Last night on the farm the Mets got phenomenal pitching performances from Rafael Montero and Gabriel Ynoa. On the hitting front, both Cesar Puello and Alonzo Harris had great games with the bat. Let’s take a look:
Syracuse 4, Buffalo 3
Collin McHugh, already in his 10th AAA start, took the loss after giving up 4 runs on 6 hits with 2 walks and 8 strikeouts in 6 innings. Rob Carson pitched 2 scoreless frames, scattering 4 hits and a walk while striking out 3. Fred Lewis, Lucas Duda, and Mike Nickeas all had 2 hits. Lewis hit his 9th homer of the season. Nickeas is hitting .455 since his demotion.
Binghamton 9, New Britain 8 (Game 1, 7 innings)
Cory Mazzoni gave up a 5-spot in the 2nd inning, but the B-Mets fought back to tie it at 6. Then Adam Kolarek gave up 2 runs in the top of the 7th, but the B-Mets scored 3 in the bottom half and walked off on a force out that scored 2 runs (wish I had video of that play, cause I don’t know how 2 runs could score on a 6-4 fielder’s choice). Mazzoni ended up going 6 innings, allowing 6 runs on 9 hits with just 3 strikeouts. Adam Kolarek got the win, despite giving up 2 runs in an inning of work. Reese Havens hit a 2-run homer and walked 3 times. Juan Centeno was hitless, but had 4 RBI’s, including the final 2. Juan Lagares was 3 for 4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored.
New Britain 8, Binghamton 1 (Game 2, 7 innings)
Gonzalez Germen let up a 5 spot in the 5th inning, giving up 6 runs total over 5 innings, although he did strike out 8. On a night of a near no hitter, the last Mets minor league to pitch a no hitter: Brandon Moore, pitched a scoreless inning in relief, striking out 2. Francisco Pena homered, but the B-Mets managed just 2 total hits.
St. Lucie 9, Palm Beach 1
Rafael Montero was 4 outs away from a no hitter when he was pulled after 110 pitches, going 7.2 innings, allowing just 3 walks and striking out 5. Kyle Allen gave up 1 run and 1 hit, as he combined with Montero on a one-hitter. Montero has been phenomenal in 8 starts since his promotion to St. Lucie and has become the third prong in a trio of great A-ball pitchers along with Domingo Tapia and Michael Fulmer. Cesar Puello, in his 2nd game since returning form the DL, went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and an RBI. He also stole 2 bases, including a steal of home but he also left for a pinch runner in the 8th; not sure why. Not to be outdone was Alonzo Harris, who went 4 for 4 with a double, a homer, a stolen base, and 3 RBI’s. Harris has been the main beneficiary of Puello and Darrell Ceciliani spending most of the season on the DL, and he is putting himself on the prospect radar. Aderlin Rodriguez also hit a homer, his 21st of the season. Danny Muno, T.J. Rivera, Blake Forsythe, and Richard Lucas all hit doubles.
Brooklyn 1, Lowell 0
Gabriel Ynoa was almost as good as Rafael Montero, going 7 shutout innings and allowing just 4 hits and no walks with 8 strikeouts. Paul Sewald threw 2 hitless innings, striking out 3. Sewald, a 10th round pick from the University of San Diego has thrown 19.2 scoreless innings to start his pro career, striking out 21 and allowing just 14 base runners. Jayce Boyd, Stefan Sabol, and Julio Concepcion all had 2 hits. Boyd hit his second professional homerun. Brandon Nimmo was out of the lineup for the second straight game.
Kingsport 8, Bristol 3
Persio Reyes got the win, after allowing just 3 runs on 5 hits over 5 innings. Alberto Baldonado and Marires Arias each threw 2 shutout innings. Arias struck out 4 and is having a decent year out of the K-Mets bullpen. Jorge Riverto was 4 for 5 with a double. Jonathan Leroux was 3 for 5. Anthony Chavez, playing shortstop for the injured Gavin Cecchini, tripled and drove in 3 runs.