Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/22: Vegas Blows Out El Paso 21-9, Improves to 15-5


Mets Minor League Roundup 4/22:


Mets AAA - LAS VEGAS 21, EL PASO 9: Las Vegas, in its second season as a Mets affiliate, upped its record to 15-5. It marks the best start in the 32 years of the Vegas franchise after 20 games. Reigning Pacific Coast League Player of the Week Allan Dykstra went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a homer, five RBIs and four runs scored. Eric Campbell went 4-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs. Matt den Dekker went 3-for-4 with a triple, homer, five RBIs and four runs scored. Jeff Francoeur pitched for the second time in the series, tossing another scoreless frame for the Chihuahuas while hovering from 88-90 mph. This time, however, Francoeur hit two batters -- Kai Gronauer and Campbell. Dana Eveland, making his second start for the 51s since Daisuke Matsuzaka's promotion, allowed four runs, including two homers, in five innings. Box

Mets AA - PORTLAND 5, BINGHAMTON 3 (11 innings): Matt Spring launched a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the 11th against Jon Velasquez (0-2) to secure Portland’s sixth straight win. The Sea Dogs had jumped on Hansel Robles in the first. Mookie Betts singled, took second on botched pickoff attempt, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a two-out single by Blake Swihart. Binghamton answered with its own two-out production. After Matt Reynolds singled and moved to second, Kevin Plawecki dumped a game-tying RBI single into center against Portland starter Mike McCarthy. Portland broke the tie with two runs in the fifth. Robles surrendered a double and walked Betts to set the table for Deven Marrero, who delivered a two-run single. Binghamton chipped away. Cory Vaughn started the fifth with a double, moved to third on a single and scored when Darrell Ceciliani bounced into a double play. In the sixth, Matt Clark doubled and scored two batters later when Jayce Boyd ripped a game-tying single. Cody Satterwhite took over in the fifth for Robles and tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings. John Church struck out the side in the eighth. Chasen Bradford tacked on two scoreless innings. Binghamton had threatened to break the tie in the ninth. Kyle Johnson doubled with one out against Robby Scott and took third on a groundout, but was stranded when Reynolds struck out. In the 10th, Brian Burgamy advanced to third with two outs after a leadoff walk, but Boyd grounded out. Trailing 5-3, the B-Mets put two aboard in the 11th, but Reynolds struck out to end the game. Robles walked a career-high seven over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision. Box



Mets High A - ST. LUCIE 6, PALM BEACH 5 (12 innings): Trailing 5-1 with two outs and down to their final strike in the ninth, the Mets scored four runs to force extra innings and then prevailed. On a two-strike count in the ninth, Phillip Evans belted a two-run homer against Corey Baker to cut the deficit to 5-3. After the Mets loaded the bases later in the ninth, T.J. Rivera extended the game with a two-run single off Sam Tuivailala. Evans came up in the 12th with two outs and Eudy Pina on second. He laced a single up the middle. Pina beat center fielder Charlie Tilson's throw home to complete the comeback win. Evans (3-for-5, three RBIs) was mobbed in the infield. The Cardinals scored four runs against Matt Koch in the first inning, including three before Koch recorded an out. Koch settled down to get through five innings. Relievers Brett Mitchell, Julian Hilario, Beck Wheeler and Randy Fontanez combined to hold the Cardinals to one run -- it came on a sac fly -- in seven innings. Fontanez stranded a runner on third in the top of the 12th and earned the win. Catcher Cam Maron threw out a runner at home in the 11th on a pitch from Wheeler that got by him. Rivera went 2-for-6. His solo homer in the sixth got the Mets on the board. Dilson Herrera went 3-for-6 one night after his 11-game hitting streak ended. Box

Mets A - DELMARVA 4, SAVANNAH 1: Starter Kevin McGowan suffered his first loss after allowing four earned runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. Savannah (10-6) went 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position. The Gnats' lone run came in the third when first baseman Hector Veloz committed an error trying to throw out Gavin Cecchini as he was advancing to third base on L.J. Mazzilli's groundout. Delmarva starter and Orioles 2013 first-round draft pick Hunter Harvey allowed one unearned run on three hits and five walks while striking out five in four innings. It marked his shortest outing this season, although he shaved his South Atlantic League-leading ERA to 0.86 ERA. The Gnats did steal a season-high five bases, with Jeff McNeil, Mazzilli, Cecchini, Jared King and Dominic Smith swiping one apiece. King extended his league-leading consecutive on-base streak to 17 games by working a walk in the third. King has reached base in every game this season. After issuing a bases-loaded walk in the fifth, McGowan was lifted for Dario Alvarez. The left-hander was stellar in relief, holding the Birds to one hit over 3 2/3 innings while striking out six. Alvarez and Robert Coles are the lone Gnats pitchers yet to give up an earned run this season. Despite the loss, Savannah retained its first-place lead by a half-game over Augusta. Box
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