It was definitely opposite day on the farm last night, as Chris Schwinden and Domingo Tapia pitched well and Noah Syndergaard did not. Also, the B-Mets got clobbered while the GCL Mets could not be stopped. Not so opposite was a few teams taking positive steps towards the playoffs. Let’s have a look:
Las Vegas 2, Colorado Springs 1 (Game 1, 10 innings)
Chris Schwinden only allowed 1 run in 6 innings, and the bullpen threw 4 shutout innings. Ruben Tejada was 3 for 5 with a double and RBI. Kirk Nieuwenhuis also doubled. Juan Centeno had 2 hits.
Las Vegas 10, Colorado Springs 9 (Game 2, 7 innings)
Recently signed Mitch Talbot made his first start and gave up 7 runs (4 earned) in 3.2 innings. Greg Burke gave up 2 more runs, but Sean Henn and Justin Hampson each threw a scoreless inning to give the 51s the win. Anthony Recker was 3 for 4 with a homer and 3 RBI’s. Ruben Tejada, Eric Campbell, and Brandon Hicks had 2 hits each. With the double-header sweep, Vegas opened up a 3.5 game lead in their division; their magic number is 5 with 8 games to play.
Bowie 11, Binghamton 0
Noah Syndergaard got absolutely crushed, giving up 11 runs on 9 hits through just 3 innings, giving up 3 homers, although striking out 5. The bullpen pitched 5 shutout innings, but the B-Mets had just 2 hits.
St. Lucie 5, Charlotte 2
If nothing else, the Lucies put their losing streak behing them. Domingo Tapia allowed just 2 unearned runs on 3 hits over 7 innings, which shows great improvement over much of his season, although 5 walks to 4 strikeouts doesn’t. T.J. Rivera and Dustin Lawley both had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s each; oddly it was Rivera who hit a homerun.
Brooklyn 8, Tri-City 1
Dario Alvarez allowed 1 run over 5 innings, striking out 5. David Wynn threw 3 scoreless innings in relief. James Roche was 3 for 4, going a homer shy of the cycle with 2 RBI’s. Jonathan Clark, Gavin Cecchini, L.J. Mazzilli, Jared King, and Alex Sanchez all had 2 hits each. Aberdeen won as well, so the Cyclones are still a half game back in the division. Brooklyn plays a 2-game series against Aberdeen this weekend, although their season extends through next week Wednesday.
Kingsport 3, Pulaski 2
Chris Flexen was good once again, allowing 1 run on 5 hits over 6 innings, with no walks and 6 strikeouts. Joe Tuschak was 2 for 4 with 1 RBI. The K-Mets are a half game out of first place, but still in line for a playoff spot with a magic number of 4 to clinch a playoff spot; their regular season ends Friday.
GCL Mets 18, GCL Cardinals 3
Andrew Church made his best appearance as a pro, throwing 7 innings, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits with 4 strikeouts. Dominic Smith was 4 for 5 with a triple, 2 RBI’s, and 5 runs scored. Wuilmer Becerra was 2 for 4 with 4 RBI’s. Leon Canelon was 4 for 6 with a homer and 3 RBI’s. Oswald Caraballo was 4 for 6 with 3 doubles and 2 RBI’s.
Also, some late night news developed. Nothing official, but word is Rob Carson, Matt den Dekker, and Anthony Recker could all be on their way to New York. Carson will join the bullpen over Greg Burke corresponding to Matt Harvey on the DL. The other two moves are less clear. Recker could mean that John Buck has been traded. Plenty of possibilities on a corresponding move if in fact den Dekker is coming to the big leagues.