*All results from games played on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Triple-A - Las Vegas 51s (48-76)
LAS VEGAS 4, FRESNO 3 (Box)
The 51s rode out an incredibly slow start and went on to record their second straight victory in Fresno, knocking the Grizzlies out of a first place tie in the Pacific Coast Northern Division in the process. Fresno took an early 2-0 lead in the third off of Wilfredo Boscan. Meanwhile, Fresno starter Mike Hauschild was perfect through the first 4.2 innings. Cody Decker promptly ended that perfect run with his sixth homer of the season. Vegas continued to peck away thereafter, tying the game in the top of the sixth on a Kevin Plawecki sacrifice fly. Travis Taijeron worked a walk leading off the seventh to bring up Decker, who blasted his second of the game to give the 51s a lead they would not relinquish. Logan Taylor surrendered Tyler White’s 21st home run of the year to cut the lead to one, but the bullpen would hold the rest of the way for the victory.
Double-A - Binghamton Rumble Ponies (71-49)
BINGHAMTON 14, ERIE 5 (Box)
The Ponies rumbled into Erie Monday and rumbled back out in style Wednesday, completing the three-game sweep with a 14-5 blowout victory. Binghamton got going right away in the top of the first—Luis Guillorme started things nicely with a walk (first of two on the day), as the first four batters reached. The blowout could have commenced here, but David Thompson hit into a double play, which scored a run, but helped cap the first inning output at two. The onslaught was only delayed a bit, though. After plating one in the third inning, the Rumble Ponies exploded in the fifth, sending 12 men to the plate, scoring seven runs. Patrick Mazurka struck the big blow in the inning with a 2-run double (one of three doubles on the night—Mazurka is now 6-12 with five doubles in the very small sample size of three AA games thus far). The ninth inning saw Erie trot out DH Zach Cox to pitch the ninth and save the beleaguered SeaWolf bullpen (he twirled a scoreless ninth). In total, Binghamton piled up 29 runs and 42 hits in the series.
Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (22-31/55-66)
CLEARWATER 6, ST. LUCIE 4 (Box)
You expect most decisions to go your way when you outhit the opposition 12-4, but this was one of those rare unfortunate occasions when this was not the case. A Jhoan Urena blast in the second inning staked St. Lucie an early 1-0 lead, but a sloppy fourth inning—featuring two of the team’s three errors on the night—gave that back and then some. After the Threshers led off the frame with a single, Jeff McNeil couldn’t corral an iffy throw by J.C. Rodriguez on a routine double play grounder, leaving everyone safe. This was followed by a walk and a grounder right under the glove of Peter Alonso which allowed two runs to score. A double plated two more before Nabil Crismatt recorded what were ostensibly the 4th-6th outs of the inning, but not until five runs had scored. The Mets responded with three in the top of the fifth, but Tim Tebow grounded out with runners on first and third to end the threat. The bullpen would throw three hitless frames—including Jeurys Familia’s first rehab appearance—o keep it close, but the offense couldn't get the team any closer.
ROSTER ALERT: New York Mets sent RHP Jeurys Familia on a rehab assignment to St. Lucie Mets.
Low-A - Columbia Fireflies (21-30/61-58)
COLUMBIA 12, AUGUSTA 6 (Box)
The Colaflies sent ten men to the plate in the top of the first inning, jumping out to an early 6-0 lead. Jay Jabs struck the big blow, crushing a bases-clearing triple off of the center field wall. Starter Colin Holderman was steady and largely effective, but Augusta was able to chip away with single runs in the first, fourth, and fifth innings to cut the lead to 6-3. But a two-run Gene Cone double in the top of the sixth restored the comfortable cushion, and four more runs in the eighth pushed it back into blowout territory. Every Columbia starter recorded at least one hit as the team racked up 16 in total—six for extra bases.
ROSTER ALERT: Jose Carlos Medina assigned to Columbia Fireflies from Brooklyn Cyclones.
Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (15-38)
ABERDEEN 6, BROOKLYN 2 (Box)
It was Harvey vs. Harvey for the first three innings in Brooklyn last night, as a rehabbing Matt Harvey took the hill for the Cyclones against fellow first round draft pick Hunter Harvey (son of former major leaguer Bryan). The rehab appearance went about as well as could be hoped, as the Dark Knight faced the minimum over three innings, striking out three and picking off the only batter to reach on him. Harvey hit 94 MPH on the Brooklyn radar gun. Unfortunately for Brooklyn, young Hunter was more than equal to the challenge, striking out seven over his three impressive innings. Once the Harvey-ing was over, Aberdeen struck for five runs in the top of the fourth inning against Marcel Renteria, and Brooklyn’s offense put up little fight the rest of the way.
ROSTER ALERT: Ryan McAuliffe assigned to Brooklyn Cyclones from Kingsport Mets.
Rookie - Kingsport Mets (23-28)
NO GAME (SCHEDULE)
Rookie - GCL Mets (14-28)
GCL NATIONALS 6, GCL METS 4 (Box)
The GCL Mets jumped out to a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning on a big Kenny Hernandez RBI single, but were unable to hold the lead, as Miguel Gutierrez and Luis Mateo each surrendered two runs in the top of the eighth to doom the GCL Mets to another defeat. Tom Gorzelanny started and threw a scoreless inning in his second rehab appearance.
ROSTER ALERT: Ranfy Adon assigned to GCL Mets from Kingsport Mets.
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