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Mets Minor League Daily – June 21, 2015

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Minor News

If you have any link tips, suggest them to @Astromets31 on twitter and I’ll add them in.

            Check out yesterday’s results here.

            Mets Minors reports that the B-Mets have been June Juggernauts the past two seasons under manager Pedro Lopez.

            From MiLB, Nimmo is getting back into the swing of things with Binghamton.

            Michael Mayer, who offers great minors coverage, interviewed Michael Conforto during his trip to Portland last week.

            Lyyn Worthy talked to Brock Peterson about his decision to join the Mets.

Minor Games

Scheduled starters and start times (EST), game notes, and results as they come in

Las Vegas 51s 39-31

Rainy Lara (0-0, 9.00 ERA) @ Asher Wojciechowski (5-0, 4.04 ERA)
@Fresno (42-27) at 9:05 PM coverage – Boxscore
Yesterday: L 7-2 (Astromets Mind)
Today: W 4-2, Lara (6.30 ERA) – 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 2 SO, 83 Pitches (46 Strikes), 6 GO: 4 FO
3B – Daniel Muno – 1-5, SO
SS – Matt Reynolds – 0-5, SO
C – Johnny Monell – 1-4
LF – Alex Castellanos – 1-4, 2 SO
CF – Kirk Nieuwenhuis – 2-4, R, 2B (2)
DH – Anthony Recker – 0-3, BB, 2 SO
1B – Brandon Allen – 1-4, 2B (14), SO
RF – Travis Taijeron – 1-3, R, 2B (8), HBP, SO
2B – Wilfredo Tovar – 1-3
PH – Brooks Conrad – R, HR (5), 4 RBI (31)
Chase Huchingson (0.00 ERA) – 1.2 IP, H, 2 SO, HBP, 1 GO: 1 FO
John Church (3.96 ERA) – 0.1 IP, H, 1 IR – 0 S
Scott Rice (2.79 ERA) – 0 IP, H, BB, 1 IR – 0 S
Chase Bradford (W, 2-2, 3.74 ERA) – 2 IP, H, 3 SO, 3 GO, 3 IR – 0 S

Binghamton Mets 35-32

Gabriel Ynoa (3-4, 5.23 ERA) @ Casey Lawrence (5-7, 5.68 ERA)
@New Hampshire (31-36) at 1:35 PM coverage – Boxscore
Today: PPD (Rain)
Scheduled lineup

1B – Brock Peterson
RF – Jared King

St. Lucie Mets 34-33

Yesterday: ASG (Astromets Mind)
Today: Off

Savannah Sand Gnats 38-31

Casey Meisner (6-2, 2.15 ERA) @ Samuel Coonrod (4-1, 2.51 ERA)
@Augusta (33-35) at 5:05 PM
Yesterday: W 1-0 (Savannah)
Today: W 8-5, Meisner (W, 7-2, 2.13 ERA) – 5 IP, 3 H, R, BB, 6 SO, 6 GO
2B – Jonathan Johnson – 1-2, 2 R, 3 BB, SB (12)
SS – Luis Guillorme – 1-3, 2 R, RBI (31), 2 BB, SB (8)
CF – John Mora – 1-3, BB, SB (5), SAC, SO
3B – Eudor Garcia – 0-4, R, 2 RBI (25), SF, 2 SO
RF – Wuilmer Becerra – 2-5, R, 2B (17), 2 RBI (35), SO
DH – Jean Rodriguez – 1-5, 2B (6), 2 RBI (24), 3 SO, CS
LF – Joe Tuschak – 2-5, R, SO
1B – Adrian Abreu – 0-4, BB, 2 SO
C – Tyler Moore – 1-4, R, 3B (1), SO
Cameron Griffin (H, 4, 3.86 ERA) – 1 IP, H, SO
Darwin Frias (H, 3, 8.27 ERA) – 1 IP, H, 3 SO
Ben Griset (H, 3, 3.31 ERA) – 1 IP, 2 H, R, BB, SO, 1 GO: 1 FO
Paul Paez (2.33 ERA) – 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, SO, 1 GO: 1 FO

Post-game recap: The Sand Gnats entered the day needing a win, or a Greenville loss, to finish the first half as division champs, which comes with a guaranteed playoff spot. After starting 8-16, they had charged into contention with a 30-15 run, including 14-5 in June entering the day. As fate would have it, they found out that they had clinched the title before the game, as Greenville finally lost again, so you’d understand if they were a little distracted during the game. But Casey Meisner didn’t let it distract him, and the Sand Gnats bats would wake up enough in the 9th to hold off a late comeback run from the Green Jackets. This might’ve been Meisner’s last start for Savannah, and he sure made it a good one, reportedly sitting in the low 90’s with his heat, while showing his nice curve and underrated changeup. The Gnats would jump out to a 3-0 lead in the first two innings despite only 2 hits. Johnson and Gullorme led off the game with walks, and then scored on a sac fly from Eudor and RBI hit from Wuilmer. In the 2nd, Tuschak led off with a single, and then scored on a bases loaded walk to Guillorme. Meisner would allow a leadoff single to Dylan Davis in the 5th, and then Davis stole 2B and scored on two straight groundouts. The Jackets would tack on another run in the 8th on two walks and a hit, which made it a 3-2 game. And that’s when the Gnats unleashed their speed, hitting a triple and stealing two bases in the 9th as part of a 5-run frame. Moore led off with a triple, and then scored on a throwing error from the catcher when Johnson (walk) took off for 2B. Guillorme would add a stolen base in the frame, and then score on the first of two straight doubles from Becerra and JC. The game looked in hand with a 6-run lead and lefty Paul Paez coming in, but Paez struggled through the 9th, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits in the frame. He nearly escaped the inning without any damage allowed, but the Jackets would score all 3 runs on a two out triple and RBI single. The crown is Savannah's fifth in six years, and you can read more here.

Brooklyn Cyclones 1-1

Michael Gibbons @ Matt Borens
@Staten Island (1-1) at 4:00 PM
Yesterday: L 8-3 (1495Sports)
Today: W 6-4, Gibbons (W, 1-0, 3.18 ERA) – 5.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 SO, 94 Pitches (61 Strikes), 7 GO: 2 FO
CF – Enmanuel Zabala – 0-5, 3 SO
SS – Alfredo Reyes – 0-5, R, SO
2B – Vincent Siena – 1-3, 2 R, BB, SB (1)
RF – Michael Bernal – 2-4, 2 R, 2B (2), 3B (1), RBI (2), SO
1B – Zach Mathieu – 1-3, 2 RBI (2), BB
DH – Jeff Diehl – 2-4, R, HR (1), 2 RBI (2)
LF – Oswald Caraballo – 0-4
C – Maneul Hilario – 1-4, 2 SO
3B – Branden Kaupe – 0-4, 2 SO, GIDP
Nicco Blank (27.00 ERA) – 0.2 IP, H, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 SO, 31 Pitches (11 Strikes), 1 IR – 1 S
Carlos Valdez (H, 1, 0.00 ERA) – 1 IP, H, BB, SO, 2 GO: 2 IR – 2 S
Alex Palsha (S, 1, 0.00 ERA) – 1.2 IP, H, SO, 2 GO: 1 FO, 1 IR – 0 S

Post-game recap: The Cyclones finished their opening series of the 2015 season with a win in the rubber match against the Yankees. Neither team won at home this series, as they always do a weird home/away/home series when these two teams play. Brooklyn got a great start from 2014 undrafted free agent Michael Gibbons, who threw 7 scoreless innings in his pro debut for St. Lucie last week. Manager Tom Gamboa had recommended Gibbons for the start, and has been talking him up all week, suggesting he was the most dominant pitcher in Mets XST. Gibbons took a one-hitter into the 6th inning, which is when he ran into trouble for the first time as a pro. But the Cyclones had already scored 5 runs in the game, so he had plenty of room to work with. In the 1st, a two out walk to Vincent Siena sparked a two run rally. Michael Bernal would double him home, and then come around to score on an E6 – they’d knock the pitcher out two batters later. Bernal connected for his second extra base hit with one out in the 3rd – a triple to the left-center field wall – and then scored on a groundout from Zach Mathieu. The Yanks third error of the game helped start Brooklyn’s rally in the 5th. Siena followed with a single, and then Mathieu and Diehl picked up RBI singles with two outs. Gibbons would walk the leadoff batter in the 6th, and that pitching sin led to a two run frame for SI. Thairo Estrada doubled home the run two batters later, as Gibbons edged near his pitch limit for the night. Considering Gibbons had dominated the next batter due up in his first two AB’s (strikeout, popout), I think Gamboa left him out there to end his night on a high note, and Gibbons responded with his 6th strikeout. Nicco Blank would be the first out of the bullpen, and he really struggled to find the zone, as I highlighted above. Blank allowed the inherited runner to score on a double, and then walked 3 of the next 5 batters. Carlos Valdez came in to bail him out, but he’d allow both inherited runners to score, which made it a 5-4 game. Jeff Diehl was quick to get that run back in the 8th, launching the Cyclones first bomb of the year to LF. Cyclones closer Alex Palsha did a great job finishing the game, coming in for Valdez with a runner on in the 8th, and retiring 4 of 5 batters faced (there was a CS).

Table 1 – Michael Gibbons Pitch Stats per gameday


Minors MVP of the Day – I don’t limit myself to top prospects with these daily awards, but I prefer not to go with org. filler guys, but how can I not go with Brooks Conrad tonight? Down 2-0 with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the 9th, the 51s (not Backman, he had been ejected earlier) sent up Conrad for Tovar, and Conrad came through with his second grand slam of the season. #YCPB

Minors Cy of the Day – Two good choices, but Meisner was removed with less damage done against him, so he gets the edge over Gibbons. Plus, this was hopefully the last SAL start for Casey Meisner.

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