Yes, that Zach Lutz - unless there is another one...
STAR OF THE DAY: ZACH LUTZ, with 4-5, 3 RBIs.
HONORABLE MENTION: Matt Blackham Ks 10 in 6. And Jeff Walters. Paul Paez and Cameron Griffin, too.
Las Vegas (54-38) 10 - Albuquerque 5
Binghamton (47-43) 2 - Trenton 3
St Lucie (47-44) 2 - Dunedin 6
Savannah (46-44) 4 - Asheville 3, game 1
Savannah 1 - Asheville 4, game 2
Brooklyn (15-10) 0- Staten Island 1
Kingsport (11-11) 6 - Princeton 7, 10 innings
GCL Mets (12-10) 3 - Marlins 2, 5 innings due to rain
DSL METS 1. 4 - Orioles 5
DSL METS 2. 2 - Yankees 5
Las Vegas - old Zach is back in town. Zach Lutz, just back from Japan and starting at 1B tonight, promptly drilled a 2 run double in his 2nd AB. He had another double and 2 singles in 4 other at bats. Just happy to not have to eat sushi again? Maybe Wright's replacement at 3B soon?
13 other hits by 51s batters, including 3 by TJ Rivera (.320). tRivera in AA and AAA in 232 ABs in 2015 is hitting .319, but just one homer, but boy, he's always over .300.
An offensive explosion by the 51s wrapped this up early. Matt Bowman surrendered 1 run through 5; I'd have pulled him to push the ERA below 5. Wally didn't, Matt allowed 4 in the 6th, and his ERA instead rose to 5.53, as he allowed 2 homers but improved to 6-10. The Two Chases (Hutchingson in the eighth and Bradford in the ninth) nailed it down.
Binghamton's Michael Fulmer was ordinary tonight (5 IP, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K). Happens. Michael Conforto hit his 4th Bingo Blast, and 11th overall this season, but the B Mets could only push across 2 runs tonight, and lost a close one.
St Lucie did not hit tonight, losing in lopsided fashion, as Kevin McGowan allowed 5 runs in his start. Jeff Walters with another highly encouraging relief outing, striking out the side in the 9th. Smith walked twice in 4 PAs.
Walters' rehab is clearly going well. The dude who saved 42 games in AA in 2013 but needed the surgical knife in 2014 has tossed 4 hitless innings with 7 Ks in his last 4 outings. Wow.
Savannah in the first game had a game-winning single from Luis Guillorme after an error and sac bunt. Three hitless relief innings with 5 Ks from Paul Paez and Cameron Griffin.
In game 2, Joe Tuschak kept the Gnats from being no hit. But GOOD NEWS, folks, Wuilmer Becerra is back from the DL after a short stint. Michael Gibbons threw 6 innings of 2 run ball in the loss. DaErin Friar let the game get out of reach allowing 2 runs in an abbreviated outing while watching his ERA expand to 8.71 thru 15 relief outings.
Brooklyn's Matt Blackham was dynamite in his 6 innings, striking out 10 (giving him 39 K I'ms in just 28.1 innings this season) and allowing just a manufactured run due to a Yank sacrifice bunt and 2 singles. I see major league potential there.
Christian Montgomery looked like a future major league reliever with some further refinement. Hard thrower with major league heat.
Brooklyn tried to rally in the 9th, but Brandon Brosher was robbed of a game-tying homer by the wind conditions in the 9th, followed by 2 hits which did not, alas, tie things up as the game ended on a ground out to 3rd.
Kingsport's Mazelka (homer) and Kaczmarski (2 hits, 2 RBIs) continue to excel with the bat - both hitting comfortably over the .300 mark.
Weak relief pitching by Chase Ingram (2 IP, 4 R for the K Mets), followed by 2.1 innings of fine no run, 4 K ball by lefty Seth Davis, was finally undone by Witt Haggard allowing the winning run in the 10th without retiring a batter. Chase, BTW, was the 3rd Mets Minors reliever named Chase to throw last night.
GCL Mets' Joel Huertas gets the 5 inning win with a solid outing, including 6 Ks (2.16 ERA). Ali Sanchez hit and walk in 3 PA's, hitting .373.
DSL METS 1: all runs in this game for both teams were scored in the first 2 innings. After that, they got tired.
DSL METS 2: can't win them all.
GOAT: Chase Ingram, the Brooklyn breeze, and too-patient Wally Backman