8/19/14

2015 Draft Profile - SS - Brendan Rodgers - Lake Mary (FL) HS - UPDATED 8-12-14

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8-12-14 - TTF Baseball - 


Brendan Rodgers, SS, Lake Mary HS (FL)

At the Perfect Game National Showcase, Rodgers continued to show off his total package of skills. He threw 93 mph from across the infield, which was tops in the event. He ran a 6.7/60 and impressed scouts with his power and bat speed. The 6’-0”, 185 pound right-hander is a terrific athlete and a gifted defender, which will allow him to stick at a premium position at the next level. Offensively, he has great power potential, as well as a mature approach at the plate. Over 22 games as a junior, he hit .397/.488/.823 with five doubles, eight home runs, 10 walks and 10 strikeouts. He has established himself as the best prep hitter in the 2015 MLB draft. Committed to Florida State.  http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2015-mlb-draft-armour-aa-game-preview-part-1/43804 

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6-11-14 – Kevin Askeland/MaxPreps – Top 10 High School Players To Watch for 2015 Draft – Brendan Rodgers, Lake Mary (Fla.), SS - Florida could be home to the top high school shortstop for the second straight year (Gordon was the top high school shortstop drafted this year), as Rodgers batted .397 with eight home runs. http://www.maxpreps.com/news/RE_IkTleBU-vFF_g8YCOQg/top-10-high-school-players-to-watch-for-2015-mlb-draft.htm

B/R - 4. Chicago Cubs Select Fla. HS SS Brendan Rodgers - If there's one player who can challenge Dazmon Cameron for the top spot on the high school position-player board next year, it's Brendan Rodgers. He's not the same kind of athlete but has the benefit of projecting as a shortstop in pro ball.  Rodgers isn't dazzling with the glove; he just makes all the plays you need from a shortstop. He's got average arm strength that plays up because of his ability to release the ball quickly and accurately thanks to excellent footwork. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2085268-mlb-mock-draft-2015-brs-official-early-predictions-for-next-years-top-10/page/2


6-10-14 - Brendan Rodgers, SS, Lake Mary High School, FL
When discussing the 2014 draft last month with a scout, Rodgers came up.  The scout’s take on Rodgers was that he would be the top pick in 2014 if he was eligible.   Rodgers squares up regularly, showing good bat speed and power.  A big bat and the ability to stick at a premium position is likely to keep him near the top of draft boards.

6-3-14  -  One of the top defensive coming out of high school in 2015 is Lake Mary (FL High School's Brendan Rodgers. Scouts project he will stay at short due to his strong arm, athleticism, and soft hands. He also has above average speed that comes to play both in the field and at bat.

Now, this doesn't mean he can't hit a ball. His stat line, through 5-20-14, was .397/.488/.823, 8-HR, 10BB/10K.

He's committed to Florida State but it's tough to imagine him not moving on to the pros.






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Binghamton Mets 2014 Game Notes

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 Binghamton Mets (77-51) vs.
Erie SeaWolves (63-65)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers)

RHP Michael Fulmer (0-0, --) vs. RHP Wilsen Palacios (7-4, 4.41)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014  Games #129  Road Game #66
Jerry Uht Park   Erie, PA  7:05 P

LAST GAME: The Binghamton Mets used a strong offensive performance to top the Erie SeaWolves, 11-4, on Monday at Jerry Uht Park. Travis Taijeron went 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and five RBI. The home run was a three-run shot in the ninth inning. Jayce Boyd was 3-for-4 with a solo home run and three runs scored.  T.J. Rivera also collected three hits and score twice. Greg Peavey tossed 5.1 innings and struck out five to pick up his tenth win of the season. The B-Mets went 7-for-15 with runners in scoring position. They trimmed their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to three. The squad is one game back of Portland for first place in the Eastern Division.

BINGHAMTON STARTERRHP Michael Fulmer makes his Double-A debut with Binghamton on Tuesday. The righty made his first 19 starts of the season with St. Lucie (High-A). He went 6-10 with a 3.97 ERA in the Florida State League. He’s allowed just seven home runs this season and only one in his last eight starts. That dates back to June 8. He held righty’s to a .235 average, but lefty’s tagged him with a .329 clip. That includes seven doubles.  Fulmer had committed to Arkansas before deciding to go pro. The 21-year-old was a compensation pick by the Mets in the 2011 draft out of Deer Creek High School in Edmond, Oklahoma.

ERIE STARTER: RHP Wilsen Palacios takes the hill for the 24th time this season and the 23rd start. He’s making his second straight start against Binghamton. He went six innings and allowed four runs on nine hits on Thursday, August 14. He didn’t factor into the decision in a 9-4 Binghamton win. In three other starts this season, Palacios is 1-0 with a 4.80 ERA. He’s allowed eight runs in 15 innings and has walked 11 batters. The Guarena, Miranda, Venezuela native was signed by Detroit as a free agent in 2013.

HERE COMES THE BOOM: Binghamton’s offense had another strong performance against Erie on Monday. The team tallied 11 runs on 15 hits. They are hitting .309 against the SeaWolves with a 24 home runs and 47 doubles in 20 games. That’s good for .487 slugging percentage. They have walked 82 times in those games and have scored more than ten runs in eight games. The 12-8 through the first 20 match ups and have a 6-2 mark at Jerry Uht Park

GET THE CHAMPAGNE READY?: Binghamton’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot stands at three. The team is second in the Eastern Division and has a 13 game lead over New Britain for the final postseason position. The Rock Cats have to complete two games on Tuesday. That means the B-Mets can punch their ticket by the end of the night. They are also just a one game behind Portland for first.
TRAVIS TAMES THE SEAWOLVES: Binghamton OF Travis Taijeron went 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and five RBI on Monday. He improved his average to .351 (20-for-57) against Erie this season. The slugger has an OPS of 1.132 in those games. He has five home runs and six doubles in 15 matchups in 2014.

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: RHP Michael Fulmer is the 15th player to make a start for Binghamton this season. B-Met starters are 53-38 with a 3.88 ERA in 2014. They have 598 strikeouts and have walked only 184 batters. The group has allowed three runs or less in each of the last four games.

NO DOG DAYS FOR DARRELL: Binghamton OF Darrell Ceciliani is riding a seven-game hitting streak. He’s hitting .356 (21-for-59) in 14 games in August with three doubles, a triple and ten runs scored. He has a base knock in all but one game this month. That includes seven multi-hit performances.
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Roster Moves -

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Please note the following transactions involving the Binghamton Mets.

August 19:
  • LHP Angel Cuan transferred from Binghamton (AA) to St. Lucie (High-A)
  • RHP Michael Fulmer transferred from St. Lucie (High-A) to Binghamton (AA)
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D-Whit - It Was 45 Years Ago Today...Tuesday August 19th 1969

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August 19th



After disposing of the Padres over the weekend and an off day on Monday it was back to baseball for the Metropolitans as the Willies (Mays and McCovey), Juan Marichal and the rest of the Giants turn visited Shea for a three game series. Gary Gentry silenced the potent San Fran bats thru 9 complete innings but Marichal did the same to Met hitters through regulation frames. Gentry exited the scoreless contest after 10, replaced by Tug McGraw who continued the whitewash for another 4 frames. Marichal started the home half of the 14th –imagine that happening today!-inducing a ground out from Rod Gaspar but the next hitter Tommie Agee ended the scoreless tie with his 21st home run of the season. Final: Mets 1 Giants 0.



The extra inning win allowed New York to keep pace with the Cubs, 3-0 winners over Atlanta.  With 44 games to go, the Mets (67-51) trailed Chicago (77-45) by 8. Also with the victory the 1969 team passed the 1966 squad for the second-most wins in a season.  They won 66 in 1966. The 1968 team had won a then franchise record 73 contests in Gil Hodges first season as manager. .
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Roster Moves

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'Sources' tell me that SS Amed Rosario is on the way to Savannah.

Replacing him is Alfredo Reyes from the GCL Mets, not Milton Ramos or Luis Guillorme (???)
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Craig Mitchell -- 2014 Mets -- All Pitch, No Hit

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While most Met fans are calling for action, very little is happening on the field. The 2014 Mets have been hovering near the .500 mark all season. Not good enough to be a contender and not bad enough to leave Citi Field totally barren.  But one thing’s for sure, since the All Star break the Mets offense has shriveled up and disappeared. 

I can’t even blame Terry Collins for this one. Back in June the Mets fired their hitting coach and brought in Lamar Johnson.  It seemed to work. Prior to the All-star game the Mets went on an 8-2 tear and things looked to finally be gelling in the right direction. For those 10 games was saw a nice marriage of timely hitting, power and terrific starting pitching and a solid bullpen. The pitching and bullpen pretty much have continued to impress, but the hitting has gone ice cold.

With the exception of Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy the Mets bats have been very quiet. Duda has enjoyed a breakout season and has been reasonably consistent and is providing the power and RBI production at 1st base they’ve been hoping for. Murphy has downright been excellent the entire season. He was the Mets sole representative at the in Minnesota at the all-star game and has done everything asked of him. As for the rest of the Mets?

David Wright – The Captain his having his most disappointing season since 2009. The questions have been asked: Is he starting to decline? Is he hurt? Is he not protected in the line-up? No one knows for sure, but whatever the reason .271 8 homers and 56 RBI in the 3 rd spot isn't going to do it. 


Curtis Granderson – Granderson had an absolutely HORRID April. Calls of “Grander-Bay” rung out all over Citi Field and the web, and Granderson was performing like another free agent bust. But then through May and June he got hot and showed all of Flushing why he was signed. He hit with power and drove in runs and got on base. But then July came….and he has struggled ever since.  .221 15 homers and 47 RBI isn’t nearly worth the price tag he demanded on the market. Granderson even cleared waivers earlier in August. I can see why.

Travis d’Arnaud – I almost included d’Arnaud with Duda and Murphy as a positive.  It’s been a tale of two seasons for d’Arnaud. His .180 hitting struggling doubtful start to the season, or the rocket hitting consistent power source he’s been since.  I have to list him as a negative, because, for better or for worse he still has some to prove. However, I get the feeling that Travis is going to fulfill his promise and be the star the Mets thought he was.

Juan Lagares – Lagares has improved a lot since 2013. But he still has some ways to go. He’s batting a decent .272 with 2 homers and 34 RBI…but with just 14 walks and a .314 OBP he’s relegated to the bottom of the order. With his speed and his contact ratio, if he could just get his walks up he would be a decent lead off guy or perfect for the two slot.

Left Field – Left field has been the no-man’s land for the Mets in 2014. No one who’s been plugged in has distinguished themselves.  It’s still too early to call on Matt den Dekker, but so far Chris Young, Eric Young Jr., Kirk Nieuwenhuis , Bobby Abreu and Eric Campbell have all given it a whirl.  I think it’s too early to call on den Dekker he has actually showed some life at the plate but is still a work in progress and I suspect for him to really flourish he need to lead off.  But where to bat Curtis Granderson? Batting Granderson 7th in the order would be admitting that he is NOT the player they thought he was. My thought is…DO it…light a fire under his butt. But it won’t’ happen. Additionally the Mets only see Campbell as a bench player; otherwise he might produce as an everyday player in left as well.

Shortstop – Ruben Tejada was and is not the answer.  But his fielding was above average and He does have the 2nd highest OBP on the team.  Enter Wilmer Flores. Finally given a shot to impress, he has shown decent fielding ability (he certainly hasn't hurt the team) but his bat is lagging. There’s still nearly 40 games left, perhaps he’ll finally break out and show us the bat that was lighting up AAA. Otherwise a deal must be made for this team to show any improvement in 2015.

As I said earlier as much as I’d like to blame Terry Collins for the Mets hitting lull. I can’t.  Collins doesn't go on the field and play; he’s not the one looking at third strikes or popping out to short with runners on.  Is it Lamar Johnson fault? He looked like a genius when he first started. The Mets instantly got more aggressiveand it was paying off.  Whether it’s his fault or not, if the Mets don’t start hitting, Lamar more than likely not be invited back in 2015. I can’t even blame Sandy Alderson. I, for one, am glad he didn’t mortgage the farm for Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzales, both of whom are since out for the season. I will go so far as to say I hope that they NEVER come to Flushing. The splits and the injury tendencies on both of them point towards them being huge disappointments.

I don’t claim to have the answers. I just can clearly see the problem. The Mets have to hit. They have a pitching staff that can carry them far into the playoffs, and the pitching is only going to get better.  If 2015 is going to be “the year” the Mets finally get competitive…..the answer is clear on what has to change. 
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MMs Top 25: #16 RHSP Logan Verrett

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#16 RHSP Logan Verrett (LR: #18)
Bats: R Throws: R
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 190 lb
Age: 24
Acquired: 2011 Rule 4 Draft, 3rd Round, Baylor University

2014: (AAA) 10-5, 4.35 ERA, 147.0 IP, 6.3 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, 1.429 WHIP
2013: (AA) 12-6, 4.25 ERA, 146.0 IP, 8.1 K/9, 1.3 BB/9, 1.021 WHIP
2012: (A/A+) 5-2, 2.70 ERA, 103.1 IP, 8.1 K/9, 1.1 BB/9, 0.968 WHIP

   The Mets seem to have a lot of pitchers in the minor leagues right now who all fit the same mold. Unsexy, control-oriented, low ceiling but high floor right handers who just know how to pitch. Verrett is another one of these guys that fit that mold.

     Verrett has long been one of Mack's Mets sneaky sleepers. He's always put up strong K to BB ratios despite not having premium velocity and he mixes all 4 of his pitches well. In fact he's earned his way onto MLB.com's Top 20 for the team despite not having a single pitch that grades out as MLB "plus." His plus command helps play up his largely average arsenal making him an effective innings eating guy. 

     His best pitch continues to be his 2 plane slider which he relies on heavily to generate strikeouts. He couples it with a low 90's fastball that he surprisingly likes to work up in the zone with. This leads to heavy Fly-ball Rates which, while it doesn't play well in Vegas, could be very effective in Citi Field with the Mets top flight defensive OF. Unfortunately, his lack of a plus pitch does prevent him from being used as a high leverage relief pitcher. 

     With the massive amount of pitching depth the club has, Verrett is more likely to be part of a trade than to pitch for the Mets. Once he does reach the majors though, he should at the very least be an effective #5 starter for someone with the chance to top out as a Dillon Gee type pitcher. 

Ceiling: Effective #4 MLB SP (Dillon Gee)
Floor: Innings Eating #5 MLB SP (Jeremy Guthrie)
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Morning Report – August 18th – 2015 Payroll, 2015 Rotation

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-Our prayers go out to SP Bartolo Colon and his family regarding the passing of his mother at the age of 63.






-Can we assume that the cost of Arbitration increases in the off season will be considered by the Mets as the cost of doing business?

If this is true, there should be money available for new acquisitions from the departure of players like Chris Young (7.25mil), Eric Young Jr. ($1.85mil), and Daisuke Matsuzaka ($1.5mil).

This would total $10.6mil, which seems to be a decent amount of money to acquire either a new shortstop of left fielder and stay within the Wilpon’s stringent payroll demands.



I can’t help but continue to smile when I look at the box score for Rafael Montero on Sunday. Regular readers here know that Montero has been a favorite of mine since he pitched here in Savannah in 2012.

It was only one outing, but it proved that he is capable of producing a quality start at the major league level. I still believe he will be a capable SP4-5 or, as I desire, a successful member of the Mets pen a la Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia.

I still believe that it will take the trading of Noah Syndergaard to get either a quality shortstop of left fielder. That being said, the Mets 2015 rotation would still be left with Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, (possibly) Bartolo Colon, and Montero.



Comment From Jolly Roger -  Who do you think would be the better stash for next season, Drew Pomeranz or Rafael Montero?


Dan Szymborski: Depends if you prefer the upside play or the higher floor.





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SeaWolves Maul B-Mets, 7-0

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ERIE, PA – The Erie SeaWolves plated six runs in the fourth and Wilsen Palacios tossed seven scoreless innings to hand the Binghamton Mets a 7-0 loss on Tuesday night at Jerry Uht Park. B-Mets starter Michael Fulmer was touched for six runs on six hits in his Double-A debut while the B-Mets suffered their most lopsided shutout defeat of the season. Binghamton’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot sits at two.

The SeaWolves jumped on Fulmer in the first. With Jason Krizan on second, Dean Green ripped Fulmer’s first pitch down the right-field line for an RBI double. Fulmer surrendered a single before retiring Corey Jones, limiting the damage to one run.

Steven Moya started Erie’s big fourth inning with a bang by clearing the left-field wall for his league-leading 32nd home run of the season. Fulmer followed by surrendering back-to-back singles before handing free passes to Marcus Lemon and Jamie Johnson. His walk to Johnson forced in a run and ended his night after 3-1/3 innings.

Adam Kolarek took over and struggled to put out the fire. Jason Krizan greeted the lefty by chopping into a run-producing fielder’s choice. Devon Travis walked to reload the bases and Dean Green dumped a two-run single down the right-field line. Moya capped the six-run inning by lacing an RBI single into left-center, his second run-producing hit of the inning.

The support was enough for Erie starter Wilsen Palacios. The right-hander scattered six hits while matching a career-high with nine strikeouts over seven shutout innings. Binghamton’s only threat to crack the scoreboard came in the third when Brian Burgamy lined a single to center. Brandon Nimmo attempted to score from second, but was gunned down by Jamie Johnson.

Palacios (8-4) earned his second win of the season against the B-Mets and extended his unbeaten streak to 10 games. Fulmer (0-1) struck out one and walked three in the loss. Chad Smith and Angel Nesbitt each tossed scoreless innings to close Erie’s pitching tab.


POSTGAME NOTES: Binghamton stranded 10 runners and went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position…it was Binghamton’s eighth shutout loss in 2014…Hansel Robles tossed three scoreless innings of relief - team press release
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Mets Minor League Report: August 18, 2014.

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Mets Minor League Player of the Day: Binghamton RF Travis Taijeron.

Honorable Mention: GCL Mets’ LHSP Kevin Canelon.

 

Omaha (69-60) humbles Las Vegas (72- 59) 9-5.

John Lannan (L, 2-2) did not help his cause: 4.0 IP, 8 R, 5 ER, 10 H, (2 HR) 2 BB, 2 K.
Erik Goeddel: 1.0 IP, R, H, 0 BB, K.
Ryan Reid: 1.0 IP, 0 R, H, 0 BB, K.
Zack Thornton: 1.0 IP, 0 R, H, 0 BB, K.
Chase Bradford: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB.

Anthony Seretelli: 2-4, 2B, BB, 2 R.
Matt Reynolds: 2-5, 3 RBI.
Kevin Plawecki: 2-4.
Allan Dykstra: 2-4.
Cesar Puello: 1-3, 2B, BB, 2 R. (Puello also had an outfield assist, throwing a runner out at the plate. It’s been too long since we have seen Cesar mentioned in the highlights.)

 

Binghamton (77-51) bashes Erie (63-65) 11-4.

Greg Peavey: (W, 10-3) 5.1 IP, 3 R, 8 H, (HR) BB, 5 K.
Chase Hutchingson: 2-2 IP, R, 2 H, BB3 K.
Dario Alvarez: 1.0 IP, 0 R, H, 0 BB, 2 K. (Moving quickly up the ladder, the 25 yr. old Alvarez looked very sharp in 61.1 innings in Savannah, then only pitched in 4 games for St. Lucie where he did not give up a run, and now in Binghamton, he has not given up a run in his first 2 games. Four strikeouts and no walks in 2.1 innings.)

Jayce Boyd: 3-4, HR, BB, RBI, 3 R.
T.J. Rivera: 3-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R.
Travis Taijeron: 4-5, HR, 2B, 5 RBI, 2 R.  (Taijeron clearly has power, but he has never exhibited an ability to hit well for average.)

 

 

Charlotte (59-62) stuns St. Lucie (68-57) 6-3.

After scoring 6 in the 1st inning, Charlotte held off the Mets to claim a victory.

Kevin McGowan (L, 2-5) got roughed up, and then righted the boat, but an inning too late: 5.0 IP, 6 R, 9 H, (HR) 2 BB, K.
Tim Peterson: 3.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, BB, 4 K.

Maikis De la Cruz supplied most of the Mets offense: 3-4, HR, 2B, RBI, 2 R.

 

Savannah (81-42) not scheduled.


 
Brooklyn (35-28) not scheduled.


 

 

Greeneville ( 28-28) crushes Kingsport (31-27) 12-3.

Yoryi Nuez: (L, 5-3) 1.1 IP, 5 R, 1 ER, H, (HR) 5 BB, K.
Nicco Blank: 1.1 IP, 6 R, 2 H, 4 BB, K.
Christian Montgomery: 4.1 IP, R, 3 H, (HR) 3 BB, 6 K.
Ruben Reyes: 2.0 IP, 0 R, H, BB, 3 K.

Five hits, 3 of them doubles, sprinkled among 5 different players, amounted to all of the offense.

 

 

 
GCL Mets (26-25) clip GCL Cardinals (29-21) 4-3.
 Kevin Canelon: (W, 1-2) 6.2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 6 K. (After 2 strong seasons in the DSL, Canelon is dominating in his first season stateside, a fact not demonstrated by his 1-2 W-L record. In 31.0 innings, his ERA is a mere 1.74, his WHIP only 0.77, but perhaps most impressive is that he has walked jist 1 batter.
Nabil Crismat: 0.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB.
Juan Marte: 0.1 IP, R, H, BB.
Alex Palsha: (S, 10) 1.2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, BB, 2 K. (A major surprise, the 27th round selection, 22 year old Palsha, is mowing GCL


hitters down in his 1st pro season. As impressive as his 0.69 ERA and 10 of 11 saves, is his 11.77 K/9 IP and 2.08 BB/9 IP.)
 
Raphael Ramirez: 2-4, BB, 3 R, 3 SB.
Dash Winningham: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI.
Milton Ramos: 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI.
Hengelbert Rojas: 3-5, 2B.

 

DSL Cardinals (21-46) edge DSL Mets1 (34-32) 6-5.

The Cardinals overcame a 5-2 deficit with a 4 run top of the 9th.

Ronald Guedez: 6.0 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 4 K.
Jorge Cespedes: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K.
Jose Martinez: (BS, 4) (L, 3-3) 1.0 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 H, (HR) 0 BB.

Oliver Pascual: 2-4, RBI, R.
Ali Sanchez: 2-4, 2B, RBI.
Jose Medina: 3-4.
Dionis Paulino: 2-4, R.

 

 

DSL Cubs (28-39) cream DSL Mets2 (27-40) 11-4.


Edgar Rodriguez: (L, 1-4) 0.2 IP, 4 R, 2 H, 3 BB.
Jose Mendez: 1.1 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 5 BB.
Randinson Suazo: 4.0 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 BB.
Yrelvis Castillo: 0.1 IP, 5 R, 3 H, BB.
Brian Batista: 1.2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 K.

Anthony Dirocie: 2-5.
Edwin Diaz: 1-1, 3B, RBI, R.
Junior Carrion: 1-4, HR, RBI, R.













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