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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 7/20/17: For starters

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

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*All results from games played on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51s (37-60)

LAS VEGAS 4, FRESNO 2 (Box)

No, that wasn’t a mirage, but rather a bunch of zeroes on the scoreboard. After seeing the 51s give up 41 runs over the previous two games, Tyler Pill did his best to treat the home crowd to a rare pitchers’ duel. Pill made a Dominic Smith first-inning home run stand up through seven much-needed scoreless innings. After Kevin McGowan promptly gave up the lead in the top of the eighth, Smith came to the rescue with a two-out, bases-clearing double (his 27th of the year) to put Vegas back on top to stay.

Double-A - Binghamton Rumble Ponies (52-40)

GAME 1: BINGHAMTON 2, AKRON 1 / 7 (Box)

Chris Flexen looked excellent yet again in Game 1 of the doubleheader, surrendering just one run in the fifth inning after the leadoff hitter reached on an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error. It looked as if that run would keep Flexen from winning his fifth straight start, but Binghamton rallied for two in the bottom of the seventh for the walk-off victory. Tomas Nido tied the game with a single, scoring pinch-runner Champ Stuart, then Gustavo Nunez followed with an RBI double to win it.

GAME 2: AKRON 11, BINGHAMTON 4 / 7 (Box)

On a night in which the system saw a great number of impressive performances from starting pitchers, Andrew Church’s first start of the year in Binghamton was quite the disappointment. Church got strafed to the tune of 10 runs over 4.2 innings, as Akron ran away with the nightcap. Backup catcher Tyler Moore threw a scoreless inning in mop-up duty in the seventh.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (11-15/44-50)

ST. LUCIE 5, JUPITER 0 (Box)

Merandy Gonzalez was stellar yet again for the Mets, twirling seven shutout innings—lowering his FSL ERA to 1.52—and making three St. Lucie first-inning runs comfortably stand up. A Peter Alonso home run and a Michael Paez sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth put the game away.

Low-A - Columbia Fireflies (10-15/50-42)

COLUMBIA 16, LEXINGTON 2 (Box)

Every Firefly starter recorded at least one hit—led by catcher Dan Rizzie’s five-hit night—as the offense exploded, scoring in each of the first four innings en route to a 16-2 blowout of the Legends. Columbia went an impressive 10-for-25 with runners in scoring position in the game. Chase Ingram struck out six over five innings to record the victory.

Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (9-20)

BROOKLYN 3, STATEN ISLAND 1 (Box)

After falling behind 1-0 in the first, the Cyclones rallied with two runs in the sixth inning and one in the eighth to take their second straight over the division-leading Yankees. Walter Rasquin had a key double in the middle of each run-scoring rally to lead the offense, while Marcel Renteria and Cannon Chadwick followed Martin Anderson’s solid start with stellar work out of the bullpen, striking out seven over the final four innings.

Rookie - Kingsport Mets (10-15)

BLUEFIELD 8, KINGSPORT 5 (Box)

Kingsport jumped out to an early 5-2 lead on the strength of a four-run third inning, but the bats went silent thereafter, and the Blue Jays pecked away against Garrison Bryant and the Mets’ bullpen, scoring in four of the final six innings to seize the game.

Rookie - GCL Mets (5-13)

GCL ASTROS 5, GCL METS 0 / 5 INNINGS (F) (Box)

Rain put the GCL Mets out of their misery a bit early yesterday, as Luis Montero recorded the team’s sole hit over the first 5+ innings. The game was delayed after Gregory Guerrero led off the top of the sixth with a pop out, and ultimately declared complete.

Star of the Night

Dominic Smith

Goat of the Night

Andrew Church