Last Night on the Farm - 8/28/13
Last night on the farm there was multiple walk-off games, a 1-hitter by a Mets pitcher, and a third Mets affiliate clinched a playoff birth. Exciting stuff, let’s check it out:
Colorado Springs 4, Las Vegas 3 (Game 1, 8 innings)
Jacob deGrom only pitched 2 innings before departing with some kind of injury. Before leaving he allowed a 2-run homer to old friend Xavier Nady. John Church followed with 3 innings, but Justin Hampson gave up the game-winning run in the 8th. Eric Campbell had 2 hits. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Mike Baxter, and Zach Lutz all doubled.
Las Vegas 12, Colorado Springs 8 (Game 2, 7 innings)
Daryl Thompson allowed 4 runs in 6 innings, and then Jack Leathersich allowed 4 runs without recording an out; his ERA in AAA is over 8. Kirk Nieuwenhuis was 3 for 5 with a 2-run homer. Mike Baxter was 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI’s. Eric Campbell was 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI’s. Jamie Hoffman was 2 for 4 with a double, homer, and 4 RBI’s. Las Vegas has a 2-game lead over Sacramento with 5 games to play, giving them a magic number of 4.
Binghamton 7, Bowie 4
Mark Cohoon threw 2 scoreless innings, but was forced out by a rain delay. The bullpen took over the final 7 innings and did a fine job. Every B-Met starter had at least 1 hit. Danny Muno, Darrell Ceciliani, Wilfredo Tovar, and Richard Lucas all had 2 hits each. Muno, Tovar, and Alonzo Harris all doubled.
St. Lucie 2, Charlotte 1 (10 innings)
Hansel Robles was finally good, allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 3 walks over 8 innings, striking out 4. Cam Maron, Charley Thurber, and Gilbert Gomez all doubled. Maron’s doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a sac fly by Rylan Sandoval in the bottom of the 10th for the walk-off win. St. Lucie has all of a sudden turned it on after being eliminated from playoff contention. Technically, their elimination number is still 1, but they will need to win all 4 games left AND have Charlotte lose all 4 of its games AND have Palm Beach lose at least 3 of its 4 remaining games; unfortunately, Charlotte and Palm Beach play each other those 4 games so it’s quite impossible.
Rome 4, Savannah 1
Julian Hilario scattered 9 hits over 5 innings, giving up 3 runs and striking out 4, taking the loss. Maikis De La Cruz, Cole Frenzel, Alberto Cordero, and Phillip Evans had 2 hits each. Brandon Nimmo was 1 for 5 with 2 strikeouts.
Brooklyn 1, Tri-City 0
It’s a shame SNY didn’t broadcast this John Gant start, as he pitches a complete game 1-hitter, allowing 1 walks and striking out 6, single-handedly giving the Cyclones an important win. The Cyclones scored 1 run on 4 singles but it was enough with Gant on the mound. Aberdeen lost last night so the Cyclones are in first place with a half game cushion. Interestingly, Brooklyn has played 3 more games than Aberdeen and has 1 more in the loss column, and with both teams having the same number of games remaining in the season, which could keep an interesting scenario down the stretch with 1 week left in the season.
Kingsport 7, Bluefield 6 (10 innings)
A bloop base hit by Jeyckol De Leon in the 10th gave the K-Mets a walk-off win and clinched a playoff birth for them. Robert Whalen struck out 7 over 6 innings, giving up 4 runs. First round pick Dominic Smith was promoted from the GCL before the game; he didn’t start, but he came on as a pinch hitter and walked twice, once intentionally. The K-Mets have 2 games left in the regular season and if they can hang onto their slim half-game lead over Greeneville they will win their division and have home-field advantage over Greeneville in their 3-game playoff series.
GCL Marlins 3, GCL Mets 2
Craig Missigman let up 3 runs over 5 innings. Christian Montgomery threw 3 scoreless innings in relief. Just 5 hits for the GCL Mets, including a triple by Oswald Caraballo. There’s one game left in the GCL season.