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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 9/5/14: Let's pretend game two never happened.

After a couple of dramatic victories in the opening games of each of their respective series, Las Vegas and Binghamton followed up with a pair of stinkers.

Las Vegas RHP Matt Bowman
Las Vegas RHP Matt Bowman
Chris McShane

*All results from games played on Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (81-63; 1-1)_______________________________________


After a dramatic victory in game one of this series, the 51s eliminated pretty much all intrigue very early in last night's affair. Specifically, after a strong season where he seemed to punch his ticket as a legitimate major league arm, Vegas starter Matthew Bowman appeared to crumble under the pressure of his first playoff start. In fact, here's how the night began with Reno batting in the top of the first: Single, walk, walk, grand slam. Bowman would then allow three more hits in the frame before Cesar Puello bailed him out with an inning-ending outfield assist at home plate. Fortunately, Bowman settled down for the next three innings before he got the hook.

Reno's eventual victory was never really in question again after two-time Mets first baseman Mike Jacobs hit the first inning slam. Even so, the 51s bats were remarkably quiet in this game against Reno lefty Andrew Chafin. Not considered a top tier arm in the Arizona organization, Chafin had faced one over the minimum heading into the ninth and that owing to an infield error. Further, only one Las Vegas baserunner found himself in scoring position all night. Let's just agree that this was not an effort for the record books and be glad that we can turn the page to game three later tonight.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (83-59; 1-1)_____________________________________


This one was over early as well as Binghamton was simply outplayed in every facet of last night's game. Frankly, it's never a good sign when your starting pitcher allows more home runs than strikeouts. And it's sort of a weird sign when he allows fewer earned runs than homers -- owing to a shoddy stretch of defense in a rough second inning.

That said, the B-Mets bats never made much noise against Sea Dogs starter Justin Haley. Boston's 2012 sixth-rounder followed up on his very strong season (10-6, 2.35 ERA) with six more innings of shutdown ball. In fact, Binghamton never made it past second base in this one. Additionally, another former Mets first base prospect did some damage on this night as Stefan Welch knocked a pair of homers. Binghamton starter Steven Matz will look to regain the momentum tonight in game three.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (36-33 / 76-62)_____________________________________



Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (84-51; 0-1)__________________________________


Savannah trails best-of-three series after dropping game one, 8-3 (Box).

Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (42-34)__________________________________



Rookie - Kingsport Mets (34-34)__________________________________



Rookie - GCL Mets (33-27)__________________________________



Star of the Night

In principle alone nobody is really deserving of a gold star on a night where both clubs were pretty much rolled up and smoked; however, some credit is due to the Las Vegas bullpen who supplied five scoreless innings of relief work -- allowing just one hit in that span -- as they mopped up after Matthew Bowman's mess.

Goat of the Night

It's been a very strong season for Matthew Bowman. The 23-year-old from Chevy Chase, Maryland posted a 3.47 ERA in his first go-around in a very difficult run-scoring environment in Triple-A after producing similarly strong results in his first shot at Double-A. His 124 strikeouts in 134 innings looks especially strong when paired with just 36 walks over that span. In short, the undersized righty proved that his depth of secondary offerings, excellent pitching IQ, and very strong command of a just-enough fastball might just be a viable repertoire at the next level. All that said, he just didn't have it last night.