Last night there was rough one for a lot of Mets pitchers; of course, there were a couple of exceptions. Also, since it’s the first of the month, we’ll take a look at how each team stacks up in the standings with a month left in the season.
Las Vegas 2, El Paso 0
Rafael Montero threw 6.2 scoreless innings, allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6. Gonzalez Germen struck out 2 and got the final 4 outs to get the save. Matt den Dekker was 2 for 2 with 2 walks. Matt Reynolds was 2 for 3 with a double and walk. The 51s have an 8.5 game lead in the division with a magic number of 23, so it’s looking good for a return trip to the postseason.
Binghamton 9, Bowie 4
Matthew Bowman went 7 strong innings, giving up 1 run on 6 hits, striking out 6. T.J. Rivera was 3 for 5 with 2 doubles. Dustin Lawley was 2 for 5 with a double, homer, and 2 RBI’s. Dilson Herrera and Xorge Carrillo had 2 hits each. Brandon Nimmo was 1 for 4 with a triple, walk, and 3 RBI’s. The B-Mets have been good in the second half and are just 5 back in the division, but 2nd place gives them a postseason spot, and they are 10.5 games ahead of the 3rd place team, with a magic number of 22 to clinch a spot; in fact, Binghamton is already selling playoff tickets.
Dunedin 4, St. Lucie 3
Kevin McGowan went 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits, but Julian Hilario gave up an unearned run in the 9th to take the loss. Jared King was 2 for 4 with a double and RBI. Cole Frenzel also doubled. Gavin Cecchini was 0 for 4. St. Lucie is 5.5 games back in the division, and having seen this team in person, they simply don’t have the horses to get back in the race.
Hickory 10, Savannah 1
Logan Taylor allowed 4 runs on 5 hits over 6 innings, walking 3 and striking out 5, and the bullpen was even worse. The Gnats had just 4 total hits. Savannah is already playoff bound after winning the season’s first half, although in the second half standings they are second in their division, 5.5 games back of Asheville, who they’ll likely play in the postseason.
Auburn 14, Brooklyn 3
Octavio Acosta had his first rough outing of the season, giving up 6 runs (4 earned) over 3 plus innings. Brandon Welch gave up 8 more runs in 2 innings of work. Amed Rosario was 2 for 5 with a triple. Michael Bernal, Tyler Moore, and Tucker Tharp all had 2 hits. Michael Conforto was 0 for 5. This game snapped a 5-game winning streak for Brooklyn. The Cyclones are 8 games back in their division, but just 1 game back in the wild card race.
GCL Nationals 13, GCL Mets 10
Jose Medina had a rough outing, giving up 7 runs on 7 hits over 2.1 innings. The Mets fought back to take the lead, but the bullpen let a pair of leads slip away. Arnaldo Berrios and Hengetbert Rojas had 2 hits each. Milton Ramos was 1 for 4 with a double and 3 RBI’s. The GCL team has a .500 record and sits 6.5 games back, but with little chance of catching the first place Cardinals.