Last Night on the Farm - 6/20/13
We’ve hit the point in the year where there’s a ton going on the minors, so hang on tight and pay close attention. Kingsport played its season opener last night and the GCL gets underway today to round out the affiliates that are getting started. Above Kingsport last night there was a ton of winning, so let’s take a look: Las Vegas 7, Tucson 5Ike Davis was 3 for 5 with a double, a strikeout, and 2 homers, which raises his line to .306/.457/.583 after 10 games in AAA. Brian Bixler and Brandon Hicks had 2 hits each. Wilmer Flores was 1 for 5 with an RBI, tying him for the PCL lead in RBI’s. Rafael Montero let up 3 runs on 8 hits in 5 innings, with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts. Jack Leathersich threw a scoreless inning and Rob Carson threw 2 scoreless frames to get the save. Binghamton 4, Richmond 3Cory Mazzoni struck out 8 in 6 innings while giving up 3 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits. Jim Fuller struck out 2 in 1.1 scoreless innings in his AA debut. Jeff Walters notched his 17th save of the season. Alonzo Harris and Josh Rodriguez had 2 hits each. Richard Lucas drove in 2 runs. St. Lucie 8, Palm Beach 6The Lucies put up a 4-spot in the 1st inning, including a 3-run homer by Kevin Plawecki in his first FSL at bat. Plawecki ended up going 2 for 5 with 4 RBI’s. Also making his FSL debut was Jayce Boyd, who was 2 for 5 with 1 RBI. Matt den Dekker was 2 for 4 with a walk and 2 runs scored. T.J. Rivera and Matt Reynolds also had 2 hits each. Domingo Tapia started and had a rough 3rd inning, giving up 5 runs. In total, Tapia lasted 5.1 innings giving up 6 runs on 11 hits with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. Randy Fontanez got the win after 1.2 scoreless innings. Bret Mitchell threw a perfect inning in his FSL debut and Hamilton Bennett saved his 5th game of the year. Cam Maron, the DH with Plawecki catching, was ejected after getting called out on strikes. Savannah 5, Lexington 1Logan Taylor struck out 9 in 6 strong innings, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits. Chad Zurcher, Stefan Sabol, and Jeff Reynolds had 2 hits each. Sabol tripled and drove in 2 runs. Brandon Nimmo was 0 for 5 with 2 strikeouts. Brooklyn 3, Aberdeen 0John Gant threw 5 shutout innings to lead the Cyclones to their first win of the season. Gant allowed just 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6. Tim Peterson and John Mincone combined for 4 shutout innings. Recent draft picks Patrick Blondi and Jared King made their debut in Brooklyn’s outfield. King doubled and drove in a run. Gavin Cecchini was 1 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout. He’s now 1 for 10 on the season. Johnson City 9, Kingsport 3Martires Arias got the opening night start for the K-Mets, but he lasted just 1.2 innings, allowing 5 runs. Edioglis Villasmil gave up 3 more. Jeff Diehl was 3 for 5 with a double and 1 RBI. Michael Bernal doubled twice and struck out twice. Joe Tuschak was 2 for 3 with a walk. Bradley Marquez was 0 for 4. Amed Rosario was 0 for 5 with a strikeout. Rosario, if you don’t know, is a 17-year old shortstop the Mets gave $1.75 million to last summer, the largest signing bonus they have ever given to an international player. The last 17-year old to play for Kingsport was Wilmer Flores, so needless to say we will keep a close eye on Rosario this summer. DSL Mets1 8, DSL Orioles2 119-year old Jose Mendez struck out 3 in 5 shutout innings. Miguel Leal and Luis Ortega had 2 hits each. DSL Angels 7, DSL Mets2 519-year old Wimbert Martinez struck out 5 in 3 scoreless innings of relief. Alfredo Reyes was 2 for 4 with a double. Victor Moscote also had 2 hits.