Hope everyone is staying cool. The farm remains hot. Well, except for Kingsport, who had a doubleheader. As always, minor league twin bills are seven inning affairs. Onward! Buffalo 5, Syracuse 1Wally Backman called last night the best start of the year for Jeurys Familia, and it is hard to disagree. In a week that saw ESPN’s Keith Law muse that the Mets could use Familia in mop up work at the big league level (as well as give Matt Harvey some work in the pen since he has little to prove at AAA) Familia tossed 6.1 innings, allowing a run on five hits while walking one and striking out five. To cap it all off, Jenry Mejia toss two scoreless and the oft traveled
Chris Schwinden went the final .2 innings to close it out. Familia’s ERA has now dipped to 4.98. Also of note, Matt den Dekker’s struggles in AAA continue, as he went 1 for 5 with three more strikeouts, though he did score a run. Binghamton 8, Richmond 4Wilmer Flores continues to pound AA pitching, all while shuffling around the diamond defensively. Playing third last night, Wilmer went 3 for 4 with a solo homer and two runs scored. His slash line is now .390/.433/.576 since his promotion to Binghamton. Interestingly, he has yet to play the outfield (just third primarily, with some first and second thrown in). Juan Centeno also added a 3 for 4 effort with a run and an RBI, and Reese Havens was 1 for 2 with a run and three walks. Mark Cohoon got the win going seven strong, allowing a run on five hits (one homer) while walking one and striking out three. St Lucie 6, Jupiter 5Zach Lutz hasn’t shattered into a million pieces yet in his rehab from a broken hand, going 1 for 3 with three RBNI, and Corey Vaughn added a solo homer as part of a 2 for 4 night to pace the Lucies. Erik Goeddel labored through 4.1 innings, but Taylor Whitenton righted the ship with 2.2 scoreless for the win. Savannah 1, Charleston 0 (10 innings)How’s this for a pitcher’s duel? Aderlin Rodriguez led off the bottom of the tenth with a solo blast to send the Gnats home happy, but the real story was the Savannah hurlers. Michael Fulmer turned in another strong performance (7IP, 0R, 2H, 1BB, 4K) and Chase Bradford (2 IP) and TJ Chism (1 IP) kept the River Dogs off the board. 2nd round pick out of Arkansas Matt Reynolds was 1 for 4 and is now hitting .286/.318./.476 since making his pro debut and sliding over to short from third. Brooklyn 7, Williamsport 6 (11 innings)Another extra inning affair! The Cyclones tied it in the seventh thanks to a two run homer by Jace Boyd and a two out RBI single by Brandon Nimmo (2 for 5, 1 RBI). Nimmo has now gotten off the interstate, getting his slash line up to .203/.373/.344. In the bottom of the eleventh, Richie Rodriguez drew a bases loaded walk to end it. John Mincone continues to dominate in relief, going two perfect innings for the win, while striking out five. His ERA is now 0.82. Phillip Evans was 0 for 4 on the night as his slump continues, and Kevin Plawecki was 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Elizabethton 6, Kingsport 2 (Game 1)Toby Hyde at Mets Minor League Blog had an interesting point about why teams like Elizabethton Twins dominate the Appalachian League – and one could also add why the Staten Island Yankees dominate the New York-Penn League (well, not this year, but most). Teams like the Mets have two short season affiliates (one at Rookie Level, one at Short Season A level), allowing players to play at levels more appropriate for their talent . In the Mets case, the WIlpons will make sure that the strongest players will certainly make it to Brooklyn for the higher profile (and franchise owned) affiliate. Teams like the Yankees and Twins only have one short season affiliate, thus concentrate all the players that are not ready for Low A in one place, allowing for stronger squads. Anyway, that is a nice way of saying the beat goes on for the K-Mets. John Gant gave up five runs in 4.1 innings, and Kingsport general lack of firepower made that an almost impossible hill to climb.Elizabethton 5, Kingsport 4 (Game 2)The Twin completed the sweep in the nightcap, although the K-Mets fought back in this one. A sixth inning rally fell just short, as the Mets put up three but the Twins were able to hang on. Gavin Cecchini was 0 for 7 over the two games and is now at .241/.279/.293. Cristian Chivilli got the start and took the loss, going 3.1 innings, while giving up five runs on two hits and six (!) walks.