Mets Farm Report: July 30th, 2011

Buffalo Bisons 2 – Leigh Valley IronPigs 1

Miguel Bautista was not very sharp at all allowing eight hits and six walks in 5.2 innings, but the IronPigs hit a putrid 1-for-11 with RISP to score just one run against him. Justin Hampson left the 8th inning in a bit of a jam and Dale Thayer came on to bail him out and earn a four-out save. Luis Figueroa, Mike Baxter, Josh Satin, and Val Pascucci all singled to leadoff the game to score a a run, but then Fernando Martinez struckout and Nick Evans lined into a double play to end the threat. In the 3rd it was the same cast of characters with Figueroa, Baxter, and Pascucci singling home a run. That was all they got and luckily all they would need. F-Mart picking up the golden sombrero. Doh.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Josh Satin (1-for-4, RBI, K)
  • Fernando Martinez (0-for-4, 4 K)
  • Nick Evans (0-for-3, BB, K, SB)
  • Ruben Tejada (0-for-4, 2 K)

Stars of the Game: 1. Val Pascucci (20pts) 2. Luis Figueroa (14pts) 3. Josh Satin (7pts)

Binghamton Mets 3 – Harrisburg Senators 5

Robert Carson wasn’t terribly wild (62.5% strikes), but he clearly didn’t have very good command of his pitches with the 12 hits against and the five extra base hits speak loudly to the fact the Senators were squaring up on him pretty well. Carson allowed two singles to leadoff the game and then back-to-back doubles later in the inning to score three runs. Despite baserunners in every inning Carson managed to hold the Senators off the board until the 6th when he allowed a two-run homer.

Reese Havens and Jordany Valdespin struckout with the bases loaded in 3rd to prevent any runs from scoring. The B-Mets loaded the bases again in the 6th, but this time Allan Dykstra delivered a single to score two. Kai Gronauer tripled to lead off the 7th and came in on a Michael Fisher groundout.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Matt Den Dekker (0-for-2, 2 BB, K)
  • Reese Havens (0-for-4, R, 2 K)
  • Jordany Valdespin (1-for-4, R, K)
  • Allan Dykstra (1-for-4, 2 RBI)
  • Juan Lagares (0-for-4)
  • Robert Carson (L, 5.2 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 2 SO, HR, 1:6 GO:AO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Kai Gronauer (3pts) 2. Allan Dykstra (52pts) 3. Matt Den Dekker (18pts)

St. Lucie Mets 4 – Dunedin Blue Jays 5

=0. Darin Gorksi‘s recent “rough” patch continued today. Granted two of the runs he allowed were unearned, but over the last for games he has allowed three or four runs. You can still claim two of those games were quality starts, it is just amazing this stretch is considered a disappointment based off the rest of his season. Gorski allowed solo homeruns in the 2nd and 6th inning. It was a Travis Ozga error in the 5th that should have ended the inning, but allowed a run to score and the play and Gorski went on to give up a double to the ensuing batter and allow a second unearned run to score. Wilmer Flores committed consecutive errors in the bottom of the 9th to allow the winning run to score and tag Eric Niesen with the loss.

Dock Doyle singled home Cory Vaughn (double) in the 2nd to open the scoring for the Mets. Stefan Welch smacked his 13th homerun of the season in the 4th inning and Cesar Puello hit a two-out double in the 6th to score Wilmer Flores and Travis Ozga who had both walked earlier in the inning.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Wilmer Flores (0-for-3, R, BB, K, 2 E)
  • Cory Vaughn (1-for-4, 2B, R)
  • Cesar Puello (2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, K, HBP)
  • Darin Gorski (6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 2 HR, 4:5 GO:AO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Cesar Puello (38pts) 2. Dock Doyle (5pts) 3. Stefan Welch (34pts)

Savannah Sand Gnats 7 – Greensboro Grasshoppers 7

Taylor Whitenton allowed just a single over the first three innings while strikingout three. I have to think the reason he left the game was because the Mets are trying to limit his innings, just as they are doing with Chase Huchingson. Consequently it looks like they are trying to stretch out Adam Kolarek like I speculated. Kolarek had his longest outing of the year going five innings and allowing just a run to score on a groundout in the 5th. This game actually raised his ERA. Kolarek also struckout seven while walking none, although he did hit two batters.

After last night’s terrible offensive performance, the Gnats used their legs to get things going today by swiping four bases. After Wilfredo Tovar reached base in the 3rd on an error to extend the inning, he stole second, and scored on a double by Rafael Fernandez. The Gnats had runners at the corners with two outs in the 4th so Alonzo Harris stole second allowing Darrell Ceciliani to drive in two with a two-out double. Harris capped of a three-run 5th inning with a two-out, two-RBI triple.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Darrell Ceciliani (1-for-6, 2 RBI, 2 K, SB)
  • Wilfredo Tovar (2-for-4, 2B, R, BB, 2 SB, CS)
  • Albert Cordero (0-for-4, R, K)
  • Aderlin Rodriguez (3-for-5, 2B, 2 R, K)
  • Taylor Whitenton (3 IP, H, 3 SO, WP, 2:1 GO:AO)
  • Adam Kolarek (W, 5 IP, 2 H, R, 7 SO, 2 HBP, 6:1 GO:AO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Adam Kolarek (3pts) 2. Aderlin Rodriguez (51pts) 3. Joe Bonfe (14pts)

Brooklyn Cyclones 1 – Vermont Lake Monsters 12

This is Richard Lucas. He was the Cyclone’s offense tonight. This is Eduardo Aldama. He got beat up today. This is Casey Hauptman. He was victimized by an Ismael Tijerina error that allowed four unearned runs to score.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Danny Muno (0-for-2, 3 BB, SB)
  • Cole Frenzel (1-for-4, BB)
  • Javier Rodriguez (0-for-4, BB, K, E)
  • Richard Lucas (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI, 2 K)
  • Brian Harrison (0-for-2, BB, HBP)
  • Travis Taijeron (1-for-4, 2 K)
  • Eduardo Aldama (L, 3 IP,6 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 5 SO, HBP, HR, 2:2 GO:AO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Richard Lucas (19pts) 2. Charley Thurber (13pts) 3. Danny Muno (25pts)

Kingsport Mets 3 – Bluefield Blue Jays 6

Same shit story, different start. Akeel Morris puts up crazy strikeouts numbers and barely allows any hits, but walks just about anybody who doesn’t swing the bat. His 12.7 SO/9 is out of the world, but 5.5 BB/9 is scary. He definitely has the stuff to pitch in the majors it is just a matter of command and consistency—the two dreaded C’s for a pitcher.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Yucarybert De La Cruz (1-for-3, R, BB)
  • Julio Concepcion (0-for-4, RBI, K)
  • Greg Pron (0-for-3, BB, 3 K)
  • Jeff Glenn (0-for-4, K)
  • Akeel Morris (5 IP, 4 H, R, BB, 9 SO, HR, 4:1 GO:AO, E)

Stars of the Game: 1. Akeel Morris (3pts) 2. Yucarybert De La Cruz (19pts) 3. Tant Sheppard (3pts)