Upper Levels Thursday: B-Mets No Hit, Vegas Comes Back

AAA: @ Las Vegas 51s 6, Round Rock Express (TEX) 5 

The 51s scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to mount a comeback win, using doubles from CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis and LF Colin Cowgill and a DH Josh Satin single. The same issue that plagued Nieuwenhuis in the big leagues – strikeouts has followed him to AAA. He’s whiffed 17 times in his first 12 games as part of a .208/.321/.417 line. He is back to driving the ball, half (5 of 10) of his hits have gone for extra-bases.

2B Wilmer Flores (.270/.321/.421) homered, his second of the year.

The 51s staff, which included Chris Schwinden, Gonzalez Germen, Greg Peavey and Greg Burke struck out one batter. One. In nine innings.

 

AA: Harrisburg Senators (WAS) 6, @ Binghamton Mets 1 

Paul Demny, who entered Thursday with a 5.90 ERA threw eight innings of no-hit ball, as two Senators combined to no-hit the B-Mets. Demny told Lynn Worthy that the key was his fastball command, “Sure enough, I threw a lot of fastballs tonight and it was all weak contact because I put it where I wanted to for the most part.”

The B-Mets are in the bottom three of the Eastern League in runs (145) and all three major rate categories (AVG/OBP/SLG) as part of a .233/.318/.356 line.

The B-Mets’ blanking snapped RF Cesar Puello’s hitting streak at 15-games.

Jacob deGrom (0-4, 5.10): 5.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K (71 strikes/101 pitches). He’s given up five runs or more in three of his first five starts in AA. He’s giving up more walks and hits than he did in advanced-A and striking out fewer batters. I still like the arm, but I hoped for better from the 24-year old.