Two Blasts for Ceciliani, One for Nimmo Leads the B-Mets over Erie Before the Break | Astromets Mind

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Two Blasts for Ceciliani, One for Nimmo Leads the B-Mets over Erie Before the Break

Binghamton Mets @ Erie SeaWolves

July 14, 2014

Gabriel Ynoa @ Jeff Ferrell




W: Ynoa (2-0, 3.50 ERA); L: Ferrell (6-7, 5.61 ERA) Boxscore

The Highlights:


Ynoa – 5.2 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 5 SO, 107 Pitches (73 Strikes), 4 GO: 4 FO
Jon Velasquez (3.05 ERA) – 1 IP, 2 GO: 1 FO


Brandon Nimmo – 1-5, R, HR (4), 2 RBI, SO
Dilson Herrera – 1-4, R, 2B (7), RBI (20), BB
Travis Taijeron – 2-5, 2 R, RBI (46), 2 SO
Darrell Ceciliani – 25, 3 R, 2 HR (6), 4 RBI (39), SO
Jayce Boyd – 3-5, 2B (14), 2 RBI (34)
Kyle Johnson – 2-4, 2 R, BB, SO


            The B-Mets went into the All-Star break with a big win over Erie, making them winners in 7 of their last 8 games. The recent surge leaves them 4.5 games out of first in the Eastern division of the Eastern League, and ten games ahead of the third place New Britain Rock Cats.

Starter Gabriel Ynoa was very effective throughout the start, making two mistakes all night – a double in the 2nd and a homerun in the 6th. He’d leave due to a high pitch count with a runner on 1B and two outs in the 6th, but lefty Chase Huchingson would end the inning without further damage allowed. Huch, Jon Velasquez and Adam Kolarek would work the 7th, 8th and 9th, easily holding onto the big lead provided.
That big lead was thanks to 10 runs scored during the 4th-7th innings of the game. Erie actually jumped out to a 1-0 lead after one, but Darrell Ceciliani hit the first pitch of the 2nd inning over the fence in right-center field to tie things right up.

Jayce Boyd provided a big, two-out double to drive in T.J. Rivera from 1B in the 4th.

Kyle Johnson got the big 5-run 5th started with a single to LF.

Two batters later, Dilson Herrera hit a double off the wall to drive in Johnson from 1B.

Couldn't get a freeze frame with the ball in focus, but that is where it hit the wall

Two batters later, Travis Taijeron lined an RBI single to LF that scored Dilson from 2B.

Two batters later, Darrell Ceciliani hit a three-run homerun to make it a 7-1 lead.

            Johnson got things started for the B-Mets in the 6th with this one out single to LF.

            Two pitches later, Brandon Nimmo hit this bomb to left-center field to give the B-Mets a 9-1 lead.


1st inning – It doesn’t sound good that Ynoa needed 26 pitches (19 strikes) while allowing a run on three singles in the 1st, but he looked better than the results indicate. The first hit was a pop up that landed in front of Ceciliani in left-center field, and the next two were seeing eye singles that dribbled into the OF. The best contact the SeaWolves managed off of Ynoa in the inning was a line out hit right at Ceciliani to end the inning. He’d pick up his first strikeout in the inning, getting Devon Travis looking for the second out.

Travis caught looking at 2-2

2nd inning – More than half of his 17 pitches (11 Strikes) in the inning came in a 9-pitch marathon at bat against Francisco Martinez that ended with a popout to 2B. His mind might have still been in that at-bat, as the next pitch was hit hard into the LF corner for a double. Ynoa would snap back to reality and induce a groundout to 2B.

3rd inning – Ynoa was looking pretty in control throughout the 3rd, but a 19-pitch (11 strikes) inning put his total at 62 after three innings – not ideal, but not like he was getting hit hard or pitching around non-stop danger. He allowed another seeing eye single in the inning, but did not let the base runner bother him. He’d pick up two more strikeouts in the inning:
Marcus Lemon swinging for the first out of the inning.

Lemon swinging at 2-2
Travis caught looking (again) for the second out of the 3rd inning.

Travis caught looking at another 2-2 pitch
4th inning – Another mixed results inning for Ynoa, as he needed 19 pitches (14 strikes) and allowed two hits, but the singles were exactly the type of contact he’s looking for: a bloop single off the end of the bat that landed in front of Ceciliani and an infield single to the backhand of Rivera, who made a nice stop but airmailed the throw. Side note: B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez recently told Tim Heiman that he has been pleasantly surprised with his work at SS, but he looked out of sync on the play, and I don’t think he got a good grip on the ball. He also picked up two strikeouts in the inning, though the Erie coverage was following some seagulls while Ynoa was getting Francisco Martinez to strike out swinging (the call was that he couldn’t check his swing). Ynoa got Corey Jones to strikeout swinging leading off the inning.

Jones swinging at 0-2
'Hey, that seagull has something in his mouth, forget this baseball game, I MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS'

5th inning – Ynoa had his first 1-2-3 inning of the game, needing only 12 pitches (9 strikes) to induce a groundout to 2B sandwiched by two fly outs to Nimmo in LF. The BABIP fairy showed Ynoa some mercy this inning, after favoring Erie throughout the first four.

6th inning – Ynoa’s night would end with two outs and a runner on first in the 6th, as he had reached 107 pitches. He allowed a leadoff homerun in the inning on a 3-2 breaking ball down and in to lefty Ramon Cabrera, who stayed back just enough to reach down and golf it out to RF. He’d retire the next two batters quickly, but a Martinez single prevented him from finishing the 6th – the single was lined into RF.

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