Last Night on the Farm - 7/6/13
It was ace day last night on the farm, as Rafael Montero, Noah Syndergaard, and Steven Matz all made starts. The Mets also hit a whole heck of a lot of homeruns. Let’s check it out: Las Vegas 5, Tucson 2Rafael Montero threw 6 shutout innings, but gave up 2 runs in the 7th without recording an out, ultimately allowing 8 hits and 2 walks with just 3 strikeouts. Sean Henn and Gonzalez Germen combined for the final 9 outs. Mike Baxter was 3 for 4 with a homer. Zach Lutz also homered. Matt den Dekker was 1 for 4 with a triple. Ruben Tejada was 0 for 4 with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Before the game, Tejada was officially activated from the DL and optioned to Las Vegas, officially making him a minor leaguer. Binghamton 14, New Hampshire 3Noah Syndergaard allowed 3 unearned runs over 7 innings, scattering 8 hits and a walk while striking out 7. John Church and Adam Kolarek finished the job out of the bullpen. Josh Rodriguez and Travis Taijeron hit back-to-back homers in the 1st inning. Danny Muno, Darrell Ceciliani, and Wilfredo Tovar all homered as well, as the little guys showed off some power. Rodriguez, Taijeron, Ceciliani, and Joe Bonfe all had 2 hits. Ceciliani also tripled and drove in 5 runs. Tovar had 3 RBI’s, and Muno and Rodriguez had 2 RBI’s each. Cesar Puello had the day off, and the B-Mets still managed to put up 14 runs. St. Lucie 6, Fort Myers 3Alex Panteliodis got the win after giving up 3 runs on 7 hits. Tim Byrdak threw a scoreless inning and Hamilton Bennett notched his 7th save of the season. Jayce Boyd and Kevin Plawecki had 2 hits each. Boyd, Dustin Lawley, and Charley Thurber all homered. Savannah 3, Greenville 0 (Game 1, 7 innings)Steven Matz threw a complete game shutout (7 innings), giving up 3 runs and 3 walks while striking out 5. After 14 starts, Matz has a 2.28 ERA, 75 K’s in 71 innings, and a .220 BA against. This was his first start in July, after allowing 5 runs (4 earned) in 23 innings the entire month of June. The Gnats had just 4 hits in the game, but scratched out 3 runs without striking out at all. Greenville 3, Savannah 1 (Game 2, 7 innings)Luis Cessa allowed just 1 run over 5 innings, striking out 9. But Paul Sewald gave up 2 runs in the 6th to take the loss. Brandon Nimmo and Phillip Evans each doubled, but the Gnats managed just 3 hits. Brooklyn 5, Aberdeen 3Robert Gsellman was solid again, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, but striking out 6. Kevin McGowan (13th round) struck out 3 in 2 scoreless innings. Patrick Blondi, L.J. Mazzilli, and Jared King all had 3 hits each. Juan Gamboa and Anthony Chavez had 2 hits each. Chavez doubled twice and Blondi drove in 2 runs. Still no sign of Gavin Cecchini, who hasn’t played since hurting his ankle on Wednesday. Johnson City 10, Kingsport 5Persio Reyes let up 7 runs (3 earned) in 3.2 innings. The K-Mets committed 3 errors, including the 7th of the season on Amed Rosario. Jeff Diehl had 3 hits. Adrian Abreu and Victor Cruzado each had 2 hits, including a double. GCL Nationals 4, GCL Mets 2 (10 innings)Gaby Almonte let up 1 run over 5.2 innings, followed by second-round pick Andrew Church, who threw 2.1 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts. But Casey Meisner and Cameron Griffin allowed 3 runs in the 10th inning to lose the game. Ivan Wilson was 1 for 3 with a walk and RBI. DSL Orioles2 4, DSL Mets1 0Nothing good here, as the Mets had the same number of hits (3) as errors. DSL Angels 4, DSL Mets2 118-year old Jean Alvarez threw 3 shutout innings out of the bullpen. Enmanuel Zabala and Gregory Valencia each doubled.