Mets Farm Report: Valdespin Steals The Show, Pill Shows No Signs Of Stopping, Clones Win In A Walk-off

“I don’t get to watch a lot of baseball, but when I do I like to watch the Cyclones win on SNY!”

Durham 3, Buffalo 2

By Sean Kenny

The Bisons offense couldn’t overcome one poor inning by Garett Olson in their 3-2 loss to the Durham Bulls.

Garrett Olson pitched admirably today, going five innings allowing three runs on six hits, while walking one and striking out three. Olson threw 93 pitches, and 60 for strikes. Olson was just victimized by some poor defensive play and three sacrifice flies. With the recent struggles of Jeurys Familia, any starter who cannot get into the sixth inning is really a hard thing for a bullpen to handle.

Josh Edgin & Manny Acosta went two innings each, with Edgin allowing one hit and Acosta walking one and striking out one. Quality outings by both pitches, as Manny Acosta did struggle with his command in the ninth inning but managed to leave only walking one batter

The Buffalo Bisons struggled today, only pushing three total hits but somehow turning it into three runs. The Bisons stole five total bases on the day, but were caught three times. Jordany Valdespin was the star today, going 1 for 3 but stealing four bags. The six walks the Bisons drew provided the stream of steady baserunners that they required for success.

Player of The Game: Jordany Valdespin – the only knock against his base stealing used to be at the rate in which he succeeded, but going 4 for 4 on steals in one game shows that either he was picking up the pitchers move well, or knew the catcher couldn’t throw him out.

Herd Rumblings: Matt Den Dekker went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts, dropping his average to .210. Rob Johnson had a tough day, going 0 for 4 with a strikeout, a walk, a caught stealing as well as being picked off. Buffalo will begin a series against Syracuse Tuesday at 7:05 P.M. and will send RHP Collin McHugh (0-2, 7.07) to the mound against RHP Yunesky Maya (6-5, 3.52)

Altoona 6, Binghamton 2

By Tim Burns

The Altoona Curve tagged Binghamton Mets starter Gonzalez Germen for two runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back on Monday night, extending the B-Mets losing streak to seven games with the 6-2 decision.

Germen, who took the loss in the game, threw a total of seven innings on the night. Over that span, he threw a total of 106 pitches, 69 of which were for strikes. Germen gave up five runs, three of which were earned, on eight hits, striking out six and walking two. At game’s end, Germen’s record now stands at 4-and-6, with a 4.03 ERA.

Ryan Fraser was brought in to pitch the final two innings of the game for the B-Mets. He gave up two hits and one unearned run, struck out three and walked two.

Only half of Altoona’s runs in the game were earned as the defense behind Germen and Fraser committed four errors on the night. Their error tally now stands at nine for the home stand so far. Also, this game was the eleventh in a row in which the B-Mets have given up nine or more hits.

At the plate, Wilmer Flores, Eric Campbell, and Juan Lagares all went 2-for4 in the game. Campbell and Flores each had a double to their credit, and Flores also had an RBI in the game, hitting in Campbell in the sixth inning for the B-Mets second and final run of the game.

On the other end of the offensive spectrum, Reese Havens and Sean Kazmar were 0-for-4 on the night, and Jefry Marte went 0-for-5.

B-Mets Buzz: The Binghamton Mets will look to salvage at least one win against the Altoona Curve on Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium as the two teams wrap up their four game set. It will be Darin Gorski (5-4, 4.14) against the Curve’s Kyle McPherson (1-2, 5.29). Gorski faced the Curve back on June 16th, and in five innings of work gave up six earned runs on ten hits taking the loss in the game. Although the B-Mets overall losing streak sits at seven games, their home losing streak is now nine games which is the longest since the 2004 season when they dropped ten straight at NYSEG Stadium.

St. Lucie 5, Fort Myers 2

By Joe D.

Tyler Pill took the mound and delivered another solid performance as St. Lucie topped Fort Myers 5-2 to take the second game of their three-game series.

Pill allowed just two runs (one earned) in six innings pitched. He let up just four hits and a walk while striking out seven batters. Since his promotion from Savannah, Pill has shown no signs of slowing down and has 2.53 in four starts with St. Lucie.

Hamilton Bennett and Adam Kolarek combined for three scoreless relief innings to finish the game with Kolarek earning his 11th save of the season.

Alonzo Harris Jr. was the offensive star of the game for the Mets going 4-for-5 with an RBI and a runs scored. Cory Vaughn, Richard Lucas and Blake Forsythe each has two hits in the game, and Forsythe also added a two RBIs including the go-ahead run.

Lucie Logistics: Cory Vaughn was 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI and might be showing signs of coming out of his season-long hitting slump that still has him batting a disappointing .229. Unless things turn around for Vaughn in the second half, he may be repeating Single-A again in 2013. The struggling Yohan Almonte (6-3, 5.77) will get the nod as St. Lucie tries to take the rubber match tonight at 7:05 PM against Fort Myers, who will send left-hander Cole Nelson (3-3, 4.93) to the mound.

Savannah Splits Twin-Billing Against Augusta

By Sean Kenny

Monday saw two games played, with Savannah taking the win in the first game behind some quality bullpen work in support of Marcos Camarena, and losing the second game 5-4 after spoiling a great start by Domingo Tapia.

In a seven-inning game, Marcos Camarena pitched admirably in short notice throwing four and one-third innings allowing three runs on five hits, walking two and striking out three. The biggest mistake on the day was a two-run home run by Camarena, but outside of that it was a quality start. Carlos Vazquez pitched one and two-third innings, giving up one hit and and one strikeout while earning the win, his fifth of the season. T.J. Chism went the last inning for his thirteenth save of the season with a clean inning. The pitching in game one was good, with the runners being kept off the bases.

The Sand Gnats offense was effective today, putting across six runs on ten hits, including newly-signed third baseman Matt Reynolds first MiLB home-run. RBI hits by Aderlin Rodriguez, Gregory Pron in addition to a two-RBI hit by Dustin Lawley made a good day for the offense. Gilbert Gomez went 2 for 4 on the day with a run scored.

In the second game on the day, the Gnats bullpen was nowhere near as sharp and took a 5-4 loss against the GreenJackets.

Domingo Tapia took the mound, and was his usual groundball/minimizing hits/excellent control type of self. Tapia went five and two-third innings, allowing two hits while striking out four batters allowing no walks. Tapia got 10 of his outs on the ground, and two in the air. The bullpen showed some holes in the second go-round on the day, with Randy Fontanez pitching one-third of an inningallowing three runs on two hits, walking one and striking out none. Chasen Bradford came out and blew the save as well as took the loss by pitching one and two-third innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits, while walking one and striking out one. All it takes to spoil a good outing is some ineffective bullpen work.

Offensively, the Gnats looked much better with Aderlin Rodriguez blasting his 13th home run on the season, while going 2 for 4 with three RBI. Aderlin has just continued to mash the ball, and even if the defense is bad the power is real. Cam Maron went 2 for 3 with an RBI batting out of the third spot in the order. Maron has been a huge surprise this season, outplaying Albert Cordero who was viewed much higher on many rankings.

Gnats Notes: ZeErika McQueen continues to struggle in Low-A, going 0-for-3 with one walk and two strikeouts, dropping his average to .071. Dustin Lawley went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. T.J. Chism has now put together four scoreless outings, going four innings allowing one hit and striking out one. Yucarybert De La Cruz has been a welcomed surprise, going 2 for 3 on the day and is hitting .289 on the season. Domingo Tapia hasn’t allowed more than three runs since April 26th, and has yet to allow a home run in 54.2 innings. After bursting out in a big way in game one, Matt Reynolds had an error and went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts in the second game. Logan Verrett (2-1, 2.70) will take the mound at 7:05 PM tonight as the Sand Gnats continue their series with the GreenJackets, who will be giving the ball to righty Paul Davis (3-3, 3.86).

Brooklyn 7, Hudson Valley 6

By Pete Shapiro

When newest Cyclone Jayce Boyd stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom half of the 11th inning, he had already had a huge day in making his professional debut. Having already hit two doubles and a triple in Monday’s contest, Boyd connected for a sacrifice fly to right-field to bring home pinch-runner Jonathan Clark with the winning run, and giving the Cyclones a 7-6 win over Hudson Valley.

Right-hander Luis Cessa started for Brooklyn but didn’t figure into the decision, going the first four innings while giving up two runs on three hits, with three walks and four strikeouts. Local product left-hander John Mincone (1-0, 1.00) pitched the final three innings for the Cyclones to pick up the win, giving up no runs on two hits, with a walk and four strikeouts. Righty Kris Carlson (0-1, 2.70) got the loss for the Renegades when he gave up the winning run in the 11th.

Brooklyn scored first, in the third inning, when right-fielder Eudy Pina led off the inning with a home run, his second of the year, to make it 1-0 Clones. Hudson Valley stormed back with two runs in the fourth off of Cessa. After loading the bases on a double and a pair of walks, Cessa allowed an RBI ground-out, and a run-scoring single before getting out of the inning, with the score 2-1 in favor of the Renegades.

The Cyclones took the lead again in their half of the fourth on a double by Cole Frenzel, Stefan Sabol was hit by a pitch, and Jayce Boyd ripped a double to score Frenzel and put runners on second and third. Brandon Nimmo then followed with a run-scoring single to bring home Sabol and give the Cyclones the lead back at 3-2. They would add a single run in the fifth when Kevin Plawecki was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a ground-out, and scored on a Stefan Sabol single to make it 4-2 Brooklyn.

The lead would not stand up for long however. Manager Rich Donnelly brought in reliever Beck Wheeler to pitch the sixth in relief of righty Dawrin Frias who pitched the fifth inning with nothing across. Wheeler got through the sixth okay, but ran into trouble in the seventh. With one out, a single and two walks loaded the bases. Then with two-outs, Ryan Dunn hit a bases-clearing double to center-field to give Hudson Valley the lead back by a score of 5-4.

The teams traded single runs in the eighth. The Renegades picked up a run off of reliever Juan Urbina on a sac-fly to make it 6-4, and then the Cyclones got an unearned run in the bottom half of the inning, on a triple by Jayce Boyd and a fielding error by third-baseman Leonardo Reginatto, to let the run home and make it 6-5. With right-hander Marcus Jensen trying to notch his third save for the Renegades, Kevin Plawecki came up to lead off the bottom of the ninth, and promptly roped a line-drive home run over the left-field wall to tie the game at 6-6.

Brooklyn threatened to score in the tenth, but came up empty, which set the stage for the game-deciding 11th inning. Carlson, who had replaced Jensen before the tenth, hit the lead-off hitter Kevin Plawecki, the second time he was hit last night, in the left hand with a pitch. Although in a lot of pain, Plawecki went to first base flexing his hand as he went, he appeared to be okay.

Frenzel then dunked a soft liner into shallow right-field and Sabol walked to load the bases with nobody out, which brought Boyd to the plate. Clark went in to run for Plawecki at third, and in the moments leading up to the game-winning sac-fly, everyone at MCU Park could feel the victory at hand. When Clark streaked home with the winning run there was sheer bedlam, the fans the players, this team loves to win.

In his debut Boyd went 3-for-5 with a run scored, two doubles, a triple, and two RBI. Frenzel was 2-for-6 with a run scored and a double, Phillip Evans went 2-for -6 also, Plawecki was 1-for-3 with a walk, two HBP’s, a home run, two runs scored, and an RBI. Pina went 1-for-4 with a walk, a run scored on his home run, and one RBI his 13th, which ties him for the league lead.

Brooklyn Brew: Phil Evans is tied for 6th in Total Bases in the New York Penn League. He is also tied for second in the league in home runs with three, and is fifth in the league in frequency of home runs per at-bat, at roughly one home run every 16.67 times to the plate. With his slash line of .404/.482/.574, Cole Frenzel is ranked 3rd in the league in batting average and OBP, and sixth in SLG%. He is also the league leader in lowest strikeout frequency, at about one strikeout in every 46 at-bats. Amongst the pitchers, Luis Mateo ranks first in the league in: Wins (3), WHIP (0.51), strikeouts (22), batting average against (.117) and ERA (0.51). His K/BB is 22/2, and his K/9 leads the league amongst starters at 11.2. Mateo, Gabe Ynoa, and Rainy Lara are 1-2-3 in WHIP in the league. Lara is also second in batting average against behind Mateo. Hansel Robles is third in the league in fewest BB/9, and Mateo, Lara, Ynoa and Robles are all in the top five in the league in fewest base-runners/9. Tonight the Cyclones head back to the Hudson Valley to play the second place Renegades for the third night in a row and I will once again be in attendance. The Cyclones will go with right-hander Hansel Robles (1-1, 0.84) while the Renegades counter with righty Jeff Ames (1-0, 1.29) game time is 7:05 pm.

Kingsport 5, Greeneville 4

By Dave (Retire 31)

The K-Mets took advantage of a huge offensive first inning to topple over the Greeneville Astros in a 5-4 win Monday night to gather their fourth win of the early season.

Steven Matz opened up the game giving up three singles and two errors to allow an unearned run. Luckily Matz was bailed out by the Mets catcher, Jeyckol De Leon, who showed off his guns with catching two guys trying to steal to prevent further damage. Matz didn’t last much longer, after a one-two-three second inning, the bases were loaded with two outs in the third and he walked in two runs on three straight walks before being pulled. The Mets 2009 top draft pick just did not fare well to say the least. With only two and two-thirds inning pitched, he allows three runs – two earned – on four hits, four walks, while striking out four as well. He didn’t last the required five innings to get the win, so he receives a no decision and an ERA of 4.09.

Kingsport answered with a four-spot in the bottom half of the first inning after stringing together four consecutive base hits-singles by Gavin Cecchini and Jeyckol De Leon to help load the bases, followed by a triple by Jeffrey Diehl to score three. Joe Tuschak then singled home Diehl with the K-Mets’ fourth run.

After Shane Bay finished off the third inning, Corey Oswalt came in and threw four beautiful innings of hitless relief with two strikeouts. Oswalt later got his first professional win, and Luis Rengel got his first professional save after tossing two innings allowing only one unearned run on two hits while striking out three.

The last Mets run that gave them the important insurance run was knocked in by Maikis De La Cruz with a sac fly to score Branden Kaupe who took advantage of an Astros error.

Kingsport Knews: The K-Mets were outhit 6-5 but used timely consecutive hitting, and took advantage of errors to score. Two top Mets draft picks were featured in Monday night’s game. Steven Matz, previously mentioned, was picked in the second round of the 2009 Amateur Draft by the Mets. This is his first year of professional ball after being sidelined with injuries. The other top pick being this year’s Mets first round pick, shortstop Gavin Cecchini, who went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a strikeout on the night, now hitting .255. Catcher Tomas Nido was in the stands manning the radar gun one night after getting knocked out of Sunday’s game in a collision at the plate. De Leon, who played catcher, threw out two would-be base stealers in the first inning. The rubber game of this three-game series with Greeneville is set for Tuesday, followed by a fireworks display. Right-hander Persio Reyes (0-2, 11.40) will get the start for the K-Mets while righty Daniel Minor (0-0, 2.57) goes for Greeneville.

“See anything?” “No, nothing, just a swarm of Sand Gnats.”

Hey, it’s a good thing when the GM’s of the Cyclones and Sand Gnats start retweeting the MMO Farm Reports, right? 😀