Not even a two-hour rain delay could stop the B-Mets as every member of the lineup had at least one hit. 2B Danny Muno (.253/.388/.382 – 123 gms) and LF Darrell Ceciliani (.273/.329/.389 – 110 gms) each had two, with Muno adding a double and a walk.
The rain held Mark Cohoon to two innings, but LHP Hamilton Bennett picked up his first win in AA, which is nice.
Hansel Robles (5-4, 3.72) gave up a run in the first inning, and then nothing else after as he finished eight inning for the first time this year: 8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. It was his second-straight 4K/3 BB perfomance. For the year, his strikeout rate sits at 18% and his walk rate at 8%. Those would basically be league average rates in MLB, but of course Robles is in advanced-A and generally pitchers see those key rates worsen as they move up the ladder. Robles does not have any room to decline. The Arizona Fall League will be an interesting test for him.
This team is skidding along to finish the season, going 4-12 in their last 16 games. The culprit has been the offense, as the Gnats have scored 41 runs in those 16 games a rate of 2.6 per contest. The good news for the Gnats is that they will throw Gabriel Ynoa, Steven Matz and, if necessary, Luis Cessa in the first round of the playoffs which begin Wednesday. They, collectively, will have to be very, very good.
Julian Hilario (7-7, 3.77) who’s been throwing 90ish as a starter: 5 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K.