Over the last two days, the Mets organization is 11-1, with a one-run loss by the B-Mets being the only blemish. Better late than never; plenty of winning, let’s take a look:
Buffalo 6, Lehigh Valley 3
Zack Wheeler ended his first full season with the Mets on a high note. Wheeler gave up a run on 2 hits over 5 innings, with 4 walks and 5 strikeouts. The Herd put up a 4-spot in the top of the 6th so Wheeler was taking out after the long delay, but ended up with the win. In 6 AAA starts Wheeler put up a 3.27 ERA with 31 strikeouts and 16 walks in 33 innings. Opponents hit .188 against him. He’ll have to really impress in spring training to make the big league rotation, but he could be in the mix for a major league start by July, if not sooner depending on several variables. As for the Bison’s offense, Fred Lewis, Josh Rodriguez, and Matt Den Dekker had 2 hits each.
Trenton 3, Binghamton 2
Mark Cohoon let up 3 runs on 10 hits over 7 innings, taking the loss. Armando Rodriguez struck out 3 in 2 scoreless frames out of the bullpen. Juan Lagares and Dustin Martin had 2 hits each. Martin, Raul Reyes, and Wilfredo Tovar all had doubles. Martin also added a homer. Wilmer Flores was 0 for 4.
St. Lucie 5, Bradenton 4 (10 innings)
Cesar Puello singled home the game-winning run in the top of the 10th. Puello, T.J. Rivera, Cory Vaughn, and Darrell Ceciliani all had 2 hits each. Ceciliani had 2 doubles, as he continues to produce at high levels when healthy. Kyle Allen started and went 3 innings, followed by 3 innings by Angel Cuan. Jack Leathersich threw 2 shutout innings, striking out 3, but he allowed Cuan’s inherited runners to score, even though he didn’t give up a hit. Finally, Adrian Rosario threw 2 scoreless innings to get the win.
Savannah 6, Kannapolis 1 (11 innings)
This game was tied at 1 after 10 innings and then the Sand Gnats exploded for 5 runs in the 11th inning. Yucarybert De La Cruz had 2 hits and 3 RBI’s. Albert Cordero had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. Brian Harrison and Greg Pron also had a pair of hits. Marco Camarena pitched the first 9 innings, allowing just an unearned run while striking out 5.
Brooklyn 3, Staten Island 2
Pitching is what’s going to carry the Cyclones to the playoffs and it was Julian Hilario’s turn, throwing 6.1 scoreless innings, allowing just 4 hits and a walk while striking out 7. Things got sketchy in the 9th with Matt Koch and Tyler Vanderheiden but Huntington, NY native John Mincone got the final 2 outs to secure victory for Brooklyn. Brandon Nimmo was 1 for 5 with a solo homerun. That and a double by Maikis De La Cruz were the only extra-base hits for Brooklyn, but the light-hitting Cyclones pounded out 9 hits and 3 runs, which was enough to win. Elsewhere, Batavia erased a 7-4 deficit with a 6-run 6th inning and beat Williamsport. That means Brooklyn’s lead in the wildcard race remains at 1 game, with a magic number of 4 with 4 games to play. All 4 games are at home, starting with a game against the hated Yankees tonight at 5.