*All results from games played on Sunday, August 16, 2015
Triple-A - Las Vegas 51s (66-56)_______________________________________
IOWA 4, LAS VEGAS 3 (Box)
Remember the days when we were salivating about a Black-Parnell combination at the back of the Mets' bullpen? Not so much anymore, as Black joined Parnell in giving up some late inning runs yesterday, allowing a ninth inning run that would prove the difference maker. Admittedly, the run was unearned, as Travis Taijeron bobbled a ball in the outfield, but still.
Darin Gorski turned in a very Darin Gorski start, allowing three runs over five innings. Iowa had Tsuyoshi Wada pitching for them, and the wily Japanese veteran was only slightly better, allowing one run over five-plus innings. Las Vegas tied the game in the seventh thanks to a Dilson Herrera RBI double and an Eric Campbell RBI single, but the Black/Taijeron combo spoiled things a few innings later.
Thanks to mirroring four-game streaks, Las Vegas losing and El Paso winning, the 51s' lead in the division has shrunk to only 1.5 games.
- 2B Dilson Herrera: 2-5, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI
- CF Darrell Ceciliani: 0-5
- LF-3B Eric Campbell: 1-3, RBI, BB, 2 SB (5, 6), E (1)
- SS Matt Reynolds: 1-4, 2 K, SB (12), E (11)
- 1B Kevin Plawecki: 0-4
- RF Travis Taijeron: 0-4, K, E (4)
- C Dan Rohlfing: 2-4, R, K; Allowed a pair of stolen bases
- 3B Wilfredo Tovar: 1-1, 2B
- 3B Danny Muno: 2-3, R, 2B
- PH Jayce Boyd: 0-1, K
- PH Brandon Nimmo: 0-1; If Wally had to choose between Nimmo or Cesar Puello, would he even field an outfielder? In all seriousness, though, an off day after seven Las Vegas games isn't anything too eyebrow raising. Where he's been batting in the line-up is.
- LF Brandon Allen: 0-1
- LHP Darin Gorski: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, HBP
- LHP Chase Huchingson: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
- LHP Scott Rice: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- RHP Vic Black: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Double-A - Binghamton Mets (63-52)_____________________________________
BINGHAMTON 3, NEW BRITAIN 0 (Box)
Tyler Pill and Rock Cat starter Harrison Musgrave traded zeroes early on, until the latter was pulled after four-plus innings, having thrown eighty-six pitches to get that far. In the sixth, against Shane Broyles, the B-Mets finally got on the board. After Xorge Carrillo singled, L.J. Mazzilli knocked a double into center to score him. After Little Maz advanced on a Jared King fly ball out, Pill contributed to his cause with an RBI single, his third hit of the ballgame. Mazzilli added another run in the seventh, but the insurance run would prove unnecessary as Erik Goeddel, Jon Velasquez, and Paul Sewald kept the shutout going, their eleventh of the season.
- SS Gavin Cecchini: 1-2, 3 BB; With a .316/.372/.441 batting line, a convincing case can be made that Cecchini has surpassed Nimmo as the Mets' top prospect at this point (ignoring Matz and Conforto).
- 3B T.J. Rivera: 1-5
- CF Joe Benson: 1-3, BB, K
- PR-CF Gilbert Gomez: 0-1, R, K
- 1B Brock Peterson: 1-5
- LF Jonathan Galvez: 1-5, 2B, 3 K
- C Xorge Carrillo: 1-4, R, BB
- 2B L.J. Mazzilli: 4-5, R, 2B, 2 RBI; It's nice to see Little Maz show a little life. While neither project at this point to be much more than possibly useful roleplayers, it is irksome to see Jeff McNeil stall in St. Lucie while Mazzili is given a long leash likely because of his last name.
- RF Jared King: 1-5, K
- RHP Tyler Pill: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K; Also went 3-4 with an RBI at the plate.
- REHAB ALERT RHP Erik Goeddel: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- RHP Jon Velasquez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
- RHP Paul Sewald: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, SV (20)
Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (60-59 /25-24)_____________________________________
ST. LUCIE 5, BRADENTON 3 (Box)
After getting swept by Jupiter, St. Lucie got back on the horse and snapped their four-game skid, beating the second place Marauders. Kyle Johnson led off the ballgame with a double and was driven in by Jeff McNeil, giving St. Lucie a quick 1-0 lead. After Matt Oberste's single put runners on the corners, Dominic Smith hit a sac fly into center to plate McNeil. In the second, Amed Rosario doubled down the line and came home to score a few batters later, giving the Mets a 3-0 lead. Rafael Montero got the start for St. Lucie, making his second rehab appearance with the team. He pitched three innings, allowing one run on two hits and two walks, while striking out one. He threw twenty-five of his forty-six pitches for strikes. Both of the walks he issued came with two outs. He got away with it in the first but the free pass came back to bite him in the second, as he then gave up a single and a double, making it a 3-1 ballgame.
Jake Kuebler replaced Montero and was also solid over three innings, putting up a nearly identical pitching line. An Austin Meadows sac fly in the fifth made it 3-2, but Dom Smith plated a second run in the seventh, giving St. Lucie a little breathing room. Jimmy Duff allowed an inherited runner to score in the bottom of the inning, making it a one run ballgame once again, but Reese McGuire allowed a ball to get past him in the top of the eighth, scoring Stefan Sabol and giving St. Lucie the two-run lead that would wind up being the final score.
- CF Kyle Johnson: 1-4, R, 2B, RBI, K
- 2B Jeff McNeil: 2-5, R, RBI, SB (16)
- 1B Matt Oberste: 1-3, R, 2 BB, K
- DH Dominic Smith: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, SB (2); I don't fully buy into Dom because of scouting reports, but he and fellow 2013 first-round draft pick Austin Meadows are the only 20-year-olds in the Top 10 in FSL OPS (Smith 2, Meadows 6).
- RF Victor Cruzado: 2-4, BB
- LF Stefan Sabol: 1-4, R, 2B
- 3B Jhoan Urena: 0-4, K
- SS Amed Rosario: 1-3, R, 2B, BB, K
- C Lednier Ricardo: 0-4, 2 K; Allowed two stolen bases.
- REHAB ALERT RHP Rafael Montero: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
- RHP Jake Kuebler: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, WP, E (1)
- RHP Mike Hepple: 0.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
- RHP Jimmy Duff: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- RHP Robert Coles: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, SV (4)
Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (70-48 / 31-17)__________________________________
SAVANNAH 4, GREENSBORO 0 (Box)
The Sand Gnats got hot at just the right time near the end of the first half to win the SAL Southern Division First-Half Championship and here we are again, Savannah in first place on the strength of an amazing thirteen game winning streak. Today's victory came on the power of some situational hitting and a team shutout, the Sand Gnats' tenth this season.
The ‘Gnats left the bases loaded in the first inning after Grasshopper starter Enderson Franco issued three straight walks, but were able to capitalize in the second, when Franco once again issued a bunch of free passes. Tyler Moore and Oswald Caraballo were both walked unintentionally, and both scored on a Jonathan Johnson fielder's choice that firstbaseman woods made a throwing error on. After Luis Guillorme and Wuilmer Becerra were walked, loading the bases, Michael Katz singled into right, plating Johnson for Savannah's third run of the inning. Guillorme almost scored as well, a run that would've made it a 4-0 ballgame, but he was thrown out at the plate by right fielder norwood on a close play. Tyler Moore took care of that extra run one inning later, bopping his second home run of the year.
Michael Gibbons, meanwhile, was solid, allowing three hits over five innings of work. Ben Griset followed him with a scoreless inning, Tim Peterson two, and Luis Mateo one to close out the game, tossing four shutout innings with nine strikeouts combined. Griset and Peterson had traffic on the base paths, allowing five hits and walking one, but were able to prevent those runners from scoring.
- DH Jonathan Johnson: 0-2, R, 2 BB, SB (22)
- SS Luis Guillorme: 0-1, 2 BB
- RF Wuilmer Becerra: 0-2, 2 BB, K
- 3B Eudor Garcia: 1-4, 2 K
- 1B Michael Katz: 1-4, RBI
- 2B Jean Rodriguez: 0-4, 2 K
- CF Patrick Biondi: 1-4, 2 SB (32, 33)
- C Tyler Moore: 1-3, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB, K
- LF Oswald Caraballo: 0-3, R, BB, K
- RHP Michael Gibbons: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
- LFP Ben Griset: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, WP
- RHP Tim Peterson: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
- RHP Luis Mateo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
SS-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (25-30)_______________________________________
HUDSON VALLEY 3, BROOKLYN 2 / 11 (Box)
The Cyclones keep circling the drain, their losing streak now extended to six games with yesterday's extra innings loss against the Renegades. Andrew Church tossed his best game as a Cyclone- one of the best games as a professional, to be honest- but his effort was wasted as the normally dependable Alex Palsha gave up his first earned run of the season, tying the game at 2-2. Palsha nearly blew it completely, finding himself in a bases loaded situation with one out, but he reared back and struck out his last two batters. The Cyclones got a runner into scoring position in the ninth with one out, but Alfredo Reyes and pinch hitter Vinny Siena were unable to score him, sending the game into extra innings. The same thing happened in the tenth, getting a man into scoring position with only one out, but for a second inning in a row, the Cyclones were unable to cash in, as Brandon Brosher and Jose Garcia both struck out, the latter getting himself ejected from the game.
David Thompson committed a fielding error to start out the eleventh, and that runner came around to score a few batters later when Nicco Blank gave up a Matt Dacey double. Brooklyn went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning, and that was that. With the NY-Penn All-Star Game break upon us, the Cyclones will have a few days to recharge. With a ten wins and twenty losses in the last calendar month, this Brooklyn really needs to get back on track to avoid registering the first sub-.500 record in team history.
- SS Alfredo Reyes: 0-6, 2 K
- 2B Branden Kaupe: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 K
- PH-2B Vinny Siena: 0-1, K
- RF Tucker Tharp: 1-4, 2 K, SB (1), HBP
- LF Jeff Diehl: 0-4, K, HBP
- 3B David Thompson: 1-3, 2 BB, K, E (9), PO
- DH Brandon Brosher: 0-4, BB, 4 K; Brosher needs to work on his strikeout rate and stop worrying about creeping on my sister on Instagram.
- C Jose Garcia: 1-4, R, 3 K, E (4), HBP
- C Manuel Hilario: 0-0
- 1B Zach Mathieu: 1-5, R, 2B
- CF Enmanuel Zabala: 2-4, RBI, K, SB (7), HBP
- RHP Andrew Church: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, HB
- RHP Craig Missigman: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
- RHP Corey Taylor: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- RHP Alex Palsha: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K; One earned run in eighteen appearances is still nothing to sneeze at.
- LHP Carlos Valdez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
- RHP Nicco Blank: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, HB
Rookie - Kingsport Mets (28-24)__________________________
KINGSPORT 8, PRINCETON 5 (Box)
Kingsport got their series with the Princeton Rays started on the right foot, beating the Tampa Bay affiliate on the power of a big opening inning. Kingsport scored five runs in the first inning, powered by three singles, three doubles, and a walk. They added an additional run in the second, and that run would prove very fortuitous, as starter Gabriel Llanes was barely able to make that six-run bulge stick, allowing four Princeton runs in the third. Both Kingsport and Princeton pitchers were able to keep things in check from that point on, Kingsport allowing just one more run while Princeton scattered two.
- LF Kevin Kaczmarski: 2-4, 2 R, 2B, BB, K, SB (15)
- SS Luis Carpio: 1-5, R, 2B, RBI, K
- 1B Dash Winningham: 2-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, K; His peripherals have drifted ever so slightly in the wrong direction as compared to last season, but you can't argue with his .261/.307/.497 line over 50 games.
- C Patrick Mazeika: 2-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI
- 3B Luis Ortega: 2-4, 2 R, 2B
- DH Milton Ramos: 2-4, 2 RBI, K, CS (3)
- CF Ivan Wilson: 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB, K
- RF Arnaldo Berrios: 0-2, BB, K, HBP, PO
- 2B Leon Canelon: 1-4, R, K, SB (2)
- 3B Alvin Maracaro: 0-0
- RHP Gabriel Llanes: 6.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, HR
- RHP Eucebio Arias: 0.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, HB
- RHP Chase Ingram: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
- RHP Dillon Becker: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, SV (1)
Rookie - GCL Mets (25-23)__________________________
NO GAME (SCHEDULE)
Star of the Night
Goat of the Night
David Thompson/Nicco Blank