LAS VEGAS 6, RENO 0
Veteran southpaw Dana Eveland took the ball for the 51′s on Thursday night as they topped the Aces. The 30-year old lasted just five innings, but held his opponents scoreless while striking out six and walking a couple. Las Vegas took the lead in the fourth inning thanks to a two-run double off the bat of Wilmer Flores, followed immediately by a two-run shot by Allan Dykstra that cleared the center field wall. The 51′s would tack on another run in the inning on a Juan Centeno single. Flores would add an RBI triple in the seventh frame. Matt den Dekker and Eric Campbell combined for five hits. Dykstra is now batting .429 for the season.
NEW HAMPSHIRE 1, BINGHAMTON 4
Matthew Bowman was absolutely brilliant on Thursday, pitching seven scoreless innings and only surrendering four hits. He also struck out 11 Fisher Cats and walked only one on his way to a victory. Through two starts, the 22-year old righty is now 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA. Offensively,Darrell Ceciliani led the charge, going 3 for 5 from the leadoff spot with a double and two runs scored. Matt Reynolds also pitched in with three hits of his own, while Matt Clark drove in two.
ST. LUCIE 6, FORT MYERS 1
Not to be outdone by Bowman, lefty Steve Matz also went seven innings for the win for St. Lucie. The New York native struck out six batters and walked one, while scattering just two hits. The offense finally broke through in support of Matz in the 6th inning, when catcher Cam Maron hit a two-run single that scored Brandon Nimmo and Brandon Allen. T.J. Rivera notched two hits on the night, including a double. No other Met had more than one hit, while Nimmo was held hitless.
GREENVILLE 4, SAVANNAH 0
Robert Gsellman pitched fairly well, but it wasn’t enough as the Sand Gnats were shut out by the Drive. Gsellman pitched five innings, limiting the damage to just one run despite walking three batters. He also struck out five in the losing effort. The SAL Pitcher of the Week Akeel Morris came on in relief of Gsellman, tossing two scoreless frames while striking out a pair, but walking three. The Savannah offense was nowhere to be found, mustering just five hits in total– and not a single extra base hit. Two of those hits came off the bat of third basemen Jeff McNeil, while Jared King and Stephan Sabol each contributed a hit. Dominic Smith‘s struggles continued as he went 0 for 3 and struck out twice. His batting average has now dropped to .154 on the season. Shortstop Gavin Cecchini, who has been hot of lately, also failed to reach base in four attempts.
PLAYER OF THE NIGHT
For what may have been the most dominant pitching performance by a Mets prospect this season, former 13th round pick Matthew Bowman has earned player of the night honors. Bowman has been brilliant thus far in 2014, pitching to a sub-1.00 ERA and sporting a 15 to 2 strikeout to walk ratio.
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