Mets Farm Report: July 8th, 2011 – Gnats Bang Out 18 Hits!

An article by posted on July 9, 2011

Buffalo Bisons – Scranton/WB Yankees (PPD)

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Binghamton Mets – New Britain Rock Cats (PPD)

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St. Lucie Mets – Tampa Yankees (PPD)

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Savannah Sand Gnats 11 – Greensboro Grasshoppers 4

Angel Cuan had one bad inning in an otherwise very good start. The 3rd inning started off with a homerun that just got over the wall and then the next three men reached to load the bases. A run came in on a groundout and then two singles brought in the final two runs. The inning ended in exciting fashion when Cuan got a fly ball to center field for the second out of the inning, the runner on first got caught in a pickle trying to advance to second, and the Gnats executed the play perfectly to record the out before the runner could score from third. The umpire was giving Cuan the outside corner all game and Cuan used that to his advantage to keep the batters off balance and frustrate a few guys with some called strike threes that were borderline pitches to say the least. It is interesting that Adam Kolarek‘s last five appearances have all been piggybacking Cuan, with the last three being appearances of three innings, It could be plausible the Mets are thinking about stretching him out, or I could just be crazy and this is a coincidence since Kolarek has been mostly a reliever even in college.

The Gnats set a season-high with 18 hits. They poured it on heavily early on with three in the 2nd, two in the 3rd, and five in the 5th. Albert Cordero lead the way with four runs in a 5-for-5 night that raised his average .019 points and has him sitting at a decent .250. For a guy that was the biggest disappointment in the first half for me, he has really turned it on lately. Aderlin Rodriguez had a fun day hitting behind him and took the liberty to drive him home twice and pick up a total three RBI on three hits. Another guy who has picked it up a notch is Blake Forsythe. He only had one hit, but walked twice and has cut down on the strikeout recently, albeit a small sample size.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Wilfredo Tovar (1-for-5, R)
  • Albert Cordero (5-for-5, 2 2B, 3B, 4 R, 2 RBI, E)
  • Aderlin Rodriguez (3-for-4, R, 4 RBI, BB)
  • Angel Cuan (W, 8 H, 4 R, BB, 6 SO, 3:5 GO:AO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Albert Cordero (20pts) 2. Aderlin Rodriguez (42pts) 3. Joe Bonfe (10pts)

Brooklyn Cyclones – Vermont Lake Monsers (PPD)

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Kingsport Mets 7 – Princeton Rays 2

Despite walking five, Jacob Lugo no-hit the Rays for five innings. He wasn’t on top of his game, but the results he got were great. Miller Diaz relieved him in the 6th inning and kept the no-hitter going until the 7th when he gave up a leadoff single. He later coughed up the shutout with an RBI single.

The offense had the longball working. Tillman Pugh was the first to go deep with a three-run jack in the 3rd inning, Dustin Lawley followed up with a two-run homer in the 5th, and undrafted free agent catcher Tyler Carpenter finished things off with a solo shot. The K-Mets manager finally wised up and moved Greg Pron to the middle of the order. It was about time.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Yucarybert De La Cruz (2-for-4, 2 R, CS)
  • Tillman Pugh (2-for-3, HR, R, 3 RBI, BB)
  • Greg Pron (2-for-4, 2B)
  • Chad Zurcher (1-for-4, R, K)
  • Miller Diaz (SV, 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, ER, 2 BB, SO, 7:3 GO:AO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Tillman Pugh (10pts) 2. Jacob Lugo (2pts) 3. Dustin Lawley (9pts)

GCL Mets 5 – GCL Marlins 6

The mystery man, Rafael Montero, had his best start in the GCL and made it out of the 4th inning for the first time. He is already 20, but it is pretty aggressive of the Mets to have him in the GCL in his first season, when they have even kept Luis Mateo in the DSL. Montero struckout the first two men in the 5th inning, but one of them was on a wild pitch, the out wasn’t recorded, and it set up the two runs he gave up. The same batter who reached on the wild pitch scored on a wild pitch later in the inning and then a man came in on a groundout. It is possible those runs could have been avoided altogether with better defense from the catcher. Luis Cessa is another one who has gone from the DSL to GCL in his first year, however, tonight didn’t treat him nearly as well as it did Montero. He picked up the blown save and loss by giving up four runs in 2.1 innings. Jose De La Torre worked in back-to-back days, which means he should expect to be promoted to Buffalo sometime soon.

Gilbert Gomez made it four straight multi-hit games with two today. Over the four games he is 9-for-14 with three doubles, eight RBIs, and a 2:3 BB:K. Gomez had the final blow of a four-run 6th inning with a two run double. Gomez scored the Mets last run of the game in the 8th on a Donnie Tab two-out double.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Eudy Pina (0-for-5, 2 K)
  • Breiner Soto (2-for-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI)
  • Gilbert Gomez (2-for-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB, K)
  • Rafael Montero (5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, BB, 6 SO, 8:1 GO:AO)
  • Luis Cessa (L, 2.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 2 SO, HR, 3:1 GO:AO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Gilbert Gomez (7pts) 2. Breiner Soto (3pts) 3. Rafael Montero (1pt)

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