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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 8/14/16: Comebacks fall short

MLB: Spring Training-New York Mets at Washington Nationals
Travis Taijeron
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*All results from games played on Saturday, August 13, 2016

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51s (57-64)


Despite making it exciting, the Las Vegas 51s dropped another one, bringing their record on the season to 57-64. The team came into the ninth inning down by two runs, and Travis Taijeron did Travis Taijeron things to start the inning, hitting his his eighteenth home run of the season, cutting into the Zephyrs’ lead and making it a 7-6 ballgame. Top prospects Gavin Cecchini and Brandon Nimmo both singled, setting the stage for Eric Campbell, who delivered. The utility infielder hit a line drive into left that scored Cecchini and tied the game at 7-7. Jeff Walters began the top of the tenth with a walk, and the free pass came back to bite him, as Matt Juengel hit his eighth home run of the year, butting New Orleans back on top 9-7. The see-saw looked as if it might tip back the other way, as Roger Bernadina led off the tenth with a solo shot of his own, but reliever Drew Steckenrider retired Taijeron, Cecchini and Nevin Ashley to end the ballgame.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (54-62)


Initially, the B-Mets had the lead thanks to a quick run in the top of the first, but Rainy Lara gave it back and then some with a four run bottom of the inning, walking the bases loaded, allowing a run to score on a wild pitch, and allowing three more on a pair of singles. The Senators tacked on an insurance run, which proved important as Binghamton plated three runs in the sixth. That would be the closest the B-Mets would get to recapturing the lead, as Paul Paez allowed a solo homer in the seventh to make it a 6-4 game, and Luis Mateo allowed two, resulting in the final 8-4 score.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (61-53 / 26-21)


Losses, losses, more losses. St. Lucie probably couldn’t buy a win in Bradenton if they were the Million Dollar Man and the Marauders were a heel Andre the Giant. Things looked like they were going well for St. Lucie, but Bradenton came back to win it, making them 9-0 at home vs. the Mets this season. The game stayed locked in a 0-0 tie until John Mora's two-out solo homer in the sixth, but St. Lucie’s lead would be short lived. Mickey Jannis, who faced the minimum through the first five and was cruising, walked two batters in the bottom of the sixth and they came back to bite him when Pablo Reyes lined a single to tie things at 1-1. Kevin Kramer followed that with a two-run single that Michael Katz missed, giving the Marauders a 3-1 lead. In the seventh, they scored another run, giving them four for the night. St. Lucie rallied in the eighth, plating a run, but their rally would fall short.

Low-A - Columbia Fireflies (54-65 / 18-31)


Seven shutout innings for Nabil Crismatt, and despite the good work- walking two, allowing two hits, and striking out ten- he wasn’t in line for a decision, as the Columbia offense was equally stymied by Greensboro pitchers Ben Meyer and Issac Gil, who combined to toss seven scoreless innings of their own. Finally, in the eighth, with Tucker Tharp on second, Eudor Garcia lined a Kyle Keller offering into shallow left, allowing the Columbia outfielder to come around to score, putting them up 1-0. Jimmy Duff pitched the eighth and ninth and preserved the shutout.

Short-A – Brooklyn Cyclones (29-26)


On a hot, muggy Saturday evening, the Cyclones and Black Bears played a crazy back-and-forth game that came down to a battle of bullpens, and unfortunately, the Brooklyn pen was not up to snuff. With a narrow 5-4 lead going into the ninth innings, Austin McGeorge gave up four runs to give West Virginia the lead. After a few singles tied the game, Matt Diorio homered to left to put the Black Bears up with three outs to go. Desmond Lindsay reached second in the bottom of the inning thanks to a fielding error, but was left stranded as neither Colby Woodmansee or Blake Tiberi could get the ball out of the infield.

Rookie – Kingsport Mets (18-32)


No, things weren’t looking good for Kingsport, but four late inning runs gave them the edge. In the eighth, Jeremy Wolf doubled into left to plate Ian Strom and Anthony Dimino, making it a 3-2 ballgame. In the ninth, Ricardo Cespedes led off the inning with a single and came around to score when Jose Maria doubled into left. After Jose Medina singled, Franklin Correa was intentionally walked to load the bases. Ian Strom failed to get it done, striking out, but Anthony Dimino had no such troubles, singling into right to end the ballgame.

Rookie – GCL Mets (18-23)


Star of the Night

Nabil Crismatt

Goat of the Night

Austin McGeorge