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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 4/24/19: Gagnon’s great game

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

Minor League Baseball: Pawtucket Red Sox at Syracuse Mets Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

*All results from games played on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

Triple-A - Syracuse Mets (12-7)

SYRACUSE 2, BUFFALO 0 (BOX)

The Syracuse Mets took an early lead when Gregor Blanco hit a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the first. Armed with a thin 1-0 lead, the Syracuse pitching staff pitched marvelously. Drew Gagnon pitched extremely well in his first start since being optioned back to Syracuse on Friday. Gagnon struck out six in seven scoreless innings, and Arquimedes Caminero and Ryan O’Rourke combined to contribute two scoreless innings of relief. The Syracuse Mets added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on a throwing error from Buffalo’s Andrew Guillotte, and ultimately defeated the Buffalo Bisons 2-0.

Double-A - Binghamton Rumble Ponies (9-4)

BINGHAMTON 11, AKRON 6 (BOX)

The Binghamton Rumble Ponies came out of the gate strong in Tuesday night’s game against the Akron RubberDucks. The first five Binghamton hitters of the game reached base, including three consecutive doubles from Michael Paez, Patrick Mazeika, and Ali Sanchez that plated a total of four runs. Staked to an immediate 4-0 lead, David Peterson pitched generally pretty well for the Rumble Ponies. He cruised through the first inning, but gave up a run in the second on an RBI single up the middle to make the score 4-1. Binghamton added an insurance run in the third inning on an RBI triple from Sam Haggerty, and blew the game open in the fourth. The Rumble Ponies scored six runs on six hits in the inning, including doubles from Ali Sanchez and Braxton Lee, increase their lead to 10-1. Akron got two runs back in the bottom of the fourth, when Peterson gave up a two-run homer to Akron’s Li-Jen Chu. Down 11-3 to start the ninth, Akron did not go down without a fight. The RubberDucks scratched across three runs in the bottom of the ninth off of Steven Villines but ultimately lost to the Rumble Ponies 11-6.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (10-9)

LAKELAND 4, ST. LUCIE 1 (BOX)

The St. Lucie Mets fell behind in the bottom of the first, when Kyle Wilson gave up a two-run homer to Lakeland’s Brady Policelli. The St. Lucie offense struggled heavily, and only managed one hit against Lakeland’s Casey Mize during the game’s first eight innings. Lakeland added a pair of insurance runs off of Wilson in the third and fifth innings, and led 4-0 through eight innings. Jacob Zanon doubled with two outs and Mitch Ghelfi on second in the top of the ninth, but the St, Lucie Mets lost to the Lakeland Tigers 4-1.

Low-A - Columbia Fireflies (7-11)

WEST VIRGINIA 10, COLUMBIA 3 (BOX)

The Columbia Fireflies fell behind immediately in Tuesday night’s game against the West Virginia power. Jaison Vilera gave up a double to West Virginia’s Charlie McConnell to lead off the game, and later allowed him to score on a throwing error later in the inning. Vilera then walked the next two hitters to load the bases, and allowed a second run to score on a sacrifice fly before getting out of the inning. Things only got worse from there for Vilera, who gave up an additional four runs in the top of the second before being pulled with two outs in the inning. Chris Viall came in to relieve Vilera, and immediately allowed another two runs to score on a single and a double to the first two hitters he faced. West Virginia scored another run in the third inning off of Viall, extending their lead over the Fireflies to 9-0. The Columbia offense went hitless through the first six innings, but managed to break through in the seventh. Ronny Mauricio singled to open the frame, and Zach Rheams followed with his first home run of the season, cutting West Virginia’s lead to 9-2. Wagner Lagrange homered in the top of the ninth, but the Columbia Fireflies ultimately lost to the West Virginia Power 10-3.

Star of the night

Drew Gagnon

Goat of the night

Jaison Vilera