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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 7/8/19: Wild walkoffs and bad bullpens

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

MLB: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies
Brooks Pounders
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*All results from games played on Sunday, July 7, 2019

Triple-A: Syracuse Mets (42-47)


Syracuse dropped their last game before the All-Star break, dropping their weekend set against the Herd. The game was a back-and-forth affair, with Buffalo taking an early lead, Syracuse tying things up, Buffalo retaking it, and then Syracuse surging ahead, and then Buffalo tying it up. The Herd struck the decisive blow in the sixth, scoring four runs off of a combination of Brooks Pounders and Chris Flexen. They plated an additional two runs in the seventh off of Ryley Gilliam, giving them a grand total of ten on the afternoon.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (35-29/8-13)


Runs by Jason Krizan and Luis Carpio in the first and second put Binghamton in the driver’s seat early, but a David Thompson fielded error in the top of the third allowed two runs to score, tying up the game at 2-2 apiece. The game didn’t stay tied for very long, as the Ponies plated two of their own in the bottom of the inning. Patrick Mazeika added a solo home run in the sixth inning to give Binghamton a little bit of insurance, but they would end up not needing it, as Stephen Villines tossed a scoreless seventh and eighth and Joe Zanghi earned his third save with a flawless ninth.

Advanced-A: St. Lucie Mets (32-34/13-7)


Building on his success from his last start, Kevin Smith had another strong start, allowing just one earned run over five-plus innings. With the score tied at 2-2, Jonathan India hit a sac fly that gave the Tortugas 3-2 lead, but Jacob Zanon tied things up at 3-3 apiece in the bottom of the ninth with a sac fly of his own. In the top of the tenth, Ezequiel Zabaleta threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. In the bottom of the inning, with two outs, Matt Winaker hit a single down the first base line that allowed automatic runner Jose Medina to score, walking the game off and completing the four-game sweep of Daytona.

Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (24-42/9-9)


Daison Acosta made his first start with the Colaflies, and after impressing me in Kingsport last season and pitching well in Brooklyn this year, I thought he’d be primed to dominate the South Atlantic League. He still may dominate the Sally, but it won’t from his first start on. The talented right-hander allowed five earned runs over his four innings on the mound, and needed 75 pitches to get to that point. For what it’s worth, the Fireflies made the game competitive despite Acosta’s struggles. Mark Vientos returned after missing a game after being hit in the head by a pitch and contributed with an RBI single, and on a heads up play, “stealing home” after Crawdads pitcher Grant Wolfram uncorked a wild pitch. Shervyen Newton, Chase Chambers, and Wagner Lagrange also contributed, but in the end, they fell just short.

Short-A: Brooklyn Cyclones (12-10)


The ValleyCats tagged Alec Kisena for two runs early, but those two runs turned out to be the only ones they’d manage on the afternoon. The Brooklyn bats woke up in the sixth, plating four runs and taking the lead. Two consecutive singles and a fielding error loaded the bases up for the Cyclones and the team cashed in, as Yoel Romero drew a bases loaded walk to force in a run, Wilmer Reyes singled to drive in a run, and Anthony Dirocie singled to drive in two. Joe Genord and Reyes added another two runs in the ninth, but neither were needed as Dan Goggin and Matt Mullenbach relieved Kisena with scoreless outings.

Rookie: Kingsport Mets (8-11)


The Kingsport Mets snapped their four-game losing streak with an exciting extra innings win over the Greeneville Reds. Down by three runs in the eighth, Cole Kleazcz took the first pitch he saw- a fat Randy Wynne offering right down Broadway- over the left field wall to tie the game up. Greeneville did not score in the bottom of the inning, and neither scored in the ninth, bringing the game into extras. With a runner starting on second, Jaylen Palmer hammered another Randy Wynne pitch over the left field wall for his fourth homer of the year, giving Kingsport a 5-3 lead. Reyson Santos came in to pitch the bottom of the tenth and got three quick outs, needing to throw only nine pitches.

Rookie: GCL Mets (6-5)


Star of the Night

Matt Winaker

Goat of the Night

Brooks Pounders