Upper Levels Thursday: Vegas Blasts Grizzlies

AAA: Las Vegas 51s 14, Fresno Grizzlies 3

McHugh Vegas HeadAn efficient Vegas offense, helped by four (!) Fresno errors scored 12 runs in the first three innings on their way to a two touchdown performance.

Perhaps more important than the 51s’ hit parade was Collin McHugh’s performance. McHugh (pictured) allowed two unearned runs thanks to a Juan Lagares error, on four hits in seven innings, did not walk a batter and struck out five. In 12.1 innings over two starts, McHugh has allowed eight hits and a walk while fanning 12. Remember, the Mets are asking both Aaron Laffey and Jeremy Hefner to hold down starting spots. McHugh will get his shot to stick at the back of the Mets’ rotation soon enough.

Back to the offense. CF Juan Lagares was 3-for-6 with a leadoff homer in the top of the first to get the party started. LF Zach Lutz was 2-for-5 with a grand slam. Lagares has used four multi-hit games in a row to lift his seven0game average to .333 (11 H/33 AB). 1B Josh Satin was 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk. With seven mutli-hit games in eight contests, Satin is hitting .500/.543/.906 (16-for-32).

C Travis d’Arnaud was 2-for-5 with two measly singles. By the way, he’s drawn seven walks in six games.


AA: New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3, @ Binghamton Mets 1

On a cold April night, the ‘Cats ruined the B-Mets’ home opener.

Logan Verrett: 7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 WP. Amazin’ Avenue’s Jeffrey Paternostro braved the cold to report that Verrett was mostly working the high 80s, hit 90+ a “handful” and topped out at 92 and threw his slider a lot in the middle innings. That all sounds just about right. Verrett has fanned five of the 49 batters he has faced (10%) in his 13 innings this year. That’s not enough.

3B Josh Rodriguez had two of Binghamton’s three hits. LF Cory Vaughn off to a 3-for-22 start (.136) had the other.

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