Mets Farm Report: July 14th, 2011 – Aldama Puts Up Big K Numbers

Buffalo Bisons 5 – Rochester Red Wings 3

Miguel Batista looked good and I believe I heard the announcer say a pitch registered 97 mph, but I’d have to think that gun was running a little hot. It is possible, but he was mainly topping out at 94-95 mph earlier in the year. Still looks like he can contribute in the pen if need be. He pretty much dominated the batters allowing just a hit and walk. Justin Hampson got smacked around in the 7th. He gave up two singles to leadoff a single and it looked like a double play was going to keep him out of trouble with just one run scoring, but a triple kept the inning going, a double brought home the second run, and then Taylor Tankersley came into the game and allowed a double to make it three earned against Hamspon.

The Red Wings starter made like Ollie P. in the 1st inning and walked three straight men, including two that walked in runs. Walks got to him again in the 5th when he was pulled after walking two men, Luis Hernandez brought them both home with a double and then Mike Nickeas added a two-out double to bring home the final run. I am glad both Michael Fisher and Zach Lutz had good games with the bat to show fans what they have.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Michael Fisher (2-for-3, R, 2 BB)
  • Zach Lutz (2-for-5, R, E)
  • Fernando Martinez (0-for-3, 2 BB)

Stars of the Game: 1. Michael Fisher (31pts) 2. Jason Botts (14pts) 3. Zach Lutz (34pts)

Binghamton Mets 3 – New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5

Same old, same old. Brandon Moore was his usual mediocre self. A walk to the very first batter of the game came around to cost him on a two-out single. The runner advanced to second on the throw and then Moore gave up another two-out single, but Brahiam Maldonado threw out the runner at home to pick up his pitcher. After Moore had given up two runs already in the 4th inning it was Raul Reyes‘s chance to save Moore, by throwing out another runner at home. Josh Stinson was very good, but John Lujan walked in the go ahead run in extra innings and allowed a single to allow an insurance run. Brahiam Maldonado got a second outfield assist in the game by throwing out the runner trying to tag up from third on a fly ball in the 8th to keep the B-Mets within striking distance.

Allan Dykstra moved into second on the team in homeruns with his solo shot in the 2nd. After Moore gave up the lead of the top of the 4th, the B-Mets battled back to tie it up on the first three batters of the bottom half of the inning. Josh Satin doubled to bring home Jordany Valdespin following his leadoff single and Dykstra singled home Satin in the following at-bat. Dykstra made it all the way to third on his single because of an error, but the offense failed to bring him home with three chances.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Matt Den Dekker (0-for-4, 2 K)
  • Jordany Valdespin (1-for-4, R, E)
  • Josh Satin (1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI, 2 K)
  • Allan Dykstra (2-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI)

Stars of the Game: 1. Allan Dykstra (50pts) 2. Brahiam Maldonado (43pts) 3. Josh Satin (76pts)

Binghamton Mets 1 – New Hampshire Fisher Cats 0

Roy Merritt loves something about starting. Over his three starts he has an ERA of 0.69 compared to a 7.39 ERA in 26 relief appearances. Yes small sample size, but it is remarkable how a pitcher can struggle while coming in and pitching just 1.1 inning per appearance and excel when going 4.1 innings on average. Hitters have no problem squaring him up when seeing him just once, but when they see him two to three times he somehow looks like Sandy Koufax… The numbers are most likely a freak coincidence, but you just never know in baseball. I mean the most trouble he got into today was because of a Jordany Valdespin error in the first and was excellent overall.

Dusty Ryan tripled to leadoff the 2nd inning and came in on Salomon Manriquez groundout the next at-bat. The B-Mets only had two other hits, a Brahiam Maldonado single later in the 2nd inning and Matt Den Dekker double in the 3rd.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Matt Den Dekker (1-for-3, 2B, 2 K)
  • Jordany Valdespin (0-for-3, 3 K, E)
  • Josh Satin (0-for-2, BB, K)
  • Allan Dykstra (0-for-2, K)

Stars of the Game: 1. Roy Merritt (8pts) 2. Dusty Ryan (5pts) 3. Matt Den Dekker (17pts)

St. Lucie Mets 3 – Lakeland Flying Tigers 4

I have been hard on him all year, but I actually don’t think Kyle Allen was all that bad tonight. He gave up, in sequence in the 3rd, a single, single, and three-run homer and allowed a two-out RBI single in the 5th, but that was really all the of the bad news. He picked up a pair of double plays, induced 10 total outs on the ground compared to one in the air, and only walked two. John Church and Brandon Sage were terrific in relief.

The 1st inning featured the most crucial play of the game, when Jefry Marte got thrown out at home on a two-out single by Cory Vaughn. That run was huge. However, Marte did have a big steal of second in the 6th inning. Following his steal the pitcher threw a wild pitch allowing Juan Lagares to score from third base and then the catcher threw the ball away trying to get Marte advancing and Marte also came in to score. Who else, but Marte was involved in the major happenings of the 8th inning. Lagares had tripled to score Rylan Sandoval and was standing on third down by one with just one out when Marte came up and hit it right back to the pitcher, the pitcher then got Lagares caught in a rundown where he was eventually tagged out, and then they got Marte trying to advance to second to end the inning and the threat. Stefan Welch tripled in the 9th with two outs, but Dock Doyle failed to bring him in.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Juan Lagares (1-for-4, 3B, R, RBI)
  • Jefry Marte (1-for-3, R, BB, SB)
  • Wilmer Flores (1-for-4)
  • Cory Vaughn (1-for-4, K)
  • Cesar Puello (1-for-3, 2 K, CS)

Stars of the Game: 1. Jefry Marte (40pts) 2. Juan Lagares (51pts) 3. Rylan Sandoval (4pts)

Savannah Sand Gnats 1 – Lexington Legends 3

Gonzalez German was victimized by his defense a bit in a pretty good start. German was responsible for two runs in the 4th and was helped out by Alonzo Harris who threw a runner out at home, but then in the 5th Joe Bonfe dropped a sac bunt attempt to let the runner reach and Albert Cordero allowed a passed ball to make the situation worse and allow a run to score on a sac fly. Ronny Morla imploded in the 8th put the game out of hand.

Jet Butler hit a solo homerun… Oh, and Aderlin Rodriguez got on twice. I still don’t get why Miguel Tejada got promoted, he has done nothing to deserve it.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Darrell Ceciliani (0-for-4, 3 K)
  • Wilfredo Tovar (0-for-3, BB, 3 K)
  • Aderlin Rodriguez (1-for-3, BB)
  • Albert Cordero (1-for-4, K)

Stars of the Game: 1. Jet Butler (4pts) 2. Aderlin Rodriguez (49pts) 3. Gonzalez German (8pts)

Brooklyn Cyclones 2 – Auburn Doubledays 0

Eduardo Aldama was flat out dominant. The only hit he allowed was a single in the 2nd inning. His eight strikeouts moved him into first place in the New York-Penn League for strikeouts. Jack Leathersitch struckout two men in his inning of work. He has now recorded five of the six out in his professional career via the strikeouts. A personal favorite, Hunter Carnevale, earned the save with a nice inning of work. Cole Frenzel had a two-out single with the bases loaded in the 5th to score the only runs of the game.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Danny Muno (0-for-2, 2 BB, K)
  • Cole Frenzel (2-for-4, 2 RBI)
  • Javier Rodriguez (0-for-3, BB, K, E)
  • Richard Lucas (1-for-4, 2 K)
  • Brian Harrison (0-for-1, R, 2 BB)
  • Eduardo Aldama (W, 5 IP, H, 2 BB, 8 SO, WP, 5:2 GO:AO)
  • Jack Leathersitch (H, 2 SO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Eduardo Aldama (7pts) 2. Cole Frenzel (4pts) 3. Brian Harrison (13pts)

Kingsport Mets 6 – Danville Braves 5

Much more like what I expect from Brett Mitchell. I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure this is by far the longest start by a K-Mets starter this year and Chad Sheppard allowed an inherited runner to score for Mitchell. Another impressive game by Tillman Pugh.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Yucarybert De La Cruz (2-for-5, SB, R)
  • Greg Pron (1-for-4, R, K)
  • Tillman Pugh (3-for-4, 2 2B, R, 3 RBI, K)
  • Jeff Glenn (1-for-4, RBI, 3 K)
  • Camden Maron (1-for-4, R, K)
  • Brett Mitchell (W, 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 5 SO, WP, 7:4 GO:AO)
  • Chad Sheppard (1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, BB, 2 SO, HBP, HR, 2:0 GO:AO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Tillman Pugh (13pts) 2. Brett Mitchell (6pts) 3. Yucarybert De La Cruz (11pts)

GCL Mets 5 – GCL Cardinals 1

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Juan Carlos Gamboa (1-for-3, K)
  • Eudy Pina (2-for-4, 3B, R, RBI)
  • Breiner Soto (1-for-3, R, K)
  • Rafael Montero (W, 6 IP, 4 H, BB, 9 SO, 3:5 GO:AO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Rafael Montero (4pts) 2. Eudy Pina (13pts) 3. Tyler Carpenter (1pt)

GCL Mets 1 – GCL Cardinals 7

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Juan Carlos Gamboa (1-for-4, K)
  • Kai Gronauer (1-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB)
  • Eudy Pina (1-for-3)
  • Gilbert Gomez (0-for-2, BB)

Stars of the Game: 1. Kai Gronauer (3pts) 2. Thomas De Wolf (3pts) 3. Robert Lake (1pt)

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