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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 6/18/15: Regulation rules, extra innings drools

Catch up on all of the Mets prospects in yesterday’s minor league action!

Luis Cessa
Luis Cessa
Chris McShane

*All results from games played on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (38-29)_______________________________________


We had ourselves a nice little duel yesterday afternoon at Cashman Field, as two top organizational lefties went head-to-head. Tyler DeLoach, one of the Angels' top pitching prospects took on Steven Matz, one of ours. The two southpaws traded zeroes inning after inning, until the 51s broke through in the 6th. T.J. Rivera got the inning started with a double and was driven home by a Matt Reynolds triple. Reynolds was driven in by an Alex Castellanos for a second run, and Castellanos was driven in a few batters later by a Jayce Boyd line drive into left. Two innings later, Anthony Recker connected on a Jo-Jo Reyes offering and sent it over the left center wall for two more runs. The Bees just narrowly avoided a shutout, scoring their only run with two outs in the 9th against John Church.

The winners of their last six games, Las Vegas will begin a four game set with the Fresno Grizzlies tonight.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (34-30)_____________________________________


Binghamton made it seven straight at Hadlock Field (dating back to last season) and five wins in a row with their victory over the Sea Dogs last night. Brock Peterson's RBI double in the 1st drove L.J. Mazzilli home, scoring Binghamton's first run, and a few pitches later, a wild pitch by Portland starter Heri Quevedo allowed Michael Conforto to score, giving the B-Mets a quick 2-0 lead. Little Maz and Conforto were both involved in the 3rd, when Binghamton scored another run. Mazzilli started things off with a walk and Conforto drove him home with a double off the right-field wall that, with a little more elevation, would have been his third home run with Binghamton and his tenth home run overall. The Sea Dogs scratched out their only run in the bottom of the inning when Aneury Tavarez hit a comebacker up the middle, took second on a Luis Cessa wild pitch, advanced on a single, and was driven home on a fielder's choice.

Speaking of Cessa, the right-hander was real solid, tossing eight frames of five hit, one-run ball. He lowered his ERA to 2.34, the fourth best in the Eastern League. His eight innings pitched were the fourth time in his career that he tossed that many innings, and the first time that a B-Mets starter has lasted that long since Greg Peavey went eight against the New Britain Rock Cats on August 28, 2014.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (34-32)_____________________________________


The St. Lucie Mets were gunning for five wins in a row, but their attempt just fell shy, losing to the Threshers in eleven innings. St. Lucie scored the first run of the game, and plated a second run in the 5th, but Clearwater scored two off of Miller Diaz in the bottom of the inning to tie things up at 2-2. After St. Lucie took the lead on a Yeixon Ruiz sac fly in the top of the 6th, Chace Numata laced an RBI double into right that tied things up for Clearwater. Both bullpens held steadfast. In the bottom of the 9th, the Threshers came within inches of walking off, but pinch runner Angelo Mora was thrown out at home by Maikis De La Cruz after attempting to score from second on a ground ball up the middle. Neither team got much going in the 10th, and St. Lucie failed to do anything of note in the top of the 11th. In the bottom of the inning, Aaron Brown smashed a Kyle Regnault pitch over the right center wall, and that was that.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (35-31)__________________________________


With four games remaining in the first half and understanding the severity of the situation, the Sand Gnats got out of the box quickly, scoring a run in the 1st on a John Mora single and another in the 2nd, on a Jonathan Johnson single. The Tourists made both runs up in the 6th when Wes Rogers plated two on a line drive into center. From there on, both teams dipped into their bullpens. Blake Shouse, Jerad McCrummen, Shane Halley, and Yoely Bello combined to toss eight shutout innings for Asheville, while Alberto Baldonado, David Roseboom, and Paul Paez combined to toss six-plus for Savannah.

In the 13th, Vicente Lupo made a costly error that allowed Forrest Wall, the 35th overall draftee in the 2014 MLB Draft, to reach second to start the inning off. After Wall was sacrificed over to third, Paz intentionally walked the next two batters to load the bases and set up a play anywhere. Luis Jean was able to get the ball out of the infield, hitting a groundball past Eudor Garcia into right to score the go-ahead run. DH Sean Dwyer's sac fly added one more to the Tourists' tally, giving them a two-run lead over the Sand Gnats. Josh Michalec pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the inning and that was all she wrote.

Luckily for Savannah, the Greenville Drive also lost last night, defeated by the Greensboro Grasshoppers 4-2. The two teams are still tied for first place, making these last four games critically important for both teams. The Sand Gnats will finish their series with the 30-26 Tourists tonight and then will head to Augusta to take on the 32-33 GreenJackets. The Drive, meanwhile, will wrap up their series with the 29-37 Grasshoppers and then will be heading to Lakewood to take on the 32-32 BlueClaws.

Star of the Night

Luis Cessa

Goat of the Night

Vicente Lupo/Kyle Regnault