SS-A: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 5, Lowell Spinners 4
A Cory Vaughn sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth broke a 4-4 tie, and lifted Brooklyn (22-11) to the 5-4 victory over Lowell.
Hitting stars of the game:
Rylan Sandoval – 2-5, 2B, 2RBI, now hitting .325/.394/.579.
Vaughn – 1-2, GWRBI, 2 BB, K, SB, now hitting .306/.389/.605, 16BB 22K, 8SB.
Joe Bonfe – 2-3, 2B, BB, now hitting .358/.439/.443.
Juan Centeno – 2-2, 2 runs, BB, now hitting .333/.382/.451.
Angel Cuan – 6 IP, 2h, 4runs, 0er, 1bb, 5K (2 errors), for the season Cuan is 3-0, 1.71 ERA, 42 IP, 36h, 8BB, 28K.
Daniel Carela – W (1-0), 2 IP, 2h, o runs, 0 BB, 3K.
Ryan Fraser – Save (5), 1 IP, 0h, 0bb, 0K, 0.63 ERA for the season.
SS-R:@ Kingsport Mets 7, Bluefield Orioles 6
Ismael Tijerina plated Javier Rodriguez with the game-winning run in the bottom of the 13th. Rodriguez reached on a Bluefield error, was then sacrificed to second, and after a Charles Hinojosa ground-out, Tijerina singled home Rodriguez with the Kingsport (13-16) game-winner.
Aderlin Rodriguez – 2-5, 2B, RBI, now hitting .310/.363/.619.
Lucas Stewart – 3-6, 3B, RBI now hitting .291/.432/.430.
John Semel – 3-5, SB
Gonzalez German – 7 IP, 7h, 4er, 1BB, 3K.
Josh Edgin - 2 IP, 4K.
Peter Birdwell – W (1-0) 3 IP, 3h, 0 runs, 1BB, 1K.
SS-R: @ GCL Marlins 3, GCL Mets 0
Not much here folks.
Robbie Shields – 1-4, now hitting .244/.330/.341.
Zach Lutz – 1-4, hitting .214 (3-14) in 4 GCL Mets games.
Brant Rustich – 2 IP, 2h, 1er, 1BB, 1K, for the season 7 1/3 IP, 6h, 6er, 4BB, 6K.
SS-A: Brooklyn Cyclones 7, @ Lowell Spinners 2
The Cyclones league leading offense, showed off another dimension of their repertoire, the stolen base. Brooklyn (21-11) stole a season high seven bases in the 7-2 victory over Lowell. Cody Holliday, Darrell Ceciliani, and Rylan Sandoval each stole two bases a piece, and Cory Vaughn added another. For the season Ceciliani now has a NYPL leading 13 stolen bases. The Cyclones as a team are second in the NYPL with 42 stolen bases, four behind Hudson Valley.
Offensively the Cyclones used a 13-hit effort in the victory. Offensive stars include: Sandoval (2-3, RBI), Ceciliani (2-4, RBI), Vaughn (3-5, 2 2B, 2RBI) , J.B. Brown (2-4), and Holliday (3-4, RBI). With his two hits, Brown (pictured) extends his hit-streak to 12 games, over which he is 18-42 (.429/.466/.643). Prior to the streak Brown was hitting .150, now he has raised his average to .293.
Mets 2010 3rd round pick, Blake Forsythe made his Cyclone debut. Forsythe was 0-4 with an rbi and two strikeouts, but caught a solid game behind the plate.
Starter Chris Hilliard (5-0) was solid, but not spectacular on the night. Hilliard, who picked up his team leading fifth win without a loss, tossed 6 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits (six where singles), two runs (one earned), while walking none and striking out only two. Wesley Wrenn came on in relief of Hilliard, and pitched 2 2/3 of perfect baseball, while striking out four, to pick up his first save of the season.
SS-R: @ Kingsport Mets 6, Bluefield Orioles 3
Chase Greene’s rbi single in the seventh, gave Kingsport (12-16) the lead for good, in the 6-3 victory over Bluefield. After a one-out John Semel (1-3, 3B) triple, Greene (2-3, rbi, BB, 2 SB) singled him in to plate the eventual game-winner. Greene (pictured) also wreaked havoc on the bases with two stolen bases, and was caught one other time. Aderlin Rodriguez (1-2, rbi, 2bb, SB), Amauris Valdez (0-1, rbi), and Eddie Lora (0-2, 2rbi) drove in the rest of the Kingsport runs. Rodriguez also committed his team leading 10th error of the season.
Starter Jacob DeGrom (5 IP, 5h, 3er, 3bb, 3K) gave up a 3-run homerun in the 4th, but the relief efforts of T.J. Chism (2 IP, 2K) and Michael Weldon (2 IP, 2h, 1bb, 3K) held Bluefield scoreless over the final 4 innings.
SS-R: @ GCL Astros 7, GCL Mets 4
Rehabbing Robbie Shields (0-3, 2BB) and Zach Lutz (1-4, K), continue on in the Gulf “Roast” League, as a friend of mine put it. 12pm gametimes in Florida, in the middle of the summer are not good. Throw in teenagers on the mound, who throw hard but lack control, and you say “get me the heck out of here”.
I fortunately played in extended spring training in Arizona, where its a “dry” 100+ degree heat (where u dont sweat as much but your skin burns quicker), but grew up in Florida where you sweat through your shirt, while picking up the morning paper from the driveway. So pick your poison, either way its a grind to say the least. Throw in the fact that you probably have no car, and are not making any money (very little), it will truly test guys love for the game.
Back to this box score, we see Sean Green (1 IP, 1h, 1er, 1bb, 2K) also continuing to rehab. Its always a treat for these young guys to play with rehabbing big-leaguers. Well not all of the time, as some of those guys just want to get out of there and are down right jerks. (I speak from experience and will not name names, Mr. Williams- you can try and figure that one on your own if you so choose). Hopefully Green is one of the good guys, who talks to and helps these young prospects. And for the players sake, maybe takes the team out for a meal before they move on out.
SS-A: Brooklyn Cyclones 7, @ Tri-City Valley Cats 6 10 innings
The Brooklyn Cyclones (20-10) blew a 9th inning lead, but rallied in the 10th to defeat Tr-City 7-6. With the vixtory, the Cyclones extend their winning streak to six games, and open up a three game division lead. The Cyclones now have won ten out of their last eleven games.
William Cherry (3-5, 3RBI) singled in Joe Bonfe (1-5), who reached on an error, in the 10th with the eventual game-winning run. Cherry got the Cyclones on the board with two-run single in the 4th, which gave Brooklyn a 2-0 lead.
Leading the Cyclones offense were: Rylan Sandoval (2-5, 2B), Cory Vaughn (2-4, RBI, BB, SB), Brian Harrison (2-4, BB), and Darrell Ceciliani (1-2, 2RBI). Ceciliani did not start, but came in as a pinch-hitter in the 8th, is now hitting .397/.449/.543.
Mitchell Houck was very mediocre. The 23-year old went 5 2/3 innings, giving up five hits, three runs (all earned), one walk, and struck out three. Johan Figuereo, who blew the save in the 9th, picked up his second win of the season. Ryan Fraser, who has been dominant, picked up his 4th save, striking out the two batters he faced. Fraser now has 23 K in 13 1/3 innings.
SS-R: @ Johnson City Cardinals 15, Kingsport Mets 5
Kingsport pitchers were tuned up for 15 runs and 19 hits, in the loss to Johnson City. The defense did not help their cause, as four errors help produce four unearned runs.
Alberto Cordero (2-5, 2B, HR, RBI) and ZeErika McQueen (1-4, HR, RBI) homered for the K-Mets. The batting line of the night belongs to Patrick Farrell. Farrell was 0-5 with 5 strikeouts.
Aderlin Rodriguez (0-4, RBI, BB, 2K, 2 errors) now hitting .302/.342/.623; Javier Rodriguez (1-5, RBI, K) now hitting .317/.339/.500.
SS-R: GCL Mets 5, @ GCL Cardinals
This box score is filled with a bunch of rehab guys. Lets start with the hitters: Zach Lutz (0-3, playing 3B), Robbie Shields (2-4, 2B, now hitting .253/.329/.360), and Mike Hessman (2-4).
Other hitters of note: Blake Forsythe (0-3, BB, K) and Julio Concepcion (1-3, 2B, RBI, K). Concepcion, #36 on Toby’s 2010 Top 41, is hitting .375/.392/.625 in the month of July. On the season Concepcion has walked once and struck out 16 times, so there is still improvements that need to be made.
Rehabbing pitchers include Sean Green (1 IP, 2K) and Brant Rustich (1 IP, K).
SS-A: Brooklyn Cyclones 8, @ Tri- City ValleyCats 0
Good pitching and good hitting is a great combination. A.J. Pinera (pictured) was very good once again. Pinera pitched six shutout innings, giving up only two hits and striking out five. Pinera, the Mets 2010 18th round pick, now has a 13 inning scoreless streak.
Offensive stars include: Luis Nieves (2-5, 2B), Darrell Ceciliani (3-5, 2RBI now hitting .395/.448/.544), Cory Vaughn (2-5), Jeff Flagg (2-4, HR, RBI), Joe Bonfe (1-3, RBI), Brian Harrison (2-4, 2B), and J.B. Brown (2-4, 2B, HR, 2RBI).
SS-R: @ Johnson City Cardinals 7, Kingsport Mets 6 12 innings
Eduardo Aldama, # 21 on Toby’s 2010 Top 41, made his first start for Kingsport after struggling for the GCL Mets (6 IP, 8h, 7r, 6er, 4bb, 7K). Aldama (pictured) pitched three innings, giving up two hits, no runs, no walks, and one strikeout.
Patrick Farrell, the Mets 2010 32nd round pick, was 2-5, HR, 3RBI in his first professional game. Ray Van Gurp (2-5, 2B, RBI) was the only other hitter with more than one hit. Aderlin Rodriguez (1-6, 2B, 2K), Javier Rodriguez (1-6, 2B, 3K).
SS-R: @ GCL Nationals , GCL Mets
Juan Urbina was awful. Urbina’s line: 2 IP, 6 hits, 5er, 2bb, 3K, HBP, and 2HR. Four of the six hits Urbina gave up went for extra bases (2B, 3B, 2 HR). His ERA has risen to 6.41 for the season.
Another interesting tidbit from this game, was the inclusion of Zach Lutz (1-3, BB) as the DH. Lutz was placed on the DL on May 25, with a left foot fracture. For the season at AA Binghamton Lutz was hitting: .262/.396/.500 with 8 HR, 17RBI, 24BB, 36K, in 35 games.
SS-A: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 2, Mahoning Valley Scrappers 1
Angel Cuan (3-0) pitched 6 2/3 solid innings to lead Brooklyn to a 2-1 victory over Mahoning Valley. The 21-year old left-hander, who came into the season #38 on Toby’s Top 41, gave up 8 hits (7 singles), 1 er, while walking none and striking out 6. For the season Cuan is now: 3-0, 2.00 ERA 36 IP, 34h, 7bb, 23K. Not the greatest K-rates, but he has been solid.
Ryan Fraser (1 IP, 2K), the Mets 2010 16th round pick, picked up his 3rd save, with a perfect 9th inning. In 9 appearances Fraser is: 0-1, 0.71 ERA, 3 SV, 12 1/3 IP, 6h, 6bb, 21K.
Luis Nieves (2-2, HR, 2RBI) provided all the offense the Cyclones needed with a 2-run homerun in the 3rd inning. Darrell Ceciliani (1-3, IBB) stole his team leading 11th base.
SS-R: Kingsport Mets 12, @ Bluefield Orioles 6
Aderlin Rodriguez is on a tear right now. The 18-year old out of the Dominican Republic collected four hits, including two doubles, and three rbi. Over his last 12 games Rodriguez is hitting .423/.436/.846, and for the season he is hitting .323/.359/.667. Rodriguez is 2nd in the APPYL in doubles (9), homeruns (8), and RBI (21). On Thursday, Rodriguez was named APPYL Player of the Week.
Lucas Stewart (2-3, 2B, 2RBI) and Alberto Cordero (2-5, HR, 3RBI) were both hitting stars.
Michael Hebert picked up the win: 5 IP, 5h, 5r, 3er, 2bb, 6K.
SS-R: GCL Marlins 6, @ GCL Mets 1
Mets 2010 10th round pick, Akeel Morris made his first start of the season. On a strict pitch count, Morris went two innings, giving up one hit, no runs, walking two, and striking out one. The Mets are excited about the 17-year old Morris. Minor League pitching coordinator Rick Waits had this to say about Morris,
“Talk about a quick arm. Electric arm, but hasn’t had a whole lot of pitching in the Virgin Islands. It’s good baseball, but not enough.”
Brant Rustich pitched a perfect inning of relief, striking out one.
Other players of note: Robbie Shields (0-4), Blake Forsythe (1-3), who caught his first game and was 0-2 throwing out baserunners, and Julio Concepcion (1-3, 2B, RBI, 2 K).
SS-A: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 7, Mahoning Valley Scrappers 4
Brian Harrison’s huge game helped the Cyclones defeat Mahoning Valley 7-4. The Cyclone 3rd-baseman went 3-4, including his second homerun of the season, and a season high six rbi. Harrison (pictured) got the Cyclones on the board with a 2-run homerun in the bottom of the 2nd, then the big blow came in the 6th. With bases loaded and tow outs, Harrison cleared the bases with a double, to give the Cyclones a 6-4 lead. Darrell Ceciliani (1-4, BB, 2K) collected his team leading 10th stolen base of the season. In the fifth inning, Cory Vaughn (1-4, K) saved a would be Scrappers run, as he gunned down a runner at the plate trying to tag from third-base.
Starter Chris Hilliard was not good: 4 1/3 IP, 7h, 4er, 1bb, 1K. The bullpen however, shutdown the Scrappers over the final 4 2/3 innings, giving up only one hit. Samuel Tavares (W, 1 2/3 IP, K), Adam Koralek (1 2/3 IP, 2K), and Johan Figuereo (SV, 1 1/3 IP, 1h, 2bb, 2K) all came in and were effective. Both Tavares and Koralek were perfect in their outings.
Harrison photo courtesy of brooklyncyclones.com
SS-R: Kingsport Mets 7, @ Bluefield Orioles 3
Aderlin Rodriguez (pictured) continues to display big-time power. The 18-year old cranked out his team leading 8th homerun of the season. For the season Rodriguez is hitting .297/.337/.637, with 6bb and 11K. Over his last 11 games, Rodriguez is hitting .383/.400/.809 with 5 HR and 14 RBI. That is very impressive folks!!
Javier Rodriguez (2-5, RBI) collected 2 hits, and is now hitting .341/.366/.545.
SS-R: @ GCL Mets 3, GCL Astros 0
Blake Forsythe, the Mets 2010 3rd round pick, made his professional debut, with a 1-4 effort. Serving as the DH, Forsythe connected line drive single to right-field in his final at-bat. Robbie Shields (0-3, bb, K, SB) stole his 3rd base of the season, and played a flawless SS. Julio Concepcion (3-4, 3B, 2RBI) racked up 3 hits and 2 rbi. Over his last 10 games, Concepcion is hitting .389/.405/.583, but has yet to draw a walk on the season.
Sean Green, yes is still alive, pitched a scoreless inning of relief, in his first rehab assignment (cracked rib).
SSA: Brooklyn Cyclones 8, @ Aberdeen Ironbirds 2
Collin McHugh (2-0, 1.64) gave the Cyclones six shutout innings, fanning six and walking one. Matt Bouchard continued his early season assault on NYP League pitching by going 3-5 with a triple. DH Nick Santomauro, the Mets 10th round pick out of Dartmouth, was 2-4 with a triple and three RBI.
Rookie – Appalachian League
Johnson City Cardinals 12, @ Kingsport Mets 11
Whoa. The K-Mets held a 9-0 lead in this game and led 9-2 after six frames only to see the Cardinals wallop the bullpen for nine runs in the seventh inning.
Eduardo Aldama, making his first start of the year for Kingsport was superb over five shutout innings. The 19-year-old gave up just one hit and one walk while whiffing nine Cardinals.
RF Cesar Puello was 2-5 and scored twice, his first two hits of the young season. 22-year old catcher Michael Moras was 3-5 with a double.
Rookie – Gulf Coast League
GCL Mets 9, @ GCL Cardinals 0
Jhonathan Torres, the Mets 2008 VSL Player of the Year dealt five shutout, no-hit innings to more than set the tone in this one. Torres struck out seven and walked two.
19-year old Julio Concepcion continued his torrid start to the year by going 3-5 with a triple. The 6’4″, 194lb Concepcion is now 6-for-13 in the GCL after leading the Mets DSL team in batting last year with a .285/.361/.393 line. I’ll admit, I know nothing about Concepcion, but I want to know more, and fast.
Rookie – Gulf Coast League
@ GCL Marlins 3, GCL Mets 2
19-year old Yohan Almonte started, and dealt two scoreless innings in his first professional game on US soil. He gave up one hit, but struck out three. Almonte was 3-3 with a 2.95 ERA in 14 games last year in the DSL. In 61 IP, he fanned 55 and walked 23.
Almonte was followed by 19-year old Aussie, 6’1″, 190 lber, Adam O’Neill. O’Neill gave up four hits, a walk and a run in three innings while striking out three his his professional debut. When he was signed last January, Matt Cerrone quoted Mets scout Tony Harris, who signed O’Neill as saying:
“I watched him pitch and I was immediately interested. He had a great arm action, was fluid, had that perfect pitcher’s body and kept the ball low with a hard curve that was fooling the hitters.”
Daniel Carela, the third Mets pitcher of the afternoon, gave up two runs in two innings on one hit, but struck out five. He bounced three wild pitches. Carela, who played for the New York Nine, was signed by the Mets as a free agent in 2008.
19-year-old catcher Nelfi Zapata was 2-4 with a pair of RBI. Zapata was the Mets 19th round pick out of English HS in Jamaica Plain, MA.
@ GCL Mets 5, GCL Astros 2
RHP Scott Moviel appeared in a minor league box score for the first time in 2009 and was sharp over four innings. He allowed one run on five hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out four. He was relieved by Aussie Lachlan Hodge who didn’t give up hit or a run in three innings.
Dutch 20-year old Marinus Vernooij, one of the Mets big international signings in 2007, played thirdbase and was o-4. Vernooij hit .201/.276/.296 in 58 games in the VSL last season.