Last weekend on the farm, rehab outings abound in the upper levels, another solid Matt Harvey start, and an offensive explosion in St. Lucie.
Saturday: Buffalo 3, Louisville 8
The great Brian Sweeney experiment does not seem to be working out; Sweeney allowed seven runs on four hits in four innings Saturday, and the likelihood of him adding a little bit of rotation depth right now is very low. Bobby Parnell was marginally better than his last appearance, allowing one run on two hits in his inning of work–a far cry from where the Mets are hoping he will be.
Nick Evans had two hits for the Bisons, and both Jesus Feliciano and Jonathan Malo recorded RBIs, but it was another quiet offensive day for the herd.
Sunday: Buffalo 4, Louisville 3
There wasn’t much more offensive output Sunday, but a strong DJ Carrasco outing helped the Bisons to victory. Kirk Nieuwenhuis was 2-3 with a walk, and Bubba Bell had two RBIs, but the more important factor was the pitching. Carrasco started and went six, holding the Bats to just three runs despite allowing eight hits and walking four. Carrasco isn’t a great option, but in case of injury he could maybe be called on for a start or two. On the brighter side, Pedro Beato threw an inning and a third, allowing two hits and walking one yet still protecting the slender lead.
Saturday: Binghamton 3, Trenton 2
Allan Dykstra (he of the failed prospect swap with Eddie Kunz) gave the B-Mets the dramatic victory with a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning, saving starter Robert Carson from the tough-luck loss in the process. Carson was very good, going seven innings with eight strikeouts while allowing two runs. The bullpen was just as strong, with Ricky Brooks and Erik Turgeon combining to hold the Thunder scoreless to the end.
Sunday: Binghamton 2, Trenton 3
Sunday’s match-up was kind of the polar opposite of the previous day’s victory, with the Turgeon giving up all three runs in the bottom of the ninth to blow an excellent start from Jeurys Familia. Josh Satin and Jean Luc Blaquiere each had an RBI, but it was Familia who truly carried the day, tossing seven scoreless and striking out six. Familia now has a .64 ERA in AA, and with every start seems determined to silence the skeptics that want to relegate him to a bullpen role. His emergence this season certainly has shades of Jenrry Mejia’s breakout two years ago.
Sunday Game 1: St. Lucie 11, Brevard County 0
The Mets clearly spent yesterday’s rain out eating their Wheaties, pounding out 11 runs on four homers. Juan Lagares lead the brigade with two long-balls, both of the two-run variety, with Matt Den Dekker and Rylan Sandoval each also going yard. Wilmer Flores was not one to be left out, notching three RBIs on two hits.
And oh hey! Matt Harvey was pitching, and pitching very well. After getting smacked around in his last start, Harvey came out and threw five shutout innings (I couldn’t find a pitch count but I would posit that the early exit was more a function of the seven inning rule for double-headers). The peripherals on the start weren’t great, with Harvey walking three, but it was nonetheless a very strong rebound. Resilience thus far has been one of Harvey’s best traits–both of his bad starts this season have been followed by gems.
Sunday Game 2: St. Lucie 4, Brevard County 1
Matt Den Dekker capped a great weekend with the bat with a double and a triple in Sunday’s nightcap, driving in one. Juan Lagares added his third home run of the day, a two-run shot in the fourth, and Wilmer Flores also pitched in with an RBI. Darin Gorski started for the Mets and threw six scoreless innings, striking out six. Ronny Morla came on and allowed a run in the bottom of the seventh before shutting the door and securing the St. Lucie sweep of the double-header.
Saturday: Savannah 12, Rome 2
What got into Darrell Cecilliani? The young centerfielder had a monster Saturday, going 5-5 with three RBIs and scoring four runs to lead the Gnats. Robbie Shields stood to benefit, driving in five on a 3-5 day that included a double and a triple. Cory Vaughn had a relatively quiet 3-6, with a double and two RBIs, and Aderlin Rodriguez had a two-run homer. Gonzalez Germen started for the Gnats, going seven and allowing two runs on two solo shots.
Sunday: Savannah 8, Rome 3
The Gnats’ bats hardly quieted down on Sunday, with Darrell Cecilliani continuing his hot weekend with a lead-off homer. Sam Honeck had the Gnats’ biggest game, driving in three on a two-run home run and an RBI double. Blake Forsyth and Alonzo Harris both also had multi-hit games. Greg Peavey had a solid start, going six innings and allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out six, and Angel Cuan cleaned up with three innings of one-run relief after Peavey’s departure.