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Mets Daily Farm Report, 6/30/18: Offense, offense, and more offense

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

Steve Sypa

*All results from games played on June 29, 2018

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s (37-44)

LAS VEGAS 8, SALT LAKE 0 (Box)

Drew Gagnon got his first Triple-A win this season in decisive fashion, as he dominated Salt Lake for seven innings, giving the 51s their fourth straight win. The offense was concentrated between Jeff McNeil and Patrick Kivlehan. McNeil hit a three run bomb in the bottom of the third inning, his second home run in as many games. Kivlehan added a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth, and a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh to cap the scoring for the 51s,

ROSTER ALERT: New York Mets optioned RHP Gerson Bautista to Las Vegas 51s.

ROSTER ALERT: New York Mets recalled RHP Corey Oswalt from Las Vegas 51s.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (38-40)

BINGHAMTON 3, PORTLAND 2 (Box)

Kevin Taylor got the scoring started in this game, driving in a run on a sacrifice fly in the top of the first. Portland would answer quickly, striking with both of their runs in the bottom of the frame. Mickey Jannis was not perfect in the inning, though neither run was earned due to a throwing error by Joey Wong. He was nearly spotless the rest of his start, however, and kept Binghamton in striking distance. The offense did enough to grab a lead — Wong made up for his error with an RBI ground out in the third, and Taylor forced the go-ahead (and game-winning) run in the fifth inning, hitting into a run scoring double play. Corey Taylor bounced in and out of trouble in the ninth, giving up three hits in the inning before notching the save.

ROSTER ALERT: RHP Stephen Nogosek assigned to Binghamton Rumble Ponies from St. Lucie Mets.

Advanced-A St. Lucie (27-40/2-5)

ST. LUCIE 5, CLEARWATER 3 (Box)

2017 first round pick David Peterson really labored through this game, navigating a zero strikeout, five walk performance to throw five scoreless innings before giving up a two run home run in the sixth. Despite obviously not having his best stuff, he was able to preserve St. Lucie’s early lead. Andres Gimenez and Luis Carpio hit solo home runs in the first and second innings respectively, and a two run fourth inning (one run forced in by a throwing error, the second run on a Gene Cone sacrifice fly) capped off the scoring for the Mets, as they earned their second win of the second half — and their second win in a row.

ROSTER ALERT: St. Lucie Mets released C Brandon Brosher

ROSTER ALERT: C Ali Sanchez assigned to St. Lucie Mets from Columbia Fireflies.

Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (34-33/4-4)

ASHVILLE 5, COLUMBIA 3 (10) (Box)

Tony Dibrell did a good job of keeping Columbia in striking distance while the Fireflies offense was kept quiet until the latter stages of the game. He gave up a run in the third and an (unearned, due to a Hansel Montero throwing error) run in the fourth, but was spotless besides that. The Columbia offense finally awoke in the eighth inning, as a Matt Winaker RBI ground out cut the deficit in half, and a Jeremy Vasquez single tied the game at two. The score would stay that way until the tenth inning, when Taylor Henry surrendered three runs; the first on a sacrifice bunt, the second on an RBI single. and the third on a double steal of home and second. Giovanny Alfonzo would scamper home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the frame, but Winaker and Vasquez would leave the tying runs in scoring position to end the game.

ROSTER ALERT: Carlos Sanchez assigned to Columbia Fireflies from Brooklyn Cyclones.

ROSTER ALERT: Columbia Fireflies activated RHP Joshua Payne from the 7-day disabled list.

Short-A: Brooklyn Cyclones (10-4)

BROOKLYN 13, VERMONT 7 (Box)

A day after losing 14-7 to Vermont, the Cyclones repaid the favor by beating them by nearly the same score. They Cyclones scored early and often, as Chase Chambers opened the scoring with a two RBI double in the first. He subsequently scored on an error, as Brooklyn ran out to a 3-0 lead. They would score four runs in both the third and fourth innings, furthering their lead to 11-1. Ross Adolph starting the scoring in the third inning with a single. A throwing error would see Nick Meyer, and a Manny Rodriguez double would drive in two. Wagner Legrange, Chambers, and David Miranda, would drive in three of the runs in the fourth, and another throwing error would see the fourth run score (Vermont had seven errors on the night). The game was all but won from there — the pitching was adequate, and they certainly had a ton of room to maneuver.

Rookie: Kingsport Mets (7-2)

JOHNSON CITY 7, KINGSPORT 6 (10) (Box)

Neither pitching staff was able to contain the opposite team’s offense in this game. Kingsport fell behind 1-0 after the first, but a Mark Vientos ground out and a Anthony Dirocie single put them ahead 2-1. Nate Peden surrendered the lead, giving up one in the second and two in the fourth, as Kingsport trailed 4-2 going into the bottom of the frame. A Dirocie solo home run, a run scoring throwing error, and a Gavin Garay single would give them a 5-4 lead. Luis Silva earned his blown save in the top of the sixth, as he allowed the runs left on base by Peden to score, as Johnson City took a 6-5 lead. A Garay solo shot tied it at six in the seventh, and it would stay that way until the tenth inning. Johnson City took the lead on a Marbin Montijo wild pitch. Kingsport was retired in order in the bottom of the frame, securing their second loss of the season.

Rookie: GCL Mets (7-3)

GCL METS 6, GCL Marlins 3

First round pick Jarred Kelenic continued his torrid start to professional baseball, going 1-2 with an RBI and two walks in the win. The Mets did a big chunk of their offense in the fourth inning, scoring five of their six runs in the frame. That alone would have been enough, but a run in the fifth would be the icing on the cake. The pitching was split between Jurgen Jimenez and Jender De Jesus, and they kept the Marlins offense in check.

Star of the Night

Patrick Kivlehan

Goat of the Night

Taylor Henry