Mets Farm Report: Almonte Shines For Lucie, Gorski and Robles Are Hard Luck Losers Again
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Valentino Pascucci won the Triple-A Home Run Derby on Monday night before a crowd of 17,244 in Buffalo, beating Charlotte’s Dan Johnson of the Chicago White Sox organization in the finals. Buffalo hosts the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, with Matt Harvey, Pascucci and closer Fernando Cabrera due to represent the Bisons/Mets.
Buffalo is presently on their All-Star break, and will not return to regular action until Thursday night when they open a four-game set against the 2nd place Pawtucket Red Sox at 7:00 PM. The Herd finished the first half with a four-game winning streak at 46-45, good for 4th place in the Northern Division of the International League. Thursday night they will send right-hander Jeremy Hefner (4-2, 2.50) to the mound against right-hander Doug Mathis (6-6, 4.05) for Pawtucket.
Altoona 3, Binghamton 2
By Tim Burns
The Binghamton Mets looked like they were on their way to sweeping the Altoona Curve on Monday and starting off their All-Star break on a positive note; that is, until Adrian Rosario was called in to close out the game for Pedro Lopez’s B-Mets. At innings end, the Curve took the game 3-2 on a Brock Holt bloop to short right field, scoring Jarek Cunningham from third and giving Altoona the walk off win.
Darin Gorski got the nod for the B-Mets on Monday, starting his fifteenth game of the season and third against the Pittsburgh Pirates Double A affiliate. In six innings, Gorski allowed one earned run, a solo home run by center fielder Robbie Grossman in the fifth, on five hits. Gorski walked three and struck out two on the afternoon. Brad Holt relieved Gorski in the seventh and pitched two clean frames, allowing no runs on no hits, walking one and striking out one.
Rosario was brought in for the ninth inning to close out the game for the B-Mets. After getting Ramon Cabrera to fly out to center fielder Juan Lagares, Rosario proceeded to walk the next two batters he faced. With runners at first and second, former Mets farmhand Stefan Welch singled to right field, scoring Matt Curry from third and tying the game at two. Holt came to the plate next for the Curve and ended the game with his bloop to right field. Rosario was issued his second blown save of the season as well as his second loss of the 2012 campaign as well.
At the plate, Eric Campbell continued his latest hitting streak to six games by going 2-for-5. Campbell scored the go ahead run in the top of the eighth inning. Sean Kazmar was 2-for-5 in the game with a double and run scored. Dustin Martin went 1-for-2 on the afternoon, with two walks and an RBI to his credit.
B-Mets Buzz: Binghamton is now off until Thursday night when they begin an eight game homestand. First up for the B-Mets will be the Erie SeaWolves followed by a three game set against the Trenton Thunder. Eric Campbell, Jefry Marte, and Armando Rodriguez will be spending their All-Star break as the B-Mets representatives at the Eastern League All-Star Classic in Reading, Pennsylvania.
St. Lucie 4, Bradenton 1
By Joe D.
The St. Lucie Mets handed the Bradenton Marauders their second straight defeat with a convincing 4-1 win on Monday night.
Yohan Almonte took to the hill in this one and delivered a solid performance for St. Lucie after three straight stinkers coming into this start. Almonte scattered five hits and allowed just one run over six innings, walking one and striking out three. The win improved his record to 7-3 and lowered his ERA to 6.08.
The Mets got on the board with a run in the third after Alonzo Harris walked, stole second and scored a single by T.J. Rivera. Zach Lutz drove in two more runs in the fifth when he slashed a double to plate Alonzo Harris and Rivera who stroked his second single of the day. Rylan Sandoval made it 4-1 in the sixth with an RBI single to score Richard Lucas.
The bullpen did a fine job as Taylor Whitenton pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings followed by Adam Kolarek who earned his 13th save of the season to close out the final frame.
Lucie Logistics: This was a much needed solid performance by Yohan Almonte who was coming off three consecutive starts in which he allowed 25 earned runs in 11.1 innings pitched. Cory Vaughn, Rylan Sandoval and T.J. Rivera each had two hits in the game. Vaughn has been on fire at the plate of late and is batting .395 in his last ten games. St. Lucie is off tonight, but returns to action Wednesday night on the road against the Tampa Yankees at 7:00 PM. Currently the Yankees are tied for 3rd place in the second-half standings of the Northern Division of the Florida State League with a record of 10-8. The PSL-Mets, who were the first-half Southern Division winners, are in a three-way tie for 3rd place in the second-half standings with a record of 9-10.
No Game Scheduled
No games were on the South Atlantic League schedule for Monday July 9th, 2012. The Sand Gnats resume play tonight when they begin a four-game series at Delmarva, against the Shorebirds. Savannah is 6-12 in the second half while Delmarva, a Baltimore Orioles affiliate is 5-12. Savannah will send righty Logan Verrett (2-2, 3.46) to the hill against right-hander Zachary Davies (3-2, 4.08) for the Shorebirds.
Jamestown 5, Brooklyn 2
By Joe D.
The Brooklyn Cyclones got another solid start from Hansel Robles on Monday night, but the bullpen couldn’t hold a late one-run lead as the Jamestown Jammers beat the Clones 5-2.
Robles, who did not figure into the decision, was cruising along and did not allow a hit until the Jammers singled in the fifth inning. In the sixth, Jamestown scored their one and only run off Robles with sacrifice fly. With the Jammers up 1-0, Robles finished the night going 5 1/3 innings and allowing the one earned run on three hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.
In the bottom of the sixth, Brooklyn grabbed a 2-1 lead when Phillip Evans smacked a two-run singled to drive in Juan Gamboa who drew a walk and Brandon Nimmo who had singled his way on base. Those would be the only runs of the game for Brooklyn.
Cyclones reliever Matt Bowman came in to start the eighth and it wasn’t pretty. After hitting the first batter he faced and allowing him to steal second base, he was tagged for three straight singles to put the Jammers up 3-2. Tim Peterson would allow two more runs to score in the ninth, icing the win for Jamestown as they completed the series sweep against Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Brew: No games on the slate in the New York Penn League tonight, but the Cyclones hit the road for three games against the Connecticut Tigers starting Wednesday night at 7:05. Connecticut has started the season with a record of 6-16 and are in 3rd place in the Stedler Division. The ‘Clones, who have lost three straight, are 14-8 and 2.0 games out in front in the McNamara Division.
Pulaski 7, Kingsport 6
By Pete Shapiro
The Kingsport Mets wasted a fabulous outing by left-hander Steve Matz who had his best game so far as a pro. But the bullpen couldn’t hold a 6-0 lead entrusted to them in the seventh inning and the Pulaski Mariners came roaring back from six runs down to defeat the K-Mets by a score of 7-6, and sweep the series three games to none. The win was the fifth straight for Pulaski who evened their record at 10-10. The K-Mets lost their sixth in a row and are now 4-16 for the year.
Matz was dominant, throwing all of his pitches for strikes. He went six innings giving up no runs on one hit, two walks, and struck out six. The outing lowered his ERA for the season to 2.65. Matz was staked to an early lead after Yeixon Ruiz led off the game with a single to center, and when Pulaski starter Jochi Ogando threw an errant pick-off attempt down the right-field line, it enabled Ruiz to scamper to third. Two batters later Ogando uncorked a wild-pitch to allow Ruiz to score making it 1-0.
Kingsport would strike again in the third when Eris Peguero led off the inning with his first home run to make the score 2-0. Then a walk, a single and an RBI single by Maikis De La Cruz would make the score 3-0 in the third. Nick Valenza replaced Ogando in the fifth inning and after retiring Jeff Diehl on a fly-out, he gave up three consecutive jacks. Back-to-back-to back home runs to Jeyckol De Leon, Maikis De La Cruz, and Jonathan Leroux, the first homer of the year for each player, making the score 6-0 Kingsport.
Corey Oswalt (1-1, 12.27) came on in relief of Matz but lasted only a third of an inning, surrendering seven earned runs, on five hits, a walk, and a HBP, to earn the loss. Pulaski relievers, right-handers Min-Sih Chen (2-0, 6.57) who got the win, and David Holman who got his third save, combined for three scoreless innings of relief with no runs, two hits and three strikeouts.
In the loss, De La Cruz was 4-for-4 with a home run, a run scored, and two RBI, to raise his season batting average to .348. Peguero was 2-for-5 with a home run, a run, and an RBI, and he’s now batting .346. Jeyckol De Leon was 2-for-5 with a home run, a run, and an RBI. Jonathan Leroux went 2-for-4 with a home run, a run and an RBI.
Kingsport Knews: The K-Mets are off tonight but return home Wednesday for the start of a three-game set against the Burlington Royals at 7:00 PM. The Royals are 13-7 on the year good for 2nd place in the Eastern Division of the Appalachian League, and have won their last five games in a row.
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