A-Ball Friday: Nice Nights for Aderlin and Plawecki in Wins; Tapia’s Return from the DL was BRIEF

A+: Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 8, @ St. Lucie Mets 6 

Rodriguez Aderlin St. Lucie HeadThe Mets scored five times in the final two innings, but it was not enough to overcome an early 7-0 deficit. Why were the Mets down big? Domingo Tapia was wild in his return from the DL with a burned (non) pitching hand: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, HBP. Just yuck. It was his first game in 19 days, but that’s not good.

At the plate, 3B Aderlin Rodriguez (.261/.287/.484 – 45 games) was 3-for-5 with an RBI. The 21-year old is bopping along at .345/.376/.632 in 21 games in May.

SS Matt Reynolds, who has had a tough May for average (.233/.321/.384) was 2-for-2 with three walks. The 22-year-old is now hitting .253/.337/.365 with 19 walks against 32 strikeouts in 44 games.

 

A: @ Savannah Sand Gnats 6, Augusta GreenJackets (SF) 5 

Matt Koch has a good arm, but the results have not really been as good as his low-mid 90s fastball: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, 12 gb; 1 fb. On this night, his defense, which committed three errors, did not help him.

C Kevin Plawecki (.366/.447/.615 – 44 games): 2-for-3 with a three-run homer (his sixth), a bases loaded walk, and four RBI. He’s reached base safely in 34-straight games. As discussed Friday, there’s little developmental reason for the 22-year old Plawecki to still be in Savannah. However, keeping him in Savannah both helps keep the Gnats alive for a first half title (after Friday’s win, the team is 0.5 games out of first) and buys Cam Maron a few more advanced-A at-bats. Plawecki now has more extra-base hits (27) than strikeouts (20).

It’s hard to have a worse night than SS Philip Evans: 0-for-3, 2 errors (in the ‘Jackets three-run second) and an ejection after a sixth-inning strikeout looking with runners at second and third. In 45 games, the 20-year-old Evans is hitting .184/.269/.243 with 16 errors, tied for the second-most among SAL shortstops.