Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/7: Montero Looks Good Thru Six In Losing Effort


Mets Minor League Roundup 5/7:

Class AAA - LAS VEGAS 3, ROUND ROCK 2: The 51s enjoyed a walk-off win as pinch-runner Brian Bixler scored from second on a strikeout. Catcher Robinson Chirinos threw to first baseman Chris McGuiness to complete a Zach Lutz strikeout after the pitch went to the backstop and the plate was left uncovered. Round Rock had pulled even at 2 a half-inning earlier on an RBI single by Chirinos against Greg Burke. Collin McHugh received a no-decision despite tossing seven scoreless innings. McHugh surrendered five hits and no walks. Josh Satin had opened the scoring with a solo homer in the first. Las Vegas won despite producing only three hits. Box

Class AA - TRENTON 5, BINGHAMTON 1: B-Mets starter Rafael Montero cruised through six innings, but faltered late as the Thunder scored four runs in the seventh. The B-Mets were held hitless for the final seven frames. Facing Trenton starter Jose Ramirez, Cesar Puello got the B-Mets on the board in the second inning by blasting his second homer this season. The long ball extended Puello's hitting streak to 14 games, the longest active streak in Double-A. It proved to be Binghamton’s only run. Ramirez retired the final seven batters he faced before exiting after four innings. Montero dominated the Thunder through six innings. He matched a season-high with eight strikeouts and allowed two baserunners, on a walk and single. His fortunes changed in the seventh. Jose Pirela worked a nine-pitch walk. J.R. Murphy followed by lining a single. With runners on second and third, Slade Heathcott bounced a two-run, go-ahead single up the middle that ended Montero’s night. Josh Edgin entered and issued a two-out walk to Neil Medchill. The southpaw paid for prolonging the inning when Ali Castillo pulled a two-run triple down the first-base line. Trenton added another run off Edgin on an RBI single from Heathcott in the eighth. Thunder reliever Josh Romanski (2-0) struck out four over three perfect innings and Danny Burawa allowed only one runner in two scoreless frames to collect his first save. At one point, the three Trenton pitchers combined to retire 20 consecutive B-Mets. Montero (3-3) allowed three runs on three hits in his third straight loss. He struck out eight and walked two. Box



Class A - ST. LUCIE 13, DAYTONA 3: Matt Bowman pitched six innings and struck out seven to earn a win in his Florida State League debut. The Mets (20-11) won their fourth straight game. Bowman allowed three runs and six hits and issued one walk. The Mets jumped to a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Dustin Lawley and Travis Taijeron had solo homers. Charley Thurber ripped an RBI triple to extend the lead. Aderlin Rodriguez later drilled his fifth homer of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth. The Mets pulled away with an eight-run seventh inning, highlighted by Thurber's three-run double. Box

Class A - SAVANNAH 9, HICKORY 6: Eudy Pina had two homers and four RBIs and Phillip Evans added a two-run shot in the seventh. Starter Gabriel Ynoa surrendered four homers in five innings, but earned the win after the Gnats took a 6-5 lead in the sixth on Jayce Boyd's RBI single. Julian Hilario and Tyler Vanderheiden contributed scoreless relief innings. Bret Mitchell earned his fourth save after walking two and striking out two in a scoreless ninth. Box
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