Hey, now. Miller Diaz: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 11 K. The 11 strikeouts were a new season high for the 21-year-old. In his last 42.1 innings over eight starts, he’s run a 1.49 ERA with 58 strikeouts against 21 walks in 42.1 innings with an opponents’ batting average of .155/.275/.183. The walks are still an issue. I recommend some time in the Frank Viola “School for Pitchers who want to Improve their Command and do Other Stuff Good Too.”
SS Gavin Cecchini: 1-for-4, BB, K.
The win and an Aberdeen IronBirds’ loss moved the Cyclones within 0.5 game of first place with 13 games to play. The Cyclones’ path to the playoffs is through a division title as they sit in fourth place, 5.5 games out of the wild card lead.
Have a night, Champ Stuart: 2-2, 2 BB, SB. The 20-year-old has hit .234/.389/.328 with 30 walks and 45 strikeouts in 37 games.
The KMets’ fourth straight game kept them 0.5 games ahead of the Greeneville Astros for first place and 2.5 games in front of the Elizabethton Twins for a playoff spot.
R (GCL): @ GCL Mets 4, GCL Nationals 3
After appearing in Wednesday’s game, Frank Francisco threw another inning on Friday.
Dominic Smith had his hitting streak snapped, but picked up a knock Saturday.
Ivan Wilson, the Mets’ third round pick in 2013, had a big Friday: 2-2, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB. The 18-year-old has eight extra-base hits, and 19 walks in 44 games. He’s a strong 6’3″, 220 lbs.