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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 7/2/19: Bullpen blues, Baty bombs

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

2019 Major League Baseball Draft Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB via Getty Images

*All results from games played on July 1, 2019

Triple-A: Syracuse Mets (40-43)

ROCHESTER 9, SYRACUSE 7 (BOX)

If the Mets are looking for bullpen help, they won’t find it in Triple-A; Syracuse blew a four run lead late, allowing three runs over the final three innings they pitched to fall 9-7. Rhymer Liriano and Arismendy Alcantara launched homers early in the game, while Ruben Tejada continued to hit well with a two-hit day. That backed what was a rough start by Corey Oswalt, who despite giving up three runs on nine hits, exited the game with a 5-3 after 4.2 innings. RBIs from Tejada and Alcantara built the lead further in the top of the sixth, but the bullpen implosion began soon after. Louis Coleman gave up two in the sixth, Tylor Bashlor gave up one int he seventh, and Daniel Zamora and Paul Sewald combined to give up three runs int he eighth. So it goes for the Mets’ bullpen at all levels apparently.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (35-29/5-10)

ERIE 5, BINGHAMTON 4 (BOX)

Another team that couldn’t hold a lead late - Binghamton got walked off by Erie 5-4. Harol Gonzalez, whose Triple-A tenure lasted only one start, was solid for seven innings, allowing only three runs. A late push from the Rumble Ponies had him in line for the win; David Thompson hit a two-run home run in the sixth, Quinn Brodey tied the game with a suicide squeeze in the seventh, and Michael Paez put Binghamton ahead in the eight with a double. Eric Hanhold and Stephen Villines couldn’t make that lead stand up, unfortunately. Hanhold gave up a game-tying home run to the first batter he faced, and the only out Stephen Villines recorded in the bottom of the ninth was on the game-ending sacrifice fly.

Advanced-A: St. Lucie Mets (32-34/9-15)

ST. LUCIE 6, CHARLOTTE 2 (BOX)

St. Lucie’s four run ninth was the difference in a 6-2 win over Charlotte. Kevin Smith was excellent for six innings, striking out nine and allowing only one run. Matt Winaker’s sacrifice fly gave the Mets the lead in the the top of the seventh, but Thomas McIlraith couldn’t preserve the lead and allowed the Stone Crabs to tie the game in the eighth. Winaker came through again in the ninth, however, driving in two with a triple, and doubles from Mitch Ghelfi and Nick Meyer drove in two more. Yeizo Campos had no trouble making that lead hold up.

Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (24-42/6-6)

COLUMBIA 6, GREENVILLE 0 (BOX)

Columbia’s pitching dominated in a 6-0 shutout win. Mark Vientos had one of his better offensive performances of the season, knocking in two with a double and reaching base three more times on two walks and a HBP. Wagner Lagrange also had a big day, knocking in three with a two-run home run and an RBI single. On the pitching side, the peripherals weren’t pretty but the results were. Jose Butto struck out five and walked three over 6.2 innings, but kept Greenville off the board, and Alec Kisena bought it home with four strikeouts in 2.1 scoreless innings.

Short-A: Brooklyn Cyclones (9-7)

HUDSON VALLEY 3, BROOKLYN 2 (BOX)

Three early runs from the Renegades put Brooklyn in a hole they couldn’t escape. Jaison Vilera allowed single runs in the first, third, and fourth, managing only a single strikeout in six innings while walking three and giving up six hits. The only offense Brooklyn could muster came in the fifth, when Sam Haggerty’s ground rule double drove in Jake Mangum and Luke Ritter’s single drove in Haggerty.

Rookie: Kingsport Mets (6-7)

BRISTOL 6, KINGSPORT 4 / 11 (BOX)

This may sound familiar, but the Mets blew a save, then lost in extra innings to Bristol. Tanner Murphy and and Christpher Pujols produced three runs in the bottom of the fourth that gave Kingsport a 3-1 lead, but Andres German coughed that lead up in the sixth. Murphy came through again, giving Kignsport a new lead in the bottom half of the sixth with his fist home run of the year. That lead stood up til the ninth, when Reyson Santos blew the save and allowed Bristol to tie the game at four. Two innings later, Nixon Silva gave up two runs in the top of the eleventh, and Kingsport couldn’t answer.

Rookie: GCL Mets (4-2)

GCL METS 9, GCL ASTROS 1 (BOX)

Brett Baty led the way in a 9-1 shellacking of the Astros. The Mets’ first round pick hit his first professional home run, a grand slam in a seven-run second inning that also featured two bases loaded walks and an infield RBI single from Juan Loyo. Jeffrey Colon was the only Met to give up a run, allowing the Astros to break up the shutout in the ninth inning. Adrian Hernandez sat in this one, while Francisco Alvarez went 1-for-3 with the first caught stealing of his career.

Star of the Night

Brett Baty

Goat of the Night

Daniel Zamora