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Mets Daily Farm Report, August 4, 2014: You want some good pitching? I got your good pitching right here

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

Steven Matz
Steven Matz
Chris McShane

*All results from games played on Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (64-53)_______________________________________


Cory Mazzoni and Matt Buschmann traded zeroes for the first three innings of the game, but Las Vegas got on the board in the 4th, scoring two runs. They would add another in the 5th, another in the 7th, and three more in the 8th. The River Cats, on the other hand, failed to cash in for another three innings, finally getting on the board in the bottom of the 7th thanks to a Daric Barton solo homer. They added another run off of John Church in the bottom of the 9th, but the right-hander was able to prevent any further damage.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (67-47)_____________________________________


The B-Mets head into today's scheduled day off with a bad taste in their mouth, thanks to a shellacking by the Bowie Baysoxs. The funny thing is, for six innings, we had a 0-0 pitcher's duel going. Bowie starter Zach Davies was cruising along, as was Binghamton lefty Steven Matz. Bowie got on the board first, scoring a run in the top of the 6th thanks to Wilfredo Tovar bobbling a groundball and being too late on a throw. Matz got out of the inning allowing only that unearned run, but he was yanked from the game after it, having thrown 100 pitches (71 for strikes). The Long Island lefty had his pitch count elevated because of seven strikeouts, but he also was inducing a lot of foul balls. All in all, Matz looked good. He was mixing in curveball and his change-up, and both pitches looked better and better as the game went on.

Adam Kolarek came in to pitch in the 7th. The thing about Adam Kolarek- he started the season out well enough, but has been pretty lousy over the past two months. Making his first start in August, he continued that trend of not pitching all that well, giving up three runs in the 7th. Jon Velasquez, who also started out strong and has been scuffling a little over the last month or so, replaced Kolarek and was just as bad, allowing four runs in an inning plus. What had been a 1-0 pitching duel was now an 8-2 blowout. That got out of hand in a hurry.

The B-Mets didn't go down without a fight, at the very least. In the bottom of the 8th, Darrell Ceciliani started the inning off with a single. Jayce Boyd missed a home run by just a couple of feet, and had to settle for an RBI double. Xorge Carrillo drove him in one batter later to make it a 8-2 ballgame, which would be the final score.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (21-19 / 61-48)_____________________________________


Luis Cessa was rolling along for the most part until the 5th inning, having allowed allowing two runs on a handful of hits. In that 5th, Threshers DH Art Charles hit his team-leading 12th home run of the year and catcher Corey Bass hit his first. Clearwater tacked on one more that inning on a sac fly, making it a 5-0 ballgame. St. Lucie finally got on the board in the 8th, after Jared King knocked in Maikis De La Cruz, but were unable to muster anything else.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (26-16 / 70-38)__________________________________


For six innings, John Gant was perfect. He threw 61 pitches, and not a single Crawdad was able to put any of them into play. In the 7th, he retired the first two batters of the inning before walking Hickory right fielder Nomar Mazara and catcher Kellin Deglan. The next batter, left fielder Jairo Beras, hit a ball through the hole between short and third to ruin Gant's bit for history. He retired the final batter of the inning, and got out of the bases loaded jam. His no-hit bid was Gant's second in his last three games. On July 19th, against the Lexington Legends, the right-hander took a no-hitter into the 6th inning.

The Sand Gnats scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the 8th. Colton Plaia got things started with a single, and was replaced by the speedier Victor Cruzado. A sacrifice bunt and a ground out moved Cruzado over to second and third, respectively, before Champ Stuart lined a grounder right back up the middle that no infielder could get their hand on, plating Cruzado. Bret Mitchell and Akeel Morris combined to pitch the 9th, and that was that.

Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (26-24)__________________________________


The Tigers and the Cyclones entered the game tied for the New York-Penn League wild card spot, but with their performance yesterday afternoon, Connecticut walked away with sole possession of it. Alberto Baldonado had trouble all afternoon, laboring through his five-plus innings of work. Down 5-0 in the 4th, Michael Conforto blasted his second home run in as many nights, but the Mets 2014 first round draftee's run was the only one that the Cyclones could manage. Brooklyn got momentum going their way, and seemed poised to score in the 5th and the 8th, but in both innings, Tigers relievers were able to contain the Cyclones.

Rookie - Kingsport Mets (20-23)__________________________________


Kingsport got shutout, and there's not much else to talk about. Gaby Almonte wasn't particularly good, nor was the offense.

Rookie - GCL Mets (20-18)__________________________________


Star of the Night

John Gant, who was perfect through six-plus innings

Goat of the Night

Adam Kolarek and Jon Velasquez, who allowed seven runs on eight hits in two innings of work combined, and really let that Binghamton game get out of hand.