STAR OF THE DAY: LUIS MATEO
HONORABLE MENTION: Michael Conforto, Rob Gsellman, Eudor Garcia
Las Vegas (55-39) 4 - Albuquerque 5
Binghamton (49-43) 3 - Trenton 2
St Lucie (47-45) 2 - Dunedin 4
Savannah (47-45) 6 - Charleston 3
Brooklyn (16-11) 3 - Vermont 4
Kingsport (12-12) 3 - Greeneville 6
GCL Mets (13-11) 2 - Marlins 8
DSL METS 1. DNP
DSL METS 2. DNP
Las Vegas gave the ball to Dillon Gee to start this game. Started out well, but he allowed 4 runs over his last 3 innings, only one of which was earned, as the 51s made 4 errors. With good defense, who knows?
Zach Thornton, pitching very well of late, allowed the deciding run, but 3 of his 4 outs we're by the K.
TJ Rivera had 3 hits, climbs to .327. He's 17 for 38 in his last 10, .318 career. Give him a shot over Campbell. Why not?
Binghamton's Rob Gsellman started this fine evening and was just as fine, allowing 2 hits in 7 innings to get the win.
Conforto? 2 run shot, single, .322, and ready for a call up. Sandy, make the call.
Gavin scored 2 runs (yay) and made 2 errors (23, ugh).
Savannah jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first, during which John Mora laced his 10th triple of the season, and never looked back. Ricky Knapp pitched solidly to move to 4-1, and Eudor Garcia went 3-4, 2 ribbies.
Brooklyn's Tyler Badamo started, and allowed 3 in the 3rd. Can't do that and win with the Cyclones, though.
Another night of zeroes for the Brooklyn bullpen.
Kingsport sent Audry German (4-0) to the mound Saturday night. 5 shutout innings, but 2 in the 6th and 4 more by Joe Shaw in the 7th. Ouch.
Our GCL Mets were outscored by 6 today. We finally got Tom Szapucki into a minor league game - my guess is he was nervous, allowing 4 runs in less than an inning and making an error. So why was I excited? Well, 4 reasons:
Luis Mateo, 6 years older than Szapucki and in a 2 year recovery from TJS, was excellent again today, tossing 2 innings of no hit, 2 K ball. Mateo was a top 10 Met prospect in some lists when he got hurt in 2013.
In his last healthy start before TJS, as I recall, he pitched in St Lucie in his first start in 2013 after dominating Brooklyn the year before. In that game, he threw 6.2 shutout innings and K'd 9. He was coming fast before he ran into that TJS Brick Wall. So now he has thrown 5 innings, 2 hits, 1 walk, 6 Ks this July in his return. He is worth watching VERY closely, IMO.
Second, Ricardo Cespedes had 3 hits and jumped to .271. Mack likes this 17 year old OF, so he's clearly worth watching.
Let me add a 3rd fascinating point: Anthony Chavez from 2010 to 2014 was a weak hitting, fast, error prone position player. This year, he is now a PITCHER. Struck out 2 in 0.2 IP. No earned runs in his first 6 innings as a pitcher. If he makes it, he'll be another Mets pitcher who can hit & run.
OK, one more: 18th round, 19 year old Jordan Humphreys made his MILB debut with a scoreless IP and a K. Nice, JH.
DSL METS squads were off today.
GOAT: Joe Shaw, Vegas' porous gloves.