LF Dustin Lawley’s seventh inning grand slam turned a one-run game into a much more comfortable five-run game. The 24-year-old is hitting .264/.314/.539 with 24 doubles, five triples and 19 homers. He’s now tops in the FSL in homeruns and total bases. After a .231/.289/.490 performance in 65 games in the first half, Lawley is off to a batting average/homer powered .373/.400/.707 start with six homers, three walks and 14 strikeouts in 19 games in the second half. Lawley is strong, but has been old for every league in which he has played.
On the infield, Kevin Plawecki played his second game at first base in the last five days and was 2-for-4 with a double. The 22-year-old is hitting .333/.382/.460 in 17 games in advanced-A. A little extra versatility is a nice thing, and playing first will let him stay in the lineup and ease the strain on his legs. All the same, while I like the bat, I like it combined with his ability to catch because I don’t see enough power to profile at first.
In any case, the decision to play Plawecki at first is driven again by Jayce Boyd’s turn as a DH only. Boyd (.357/.408/.586 – 18 games in A+) has not played in the field since June 28, now two weeks ago.
Hansel Robles was rather hittable in his second start back from the disabled list: 4.1 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 K. He’s allowed 20 hits in 8.2 innings in his last two starts.
While the Mets finished off their sweep of the Giants in San Francisco on Wednesday, the Gnats will go for the SAL version on Thursday night thanks to a game Wednesday that turned on three throws in the field.
Gnats’ corner outfielders Eudy Pina and Maikis De La Cruz ended the second and third innings by throwing out a runner at the plate in each frame. Then, in the bottom of the third, Philip Evans doubled and scored a play later on a throwing error on GreenJackets’ pitcher Kendry Flores on a bunt attempt by Jorge Rivero in his first game with the Gnats.
Brandon Nimmo, the 20-year-old CF was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk against a 6’7″ left-handed reliever as his batting average dipped to .261/.368/.352 in 61 games.