The star of the game is an easy call. RHP Erik Goeddel: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K. The seven innings and eight strikeouts were both season-highs. At times, scouts have had nice things to say about his curveball and slider and fastball at 89-92. However, the results have not been there for the 23-year old. This is not just a step in the right direction, but a leap to suggest he’s figured something out. Now, he just has to do it again.
1. 3B Aderlin Rodriguez returned to the lineup after a week off with an irritated eye, and was 0-for-4.
2. RF Cory Vaughn was 1-for-4 with his 20th homerun of the year. He’s second to Aderlin Rodriguez in homers in the Mets system, but hitting just .240/.351/.452 with 106 strikeouts in 111 games in advanced-A. On the plus side, he’s also drawn 59 walks. Almost half (43 of 97) of his hits have gone for extra-bases.
3. LF Travis Taijeron hit his fifth homerun in St. Lucie and his 17th of the year. In 40 games in the Florida State League, he’s hit .191/.298/.344 with 44 strikeouts at age 23.
Twenty-three year old 1B Brian Harrison, who began August in a 2-for-24 rut, was 3-for-4 with a double and a homerun to lead the Gnats to a series win and their fifth victory in six tries on the team’s second-to-last homestand.