Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 8/28: Vegas pitcher deGrom hurt, St.Lucie sacs in winning run, Kingsport walks-off, Gant tosses one-hit shutout for Brooklyn


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Mets Minor League Roundup 8/28:


AAA - COLORADO SPRINGS 4, LAS VEGAS 3 (8 innings)
LAS VEGAS 12, COLORADO SPRINGS 8: Right-hander Jacob deGrom departed Game 1 after two innings with an apparent injury. The 51s suffered a walk-off loss in the eighth as Justin Hampson suffered the defeat. Las Vegas had loaded the bases in the final regulation inning, but Mike Baxter flied out to end the threat. Ex-Met Xavier Nady had a two-run homer against deGrom before he departed. Dustin Lawley started in left field and went 1-for-4 in his Triple-A debut. Las Vegas then posted a seven-run fourth inning in Game 2 to earn a split. Jamie Hoffmann contributed a three-run homer and Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a two-run homer in the nightcap victory. Box 1, Box 2

AA - BINGHAMTON 7, BOWIE 4: Starter Mark Cohoon's outing ended after two scoreless innings because of a rain delay. Box

A+ - ST. LUCIE 2, CHARLOTTE 1 (10 innings): Rylan Sandoval's sacrifice fly scored Cam Maron in the bottom of the 10th for the walk-off win. Starter Hansel Robles allowed one run on three hits and three walks in eight innings. Randy Fontanez (9-7) earned the win with two no-hit relief innings. St. Lucie remains mathematically alive for a postseason berth with four games remaining, but faces near-impossible odds because the two teams ahead of the Mets in the division finish the season playing head-to-head. Box

A - ROME 4, SAVANNAH 1: Starter Julian Hilario (7-7) allowed three runs on nine hits and and three walks in five innings. Box



RK - KINGSPORT 7, BLUEFIELD 6 (10 innings): Jeyckol De Leon delivered his third walk-off hit of the season, this time scoring Yeixon Ruiz in the 10th. Combined Johnson City's loss to Burlington, Kingsport (38-27) clinched its first postseason berth in nearly two decades. With Greeneville losing to Danville, the K-Mets also moved into first place in the Appalachian League's West Division by a half-game. The four postseason participants have been determined. The order in terms of division winners and runner-ups is unresolved. With two games remaining in the regular season, Bluefield leads Pulaski by a half-game in the East. The two division winners earn the right to host Game Nos. 2 and 3 in the opening round. Kingsport lost seven of its first nine games, but got into the playoff chase by tallying 21 wins in July.

Bluefield jumped to a 4-1 lead by having more success against Robert Whalen than arguably any Appy League team to date. A wild bottom of the seventh then got the K-Mets back into the game. Kingsport scored five runs on three hits in that inning, and benefited from three consecutive errors by the Jays. Bluefield forced extra innings thanks to Franklin Barreto's two-out, two-run double in the ninth against Ricardo Jacquez. Kingsport broke through in the 10th. After Ruiz's infield single, Jeff McNeil's line single advanced him to third. An intentional walk to the newest K-Met position player, 2013 first-round draft pick Dominic Smith, loaded the bases for De Leon, whose flare single to right scored Ruiz with the decisive run. McNeil went 4-for-6. Ruiz, the only K-Met to make the Appalachian League All-Star team, had two hits and scored twice. Smith walked twice off the bench in his K-Mets debut. Box

SS - BROOKLYN 1, TRI-CITY 0: John Gant tossed a one-hit shutout and faced the minimum 27 batters as Brooklyn moved into first place. It marked only the fourth time in Cyclones history that a starting pitcher went nine innings. The last to do so was Hansel Robles against Hudson Valley on Sept. 7, 2012, in Game 1 of the NYPL semifinals. Gant needed 91 pitches to complete his gem. The lone run came in the fifth. Anthony Chavez singled to lead off and moved to second on Kyle Westwood's errant pickoff throw. Eris Peguero then squared to sacrifice Chavez to third, but his bunt went directly down the third-base line for a hit. With men on the corners and nobody out, Gavin Cecchini grounded into a fielder's choice, scoring Chavez and giving the Cyclones a 1-0 lead. With Aberdeen's loss to Lowell, Brooklyn has a half-game division lead with seven games remaining in the regular season. Box

RK - GCL MARLINS 3, GCL METS 2: Starter Craig Missigman (0-4) allowed three runs in five innings. Christian Montgomery tossed three scoreless relief innings. Box
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