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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 9/3/18: Brooklyn’s up, but Kingsport is down

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

Tommy Wilson
Steve Sypa

*All results from games played on September 2, 2018

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s (70-69)

LAS VEGAS 5, SACRAMENTO 3 (BOX)

In his last ever performance at Cashman Field, Drew Gagnon blanked the River Cats for 7.2 innings, scattering eight hits on the night. He was given the lead when Jack Reinheimer homered and Bryce Brentz doubled in Luis Guillorme in the third and went with it. Kyle Regnault replaced Gagnon in the eighth after he allowed a double and immediately gave up a home run on a 0-2 curveball to Ryder Jones, tying the game up at 2-2. The 51s needed a spark, and Luis Guillorme tried to provide that. He smacked a double to lead off the inning, but was thrown out at third trying to stretch it into a triple. Zach Borenstein provided the jolt the 51s neeed, driving a double into center that drove in Byce Brentz, who drew a walk during his at-bat. Patrick Kivlehan followed that with a home run, giving the 51s a 5-2 lead. Regnault allowed another double to start the ninth and was lifted in favor of Gerson Bautista. Bautista made it a little interesting, but closed the door in style by striking out Jacob Heyward on an absolutely devastating slider.

With the win, the Las Vegas 51s avoided a losing season in their final year in existence.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (64-75)

PORTLAND 7, BINGHAMTON 4

The second-to-last game of the 2018 Rumble Ponies season saw three ties and three lead changes, but Binghamton unfortunately was not on the winning side of the ledger. The seventh inning ended up being the crucial, game-deciding inning. Starter Franklyn Kilome began inning but was yanked from the game after giving up the lead thanks to a hit-by-pitch, a triple, and a double.

Advanced-A: St. Lucie Mets (27-40/27-36)

CANCELLED (INCLEMENT WEATHER)

Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (34-33/30-36)

COLUMBIA 1, AUGUSTA 0 (BOX)

Dionis Paulino hit a solo shot in the top of the third, his sixth of the year, and that would be all the Colaflies would need to swat the GreenJackets. In his last start of the season Tony Dibrell threw his best game this season- at least according to Game Score, anyway. The right-hander tossed six scoreless innings, giving up one hit, walking three, and hitting a batter while striking out nine, good for a Game Score of 77. As impressive as Dibrell’s evening was, his replacement, Aaron Ford was arguably even better, allowing one hit over three innings while walking none and striking out eight. Yes, of the nine outs that Aaron Ford needed, eight of them were via strikeout.

With those nine strikeouts added to his total for the season coming into the game, Dibrell ends the season with 147, tied with Spencer Howard of the Lakewood Blue Claws for most in the South Atlantic League.

Short-A: Brooklyn Cyclones (39-35)

BROOKLYN 5, STATEN ISLAND 4 (BOX)

Even before the first pitch was thrown, the Cyclones found themselves in a precarious position. Not only would they have to win both of their games against the Staten Island Yankees to make the NYPL playoffs, but the Auburn Doubledays would have to lose both of their games against the Batavia Muckdogs. The Cyclones did their part, hanging on to close the 2018 season at Richmond County Bank Ballpark with a Staten Island Yankees loss. Anthony Dirocie doubled in Chase Chambers in the second to put Brooklyn on the board and Wagner Lagrange added another run in the third. The Cyclones exploded for three runs in the fourth, with Angel Manzanarez plating two and Chandler Avant one. Jose Butto, who hadn’t been cruising but wasn’t scuffling either, fell apart in the bottom of the fourth, giving up four runs. The Staten Island Yankees plated the four runs on back-to-back doubled by Jackson Thoreson and Junior Soto, but they almost came on one swing, as Thoreson missed a grand slam by a few inches, his ground rule double coming just short going over the of the 370’-or-so left-center wall. Relief workhorse Billy Oxford replaced Butto and ended the inning, and then pitched a clean fifth. Tommy Wilson replaced him in the sixth and did what Fonzie needed him to do and then more: he shut down the Staten Island Yankees and preserved the bullpen for tomorrow, tossing four innings of shutout ball. The 2018 draftee from Cal State Fullerton surrendered just two hits while striking out six, earning the save and a rare smile from the ever-scowling manager Fonzie.

As the game ended, the Auburn Doubledays and Batavia Muck Dogs were tied at 1-1 apiece. Batavia would go on to win, staving off a late rally to beat Auburn 5-4 as well. The stage is set for an exciting day of baseball. Brooklyn will end the regular season at home, against the Staten Island Yankees, while the Auburn Doubledays and Batavia Muckdogs will play one more at Dwyer Stadium. Once again, the Cyclones need to pull out a win in conjunction with a Doubleday loss in order to make the postseason.

Rookie: Kingsport Mets (32-33)

APPALACHIAN LEAGUE SEMIFINAL GAME ONE

ELIZABETHTON 7, KINGSPORT 3 (BOX)

APPALACHIAN LEAGUE SEMIFINAL GAME TWO

KINGSPORT 7, ELIZABETHTON 6 / 10 (BOX)

APPALACHIAN LEAGUE SEMIFINAL GAME THREE

ELIZABETHTON 5, KINGSPORT 2 (BOX)

The dream is over

What can I say?

The dream is over

Yesterday

They are the future

But now they’re gone

It was the offense

That couldn’t get it done

And so dear friends

You just have to carry on

The dream is over

Rookie: GCL Mets (24-31)

NO GAME (SEASON ENDED)

FINAL STATS

DSL Final Stats

DSL 1

DSL 2

Star of the Night

Tommy Wilson

Goat of the Night

Nate Peden

Unless the Cyclones to eek into the playoffs and have a deep run, this will be my final Mets Daily Prospect Report for 2018. This season was a fun one for me. There are not too many people out there who can say they write about baseball “for a living”, and I consider myself lucky for being able to be able to say that. I saw a Pacific Coast League game. I saw an Appalachian League game. I got rained out. I went to doubleheaders. I met Tommy. I met Rookie.

As much as I enjoy going to games and seeing baseball “for the love of the game”, it would all be pretty pointless without all of you. One of my favorite things is to see 30, 40, 100 comments in the Mets Daily Prospect Reports and read the discussions. The more educated fans that we have here at Amazin’ Avenue make for more interesting debates, and I look forward to some good ones this winter.

-Steve