*All results from games played on Thursday, June 18st, 2015
Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (38-30)_______________________________________
FRESNO 11, LAS VEGAS 4 (Box)
Vegas saw their 7-game win streak snapped as the Grizzlies battered seven 51s pitchers for 17 hits and 11 runs. Starter Tyler Pill didn’t make it out of the second inning, and the bullpen didn’t do much to stop the bleeding. Danny Muno, Johnny Monell, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis had multi-hit games for Las Vegas.
- LF Cory Vaughn: 1-2, 2B, R, K
- 2B Daniel Muno: 3-4, 2B, 2 R, BB
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 0-3, RBI; Came in for Matt Reynolds in a ‘resting dudes during a blowout’ move.
- SS Matt Reynolds: 0-2, 2 K; Greg and I talked about this on the pod, but Reynolds has been fine in Vegas, hitting .310/.363/.455 over about a season’s worth of games. It’s not a plus offensive profile in the majors, but he should hit .260 and give you some defensive flexibility. That has value.
- PH-LF Jayce Boyd: 1-3, K
- RHP Tyler Pill: 1.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 1 K; One to forget.
Double-A - Binghamton Mets (35-30)_____________________________________
BINGHAMTON 7, PORTLAND 1 (Box)
The B-Mets stay hot though, winning their seventh straight game. It looked like the New Britain Rock Cats might run away with the division early, but the B-Mets have clawed their way back within two games of first as we near the halfway point of the minor league season. Michael Conforto knocked three hits, and Brandon Nimmo added a pair of doubles in his return to the B-Mets lineup after a knee injury cost him a little over a month of time. Michael Fulmer turned in another strong outing on the bump, lowering his ERA to 3.14.
- 3B Dustin Lawley: 1-4, 2 R, RBI, K, SB (7)
- CF Brandon Nimmo: 2-5, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI; Nimmo had been heating up before the injury and picks up right where he left off.
- RF Jared King: 1-5, 2 K
- LF Michael Conforto: 3-5, 2B, R
- SS Gavin Cecchini: 0-4, BB, 2 K; Slumping badly right now, and I wasn’t overly enthused with what I saw out of him last weekend.
- RHP Michael Fulmer: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (34-33)_____________________________________
CLEARWATER 9, ST. LUCIE 8 (Box)
It was a tough loss for St. Lucie last night. Logan Taylor and Rob Whalen couldn’t hold a seven-run lead, and after the Mets rallied back to tie it on a Dom Smith single, Clearwater walked it off in the bottom of the ninth inning.
- CF Champ Stuart: 1-4, R, RBI, K, SB (18)
- 1B Dominic Smith: 3-4, 2R, 2 RBI
- 3B Jeff McNeil: 2-5, R, RBI, SB (10); It’s not the sexiest profile, but McNeil is quietly making his case for guydom.
- SS Amed Rosario: 1-4, R, E (13)
- RHP Logan Taylor: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
- RHP Rob Whalen: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HR; The St. Lucie pen had been taxed and is shorthanded at the moment, but this was still a weird spot to bring Whalen in.
Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (36-31)__________________________________
SAVANNAH 3, ASHEVILLE 2 (Box)
The Sand Gnats kept pace with the Greeneville Drive behind a stellar start from Scarlyn Reyes. Reyes was almost undone in the ninth by some shoddy defense (well, his own) and a questionable strike zone, but Jimmy Duff came in to slam the door and the Gnats enter their final series of the first half in a flat-footed tie for first place.
- RF Wuilmer Becerra : 0-4, K
- CF John Mora : 2-4, 3B, 2 R
- SS Luis Guillorme: 0-4, 2 K.The wacky strike zone the last couple nights has hurt Guillorme most of all.
- RHP Scarlyn Reyes : 8.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K; Have a day, Mr. Reyes
Star of the Night
Goat of the Night
Tyler Pill and Logan Taylor can share the (dis)honor today.