The B-Mets picked up two outstanding performances in this one – RHP Erik Goeddel and RF Cesar Puello.
Goeddel (5-2, 4.40): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.
Goeddel told MiLB.com that he adopted a new changeup grip a month ago:
“I changed my grip on it about a month ago,” he said. “It used to come in about 84 mph and now it’s in the 80-81 range and it’s getting more swing-throughs. I’m using it in ways that I haven’t before. Now I can throw it first pitch or with strikes, times when I couldn’t before. That added versatility has helped me out.”
He also emphasized that he’s “trying to attack hitters more.” All good stuff. Now do it again.
Cesar Puello had a monster game on the field going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a homer in a 3-for-4 night with three RBI. At a young 22, Puello is up to .312/.390/.555 with 22 extra-base hits in 47 games. That was probably the easy and fun part of Puello’s day. Sometime after the game, he likely was told about the ESPN report that MLB would attempt to suspend him and 20 or more other big leaguers based on evidence from Tony Bosch and Biogenesis. (More on this later.)
Also, Jack Leathersich gave up a hit in a scoreless eighth inning, but struck out two of the four batters he saw.