Not only wasn’t it opening day in flushing, but it was also opening day all over the minors. Sadly, things did not go well for Mets affiliates, but luckily it’s only one day. Let’s check it out:
Pawtucket 4, Buffalo 2
Matt Harvey made his AAA debut, but struggled giving up 4 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks through 4.1 innings. Harvey took the loss and hurt himself with a fielding error, although all his runs were earned. Daniel Herrera pitched two scoreless innings, scattering three base runners. At the plate the Bisons managed only 5 hits. Josh Satin and Val Pascucci each hit a solo homerun to account for both Buffalo runs. Kirk Nieuwenhuis was 0-2 with 2 walks and then got called up to the big leagues.
Akron 4, Binghamton 0
The B-Mets got blanked on opening night, managing just three measly hits, all singles. All 9 batters had at least one strike out. Collin McHugh gave up 2 runs in 5 innings, walking 3 and striking out 4. Kevin Mulvey returned to the Mets organization, giving up an unearned run in 2 innings of work. Armando Rodriguez also pitched 2 innings and gave up a run. Rodriguez making an appearance indicates that he has cleared waivers and will remain in the organization.
Bradenton 3, St. Lucie 2 11 innings
Cory Mazzoni was solid in his first career start, giving up 2 unearned runs through 5 plus innings, while striking out 5. Hamilton Bennett pitched a scoreless inning followed by 2 scoreless innings each from Adrian Rosario and Jeff Kaplan. But Ryan Fraser let up the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th. The Mets managed just 7 hits in 11 innings, 2 coming from Wilfredo Tovar, including a double. Cesar Puello also doubled but both he and Cory Vaughn struck out 3 times.
Savannah 3, Augusta 2
Charley Thurber singled with the bases loaded to give the Gnats a walk-off win on opening night. If was his 2nd RBI of the night; both he and T.J. Rivera had 2 hits apiece. Rivera doubled for the Gnats only extra-base hit, but they didn’t need much as the pitching was very good. Logan Verrett, Marcos Camarena, and Carlos Vazquez combined to give up just 4 hits and 2 unearned runs. Verrett struck out 4 in 5 innings of work and Vazquez ended up getting the win after recording the final 7 outs of the game, including 5 strikeouts, while not allowing a base runner.