Mets Farm Report: July 6th, 2011 – Matt Harvey Shelled

An article by posted on July 7, 2011

Buffalo Bisons 7 – Scranton/WB Yankees 5

Chris Schwinden was his own worst enemy in this affair. Schwinden gave up a leadoff single to Chris Dickerson and wound up paying more attention to him than the batter and walked the batter on four straight pitches after laying one right down the middle to get the at-bat started. The walk proved to be very costly. After getting two outs in the inning, he allowed a double and two runs to score. Then in the 3rd he hit a batter following a double and allowed three straight singles to score two more runs. Interestingly in the four innings in which he did not allow a run to score he was perfect—12 up and 12 down. Because Ryota Igarashi pitched two innings last night, Dale Thayer earned his seventh save of the year.

The offense got behind Schwinden after he gave up an early lead and put together five straight singles in the 2nd inning, with one run coming in on Jesus Feliciano‘s single and two on Mike Nickeas‘s. Zach Lutz and Feliciano hit back-to-back solo homeruns in the 6th and Nick Evans produced another run with a two-out single.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Michael Fisher (2-for-5, RBI, CS)
  • Nick Evans (3-for-5, RBI, K)
  • Fernando Martinez (1-for-5, R)
  • Zach Lutz (2-for-5, HR, 2 R, RBI)
  • Chris Schwinden (W, 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, BB, 6 SO, 2 HBP, E, 2:5 GO:AO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Jesus Feliciano (13pts) 2. Zach Lutz (31pts) 3. Nick Evans (47pts)

Binghamton Mets 0 – Portland Sea Dogs 7 (F/6)

I tuned in after the 1st inning so I was only able to listen to two innings of Matt Harvey‘s start and this was how those two innings went.

2nd inning:

CountPitchesStrikesResult
0-333Strikeout looking on slider
2-031Groundout
2-253Groundout
Total117-

3rd inning:

CountPitchesStrikesResult
0-122Double
2-253Single
2-142Sac fly
1-132Homerun
0-333Strikeout looking on fastball
4-262Walk
3-385Strikeout looking on fastball
Total3119-

He threw 42 pitches in those two innings and based of how long the 1st inning was, he was probably around 70-75 pitches for the game. His 62% strikes for the two innings are decent so his control wasn’t completely off, he just wasn’t commanding his pitches and putting them where he needed. Both homeruns he allowed were to the same hitter. John Lujan, who was demoted from Buffalo to make room for Miguel Bautista, was terrific in relief to finish the rain shortened game.

The B-Mets were no-hit for the first three innings until Josh Satin ended it with a leadoff double in the 4th. Back-to-back strikeouts to Allan Dykstra and Salomon Manriquez help strand him there. Raul Reyes had a single in the inning, but it was of the infield variety so Satin was unable to score.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Matt Den Dekker (0-for-3, K)
  • Jordany Valdespin (0-for-3, K, 2 E)
  • Josh Satin (1-for-3, 2B, K)
  • Allan Dykstra (0-for-3, 2 K)
  • Matt Harvey (L, 3 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, BB, 5 SO, WP, HBP, HR, 4:1 GO:AO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Eric Campbell (23pts) 2. Josh Satin (71pts) 3. John Lujan (1pt)

St. Lucie Mets 2 – Fort Myers Miracle 3 (F/13)

Greg Peavey hasn’t been racking up the Ks since the promotion, but he has been extremely effective and efficient. Peavey matched a season-high seven innings, allowed just six baserunners, and picked up an incredible 12 groundball outs. The lone run against Peavey scored on a two-out triple in the 1st inning. After that he turned on the cruise control. The defense caused Peavey and the Mets the win in this one. Jefry Marte committed two errors in the 8th inning to allow an unearned to score on Michael Powers. Wilmer Flores then let the leadoff man in the 11th reach with an error, he moved up to second on a wild pitch, and to complete the error parade on a fly out to Cory Vaughn the runner tagged up at second only to see Vaughn throw the ball away so he came all the way around to score.

Dock Doyle had another positive game, picking up a two-out RBI to bring home Vaughn in the 2nd. It was actually another two-out hit that scored their only other run. Juan Lagares delivered a two-out double to bring home Pedro Zapata who had singled and advanced two second on a balk. Vaughn tried to make up for his defensive blunder with a leadoff single in the 11th, but after he was bunted over to second Francisco Pena and Rylan Sandoval could not bring him home.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Juan Lagares (1-for-5, 2B, I, 2 K)
  • Jefry Marte (1-for-5, 2 E)
  • Wilmer Flores (1-for-5, E)
  • Cory Vaughn (2-for-5, 2B, R, 2 K, E)
  • Greg Peavey (7 IP, 4 H, R, 2 BB, 4 SO, WP, 12:4 GO:AO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Greg Peavey (3pts) 2. Pedro Zapata (25pts) 3. Cory Vaughn (10pts)

Savannah Sand Gnats 3 – Rome Braves 5

Definitely one of Taylor Whitenton‘s better performances this year. Whitenton held the Braves hitless until the 5th inning and the sole run against him came on a solo homerun in the 6th. He had the fun of working around three Aderlin Rodriguez errors, one in the 3rd and two in the 6th, and not giving up any runs because of them. Luis Rojas imploded to cost the Gnats their 12th straight win. He gave up two walks, a double, and a wild pitch to score two runs in the 7th and then two more in the 8th on a homerun and two-out RBI single.

The Gnats scored a run apiece in the first three innings and helped create the runs with their legs and clutch two-out hitting. Wilfredo Tovar walked in the 1st, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a Blake Forsythe two-out single. Sam Honeck walked in the 2nd, moved up two second on a wild pitch, and scored on a two-out double by Luis Nieves. Rafael Fernandez got into the action in the 3rd with a single, steal of second, steal of third, and scoring on a throwing error by the catcher trying to get him at third. They managed just a single after the 3rd.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Darrell Ceciliani (0-for-4)
  • Wilfredo Tovar (0-for-3, R, BB, K, SB)
  • Aderlin Rodriguez (0-for-4, 3 E)
  • Taylor Whitenton (6 IP, 2 H, R, 2 BB, 5 SO, HR, 10:2 GO:AO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Taylor Whitenton (14pts) 2. Blake Forsythe (30pts) 3. Rafael Fernandez (33pts)

Brooklyn Cyclones 2 – Vermont Lake Monsters 5

Marcos Camarena lowered his ERA to 1.86 with five innings and just one run (also gave up an unearned run). He struckout just one tonight and has just eight strikeouts in 19.1 innings. Strikeouts aren’t everything, and he has succeeded at lower levels without the strikeouts, but it is an interesting case to watch. I have yet to get to see him or find out anything about his stuff so I am interested to see what the reason for his success has been and if it will hold up at high levels.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Ismael Tijerna (0-for-5)
  • Javier Rodrigez (2-for-4, K)
  • Richard Lucas (0-for-4, 2 K)
  • Brian Harrison (0-for-4, E)
  • Travis Taijeron (2-for-2, 2 2B, R, BB, HBP, E)
  • Marcos Camarena (L, 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, ER, BB, SO, 3:8 GO:AO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Travis Taijeron (16pts) 2. Jonathan Clark (2pts) 3. Charley Thurber (8pts)

Kingsport Mets 3 – Elizabeth Twins 9

I think it is safe to say this K-Mets staff hasn’t been getting good pitching lately.

Top prospect performances (Boxsore):

  • Yucarybert De La Cruz (2-for-5, K)
  • Chad Zurcher (1-for-5, 2B, RBI)
  • Julio Concepcion (3-for-4, 2B, RBI)
  • Greg Pron (1-for-4)
  • Camden Maron (0-for-3, BB, K)
  • Tillman Pugh (0-for-4, K)

Stars of the Game: 1. Julio Concepcion (8pts) 2. Yucarybert De La Cruz (7pts) 3. Chad Zurcher (6pts)

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