Friday, April 05, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup: Wheeler Struggles, Montero Shines, Robles Gets Injured, Nimmo 2 for 3


Mets Minor League Roundup:
Wheeler


LAS VEGAS 10 at SACRAMENTO 2: Zack Wheeler struggled with his control as the Mets debuted with Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League. Wheeler received a no-decision after allowing two earned runs on three hits, three walks and a wild pitch in 3 1/3 innings. Wheeler, working with battery-mate Travis d'Arnaud, required 86 pitches for that workload. He struck out three.

BINGHAMTON 2, AKRON 1: Starter Rafael Montero struck out eight and allowed only two singles and no walks in 5 2/3 innings while earning the win in his Double-A debut. Montero was charged with one run and at one point retired 14 straight. Montero had a taxing start. Leadoff batter Tyler Holt had an 11-pitch at-bat in the first inning before flying out. The righty went into cruise control after that frame. Binghamton backed him up with enough offense, breaking through against Aeros starter Danny Salazar in the fifth. With one out and the bases loaded, Wilfredo Tovar skipped a potential inning-ending double play ball to second. Jose Ramirez bobbled the scorcher and settled for one out, allowing Danny Muno to score the game’s first run. Josh Rodriguez homered in the sixth against reliever Cole Cook for a 2-0 lead. Akron's lone run came a half-inning later, in Montero’s final inning. Holt chased Montero with a two-out single. Left-hander Adam Kolarek entered, uncorked a wild pitch and surrendered an RBI single to Jose Ramirez. Jeff Walters posted a scoreless eighth and stranded the tying run at second in the ninth in his Double-A debut. Walter struck out Chun Chen to earn his first save since June 17, 2012, with Savannah. Cory Mazzoni starts Friday.



ST. LUCIE 7, JUPITER 2: Pitching prospect Hansel Robles departed with an injury after a pickoff throw in the fourth inning. Robles threw a pair of warm-up pitches with the trainer Deb Iwanow watching before departing. It was unclear the precise injury, but it may have involved a side muscle. Robles surrendered a pair of solo homers but no other damage in 3 1/3 innings. Matt Reynolds and Cam Maron had two hits apiece in their Florida State League debuts, while Aderlin Rodriguez had two RBIs. Estarlin Morel, Jim Fuller and T.J. Chism combined for 5 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Mets pitchers struck out 15.

ROME 5, SAVANNAH 3: Rome scored three runs in the top of the eighth against Bret Mitchell in a come-from-behind win. Brandon Nimmo, the Mets' first-round pick in 2011, was 2-for-3 with a walk in his Savannah debut. Facing Mitchell (0-1) with one out and the Gnats leading 3-2 in the eighth, Edison Sanchez chopped a ball to Phillip Evans' right that bounced by the shortstop for a fielding error. Aris Alcantara followed with a single to place runners at the corners. Tyler Tewell then rolled a swinging bunt up the third-base line to bring home Sanchez and even the score. Felix Marte laced a two-run double. The Gnats had scored three times in the sixth to take a 3-2 lead. Singles from Chad Zurcher and Nimmo began the frame, with Nimmo's hit chasing starter Rafael Briceno. Jayce Boyd (3-for-4) then greeted reliever Bryam Garcia with a two-run double over Braves center fielder Tony Mueller. After Boyd went to third on a wild pitch, he scored on Cole Frenzel's sacrifice fly. The Braves (1-0) scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings against Savannah starter Matt Bowman. The Gnats will start Gabriel Ynoa on Friday.
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