A-Ball Tuesday: Gnats Take First Place; Nimmo Reaches Base 4x; Logan Taylor Returns

A+: Lakeland Flying Tigers (DET) 5, St. Lucie Mets 0

Meh. The Mets had four hits, all singles.

LHP Alex Panteliodis (2-2, 3.06): 5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

 

A: @ Savannah Sand Gnats 9, Lexington Legends (KC) 2 

Nimmo Stance (Devyatkin)Just too much Gnats as Savannah used a six-run second inning to cruise past the Legends and, with the help of a Charleston loss, into first place in the SAL Southern Division with 12 games to play in the first half.

Logan Taylor, who has been sidelined since April 21 with a strained oblique was limited to 65 pitches, but did good work after allowing the game’s first two batters to score runs. His line: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. He got the first two strikeouts on curveballs for a called strike three and then used fastball up to finish off his next victims. Given the time away, it was a nice performance. I’ll get velocity readings on him Wednesday, but he had plenty on his fastball.

Julian Hilario also continues to make progress in the Savannah bullpen, giving the Gnats two shutout innings with three strikeouts. In his last five outings, he’s thrown 12 innings with 6 H, 1 BB and 13 strikeouts. He’s been 92-95 in recent outings.

Daily Nimmo
CF Brandon Nimmo (.314/.410/.415 – 30 gms): 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 BB
It was a very nice night for Nimmo (pictured).
Nimmo’s first three plate appearances were against a left-handed starter. In his first at-bat, he saw nothing in the strike zone, earning a four-pitch walk. In his second, he sat back nicely on an 0-2 offering and laced it over the shortstop’s head for a lined RBI single into left-center. He swung at the first pitch he saw in the fourth, and made solid contact, flying out to center. Facing a right-handed reliever in the sixth, he pulled a crisp single through the right side before walking in the bottom of the eighth. He’s still looking for his first extra-base hit against a lefty in 2013, hitting .250/.308/.250 (6-for-24 with one walk, six singles and seven strikeouts).

Nimmo was charged with an error in the first inning. Speedy Lexington LF Ethan Chapman dropped a single to shallow left-center. Nimmo got caught in between and dealt with a high hop that he fumbled, allowing Chapman, who’d taken a good hard turn at first, to race up to second.

SS Philip Evans: 0-for-4 with four strikeouts and two errors (his 18th and 19th of the year). He’s down to .180/.250/.232 and lost at the plate. Strikeouts had not been his problem: entering Tuesday the 20-year-old had a moderate 15.6% strikeout rate and had not struck out more than twice in any game this year. Defensively, he fumbled a ball in the seventh that ended up rolling between his legs. Then, on the subsequent plate, Hilario induced what should have been a double-play ball. His throw to second was not great – a little to Evans’ left and a little low. However, Evans could not catch the ball and was charged with his second error in as many plays. After the game, a friend asked me what the Mets should do with Evans. I think they’ll continue to run him out basically everyday in Savannah. While playing Yucarybert De La Cruz more might be defensive upgrade, the team is more invested in Evans.