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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 8/12/15: No luck in extra innings

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

Marcos Molina
Marcos Molina
Gordon Donovan

*All results from games played on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51s (65-52)_______________________________________

EL PASO 9, LAS VEGAS 8 / 10 (Box)

Down by three in the ninth inning, the 51s rallied to force the game into extra innings, but weren't able to keep the momentum going, losing to El Paso 9-8. El Paso reliever Tayron Guerrero walked Brandon Nimmo and Wilfredo Tovar to start the inning. After striking out pinch hitter Brooks Conrad, he walked Dilson Herrera to load the bases and Darrell Ceciliani to force in a run, cutting Las Vegas' deficit to 8-6. The next batter, Matt Reynolds, scorched a line drive into left, tying the game. Chasen Bradford lived a little dangerously, putting men on base in the bottom of the ninth, but successfully navigated out of the inning. He pulled the same trick in the bottom of the tenth, but wasn't able get out of the inning unscathed. With runners on the corners, Cory Spangenberg was intentionally walked to load up the bases and set up an out at any base situation. The next batter, Ramiro Pena lofted a flyball into center that was far enough that Darrell Ceciliani had no shot at throwing out the runner at the plate.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (63-51)_____________________________________


The Curve looked like they had things wrapped up early, accruing a 6-1 lead in the middle innings, but Binghamton rallied late to put a hurting on Altoona, eventually winning 13-6. Seth Lugo, making his first start with Binghamton since his brief sojourn to Las Vegas last week, did not display the dominance he had in the weeks before his Triple-A spot start. He scattered eight hits, giving up a run in the first and third, and four in the fifth. Down 6-1, the B-Mets began their largest comeback win of the season in the top of the sixth, plating three runs off of reliever Jason Creasy. Adam Kolarek held the Curve scoreless in the bottom of the inning, keeping the score 6-4. In the seventh, Brock Peterson belted the first pitch he saw into the left field bleachers, hitting his 200th professional home run and giving Binghamton an improbable 7-6 lead. Beck Wheeler held the Curve scoreless in the bottom of the inning, keeping the score 7-6. In the eighth, pinch hitter Jonathan Galvez drove in L.J. Mazzilli with a groundball past the third baseman. In the bottom of the inning, Jon Velasquez held the Curve scoreless, keeping it an 8-6 ballgame.

In the top of the ninth, the Binghamton offense unloaded on relievers Brett McKinney and Josh Smith, scoring five runs. T.J. Rivera led the inning off with his second home run of both the season and the game. The next three batters got on base, loading the bases with no outs for Joe Benson. McKinney uncorked a wild pitch, scoring a runner, and walked Benson, re-loading the bases. He retired L.J. Mazzilli, but was removed from the game with Xorge Carrillo coming up to bat. Josh Smith promptly plunked Carillo, forcing a second run in and keeping the bases loaded. Pedro Lopez elected to not waste any additional relievers and kept Jon Velasquez, giving the reliever a rare at-bat. He unsurprisingly struck out swinging for the second out of the inning, but Smith had no such luck against Gavin Cecchini, who lined his fourth hit of the night into center to score two runs. T.J. Rivera, who started the inning out, made the final out, hitting a dribbler that catcher Jacob Stallings fielded himself. Velasquez issued a pair of walks in the bottom of the ninth, but was able to induce a 5-5-3 double play to end the game.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (59-55 /24-20)_____________________________________


Some guy named Rafael Montero got the start for St. Lucie. Montero looked a little shaky during his two rehab innings, giving up a lot of solid contact (two doubles and a triple) and having trouble keeping pitches in the zone (26 strikes, 18 balls). After he gave up a run in the top of the second, St. Lucie got it right back in the bottom of the inning when Dominic Smith hit a double and was driven in on a Victor Cruzado double. Montero was replaced in the third by some other guy, Marcos Molina. Fresh off the disabled list, the Walter Johnson wanna-be was solid in his first appearance back, slinging four-plus scoreless innings, allowing a four hits and a walk. He only struck out one, but did record six groundballs to just two flyballs. Mike Hepple replaced him in the seventh, and immediately got himself in trouble by issuing a pair of walks to load the bases, but wiggled out of trouble by getting Marcus Knecht to fly out.

St. Lucie broke the 1-1 tie against Miracle in the seventh. Reliever Zack Jones issued a leadoff walk to Maikis De La Cruz, who stole second base when Lednier Ricardo came to bat. Ricardo Ricardo lined the very next pitch after the stolen base into left field to drive in De La Cruz, giving St. Lucie a 2-1 lead. After Heppled pitched a clean top of the eighth, St. Lucie added an insurance run in the bottom of the inning. Jhoan Urena replaced some guy named David Wright and led off the inning with a triple. A throwing error by Miracle second baseman Ryan Walker allowed Urena to come all the way home. Staked to a 3-1 lead, Kyle Regnault pitched a clean ninth to notch his fourth save with St. Lucie.

Speaking of that David Wright dude, the third baseman went 1-3 at the plate, striking out swinging in the first, popping up to the first baseman in foul territory in the third, and lining a single into center in the sixth. Manning the hot corner, he was involved in three plays- two bunts and a slow roller. He made a play on the second bunt he fielded, but had no chance on the first bunt or the slow roller.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (65-48 / 26-17)__________________________________


The streaking Sand Gnats continued their run of dominance, shutting out the Rome Braves for their eighth win in a row, making them 9-1 for the month of August and 17-3 in their last twenty games. Savannah scored all their of their runs in the second. Eudor Garcia led off the inning with a single and was driven home by a Michael Katz double. John Mora moved Katz up to third, and Jean Rodriguez drove him in with a line drive into right. One batter later, Patrick Biondi hit a come backer back to the pitcher that Katz was able to score on, giving Savannah the 3-0 lead that would eventually be the final score. Corey Oswalt was sharp in his five innings of work, allowing a pair of singles. Paul Paez tossed three perfect innings, and Cameron Griffin put the finishing touches on the shutout in the ninth, recording his seventh save.

SS-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (25-25)_______________________________________


After the extra-innings slog that was Sunday's game, I am happy that the weather kept me away from last night's extra-inning loss Ferry Series loss. Enticed by the prospect of getting to see Andrew Church in person, I would've seen an almost four-hour extra innings loss on a warm Coney Island night- with that nightly wave of Atlantic moisture that always rolls in making things even more damp. Church was, to nobody's surprise, unspectacular, allowing four earned runs (and two unearned runs) on six hits over five innings. Luis Cedeno, the Staten Island starter, was equally unimpressive, yielding three runs over four-plus innings. With the game tied 3-3, Staten Island scored three in the top of the sixth. Brooklyn responded with one in the bottom of the inning. In the seventh, Staten Island plated one run. Brooklyn responded with three in the bottom of the inning, tying things at 7-7.

The score stayed tied until the top of the twelfth, when Craig Missigman, in his second inning of work, gave up three runs. Enmanuel Zabala led off the bottom of the inning with a double, but Jose Mesa got Zach Mathieu, Alfredo Reyes, and Tucker Tharp to strike out consecutively to end the game, the first two swinging and the latter looking.

Rookie - Kingsport Mets (24-23)__________________________


The Kingsport Mets recovered from their loss on Monday and beat the Burlington Royals last night, making them 6-4 for the month of August. The Royals scored two in the bottom of the first, but Gabriel Llanes settled down and got into a groove, putting up five scoreless innings afterwards. Kingsport got on the board in the third with a Luis Carpio sac fly, and took the lead in the fourth. The team plated four runs on RBI doubles by Milton Ramos and Arnaldo Berrios and a Kevin Kaczmarski single, knocking starter Enmanuel Camacho out in the process. In the sixth, they did some damage to Camacho's replacement, Joseph Markus, knocking in two more runs. Llanes gave up a solo home run to Colton Frabasilio to start the seventh, but recorded the next three batters in order, putting the finishing touches on a solid outing. Kingsport got that run back in the bottom of the inning, and added two more to their tally in the eighth, giving them ten runs on the night. Frabasilio, who homers earlier, scored in the ninth due to some defensive miscues, but reliever Eucebio Arias was able to otherwise contain the heart of the Burlington lineup.

Kingsport's twelve hits tonight added to some silly good numbers they've been putting up over the last week or so. Over their last six games, the team has logged sixty-five hits and has scored thirty-nine runs.

Rookie - GCL Mets (25-19)__________________________


Star of the Night

T.J. Rivera

Goat of the Night

Craig Missigman