Sunday in A-Ball: Michael Fulmer Works into the Seventh

A+: @ Lakeland Flying Tigers (DET) 3, St. Lucie Mets 0 

Fulmer 7-19-12 delivery (Devyatkin)Michael Fulmer: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP. The 20-year-old struggled with his command early, when I was listening to the game, leaving the bases loaded in the third and yielding a run in the fourth before retiring seven of the final eight batters he faced to finish his outing. At 6.1 innings, it was the first time he has pitched into the seventh inning in his four Florida State League starts.

st. Lucie picked up just one hit, a single by 3B Robbie Shields.

Rehabbing Cory Vaughn was 0-for-3 in left field.

Kevin Plawecki played first, while Cam Maron handled the catching duties.


A: Augusta GreenJackets (SF) 6, @ Savannah Sand Gnats 1 

The Mets skipped Steven Matz in an early attempt to limit his innings and gave the start to Julian Hilario, his first of the year. Matz has already thrown 81 innings after just 29 over six starts last year for Kingsport. There will be some openings in the Savannah rotation over the final month as the team manages Matz, Gabriel Ynoa and Luis Cessa’s workload. Hilario is the obvious candidate to take those starts as the guy with the best arm in the Savannah bullpen and a starter as recently as 2012 in Brooklyn.

Hilario struggle through four innings Sunday: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K.

CF Brandon Nimmo was 0-for-2, but walked twice. Three of his four plate appearances came against a lefty, starter Matt Lujan. In those three, he grounded out twice to second and walked once. He’s now hitting .190/.288/.207 with one double in 58 AB vs. southpaws this year.

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