Mets Minors: Matz One Step Closer, Black Blows Lead

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Omaha 5, Las Vegas (68-58) 4

Vic Black had a night he would like to forget as he blew a 3-1 lead in the 9th inning as the 51’s lost and fell out of first place for the first time since April 28th. He allowed three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out two. He threw 25 pitches with only 13 of them as strikes.

John Church saved Black from having an even worse night by striking out a batter with three of Vics’ runners on. Dillon Gee settled down after giving up a run in each of the first two innings to go 7 innings allowing two runs on seven hits. He walked nobody and struck out two on 97 pitches with 64 of them for strikes.

Las Vegas lineup produced only five hits with the big hit coming from Kirk Nieuwenhuis who doubled home two to take the lead with two outs in the bottom of the 7th inning. Travis Taijeron started off the inning with his 20th homerun of the year which you can see here. Brandon Nimmo went 0-4 but did have two outfield assists while playing right field.

Dilson Herrera, Kevin Plawecki, and Matt Reynolds combined to go 0-11 while the first two each had a walk. Box Score

St. Lucie (62-61) 5, Palm Beach 2

Steven Matz made his second rehab start going 2.2 innings allowing one run on four hits and a walk with one strikeout. He threw 41 pitches with 25 for strikes, with 7 of his last 9 being balls as he started to tire some. He was hitting 92/93 with his fastball on a gun that is generally a little slow. Probably more like 93/94 which is fine for this time in his rehab.

He also threw a couple of very sharp curveballs including one that got his only strikeout of the night. Got a swing and miss on the one changeup he threw. His next rehab start will be on Tuesday with Binghamton with a pitch count at/around 60 in his 3rd outing on his way back.

David Wright had a planned night off for St. Lucie. Jeff McNeil went 3-4 with a double, RBI, and run scored lifting his average to .315. Dominic Smith was 1-4 with his now league leading 73 RBI. Amed Rosario was 0-2 with a run scored and two walks including an impressive one that came after falling behind 0-2 to load the bases.

Jake Kuebler got the win throwing 4.1 scoreless innings of relief allowing two hits and striking out four. He is now 4-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 22 innings for the Mets. Box Score

Savannah (73-48) 6, Kannapolis 2

Sand Gnats scored four in the third and two in the fourth inning helping propel them to their 16th straight win which is currently the longest streak in the Minor Leagues. Casey Delgado pitched well going 7 innings giving up two runs on seven hits and seven strikeouts. He improved his record to 7-3 while lowering his ERA to 3.26 and WHIP to 1.11 in 14 games.

Paul Paez pitched a perfect 8th inning to bring his ERA down to 1.60 for Savannah. Luis Mateo continues to pitch well throwing a perfect 9th with a strikeout. Has allowed just nine hits and three runs in 18.1 innings this year coming back from injury.

Luis Guillorme was 3-4 with three RBI, run scored, and his 13th double. He is batting .415/.473/.508 with six doubles in August and leads the South Atlantic League with 130 hits. Wuilmer Becerra was 3-4 with two RBI, 14th stolen base, and two run scored. He has hit safely in 9 of 10 and has 16 hits during that span to go along with nine RBI.  Eudor Garcia was 1-4 with his 53rd RBI extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Box Score

Brooklyn (27-30) 4, Lowell 3 F/11

With nobody out and the bases loaded reserve outfielder Pedro Perez came up with a chance to win it for the Cyclones and he did getting plunked to bring Hengelbert Rojas home as the winning run in the walk-off victory. Brooklyn scored two runs to put the game into extra inning in the 9th inning on a rally started by a David Thompson leadoff double.

Perez finished the night 2-3 with an RBI and Thompson was 1-5 with his 8th double. Brandon Brosher was 2-5 with a double, two runs scored, and struck out three times. Vinny Siena went 0-5 with two strikeouts lowering his average to .282 on the year.

Kevin Canelon pitch 8 good innings allowing two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four. Alex Palsha pitched a scoreless 10th with two strikeouts lowering his ERA to 0.42 with the league batting .143 against him. Box Score

Kingsport (30-25) 8, Bluefield 0

The Mets victory and a loss by Elizabethton puts them back into a tie for first place in the Western Division in the Appalachian League. Two 2015 draftees, Thomas McIlraith (20th RD) and Seth Davis (29th RD) combined to throw a four hit shutout with ten strikeouts. McIlraith went 7 shutout innings allowing a HBP and four hits while striking out five to move to 4-1 with a 2.05 ERA in 10 games (7 starts). Davis faced six batters and struck out five of them with all of them coming swinging.

Patrick Mazeika was 2-5 with two runs scored, his league leading 25th double, and boosted his leading average up to .368 for the year. Yet another 2015 draft pick Kevin Kaczmarski had a good night going 2-4 with two runs scored, two RBI, walk, 17th steal, and his fourth triple. Now second in league in hitting at .354 and second in runs scored as well with 40. Luis Carpio was 2-4 with two RBI, he is hitting .305/.371/.374 in 33 games.

Milton Ramos was 1-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, hitting .333 with ten RBI in his last 9 games. Dash Winningham was 1-4 with a walk, now hitting .269/.314/.505 for the season. Arnaldo Berrios was 3-5 with a run scored and two doubles. Box Score

GCL Nationals 4, GCL Mets (25-27) 3

The took a 3-1 lead headed to the top of the 9th inning as they looked to snap a 7-game losing streak but closer Alejandro Castro gave up three runs including a two-out two-run single for the game winner. Ali Sanchez (2-4, BB) led off the the bottom of the inning with a single before Dionis Paulino came into pinch run for him and was caught trying to steal second.

Joel Huertas pitched 5.2 innings giving up one run on fives hits while striking out seven and was in line for the victory. Mets 3rd round pick Max Wotell pitched a career high 2.1 innings, he did not allow a run on a walk, HBP, and two strikeouts. Over 9.1 innings to start his career he has allowed just two run on two hits and struck out thirteen.

Fellow 2015 draftee Desmond Lindsay had a good day as well going 2-4 with a run scored and his 2nd triple. Now hitting a cool .321/.406/.500 in 17 pro games. Franklin Correa and Luis Crisostomo each had two hits. Box Score

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