Posted by Mack Ade at 7:00 AM
Two losses by 1 run in DSL games today. Thankfully , 4 of the 6 teams that play above them won yesterday, taking away the sting of those 2 DSL setbacks.
Minor League Player of The Night - John Gant
Honorable Mention - Dominic Smith, Brock Peterson, Jeff McNeil, Champ Stuart, and the Vegas and B Mets pens, which combined for 9 shutout innings with just 2 hits, 2 walks, and 10 Ks in two 1 run nailbiters.
AAA - Las Vegas - (41-31) 4 -Salt Lake (28-44) 3, 10 innings.
LHSP Steven Matz - 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 2.19
LHRP Duane Below - back after 3+ weeks on DL.
Not Matz's best outing, but still impressive.
Matt Reynolds walked and scored on an Alex Castellanos single and an error in the top of the 10th for the margin of victory.
RECKER SPOTLIGHT: With 2 outs, after the run had scored, the Bees intentionally walked a Vegas batter to pitch to Anthony Recker, who showed the benefit of increased playing time in AAA by striking out 4 straight times. Recker popped out to end the inning, breathing a sigh of relief.
Great bullpen work led to the win. Vic Black tossed an inning and fanned 2. Before him, Duane Below returned from a 3 week DL stint with 2 perfect innings and 3 Ks, and shares the same 2.19 ERA as Steve Matz.
Zach Thornton retired the last 2 in the 9th for the win, and Chase Bradford notched his 7th save.
Tovar, Rivera, and Taijeron each had 2 of Vegas' 8 hits.
Vegas is the ultimate streak team so far: 14 game win streak, 10 game losing streak and now in the midst of a streak of 10 wins in their last 12 games. A certain team in Flushing could use such a streak themselves.
AA - Binghamton (37-32) 6 - Harrisburg (30-41) 5
RHSP Luis Cessa - 5.0-IP, 11-H, 5-R, 6-K, 2-BB, 2.93
1B Brock Peterson - 2-4, 1-R, 1-HR (3), 3-RBI, .379
CF Brandon Nimmo - 2-4, .319
Peterson with 22 RBIs in 15 B Met starts. Not Cessa's night.
Saving the day was great relief from Kolarek, Morris, Sewald (Sv 13), and Beck Wheeler, who moves to 4-1.
A+ - St. Lucie (35-34) 9 - Jupiter (34-35) 0
RHSP John Gant - 7.0-IP, 4-H, 0-R, 5-K, 2.BB, 2.23
C Jeff Glenn - 2-4, 3-R, double, 1-RBI, .250
1B Dominic Smith - 2-5, double, 3-RBI, .304
Gant was the star of St Lucie's night. Great start.
Smith co-starred with his 22nd double and 3 RBIs, giving him 40 in just the past 7 weeks.
Champ Stuart knocked in 3 and had 2 hits, and Rockin' Jeff McNeil had a walk, single, double, 2 RBIs, and his 11th steal, while climbing back to .331. I'm sure McNeil said it was all in a night's work.
A - Savannah - no game scheduled (all-star break)
Low-A - Brooklyn - (3-2) 4 - Tri Cities (3-2) 11
LHSP Kevin Canelon - 2.1-IP, 6-H, 6-R, 1-K, 3-BB, 19.29
Bad pitching by Cyclones pitchers tonite. Can't mince words.
14th rounder Vinny Sienna comes out hitting in 2015...2 for 3, walk, .412 in the early going. Michael Bernal off to a great start (.368, 2 homers, 8 RBIs in 5 games).
Rookie - Kingsport - (1-0) 4 - Johnson City (0-1) 3, 10 innings
RHSP Harol Gonzalez - 6.2-IP, 8-H, 3-R, 2-K, 0-BB, 4.05
RHRP Nabil Crismatt tremendous: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 5K. The 20 year old prior to this year was 9-3. 2.39, and is one to watch.
Catcher Dionis Rodriguez doubled to open the 10th, got sac bunted to 3rd, and crossed the plate with the winning run.
Dash Winningham garners 2 RBIs. It's good to see Dash smash.
Rookie - GCL Marlins (2-0) 7 - GCL Mets (0-2) 5
RHSP Joel Huertas - 3.1-IP, 4-H, 5-R, 3-K, 4-BB, 10.80
RHRP Jenrry Mejia - 1.0-IP, 2-H, 0-R, 3-K, 0-BB, 0.00
1B Victor Moscote - 3-5, 1-R, 1-RBI, .444
Mejia encourages Met fans with his fine rehab appearance.
Rookie - DSL Yankees-1 (16-5) 8 - DSL Mets-1 (10-11) 7
RHSP Ramon Laguerre - 5.0-IP, 6-H, 2-R, 3-K, 1-BB, 4.13
CF Anthony Diroce - 3-4, 1-R, 2-doubles, 4-RBI, .221
RF Wagner Lagrange - 3-5, 1-R, 2-RBI, .357
Lagrange with 2 consecutive 3 hit games.
Rookie - DSL Pirates (10-10) 5 - DSL Mets-2 (14-6) 4
RHSP Luis De Los Santos - 5.0-IP, 3-H, 0-R, 5-K, 0-BB, 1.38
CF Ysidro Pierre - 2-5, 1-R, .211
2B Angel Manzanarez - 2-4, 1-R, 1-RBI, .333
GOATS: CYCLONES PITCHERS AND ANTHONY RECKER