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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 7/12/15: Diaz, Gsellman lead strong pitching performances across the minors

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Catch up on all of Saturday's Mets minor league action!

Chris McShane

*All results from games played on Saturday, July 11, 2015

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51s (53-38)_______________________________________

LAS VEGAS 5, SALT LAKE 4 (Box)

The 51s edged the Salt Lake Bees 5-4 behind a two-run homer from Cory Vaughn and a two-run single from Jayce Boyd. Vic Black picked up the win in relief despite getting knocked around for three runs on four hits and a walk  in two innings of work. Las Vegas heads into the All-Star break riding a six-game winning streak and hold an eight-game lead over El Paso in the Pacific Southern division.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (45-42)_____________________________________

BINGHAMTON 6, PORTLAND 1 (Box)

Binghamton jumped out of the gate early thanks to a first inning, three-run home run from newcomer Joe Benson. Benson was signed as an extra outfielder because regular outfielders Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo are in Cincinnati, representing the Mets at the Futures Game on Sunday. Robert Gsellman made the early runs stand up, allowing just one run over seven solid innings to pick up his third win at Double-A.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (44-43 / 9-8)_____________________________________

ST. LUCIE 3, LAKELAND 0 (Box)

Miller Diaz pitched eight shutout innings and Dominic Smith hit his fourth home run of the season to lead St. Lucie to a 3-0 victory over Lakeland. Diaz was outstanding in limiting Lakeland to just three hits, while striking out seven. Smith continued his offensive renaissance with two more hits that raised his RBI total to 53 and his average to .304.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (45-42 / 6-11)__________________________________

GAME ONE - LEXINGTON 8, SAVANNAH 7 (Box) (15 innings)

Savannah lost a wild one to Lexington in the first game of a doubleheader. The Sand Gnats had leads in the ninth, twelfth, thirteenth, and fifteenth only to see Lexington rally each time and finally win it when right fielder John Mora dropped a fly ball with one out and the bases loaded.

Corey Oswalt's solid start was long-forgotten by the time it was over. Oswalt pitched seven innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks. Michael Katz had three hits, including a homer and drove in three runs for Savannah in defeat.

GAME TWO - SAVANNAH 5, LEXINGTON 2 (Box)

Ricky Knapp helped Savannah split the doubleheader with a seven-inning complete game victory over Lexington. Knapp benefited from three errors by Lexington and was supported by RBI's from Mora, Luis Guillorme, and Eudor Garcia in the 5-2 win.

SS-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (15-6)_______________________________________

BROOKLYN 2, ABERDEEN 1 (Box)

The Cyclones got all their offense in the second inning when Pedro Perez ripped a two-run single scoring Brandon Brosher and David Thompson, who pulled off a double steal to get themselves into scoring position. Cyclones' starter Kevin Canelon made the early runs stand up, as he held Aberdeen to a run on two hits over six and a third innings to grab the victory.

Rookie - Kingsport Mets (10-9)__________________________

BRISTOL 14, KINGSPORT 5 (Box)

2015 sixth-round pick Chase Ingram made his first professional start and tossed two perfect innings with four strikeouts for Kingsport. Things got ugly in a hurry after Ingram's exit, as relievers Connor Buchmann and Yoryi Nuez were torched four 11 runs over the next four innings, as Bristol defeated Kingsport 14-5. Catcher Patrick Mazieka homered and picked up three RBI in defeat for the K-Mets.

Rookie - GCL Mets (9-9)__________________________

GCL METS 5, GCL MARLINS 3 (Box)

Catcher Anthony Dimino went 2-for-4 and hit an RBI single in the top of tenth inning to break a 3-3 tie, leading the Mets to a 5-3 victory over the Marlins.

Star of the Night

Miller Diaz.

Goat of the Night

Travis Taijeron. Wore the Golden Sombrero for Vegas.