in the inning. The team hammered out five runs on seven hits, all singles. The Staten Island Yankees scored a run of their own in the bottom of the 4th, but that was the only real blemish on Casey Meisner's night. The 19-year-old Texas native has been on a roll in August, and last night's performance put an emphatic exclamation point on that streak. He struck out eleven Staten Island hitters over six innings, giving up one run on four hits and a walk. After the game, he credited his ability to hit his spots with his fastball and change speeds with his high strikeout total. Meisner's ERA, which sat at a bloated 5.97 on July 29th, is now 4.08 thanks to four exceptional starts this month. They scored another run later in the game in the bottom of the 8th, this time off of Gaither Bumgardner, but the run did little to prevent the inevitable loss one inning later.

Rookie - Kingsport Mets (33-32)__________________________________

JOHNSON CITY 3, KINGSPORT 2 (Box)

Kingsport lost a close one, dropping the rubber game of their three game set with Johnson City. Yoryi Nuez was erratic, walking three, hitting two, and uncorking three wild pitches. Johnson City was unable to take too much advantage of his wildness, however, scoring only three runs in total. Despite the two losses, Kingsport is still very much in the postseason hunt, along with Johnson City and first place Elizabethton. They'll start their very last regular season series against the latter, a make-or-break series.

Rookie - GCL Mets (31-27)__________________________________

GCL METS 1, GCL CARDINALS 2 (Box)

Star of the Night

Casey Meisner

Goat of the Night

John Mincone