Another slow night, with the upper levels prepping for their all-star games, but there was plenty of noteworthy stuff down in the Gulf Coast League:
Savannah at Lexington PPD
Danville 8, Kingsport 2
More struggles for the K-Mets starters. Akeel Morris gave up 5 runs in 4 innings, walking 3 and striking out 5. The K-Mets bats managed just 3 hits. One of those hits came from Greg Pron, who drove in both runs.
GCL Astros 4, GCL Mets 3 (finished from July 7th)
Gilbert Gomez ended up with 3 hits and 2 RBI’s, but Martires Arias let up a run in the 8th and took the loss.
GCL Astros 17, GCL Mets 11
This was clearly a wild one. A favorite of mine Eric Beaulac made the start on a rehab assignment. Before the injury he made 7 appearances out of the St. Lucie bullpen and was off to a good start, but he got rocked in this one. He allowed 5 base runners, 4 on walks, and they all scored before he could get out of the 1st inning. It didn’t help that Craig Missigman gave up 5 more before he could get the final out of the 1st. Down 10 runs, the Mets fought back, but their leaky bullpen surrendered 7 more to make a win impossible. Colombian third baseman Sneider Batista was 3-6 with 2 RBI’s. Gilbert Gomez and Ryan Hutson both had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. Jorge Rivero got a call up from the Dominican Summer League (imagine the relief going from the Dominican heat to the Florida heat in the middle of July) and was 3-5. But the best news was that catcher Kai Gronauer made his first rehab start, playing for the first time since early May. He caught 5 innings and left after going 1-4 with an RBI.