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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 8/24/17: It’s a walk-off, it’s a walk-off

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

David Thompson
Gordon Donovan

*All results from games played on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51s (52-78)

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

Double-A - Binghamton Rumble Ponies (76-51)

BINGHAMTON 2, NEW HAMPSHIRE 1 / 10 INNINGS GAME 1 (Box)

It took some extra frames, but the Rumble Ponies outlasted the Fisher Cats in Game 1 of their doubleheader Wednesday night, taking the opener 2-1. David Thompson led off the bottom of the second inning with a home run to stake Binghamton to an early 1-0 lead. Ricky Knapp gave that run back in the fourth but was otherwise effective enough, scattering 11 hits over his eight innings to keep the game knotted at 1. Luis Guillorme led off the bottom of the 10th with a single to the opposite field (his third time on base in five plate appearances). After a Matt Oberste single and a Tomas Nido double play that moved Guillorme to third, the Cats intentionally walked Thompson, but the move backfired when Kevin Kaczmarski walked it off with an RBI single to left.

NEW HAMPSHIRE 3, BINGHAMTON 2 GAME 2 (Box)

The nightcap took the requisite seven innings, as the Fisher Cats earned a split of the doubleheader. Drew Smith, who has looked exceptional in relief since coming over in the Lucas Duda trade, struggled mightily in the fifth inning, walking three in the frame and surrendering two hits to allow New Hampshire to grab a 3-1 lead. The Ponies cut the lead back to one in the bottom of the frame, but Luis Guillorme and Kevin Kaczmarski grounded out to strand Tyler Moore on third with the tying run. Moore made one more effort to be the tying run in the bottom of the seventh, as he led off with a double. This time he got nailed going to third on a failed Patrick Biondi sacrifice bunt, and Binghamton’s last gasp was quickly extinguished.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (24-34/57-69)

POSTPONED (RAIN)

David Wright was in the lineup to DH for a second straight day before the game was called. Only the weather can stop David Wright now that he’s back. Or so we’d care to dream.

Low-A - Columbia Fireflies (25-34/65-62)

GREENVILLE 16, COLUMBIA 5 (Box)

It was a rough evening in Greenville for the Colaflies, as the Drive rapped out 16 hits and the Flies committed four errors that led to 10 unearned runs in the blowout defeat. After Greenville plated one in the bottom of the first, errors by Dash Winningham and Andres Gimenez allowed the first two runners to reach in the bottom of the frame. Martin Anderson took it from there, allowing a walk, a hit by pitch, and five hits—including a grand slam—as eight runs crossed the plate in the frame. The damage didn’t stop against the bullpen—which tonight included Brandon Brosher in mop-up duty in the bottom of the eighth.

Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (15-45)

HUDSON VALLEY 8, BROOKLYN 0 (Box)

Every time you think the Cyclones can’t sink any further, they manage to drain a little more water from the pool. The game didn’t start terribly, as Chris Viall threw four solid innings, striking out six and surrendering only one unearned run. He was followed by a rehabbing Jeurys Familia, pitching for the second straight night (might want to make four in a row the benchmark to make sure he is ready for Terry), throwing another scoreless inning. The wheels came off after that, though, as Trent Johnson got strafed for seven runs in 2.1 innings, as the Renegades ran away with it late in the game as the Cyclones went down to their 12th straight defeat in their second consecutive shutout loss.

Rookie - Kingsport Mets (27-31)

BLUEFIELD 6, KINGSPORT 4 (Box)

This was a tight contest, tied 1-1 heading into the top of the seventh, until a real Rookie league contest broke out, as Bluefield scored five times in the inning courtesy of two hits (one an infield single), five walks, one HBP, one wild pitch and one error. The Mets tried to rally back, scoring one in the bottom of the seventh and two in the bottom of the eighth, but Wagner Lagrange struck out with two on in the bottom of the ninth to end any hope of a big comeback.

Rookie - GCL Mets (17-31)

GCL METS 3, GCL ASTROS 2 / 10 INNINGS (Box)

The GCL Mets surrendered two in the top of the first, as Eric Villanueva struggled early and departed after recording only two outs. The bullpen was dominant thereafter—led by an impressive Jose Moreno—surrendering only three hits while striking out 12 over the final 9.1 innings. The Mets tied it in the fourth on a Raul Beracierta RBI single. The game remained knotted from there into the tenth. Luis Mateo survived the starting a runner on second base in extra innings experiment, as he got the three Astros in the top of the 10th to pop out, grounds out, and strike out. The Mets promptly cashed in on the free runner, as a bunt single from Robby Kidwell moved the runner to third, then the (excellently-named for a Met middle infielder) Wilmer Reyes hit one through the box that the Astro pitcher could not corral, and the organization had its second walk-off of the night.

Star of the Night

David Thompson

Goat of the Night

Trent Johnson