Clearwater 7, St. Lucie 3
Alonzo Harris homered and drove in two runs, but the Mets were unable to overcome an early deficit as they fell 7-3 to the Clearwater Threshers on Wednesday.
The Mets trailed 7-0 entering the eighth inning, before rallying with three runs. Robbie Shields had a leadoff single in the eighth and Harris followed with a two-run shot to left for his fifth home run of the season. T.J. Rivera extended his hit streak to 11 with a triple and came around to score on wild pitch to cut the deficit to 7-3. The Mets had runners at first and second with no outs, but Richard Lucas grounded into a double play and Aderlin Rodriguez was retired on a groundout to end the threat. Shields finished 3-for-4 with a double and run scored while Danny Muno went 2-for-4. The Mets were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, left six men on base, and grounded into three double plays.
Erik Goeddel allowed a two-run bases loaded single by Albert Cartwright in the second inning. Goeddel was dealt the loss, as he walked five batters in four innings and allowed three runs and five hits while recording three strikeouts. Yohan Almonte gave up four runs, two earned in three innings while allowing three hits and striking out one. The Mets committed two errors to help lead to a three-run sixth inning for the Threshers. John Church tossed a scorless eighth inning, working around a walk and hit with one strikeout.
The Mets will look to bounce back against the Clearwater Threshers on Thursday at 7 p.m. Angel Cuan is the scheduled starter for the Mets. – – Team Report
Savannah 5, Greensboro 2 (Game 1)
Greensboro 1, Savannah 0 (Game 2)
By Nick Campione
Gilbert Gomez and Cole Frenzel had two-hit games to lead the Sand Gnats to a 5-2 victory over Greensboro in the first game of the double header Wednesday night. Gilbert Gomez went 2-for-4 and Frenzel went 2-for-3 with a double, while Brian Harrison, Dustin Lawley, Greg Pron, Albert Cordero, and Yucary De La Cruz had the RBIs that ensured a victory for the Gnats.
On the mound, Michael Fulmer threw four and two-thirds innings of eight hit ball allowing two earned runs while walking two and striking out two. Brandon Sage, recently activated after missing all of 2012 with an injury, completed one and a third innings of one-hit ball while striking out one and earned the victory. Chase Bradford earned his third save of the season pitching one inning while allowing only one hit to lower his ERA on the season to 1.93.
In the second game of the double header, Carlos Vazquez allowed a run in the Top of the 7th inning which was the only run scored in the game as Savannah dropped the second game of the double header 1-0 to split the double header. Alex Panteliodis continued his great pitching following his activation from the disabled list, throwing six innings, allowing four hits, no earned runs, one walk and seven strikeouts. While pitching much better than he had all season, Panteliodis has shown the most through his strike out numbers which have jumped dramatically since his return. The hitters for Savannah only had four hits in the second game, with one hit from Yunery De La Cruz, Dustin Lawley, Xorge Carrillo, and another double for Frenzel.
Gnats Gnotes: After hitting .342 in 19 games for Brooklyn with a homer and 13 RBI, Cole Frenzel has hit much better in his second trip to Savannah in 2012. Over the past 10 games, Frenzel is hitting .343 over 35 at-bats with 12 runs, six doubles, a homer, and four RBI. With first base open due to a promotion, Frenzel has to take advantage of the opportunity. The Sand Gnats continue their season Thursday night at 7:05pm at Savannah with the last game of the series versus Greensboro before moving on the road. Lefty James Fuller (3-3, 7.13) is expected to take the mound following his worst start of the season last time out allowing 11 runs, nine earned, over three innings.
Brooklyn 3, Connecticut 2
The Cyclones struck early, taking a 2-0 lead in the first and held on to defeat the Connecticut Tigers 3-2 on Wednesday night. Brooklyn is now 22-6 on the season when scoring the first run of the ballgame. The 22 wins are the most in the NYPL.
Brandon Nimmo began the first frame with a single to center field before Phillip Evans reached on a fielder’s choice. Jayce Boyd then drew a four-pitch walk, and Kevin Plawecki followed with a two-run line drive double to right.
But, the Tigers evened things up in the fourth. Danry Vasquez led off with a double down the right field line. Juaner Aguasvivas then struck out swinging before Devon Travis walked. After Tyler Hanover flied out to right field, Patrick Smith smacked a line drive double to right, scoring both Vasquez and Travis.
Brooklyn took the lead in the fifth when Boyd reached on a fielding error by Connecticut third baseman Edgar Corcino. Nimmo started things off with a line drive single to left and advanced to second when Evans grounded out. Nimmo scored on the following play – as Boyd took first on the error – giving Brooklyn a 3-2 lead. The Cyclones are now 23-3 when they score three or more runs, and are 3-14 when they score two runs or less. Kevin Plawecki then grounded into a double play to end the inning, and were retired in order in the next three frames.
Nimmo led the Cyclones, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. In his last three games, Nimmo has gone 9-for-15 with seven runs scored, three doubles, one home run, and three RBI. Since July 13th, he has hit safely in 15 of 19 games.
Brooklyn starting pitcher Gabriel Ynoa (3-1) earned the win, going 6.0 innings. He allowed two earned runs off three hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Matt Koch threw 2.0 innings of scoreless relief before Tyler Vanderheiden came in to pitch the ninth and pick up his seventh save of the season.
The Cyclones will play the second game of a three-game series against the Connecticut Tigers tomorrow, Thursday, August 2nd at MCU Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM. – – Team Report
Greeneville 7, Kingsport 4
By Nick Campione
Four late runs by the Greeneville Astros in the 7th inning off Andres Perez and Flabio Ortega led to the Greeneville victory over the Kingsport Mets Wednesday night 7-4. Persio Reyes started the game for the Mets, throwing five innings, six hits, three earned runs, and one strike out. Hunter Carnevale followed with his first appearance of the season following Tommy John surgery last year pitching one inning of one hit ball and one strike out. In the seventh inning, leading 3-2, Perez and Ortega had a hard time retiring Astros batters allowing two hits, four earned runs, and four walks.
On the offensive side, although scoring four runs in the game, the Mets only had four hits, with Brad Marquez, Jorge Rivero, Gavin Cecchini with a double, and Yeixon Ruiz each with one. The runs scored on a groundout by Maikis De La Cruz, double play by De La Cruz, and Eris Peguero ground out.
Kingsport Knews: Hunter Carnevale, former 33rd round draft pick of the Mets in 2010, has endured success as a relief pitcher while with Brooklyn in 2011 before he hurt his shoulder and needed Tommy John surgery. Carnevale pitched in 12 games last season with a 1.08 ERA over 16 and two thirds innings, only 12 hits, five walks, and 19 strikeouts. The likelihood seems after making a few more rehab appearances in Kingsport, Carnevale could see time in Brooklyn or even Savannah before the season ends. On Thursday, Kingsport continues its series against Greeneville with Steve Matz projected as the starter as Persio Reyes was moved up a day to start Wednesday’s game to allow for more rest for Matz.
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