Mets Farm Report: Flores Settling In At 2B, Den Dekker Hits The Ground Running In Buffalo
Bisons 8, Norfolk 7
By Andrew O’Brien
The Norfolk Tides committed three errors in the seventh inning and the Buffalo Bisons plated three runs en route to an 8-7 victory on Tuesday night.
Buffalo jumped out to an early lead, scoring two runs in the bottom of the second inning when Sean Kazmar hit a two-out double to score Josh Satin and Valentino Pascucci. Then, in the bottom of the third inning, Satin launched a two-run homer to left field.
But the Tides battled back and scored two runs in the top of the fourth and sixth innings. Buffal trailed 6-5 before the error-filled seventh inning.
Norfolk plated one run in the top of the ninth but Fernando Cabrera was able to close the door to get his International League-leading 15th save.
Garrett Olson started for Buffalo and lasted only 4.1 innings. He gave up five hits, four runs while striking out three and walking two.
The bullpen was able to hold down the fort, though. Josh Edgin, Pedro Beato and Justin Hampson pitched a combined 2.2 scoreless innings.
Mets outfield prospect Matt den Dekker went 1-for-4 with a walk and run scored in his first game with Triple-A.
Herd Rumblings: Fernando Cabrera recorded his IL-leading 15th save of the season Tuesday night. He is a perfect 15-for-15 in save opportunities. Mets prospect Matt den Dekker in his Bisons debut played center field, led off and went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. Dustin Martin was transferred from Buffalo to Binghamton to make room for den Dekker. Garrett Olson lasted 4.1 innings, making him the fourth Bisons pitcher in the past five games to pitch 4.2 innings or less. Buffalo (37-29) is off on Wednesday before opening up a four-game set with Pawtucket 7:05 p.m. Thursday.
Binghamton vs Reading PPD
By Tim Burns
The first game of the Binghamton Mets and Reading Phillies series was rained out on Tuesday night in Binghamton. This being the R-Phils only trip to NYSEG Stadium this season, the two teams will play a double header starting at 5:30 on Wednesday night.
Game one will feature Mark Cohoon (3-5, 3.92) against the Phillies Jonathan Pettibone (5-5, 3.79). Game two, scheduled to start approximately twenty minutes after the conclusion of the first game, will pit the B-Mets Collin McHugh (5-4, 2.48) against Reading’s Austin Hyatt (1-0, 3.09).
The rubber match, to be played on Thursday morning at 10:35, will feature the top prospects in each organization facing off against each other on the mound as Zack Wheeler (6-2, 1.66) takes on Trevor May (5-4, 4.95).
Weather over the next two days in Binghamton looks to be sunny and in the 70’s, so it will be perfect for sitting at the ballpark.
B-Mets Buzz: After Matt den Dekker was promoted to the Buffalo Bisons on Monday, Dustin Martin was reassigned to the Binghamton Mets. Martin was batting .257 in 28 games as a member of the Bisons. Martin was originally a Mets draft pick in 2006, and had just returned to the organization at the beginning of this season after spending the previous four and a half seasons in the Minnesota Twins ranks playing in Fort Myers, New Britain, and Rochester.
Palm Beach 7, St. Lucie 6
By Clayton Collier
Following two extra inning victories in the past few days, the St. Lucie Mets only needed 9 innings today to fall to the Palm Beach Cardinals 7-6.
In only his second start since getting the promotion from Savannah, Tyler Pill was roughed up tonight by the Cardinals bats. He started off well, surrendering only a base hit on a weak grounder, but ran into trouble in the third, giving up a run on Starlin Rodriguez double. He then pitched another two scoreless frames before ultimately melting down in the sixth. After allowing back to back one-out singles, Chris Edmondson put Palm Beach on top with a three-run bomb, his fourth of the year. Pill walked Ildemaro Vargas before being relieved by John Church who ended the inning with a double play. Pill’s final line for the evening was 5 1/3 innings pitched, surrendering four runs on eight hits while walking two and punching out one.
Things got dicey in the next inning as John Church walked the bases loaded before handing the ball over to Jim Fuller, who proceeded to walk in a run and allow a two-run double before retiring the side.
Down 7-2, the Mets bats decided it was time to stage a comeback. Come bottom eight, and it appeared as if that was going to happen. It started with a leadoff walk to ZeErika McQueen, which was followed by an Alonzo Harris triple and a Wilmer Flores double to score two. With Flores on second and two down, Cardinals reliever Iden Nazario issued two walks and threw a wild pitch to score yet another run, making it a 7-5 ballgame before coming out for Scott Schneider who ended the threat.
Onto the bottom of the ninth, Francisco Pena got things started with a leadoff walk in which he came around to score on an Alonzo Harris knock. Then came the play that I didn’t understand at all. Wilfredo Tovar, one of St. Lucie’s better hitters who was already 1-3 with a walk on the evening, bunts down a run in the ninth inning to get Harris into scoring position for Flores and Vaughn, who both failed to get a hit to end the ballgame. I understand wanting to get Harris into scoring position, but to hand the other team an out in a one run game in the ninth inning? Come on.
Lucie Logistics: Wilmer Flores went 1-4 with an RBI double and a sac fly to reach 40 RBIs on the season. It’s only a matter of time before he gets the call to Bingo. Alonzo Harris had himself one heck of a game, going 3-4 with two triples, two runs, a walk and two RBIs, proving once again to be a sparkplug for this St. Lucie offense. Harris, Tovar and Flores were the only Mets to collect hits in the game, batters 4 through 9 took 0-fers. The St. Lucie Mets will look to rebound tomorrow for the second game of the series against the Cardinals starting at 6:30pm.
Bits and Pieces from Joe D.
Pedro Beato continues to dominate in Buffalo. Last night he pitched another 1.2 scoreless innings and allowed just one hit that was rubbed out on a double-play grounder, and then he struck out three batters. Beato picked up the win and how about Fernando Cabrera who earned his 15th save in 15 opportunities last night.
According to a couple of reports, Jenrry Mejia’s stint in the Buffalo bullpen will last no longer than two weeks tops. Basically the Mets want to be sure he can work on back to back days, so that’s what his mission will be with the Bisons. He’s in good hands with Wally.
For the third straight game, Wilmer Flores started at second base and has looked and played the part very well. Last night he stroked a two-run doubled and his batting average is at a robust .304 to go with a .489 slugging percentage for the season. Flores will make it easier on the Mets to promote him if he sticks at second base where the Mets could use some help more so than third base right now. This could be a prelude to a promo to Bingo.
About the Author: Satish Ram
I am a Senior Writer and Editor here at MetsMerized - where I specialize in Minor League coverage. I have been on the staff since 2007 and I am currently in my third semester of college in New York City. You can find me at www.facebook.com/SatishRam or @SilverHeatMMO. Feel free to message me - I love talking about the Mets or baseball overall with anybody.
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