Hansel Robles (pictured) took a perfect game into the eighth when he gave up a two-out single. His final line: 8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K. A week shy of his 22nd birthday, Robles is having an outstanding season. His 1.48 ERA is now third in the NYP, his 51 strikeouts are third (behind only teammates Luis Mateo and Rainy Lara) he’s second in WHIP (0.80), fourth in innings pitched (54.2) and fourth in lowest walk rate (0.99 BB-IBB/9 IP). His strikeout to walk ratio is a tasty 8.5. Again, according to some reports, he’s been up to 94-95 mph in recent starts. According to Cyclones’ Pitching Coach Marc Valdes, he was 92-94 mph on Friday. One major red flag: he’s listed at 5’11” and there just aren’t that many right-handed starters under 6′ in the big leagues.
SS Philip Evans singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. The 19-year old is hitting a superficially unimpressive .234/.314/.348, but the 30/22 K/BB rates in 50 games are very solid.
RHP Tyler Vanderheiden finished off Robles’ gem with a scoreless inning of his own. He’s a tall side-winding righthander who has a 0.61 ERA out of the Brooklyn bullpen. His deceptive motion alone will carry him through a-ball although with eight walks in 14.2 innings, he must tighten his control considerably.
No Nimmo yet aftet a hit-by-pitch Sunday.
LHP Mark Cohoon took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on his way to his fifth career complete game. His sparkling line: 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K. In 20 starts for AAA Bufalo in the last two seasons, the 24-year old Cohoon has a 6.77 ERA with 55 strikeouts against 41 walks in 102.1 innings. That’s a 4.8 K/BB and a 3.6 BB/9 in the International League. The good news however, is that he’s helping the B-Mets win some games now.
In our daily game of Find the Flores, now 21-year old Wilmer Flores played second base for the second straight night. He’s played second in three of his last four games and five of his last eight. He was 1-for-4.
This was the completion of Thursday’s game which was suspended by rain and Domingo Tapia allowed just one hit, a chopper off home plate that Matt Reynolds could not barehand at short, in his six innings. I was sitting behind homeplate for the first few innings of his start and hot damn. Tapia was living at 96-98 with his fastballs. His changeup was 88-90 with sink. He just did not throw his slider. His final line: 6 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 8 K. Both runs were scored by guys who walked to leadoff innings. Of his non-strikeouts, he picked up six groundouts and two flyouts.
I still think he needs to develop his slider to be a big league starter, but all the same, he’s throwing a special big league fastball.