Posted by Mack Ade at 7:00 AM
A near-perfecto and some nailbiters.
Minor League Player of The Night - Harol Gonzalez
Honorable Mention - Luis Cessa, Rainy Lara, Michael Katz, and Brooks Conrad
AAA - Las Vegas - (45-32) 4 - Sacramento (32-45) 3, 10 innings
RHSP Rainy Lara - 6.0-IP, 7-H, 1-R, 4-K, 3-BB, 4.50
Vegas was locked in a rare pitcher's duel, courtesy of a fine Rainy Lara AAA debut, but was trailing 1-0, bottom 9. But Cesar Tovar walked, moved to 3rd on an errant pickoff throw, and came in on a sac fly to even the score.
Sacramento responded in the 10th with 2 runs off Church and Rice. So was Vegas, now down two runs, done? Not so.
Anthony Recker pinch hit a homer, drawing them within 1 run. Then with 2 outs, Conrad's hit drove in 2 runs for a terrific come-from-behind walk off win.
AA - Binghamton - B Mets (38-36) 3 - Akron (40-36) 1
RHSP Luis Cessa - 7.0-IP, 6-H, 0-R, 6-K, 1-BB, 2.56
Gavin Cecchini's 3 run double produced all of the B Mets' runs. Today, it was enough due to a brilliant outing by Luis Cessa.
Conforto 1-4, Nimmo 0-4, Mazzilli doing OK in AA, but no RBIs in 20 games.
Smith and McNeil both hitting over .360 since early slow starts,covering about 400 combined at bats for the two. Is Conforto the minors' most advanced bat, or is Smith? Tough question.
A+ - St. Lucie - (37-37) 0 - Tampa (34-38) 6
RHSP Kevin McGowan - 6.2-IP, 4-H, 3-H, 1-K, 4-BB, 4.25
Muted St Lucie bats. Murphy (1), McNeil (1), and Smith (2) had the Lucites' 4 hits. Coshow shut them down, and has a 1.95 ERA for the Yanks' affiliate.
A bad Mike Hepple relief outing as he allowed 2 McGowan runners to score in the 7th, then allowed 3 runs himself in the 8th.
A - Savannah - suspended - rain
Low-A - Brooklyn - (6-3) 5 - Auburn (4-4) 5, rain-shortened 5.5 inning game
RHSP Michael Gibbons - 5.0-IP, 9-H, 5-R, 4-K, 1-BB, 5.91
A close win for the Cyclones. Michael Katz popped his second homer and now already has 9 RBIs. Jeff Diehl off to a hot start, too, sitting at .429 with 5 extra base hits in 21 ABs.
Rookie - Kingsport - (3-3)- Bluefield (4-2) 8
RHSP Harol Gonzalez - 8.0-IP, 1-H, 2-R, 9-K, 0-BB, 3.07
Harol Gonzalez was sensational, as he took a no hitter (may have been a perfect game) into the ninth, but gave up a single and HBP. Those 2 runners scored, plus 5 others, and a wonderful 4-0 Game turned into a 7-4 nightmare.
But Kingsport was not finished. They rallied to score 3 to tie at 7-7, and headed to extra innings, but the K Met pen lost in 10, 8-7.
GOAT: Mike Hepple