A-Ball Monday: More Hits for Nimmo in a Heart-Breaking Loss; Aderlin Rodriguez Heating Up?

A: @ Greensboro Grasshoppers (MIA) 9, Savannah Sand Gnats 8 

Plawecki Face Swing Follow ThroughOh man. The Gnats scored three runs in the top of the ninth to come back from a 6-5 deficit to take an 8-6 lead only to watch Greensboro win it on a three-run walkoff jack i nthe bottom of the frame.

The Gnats’ ninth: CF Brandon Nimmo singled, SS Yucary De La Cruz reached on an error, 1B Jayce Boyd sacrifice fly (tied the game), C Kevin Plawecki (pictured) two-run homer for the lead.
The ‘Hoppers’ ninth vs. reliever Julian Hilario: single, single, bunt to move the runners to second and third, three-run homer by Viosergy Rosa, his third of the year.

After going 3-for-5, Nimmo now has three-straight multi-hit games and is beating SAL pitching at a .447/.518/.574 rate in his first 12 games as a 20-year old. Boyd is bopping along at .383/.455/.553 in his 12 games while Plawecki is sitting at .375/.426/.667 in his dozen contests. Boyd, Nimmo and Plawecki have powered the Gnats offense.

Luis Cessa was solid but let down by his defense: 5 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR. Philip Evans made an error behing Cessa that opened the door on a three-run bottom of the second. After striking out to end the third to fall to 0-for-2, he was ejected. 3B Cole Frenzel also committed two errors behind Cessa.

 

A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 13, Charlotte Stone Crabs (TB) 3 

The Mets scored five runs in the fourth and six runs in the sixth to blow out the Crabs. Every St. Lucie starter had a hit and scored a run in this one.

C Cam Maron led the way from the two-spot in the order, going 3-for-5 with a triple and 3 RBI. The 22-year old has finished his first 10 games hitting .286/.318/.405.

3B Aderlin Rodriguez hit his first homer of 2013 in a 2-for-5 effort. The 21-year old is off to a slow start (.159/.170/.273 – 7 H/44 AB) in part because he’s not controlling the strike zone at all (0 BB/ 9 strikeouts).

LF Dustin Lawley had a grand slam, which is nice, because slams are fun.

Hansel Robles was ok: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Reliever Wanel Mesa made his first appearance as a Met. The 26-year-old ran a 7.00 ERA in the SAL with Hagerstown, a Nationals’ affiliate last year in 2010, in 54 innings over 38 relief appearances. His peripherals were about as poor as you would expect: .304 opponents’ batting average, 32 strikeouts/25 walks. I suppose the Mets signed him as a minor league free agent.