Mets pitching prospect Marcos Molina is making his return to the mound today at 12 PM for the GCL Mets as the starting pitcher. He has been out with “elbow soreness” since May 13th with most believing he would end up needing TJS. He was MMO’s #9 rated prospect prior to this season and with Michael Fulmer gone is clearly the best Mets pitching prospect if healthy.
In his first rehab appearance for the GCL Mets today Molina pitched 3 perfect innings with three strikeouts.
Las Vegas (62-49) 5, Tacoma 2
The 51’s offense struck early getting three runs in the first inning against former Yankee Chien-Ming Wang who then held them scoreless for the next 6 innings. Brandon Allen hit a two-run homerun in the bottom of the 8th inning to give Las Vegas some insurance runs. Allen was 2-4 with his 12th HR, 2nd triple, two runs scored, and three RBI. Here is video of the homer.
Dilson Herrera was 2-4 with his 19th double and has now had multiple hits in four straight games. Darrell Ceciliani went 2-4 extending his hitting streak to ten games, he is hitting .436 over that span but has also struck out seven times. Brandon Nimmo was 2-4 with his third stolen base in just seven games while playing the while game in right field.
Darin Gorski struck out seven but lasted only 4.2 innings giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks, he left the game with the bases loaded. Chase Bradford got out of the bases loaded jam without any damage and stayed in to pitch 2.1 scoreless to pick up his 5th win of the season.
Zack Thornton got two outs in the 8th inning, over his last 10.1 innings he has a 1.74 ERA with 12 strikeouts. For the year he has a 3.54 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, while holding opponents to a .218 average, and is someone I think we will see in September. Dario Alvarez came into face a lefty and struck him out, he now has seven K’s in 3.1 AAA innings.
Vic Black got his first save of the season in his typical fashion allowing a double and walk but getting his 2nd strikeout to end the game. He has given up only one run in his last 8 innings pitched. Box Score
Binghamton (60-48) 8, Bowie 2
Josh Rodriguez was 2-4 with two runs scored and a grand slam for his league leading 17th homerun of the season. Here is video of J-Rod’s 2nd slam of the year. Jonathan Galvez was 2-4 with two runs scored and his first homerun for the B’Mets, he is 11-29 with seven RBI over his last 8 games. Jared King was 2-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and his 4th homerun (the first of his career right-handed).
Tyler Pill got the win in his return to return to AA going 5.1 innings allowing one run on five hits and two walks while striking out three. Jeff Walters came in with two runners on getting two outs stranding the runners. Walters gave up a run in his 2nd inning of work in part because of a triple that should have been caught. It was the first run Jeff has allowed in his last 10.2 innings. Box Score
St. Lucie (55-52) 7, Fort Myers 2
St. Lucie offense was led by Dominic Smith who was 3-4 with a run scored and his 64th RBI of the season. Matt Oberste also had three hits to go with a run scored and two RBI, he is hitting .424 over his last ten games. Yeixon Ruiz was 3-5 with two runs scored and a RBI, he is batting .405 with 11 runs scored in his last ten games.
Jhoan Urena went 2-4 with a run scored and is 4-12 in his last three games after going hit-less in the prior seven. Jeff McNeil went 1-4 with a run scored, RBI, and his 6th double of the year as he continues to play shortstop with Amed Rosario on the disabled list.
Scarlyn Reyes struggled in his 2nd advanced-A start lasting only 4.1 innings giving up three runs (two runs) on five hits and three walks. Robert Coles moved to 4-2 in relief pitching 2.2 innings allowing a run on two hits with two strikeouts. Mike Hepple pitched two scoreless innings to secure his 2nd save of the year. Box Score
Savannah (59-48) 20, Rome 3
The Sand Gnats put the game away early scoring eight runs in the 2nd, four in the third, and three in the fourth to take a 15-0 lead. Savannah ended with 33 runners with 24 coming via hits, 5 walks, and 4 HBP. Patrick Biondi was the star going 5-7 with six RBI, three runs scored, and his 2nd homerun of the season. Here is video of the homerun.
Wuilmer Becerra went 3-7 with two doubles, three run scored, and four RBI giving him 45 for the season. He is slashing .299/.348/.452 for the season. Here is the video of one of the doubles. Luis Guillorme was 4-7 with three runs scored and his 44th RBI. Eudor Garcia was hit by a pitch on the knee in the 2nd inning and was immediately removed for a pinch runner. John Mora reached five times with two hits and three walks.
Lowell 5, Brooklyn (23-20) 1
The Cyclones outhit Lowell 8-4 but went 1-11 with runners in scoring position that stranded twelve runners. Michael Bernal went 2-4 with a walk and a run scored boosting his slash line to .273/.347/.484 for the year. David Thompson was 1-2 with a HBP and his 16th RBI on a sacrifice fly. Vinny Siena was 1-5 and saw his average dip below .300 for the first time since the second game of the year.
Tyler Badamo fell to 2-5 despite having a 3.10 ERA because he lasted only 2.2 innings giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits while striking out six. Ruben Reyes, Ty Williams, Nicco Blank, and Carlos Valdez combined to throw 5.1 innings of relief allowing only three unearned runs. Box Score
Bristol 10, Kingsport (19-21) 8 F/10
The Mets scored a run in the bottom of the 9th to force extras and had Dash Winningham up as the tying run in the 10th but he flew out to end the game. Patrick Mazeika was 4-5 with two doubles, run scored, three RBI, and now is tied for league lead in doubles (18) & RBI (31). Winningham finished 1-4 with run scored and his 31st RBI as well.
Kevin Kaczmarski went 1-3 with two walks, two runs scored, walk, and and two stolen bases out of the leadoff spot. Dale Burdick was 1-4 with two walks and his 2nd homerun of the year. Darryl Knight went 1-3 with a walk and his 4th homer.
GCL Nationals 5, GCL Mets (20-17) 1
Jake Kuebler pitched a scoreless first inning in his first rehab appearance. Adonis Uceta went 5 innings allowing two runs on four hits and struck out six. Jake Simon, 11th round, gave up his first pro run on two walks in one inning of relief. Yeffry De Aza extended his hitting streak to 11 games going 2-4 with double and a run scored.
Cecilio Aybar was 1-3 with his first triple and his 3rd RBI of the year. Ali Sanchez was 0-4 dropping average down to .314 but did throw out 19 base stealer compared to 12 who have been successful. Desmond Lindsay got the day off. Box Score
News and Notes
The Mets announced that the Savannah Sand Gnats who are being relocated to South Carolina will be known as the Columbia Fireflies.
Michael Fulmer made his Tigers system debut last night pitching for the AA Erie SeaWolves going 6.2 scoreless allowing two hits and two walks while striking out six to pick up the win.