The important thing here is not the final score, but who did not play to the final out: C Kevin Plawecki. Plawecki left the game in the top of the sixth. Sources at the game told me he tried to field a breaking ball in the dirt and ended up “in pain.” I hope to have a precise body part and diagnosis on Friday.
One of the consequences of Plawecki leaving, when Cam Maron was in the lineup as the Mets’ DH was that when Maron moved over to catcher, the Mets lost their DH. That’s pretty rare occurrence is entertaining.
Among guys who did finish the game, 1B Jayce Boyd was 2-fo-4 with a homer and a walk. Between Savannah and St. Lucie this year, he’s sitting at .370/.440/.685 with seven homers in 73 games.
Starter Angel Cuan: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. His rotation spot is very shaky with Michael Fulmer and Hansel Robles headed back to the St. Lucie rotation.
Eight of the nine Savannah starters had hits and each of the bottom four hitters in the lineup (3B Cole Frenzel, 1B Nelfi Zapata, C Albert Cordero and SS Philip Evans) had at least two hits and two RBI.
Evans, who was 2-for-4 with two doubles and 3 RBI is turning his season around. Since June 11, the 20-year-old is hitting .349/.420/.488 with three doubles, a homer, five walks and six strikeouts in 13 games. Gnats’ manager Luis Rojas believes that the change is due to some important mechanical adjustments Evans has made. Before June 11, Evans was hitting an unsightly .173/.244/.223.
Gnats starter Logan Tayler, a big, hard-throwing guy left after an inning and two-thirds. He handed after throwing a pitch, looked like he was in discomfort and called the trainer out to see him. Athletic Trainer Tom Truedson examined the area around Taylor’s right (throwing) arm and elbow briefly and then escorted him off the field. Taylor will go for more tests on Friday.
C Albert Cordero has returned to Savannah again (after appearing with the Gnats in 2011 and 2012) but this time is a switch-hitter. The 23-year-old began switch-hitting full-time in Instructional League in the fall.
CF Brandon Nimmo was 1-for-3 with two walks and two strikeouts. The hit was a bouncer off a curveball deep in the 5/6 hole between third and short.