Last Night on the Farm - 8/4/13
Brilliant performances from Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard were all that saved the Mets from a winless day. Let’s have a look: Las Vegas 4, Memphis 2Rafael Montero threw 8 strong innings, giving up 1 run on 4 hits, with no walks and 4 strikeouts, as classic Montero showed up in a reasonable climate and pitching environment. Jordany Valdespin was 2 for 4 with 2 strikeouts, playing 2B in his first game back from his 3-game suspension. Wilmer Flores was 1 for 3 with his 15th homer of the year off of Michael Wacha, who the Mets faced earlier this season. Zach Lutz was 1 for 3 with a double and RBI. Lutz played 1B and Flores played 3B. Binghamton 6, Harrisburg 0Noah Syndergaard threw 5 shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits and 1 walk, striking out 3. He was removed after just 66 pitches, as the Mets try to curb his innings. It’ll be interesting to see how they handle him over the final month of the season, because the Mets won’t let him throw much more than 30 more innings this season, and the B-Mets are definitely playoff bound. Armando Rodriguez threw 3 shutout innings; they could be trying to stretch him out, so that he and Greg Peavey can join the B-Mets rotation late in the season and in the postseason, as both have plenty of innings left in them after working out of the bullpen in AAA up to this point. Danny Muno was 3 for 5, ending up a double shy of the cycle. Travis Taijeron doubled. Travis d’Arnaud was 1 for 5 with 2 strikeouts. Clearwater 5, St. Lucie 2Rainy Lara lasted 7 innings, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits with 1 walk, but just 2 strikeouts. Kyle Johnson and Cory Vaughn had 2 hits each. Vaughn, Dustin Lawley, and Robbie Shields all had doubles. Lucas Duda was 0 for 4 as the DH. Greenville 8, Savannah 6The Gnats took a 5-0 lead early, and Seth Lugo followed with 6 strong innings, allowing 1 run on 2 hits, walking none and striking out 10, but then the bullpen blew it, giving up 7 runs over the final 2 innings. Jorge Rivero, Jeff Glenn, and Dimas Ponce had 2 hits each. Brandon Nimmo was 0 for 5 with 4 strikeouts. Jamestown 9, Brooklyn 5Juan Urbina made his first appearance in a month, pitched 1 inning and allowed 5 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks, striking out 2. Akeel Morris gave up 2 runs (hit first of the season) on 5 hits over 2.1 innings, walking 1 and striking out 5; his ERA is 0.66. L.J. Mazzilli was 2 for 4 with a homer (the first of his pro career) and 3 RBI’s. Gavin Cecchini was 1 for 3 with a double, RBI, and walk; Cecchini is back in the 2-hole and has a 5 game hit streak, with 8 hits over that span. Greeneville 17, Kingsport 1This got ugly in a hurry, as Martires Arias allowed 7 runs in 2.1 innings and Edioglis Villasmil gave up 7 more in 2.2 innings. Just 5 hits for the K-Mets, although 4 were doubles, one each by Yeixon Ruiz, Victor Cruzado, Jeff Diehl, and Jonathan Leroux.