Last night on the farm Cory Vaughn made his triumphant A-ball debut, Jack Egbert returned from Tommy John and Jordany Valdespin continued his hot hitting.
AAA: Buffalo 1, Durham 4
All the Bisons could post was a Nick Evans eighth-inning solo homer as Bulls starter Alexander Torres stymied the Herd through seven. Fernando Martinez had a double in the lone other bright spot. On the mound Jack Egbert made his first start at AAA after returning from Tommy John surgery and struggled, allowing three earned runs on four hits and four walks in four and a third. Yikes.
AA: Akron 2, Binghamton 7 F/7
Jordany Valdespin had another nice day at the plate upstate on Thursday, going 2-3 with a walk to bring his batting average up to .288. Whether the recent hot streak is an aberration or the kid is finally putting it together still remains to be seen. Reese Havens got in on the fun with a double and an RBI, and both Allan Dykstra and Josh Satin recorded two-RBI games. Collin McHugh got the win for his solid effort, tossing 5.2 innings and allowing just two runs to score while striking out eight.
A: St. Lucie 8, Jupiter 0
Cory Vaughn declared his presence in the FSL as soon as he arrived at the ballpark, homering in his first at-bat en route to a 3-3, one walk, two RBI evening. Wilmer Flores was also excellent, going 3-4 with an RBI, and Cesar Puello plated two runs on one hit.
Armando Rodriguez was the star on the mound in Jupiter last night, tossing six innings of shutout ball with only two hits and seven strikeouts scattered throughout the outing. The Mets ‘pen kept the Hammerheads of the board to the very end, giving the active St. Lucie offense the victory.
SAL: Savannah Postponed–Double-header Friday.
NYPL: Brooklyn 1, Hudson Valley 4
J.B. Brown had the only Cyclone RBI, and Carlos Vasquez picked up the tough-luck loss allowing one earned run (three total) over 4.2 innings. Not much else of note to report here!
Rookie: Johnson City 2, Kingsport 1
A Tillman Pugh double and two Julio Concepcion singles were about all the Mets could muster in support of Akeel Morris and the bullpen-by-committee in Kingsport. Morris allowed two runs on a hit and three walks with two HBPs in his three and a third innings, and the bullpen cleaned up after that 5.2 scoreless innings, but the offense just couldn’t reward their extraordinary effort.
GCL: GCL Mets 5, GCL Marlins 3
Yikes. Three Yeison Hernandez errors stokes the Mets to score five runs despite a pretty ordinary offensive effort. Miller Diaz provided five scoreless innings to start the Mets off, and the rest of the staff did a solid job to lock the win down. Scintillating stuff.