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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 4/19/17: Aren’t these things supposed to be nine innings?

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

Chris McShane
Jhoan Urena

*All results from games played on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51s (8-5)

LAS VEGAS 6, FRESNO 1 (Box)

The 51s jumped out to a quick lead against the Fresno GrizzliesTacos, scoring five runs in the top of the second inning. With one out, Kevin Plawecki, Josh Rodriguez, Phil Evans and Desmond Jennings all notched consecutive singles, plating a run and loading the bases. After Gavin Cecchini struck out, Matt Reynolds walked to force in a run, and then T.J. Rivera blew things open with a double into left that scored three more. The GrizzliesTacos scored a run in the bottom of the inning, but Las Vegas got that run back in the third, when Cheech homered into left for his second long ball of the season. That would be all she wrote for both sides, and Las Vegas now has a four-game winning streak. Kevin McGowan was particularly impressive in his relief stint, recording all six outs in his two innings of work via strikeout. He struck out the side in the eighth, all three batters swinging, and after allowing a Colin Moran single to start the ninth, struck out his final three batters, two looking and one swinging.

Double-A - Binghamton Rumble Ponies (5-6)

PORTLAND 2, BINGHAMTON 0 / 10 (Box)

It took ten innings, but Portland eeked one past the Ponies, plating a pair of runs off of Corey Taylor in the extras. Both P.J. Conlon and Teddy Stankiewicz were effective, shutting down the opposition. Both teams had a few opportunities to score, leaving a handful of men in scoring position, but both the Sea Dogs and Rumble Ponies kept stymieing each other. The closest either team came to scoring was when Rafael Devers was thrown out at the plate by Kevin Kaczmarski. In the tenth, Corey Taylor allowed three consecutive singles to load the bases with no outs. Things weren’t looking good for Binghamton, and sure enough, Portland was able to score a pair of runs, one on a sacrifice bunt and the other on a wild pitch. With two outs, Luis Guillorme socked a double in the bottom of the inning, giving Ponies a pulse, but newcomer Jio Mier struck out looking to end the game.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (7-6)

ST. LUCIE 10, DUNEDIN 5 / 11 (Box)

St. Lucie had one hell of a game last night- at least on the hitting side of things. Starter Andrew Church was fairly forgettable, allowing five runs- four earned- on eleven hits over four plus innings. The offense bailed him out, hammering Dunedain starter Jordan Romano for five runs on ten hits in five innings. Through nine innings, both teams stayed tied 5-5, so into extra innings we went. In the top of the tenth, St. Lucie loaded up the bases but Blue Jays reliever Kender Villegas got J.C. Rodriguez and Jeff Diehl to strike out, ending the threat. The Mets got another opportunity in the eleventh, but the would not squander a second chance. The offense erupted for five runs, a two-run triple off the bat of Wuilmer Becerra and a three-run homer off the bat of Jhoan Urena. Justin Brantley pitched the bottom of the inning shut the door.

ROSTER ALERT: RHP Adam Atkins and RHP Ty Bashlor both have been placed on the 7-Day Disabled List.

Low-A - Columbia Fireflies (8-5)

COLUMBIA 8, ROME 3 / 8 (Box)

Columbia scored eight runs in their victory over the Rome Braves last night, and because it’s Low-A, only two of those runs were earned. Rome committed two errors in the second inning, one of which allowed Reed Gamache to reach base. He later scored when Milton Ramos hit a ground ball into right, his first of what would be three on the night.

In the top of the seventh, Bladimir Matos was on the cusp of escaping from a bases loaded, no-outs jam, but the Coleflies got a reprieve when Rome shortstop Derian Cruz booted a Tim Tebow groundball, allowing Tebow to reach first and Milton Ramos to score. Given another life, Reed Gamache made the most of it, hammering the ball over the left-center wall for a grand slam, giving Columbia a 6-0 lead. Harol Gonzalez, who had been cruising, ran into a little trouble in the bottom of the inning, allowing back-to-back hits to lead off the inning. He labored through two outs, allowing one run to score, and was replaced by Max Kuhns, who promptly induced a fly ball sac fly and ground ball to second to end the inning. Columbia scored two more in the top of the eighth, and the rain began falling before Rome could respond in the bottom of the inning. After a rain delay, the game was called early on account of the rainfall.

Star of the Night

Jhoan Urena

Goat of the Night

Corey Taylor