Mets Farm Report: Den Dekker and McHugh Key Bisons Victory, Tyler Pill Tosses Another Gem

“Got To Get To MCU Park Before First Pitch…..”

Buffalo 10, SWB 3

By Connor O’Brien

The Bisons beat the Yankees by a score of 10-3 last night. The Herd offense had a field day off Yankees starter (and former Met) John Maine. The Bisons didn’t do much early on, but got a run in the second on a Matt den Dekker solo homer. They resumed scoring in the top of the fourth, when Josh Satin hit a two-run home run, his ninth of the year, to put the Bisons up 3-0. They scored more the next inning, getting a few runners on for Adam Loewen, who took advantage, hitting a double to right that scored a run. Two batters later, Matt den Dekker came up big again, driving Loewen as well as Fred Lewis home to extend the lead to 6-0.

Meanwhile on the mound for the Bisons, Collin McHugh was having a nice game. Coming off a ten strikeout performance on July 3rd against Durham, McHugh continued to pitch well last night. McHugh gave up two in the fifth and one in the sixth, but only one was earned. McHugh was taken out after 5.1 innings of work, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out two. McHugh was pulled in the sixth inning in favor of Jenrry Mejia, who got out of the inning to preserve the three-run lead.

The Bisons got some insurance runs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, pulling away from the Yankees. Josh Rodriguez made it 7-3 in the seventh with an RBI-single. Rob Johnson continued with an RBI-single of his own in the eighth inning. Fred Lewis followed with a run-scoring ground-out. The Bisons finished off their scoring barrage in the ninth, when Adam Loewen hit a solo shot to put Buffalo up 10-3, which would be the final score.

Herd Rumblings: Matt den Dekker may have been the player of the game for Buffalo. He was 3-for-5 with three RBI. Adam Loewen was a close second, going 2-for-3 with two RBI, two walks, and three runs scored. Rob Johnson was the only other Bison with multiple hits on the night, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. On the mound, it was the third decent outing in a row for Collin McHugh. He seems to be settling down and pitching well after a rough start to his Triple-A career. The Buffalo bullpen also had an impressive showing last night, holding the Yankees scoreless after McHugh left the game. After Mejia exited, Josh Edgin, Elvin Ramirez, and Fernando Cabrera each tossed scoreless innings to close out the Yankees. Tomorrow night, Val Pascucci and Triple-A’s best sluggers kick off the week of All-Star festivities with the Home Run Derby. Then on Wednesday, three Bisons will take part in the 25th annual Triple-A All-Star Game in Buffalo at Coca-Cola Field. Game time is 7:00. It can be seen on MLB Network.

Binghamton 10, Altoona 9

By Tim Burns

The Binghamton Mets were cruising along on Sunday evening in Altoona, and it looked as if they would easily take the second game of their three game set against the Curve. Then, it all fell apart in the bottom of the eighth and an almost assured win came within two runs of a loss. In the end, the B-Mets were able to hang on for a 10-9 win.

Gonzalez Germen started the game for the B-Mets, his third appearance in 2012 against Altoona. In two previous games, Germen won one and lost one, and in each game gave up a season high eight hits. Germen shaved a couple of hits off of the previous totals, allowing only five hits on Sunday in seven and a third innings of work. He allowed five earned runs in that span, while striking out one and walking five. 

Germen was pulled in the bottom of the eighth, with Jeff Stevens replacing him on the mound. Unfortunately, Stevens proved to be ineffective in the inning, facing four batters and recording no outs. In his outing, Stevens walked three Curve batters, gave up one hit and four earned runs. The B-Mets lead was cut from 10-5 when he entered the game to 10-6 when he left, but he left a mess for Ryan Fraser to clean up.

Fraser replaced Stevens with one out in the eighth and the bases loaded. He got the first batter, Robbie Grossman on a pop-fly to left for the second out of the inning. But then Brock Holt cleared the bases with a double to deep center, making the score 10-9. The following batter, ex-Met farmhand Stefan Welch hit a sharp single to centerfield and Holt raced around third and headed home with the tying run. But center-fielder Juan Lagares charged the ball aggressively and fired a strike to home to nail Holt on a very close play at the plate to end the inning.

The tag by Juan Centeno and the call by the umpire drew the ire of Altoona manager P.J. Forbes who screamed in the face of home plate umpire Nick Lentz for a few moments before scurrying back to his dugout. Fraser earned his third hold of the season in the ninth game he has appeared in for the B-Mets.

Pedro Lopez called upon Adrian Rosario to close out the game for the visitors, and close it out he did. In one inning worth of work, Rosario allowed no runs on one hit, walked one and struck out two, earning his third save of the season.

Juan Lagares had another strong game at the plate for the B-Mets, going 3-for-6 with two doubles to his credit tying him for the team lead in that category at 16 with Eric Campbell. Lagares also scored two of the B-Mets ten runs in the game. 

Allan Dykstra was 3-for-5 on the night, with three RBI, and two runs scored including a solo home run, his second of the season in the top of the eighth.

Dustin Martin was 2-for-5 with a run scored, two RBI’s, and two doubles in the game. Reese Havens, who went 1-for-3, had a double as well along with two walks and two runs scored. 

B-Mets Buzz: The five doubles hit by the B-Mets in the game equaled their season high previously set on May 3rd in Akron. The rubber match on Monday will begin at noon and feature the B-Mets Darin Gorski (5-4, 4.06) against the Curve’s Phil Irwin (1-6, 4.18).  It will be the last game for the B-Mets before the All-Star Break; the team returns home on Thursday the 12th to open a series against the Erie SeaWolves, Double A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.

St. Lucie 9, Bradenton 3

By Satish Ram

RHP Tyler Pill turned in another dominant pitching performance and the St. Lucie bats came to life as the Mets defeated the Bradenton Marauders 9-3 on Sunday night.

St.Lucie got things started with a huge five-run outburst in the top of the first that included a sac fly by Zach Lutz, an RBI double from Cory Vaughn, and then the big blow – a three-run blast by Rafael Fernandez.

Armed with a five run lead, young Tyler Pill took the mound and breezed through five innings, holding Bradenton to just one earned run on two hits and one walk while striking out four batters. It was Pill’s third straight impressive start since his promotion to St. Lucie and with the win he improves to 2-1 with a 2.41 ERA.

Jack Leathersich followed with a strong two innings, striking out five. He allowed four hits and a walk, but he bounced out of trouble effectively. Hamilton Bennett and Jeffrey Walters finished up the last two innings, allowing an earned run each, but doing enough to keep the game in check for St.Lucie.

The Mets added two more runs in the eighth when Blake Forsythe drove in a run with a single and then Fernandez  put some more damage on the board with an RBI triple. The ninth inning saw TJ Rivera pop his first home run for St. Lucie, a two-run shot that pretty much sealed the deal on an overall impressive win for the Mets.

Lucie Logistics: Tyler Pill may just be the most consistently effective starting pitcher in the Mets minors this season and his 2.53 ERA ranks number one among all starters who have made ten or more starts. Although he has been a little off balance, Jack Leathersich continues to demonstrate a high strikeout rate, with 73 strikeouts in 48 combined innings this year. Left fielder Rafael Fernandez had been mired in a terrible slump before his two-hit, four-RBI performance tonight. and is batting .262 this season. Cory Vaughn added another extra-base hit, a double, and now has 32 for the season including a team leading 16 home runs. St.Lucie continues their series in Bradenton against the Marauders at 5 PM Monday evening.

Charleston 8, Savannah 4

By Joe D.

Despite ten consecutive shutout inning by Savannah’s pitchers, Charleston finally broke through with four runs in the 13th inning to defeat the SandGnats 8-4 at Historic Grayson Stadium last night.

Domingo Tapia started for the Gnats and after allowing four early runs in the first two innings of the game, he settled down and muscled his way through the next five innings allowing just one hit and allowing his team to close the deficit to 4-2. Only three of the runs Tapia gave up were earned and in his seven innings of work he allowed just five hits and one walk while striking out three.

Carlos Vasquez and Chasen Bradford continued to keep the RiverDogs off the board combining for four scoreless inning of relief. Bradford was perfect in his 2.1 innings of work, allowing nary a hit or walk, while Vasquez struck out three in his 1.2 inning stint.

Reliever Jared West pitch a clean from in the 12th inning before succumbing to Charleston and letting four runs cross the plate on three consecutive singles, and error, and then the back breaker – a three run bases clearing double to make the score 8-4.

Aderlin Rodriguez homered for the fourth time in his last seven games when his two-run shot in the eighth inning and tied the score at 4-4. The first two runs scored on an RBI single by Charley Thurber to score Dustin Lawley in the fifth, then in the seventh Thurber’s RBI groundout brought home Brian Harrison for the Gnats second run.

Gnats Gnotes: Aderlin Rodriguez’ home run, his 16th of the season, cleared the 16-foot wall in left-center, and it also extended his hitting streak to nine games. Domingo Tapia bore down retired the final 13 batters he faced while completing seven innings. The Gnats had just six hits in the game, but three of them came from Dustin Lawley. Savannah has the day off on Monday before hitting the road for a four-game series with Delmarva beginning on Tuesday at 7:05 PM.

Jamestown 5, Brooklyn 2

By Clayton Collier

Despite a solid outing out of their starter Luis Cessa, the Cyclones bullpen couldn’t limit the damage as they fell to the Jamestown Jammers by a final score of 5-2.

Cessa took the mound for the ‘Clones and pitched well, going 5 2/3 frames allowing. Two runs on four hits while walking two and punching out three. Cessa allowed a run in the third on a Juancito Martinez solo homer and then started to lose control in the sixth. After walking the leadoff hitter and a sac bunt moving the runner into scoring position, Viosergy Rosa hit an RBI single to hand Jamestown the lead. Shortly there after Cessa was lifted in favor of Beck Wheeler, who retired the side. Cessa would take the loss to fall to 1-1 while raising his ERA to 3.20.

Wheeler may have been effective in the sixth, but when it came to the seventh, that changed. After allowing three of his first four batters he faced to reach base and a run already in, Wheeler was pulled for Ernesto Yanez, who allowed the two inherited runners to scored before ending the inning on an Anthony Gomez popup, but not before a total of three runs crossed home to make it a 5-1 ballgame.

The offense was just not there for Brooklyn today. Their only source of run production came in the fifth on a Jayce Boyd RBI single, and a Kevin Plawecki RBI groundout in the ninth. Gathering only five hits and two runs on the day, the Cyclones lineup was simply overmatched as they fell to 14-7 on the season.

Brooklyn Brew: Brandon Nimmo is back on the interstate, now hitting .197 after going 0-for-4 on the night. Cole Frenzel went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts, now batting .362 after hitting over .400 for the majority of the year. Jayce Boyd was the only Cyclone with a multi-hit game as he went 2-for-3 on the evening, now boasting a .370 average. The Cyclones look to avoid the sweep as they take on the Jammers in their series finale Monday at MCU park starting at 7pm.

Pulaski 5, Kingsport 3

By Pete Shapiro

The season of misery continued for the Kingsport Mets last night as they got so-so pitching combined with a lackluster offensive attack resulting in their fifth straight loss, and second in a row against the Pulaski Mariners, losing 5-3 and falling to 4-15 on the year. Akeel Morris (0-4, 7.50) wasn’t bad, but he wasn’t good either going five innings and giving up three earned runs on six hits, a HBP, a walk, and six strikeouts, to take the loss.

Kingsport scored first by getting two gift-wrapped runs handed to them in the top of the third inning. Second-baseman Branden Kaupe hit a ground-rule double with two outs in the inning but may have injured himself on the swing or when breaking out of the box, because once he got to second he was removed for pinch-runner Anthony Chavez who stayed in the game.

Centerfielder Eris Peguero then reached on a throwing error by first-baseman Gilmer Lampe which allowed Chavez to score. A Gavin Cecchini single put runners on the corners with two out. Then Jeff Diehl hit a grounder to third which was booted by Bryan Brito allowing Peguero to scamper home to make it 2-0.

Pulaski tied it in the bottom half of the inning when, with two outs, Morris plunked Brock Hebert to put him on. Martin Peguero followed with a single to put men on the corners, and Jabari Henry doubled to drive them both in making it 2-2. In the fifth, a Bryan Brito double, a Brock Hebert single, and a Reginald Lawson sac-fly would give the Mariners the lead, 3-2.

Right-hander Miller Diaz who has struggled mightily this year, continued the trend when he came on to replace Morris for the sixth inning. A single, a walk, and a wild-pitch, put runners on second and third. Then with one out, Gilmer Lampe doubled to left-field for two more insurance runs making the score 5-2, and putting this game out of reach. Diaz’ line for the game: 3.0 innings, two earned runs on three hits, a wild-pitch, a walk, and three strikeouts.

The K-Mets would add an insignificant run in the eighth but at least this time the run was earned. Gavin Cecchini led off the inning with a double to left. Jeff Diehl came up next and promptly delivered Cecchini home when he singled to left, rounding out the score into it’s final form of 5-3.

Other than Diehl’s RBI in the eighth, the only thing to get excited about was Cecchini’s day at the plate in which he went 3-for-3 with a walk, a run, and two doubles. He is now batting .277 on the year. The winning pitcher for Pulaski was right-hander Isliexel Gonzalez (1-2, 1.84) who came on in relief of starter Blake Holovach, and went three innings giving up two hits, a walk and striking out three. Righty Matt Brazis came on to get his second save throwing the final 1.2 innings with nothing across and three strikeouts.

Kingsport Knews: The wild-pitch thrown by Diaz in the sixth was the 40th WP of the season for the Kingsport staff, which of course leads the league in that category. Pulaski has now won four straight games to get their record to 9-10 for the season. The K-Mets are now 0-11 on the road and hope to get their first road win of the season in the final game of three scheduled against Pulaski for Monday at 7:00 pm. Left-hander Steve Matz (0-1, 4.09) makes the start for the K-Mets while 6’5″ right-hander Jochi Ogando (1-1, 2.05) hurls for Pulaski.

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