Cory Vaughn: 2-for-3, 2 2B. He’s hitting .382/.447/.765 with eight extra-base hits in nine games in July and is sitting at .242/.344/.470 overall in 80 games.
CF Brandon Nimmo (.205/.379/.342 – 21 games) expanded his NYP-leading walk total by going 1-for-2 with two walks. Philip Evans’ two-run single in the sixth put the Cyclones out in front 2-1 briefly.
Starter Hansel Robles was sharp: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K to lower his ERA to 2.57.
This game was on SNY. What did y’all see?
The story in the system last night: LHP Steven Matz: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K.
He told MiLB.com:
“My changeup was working good. I only threw one breaking pitch though the first five innings, just using my fastball and changeup. One of the things I was working on with the pitching coordinator is shortening my stride. I shortened my stride up and everything fell into place.
He also told MiLB his fastball “touched 95.” He issued both of his walks in the first inning and did not allow his one hit until the fourth.
The K-Mets lost because RHP Cory Oswalt gave up seven runs on five hits and retired just one batter.
21-year old RF Maikis De La Cruz, was 4-4 with a homer. He’s on the old side for the Appy League (really) but is crushing at .348/.357/.500 in 19 games.