New York Mets: Rock Shoulders

Minors 6.3.14: McGowan tames Tourists

June, 4, 2014
Jun 4
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RENO 6 LAS VEGAS 5: Rafael Montero allowed three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out five in 5 1/3 innings in his return to Vegas. He threw 99 pitches (63 strikes). Kai Gronauer's sac fly in the bottom of the ninth pulled Vegas within a run, but the tying run was stranded on first base when Zach Lutz flied out. Box

BINGHAMTON 15, ALTOONA 6: Matt Clark and Kevin Plawecki had four hits apiece as the B-Mets hammered out a season-high 19 hits and snapped an eight-game road losing

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streak. Plawecki launched his sixth homer and collected four RBIs. The Curve did tag Tyler Pill for three first-inning runs. Meanwhile, Altoona starter Zack Dodson kept the B-Mets in check before unraveling in the fifth. A throwing error by third baseman Jarek Cunningham started the frame. Darrell Ceciliani followed by launching his second homer of the season, cutting Altoona’s lead to 3-2. Two batters later, Matt Reynolds -- returning from a five-game absence for a back issue -- started a hit barrage. Reynolds singled and Plawecki, Dustin Lawley and Cory Vaughn followed with consecutive run-producing hits. Vaughn’s RBI single ended Dodson’s night. Joan Montero took over and allowed both inherited runners to score. Pill put his rocky first inning in the rearview mirror and cruised through his final five innings. Following his two-out walk in the opening frame, he retired 15 of the final 17 batters he faced, including 11 straight at one point. Clark and Plawecki collected RBI singles against Montero in the sixth. Brian Burgamy added a run-scoring single in the seventh against Matt Benedict. Vaughn had an RBI double in the eighth. After Pill departed, Hamilton Bennett tossed a scoreless seventh. The lefty surrendered a three-run homer in the eighth following an inning-extending error by Reynolds at shortstop. The B-Mets teed off against outfielder Andy Vasquez in the ninth after the he was summoned to pitch. Plawecki launched a two-run homer and Vaughn crushed his third homer of the season. Pill (3-5) allowed three runs on four hits over six innings. It was the most runs the B-Mets have scored since they plated 15 against New Hampshire on April 21, 2013. Lawley had been activated from the DL before the game. Box

DAYTONA 6, ST. LUCIE 5: Domingo Tapia walked five while lasting 2 1/3 innings and the Mets issued 10 walks as a staff. Four of the walks issued by Tapia scored. The Mets churned out 11 hits but could never come up with a big inning. In the fourth, the Mets stranded the bases loaded when Brandon Nimmo and T.J. Rivera both popped out. In the eighth, Rivera popped out to the pitcher with the Mets trailing 6-5, two outs and the tying run on second. Tapia walked Pin-Chieh Chen to start the game. Chen came in to score on Dan Vogelbach’s two-out single. The Mets responded in their half when Nimmo doubled and Jairo Perez singled to plate him. All seven batters Tapia faced in the third reached -- four on walks and three on singles. Tapia was lifted for Julian Hilario, who walked Rock Shoulders with the bases loaded to force home Vogelbach. Hilario settled down to get a fly out and a strikeout and get out of the inning down 5-1. Perez drove in Dilson Herrera in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to 5-2. In the fourth, Herrera made it 5-3 when he singled against Austin Kirk to drive in Phillip Evans. Vogelbach led off the fifth with a double against Hilario. After a groundout moved him to third, he scored on Jeimer Candelario’s grounder to put the Cubs in front 6-3. Eudy Pina belted a solo homer against Starling Peralta in sixth to make it 6-4. Nimmo drove in Pina in the eighth with a two-out single for the final margin. Hunter Carnevale and Chase Huchingson each pitched two innings of scoreless, no-hit relief. Nimmo went 3-for-5. Perez went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Box

SAVANNAH 3, ASHEVILLE 2: On the day he was selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, Savannah right-hander Kevin McGowan baffled Asheville over 8 1/3 innings.

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The victory pushed the Gnats’ lead over the Tourists for first place to six games with 14 games to play for the Gnats and 13 for Asheville. McGowan retired the first 14 batters, until Jordan Patterson doubled. McGowan held the Tourists scoreless until the sixth, when a single run cut the Gnats’ advantage to 2-1. He struck out three and walked one. The Gnats (38-17) scored their first two runs in the first inning. Gavin Cecchini walked and Jeff McNeil doubled to put two in scoring position. L.J. Mazzilli then sent a chopper to third base that Ryan McMahon threw away, allowing Cecchini and McNeil to score. The Gnats extended their lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth, again with the help of an error. This time Mazzilli reached when first baseman Corelle Prime kicked a grounder. Mazzilli came around to score on Jorge Rivero’s single. McGowan began the ninth by giving up a single to Cesar Galvez. He then struck out Ramiel Tapia. At that point, with Galvez at second, McGowan reached his pitch limit and gave way to Akeel Morris. The right-hander induced a pair of groundouts, the first of which scored Galvez, who had gone to third on defensive indifference. Morris picked up his second save. Mazzilli went 0-for-4 to lose a 12-game hitting streak. Box

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RENO 7, LAS VEGAS 4: Starter Greg Peavey surrendered seven runs in three innings. Jeff Walters, Erik Goeddel and Ryan Reid contributed two scoreless relief innings apiece. Omar Quintanilla went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Juan Centeno also each had two hits. Box

NEW BRITAIN 6, BINGHAMTON 1: The B-Mets were swept in a three-game series in which

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they went a combined 3-for-30 with runners in scoring position and stranded 31 baserunners. B-Mets starter Alex Panteliodis, making his Double-A debut, faced one over the minimum through three innings. However, the first four batters of the fourth all reached on singles, capped by Kennys Vargas’ RBI shot up the middle. With the bases loaded, Mike Kvasnicka then ripped a 2-0 pitch down the left-field line for a three-run double. Kyle Knudson completed the inning's scoring with an RBI single, giving New Britain a 5-0 lead. Binghamton produced its lone run in the fifth. Nelfi Zapata led off with a double. With one out, Brian Burgamy bounced a weak grounder to third. Zapata took off for third on Brandon Waring’s throw to first and then dashed home when Vargas’ return throw to third sailed high. The B-Mets had another chance in the sixth, but failed to cash in. Following Matt Clark’s leadoff double, Kyle Johnson singled to center. Kvasnicka fired home to nail Clark at the plate, quashing the rally. New Britain starter Pat Dean collected one more out in the frame before giving way to Dan Turpen for the final out of the inning. Turpen returned for a perfect seventh. Former Mets farmhand Jim Fuller fanned two in a scoreless eighth. Panteliodis (0-1) allowed five runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings. Adam Kolarek was tagged for a run in his lone relief inning. Darrell Ceciliani reached base safely in all four plate appearances. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, DAYTONA 0: Aderlin Rodriguez broke out of a 1-for-17 slump by blasting a

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homer and Jairo Perez continued his hot streak by going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Left-handed starter Steven Matz shut out the Cubs for 6 2/3 innings. He allowed four singles and struck out four. Matz threw a season-high 101 pitches en route to his third win. Only one batter reached second base against Matz. Paul Sewald did not allow a hit in 1 1/3 relief innings. Beck Wheeler struck out three straight in the ninth after walking the first batter he faced. The Mets took advantage of sloppy defense by shortstop Marco Hernandez. Albert Cordero scored the opening run in the third inning when Hernandez made a poor throw to first on an ill-advised double-play attempt. The ball skipped away, near the Daytona dugout, and Cordero raced home from third. Rodriguez’s leadoff homer in the fifth made it 2-0. The Mets broke the game open with four runs against reliever Zack Godley in the seventh. The Mets loaded the bases with one out and got back-to-back RBI singles from Perez and Phillip Evans to make it 4-0. Then, with two outs and runners on second and third, Eudy Pina grounded a routine ball to Hernandez, whose throw skipped to first base and escaped Rock Shoulders. Perez and Evans scored. Rodriguez, Perez, Evans and Gilbert Gomez had two-hit games for St. Lucie. Box

SAVANNAH 4, ROME 3: Jeff McNeil's infield single brought home the decisive run in the

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bottom of the eighth as the Gnats improved their South Atlantic League-best record to 37-16. Colton Plaia had doubled to open the frame. Victor Cruzado entered as a pinch runner and advanced to third on Patrick Biondi’s sacrifice bunt before scoring on McNeil’s infield single. McNeil finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs. He plated two runs with a bases-loaded single in the third that gave the Gnats a 3-1 lead. Two Gnats -- McNeil and L.J. Mazzilli -- accounted for six of Savannah's seven hits. After the Braves (16-40) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, Mazzilli evened the score on the first pitch of the bottom half with a solo homer. The Braves tied the score at 3 with single runs in the sixth and seventh against Savannah starter John Gant. Gant struck out four, walked two and allowed six hits in seven innings. Dawrin Frias worked around a couple of baserunners in the eighth to earn his third win. Closer Robert Coles stranded two more baserunners in the ninth to convert his 10th save in 10 chances. Box

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
14 4.02 143 190
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .295
HRL. Duda 28
RBIL. Duda 86
RD. Murphy 76
OPSL. Duda .832
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.49
SOZ. Wheeler 180