Catch up on all the Mets prospects in yesterday’s minor league action!
*All results from games played on Sunday, September 19, 2021
SYRACUSE 12, WORCESTER 4 (BOX)
Syracuse took the lead in the second thanks to home runs by Travis Blankenhorn and Martin Cervenka and never looked back, winning the game and their series against the Red Sox affiliate. Syracuse used seven pitchers on the afternoon, which might be a high this season if I cared enough to look, with Jerad Eickhoff getting the start and Roel Ramirez notching the save. Mark Vientos only had one hit in his five trips to the plate on the day, but he made it count by lacing a double into left, making three of his six Triple-A hits for extra bases.
READING 4, BINGHAMTON 0 (BOX)
Justin Lasko, at times, was outright dominant during his time with the St. Lucie Mets and the Brooklyn Cyclones this year, posting a combined 2.59 ERA in 87.0 innings with the two teams. His first start after being promoted to Binghamton went well, but since then he has struggled. While last night was not as bad as his prior start- he gave up 5 earned runs over 1.2 innings against the Portland SeaDogs on September 12th- Lasko still didn’t pitch great, allowing four earned runs over five plus innings. Realistically, though, it’s hard to blame him for Binghamton’s final loss of the season, as the bats managed only four hits against the most obnoxiously named team in minor league baseball.
JERSEY SHORE 3, BROOKLYN 1 (BOX)
It woulda been great to send the Brooklyn faithful home happy on the last day of the season, a season marked by high expectations and the unfulfilled realization thereof, but unfortunately it was not in the cards. J.T. Ginn did not pitch poorly, allowing three runs over six innings, but the Brooklyn bats apparently decided to beat the traffic on the Belt by not showing up period. After uncompetitive at-bat after uncompetitive at-bat, the Cyclones were finally able to scratch a run across the plate in the sixth. With the tying runs on base, Jose Peroza grounded into a double play and that was that, with the Cyclones not getting particularly close to scoring again.
ST. LUCIE 7, JUPITER 4 (BOX)
With St. Lucie winning their rain-shortened game one on Saturday and game two being cancelled, bragging rights between St. Lucie and the Jupiter Hammerheads for first place in the Low-A Southeast East came down to one last game- the playoffs, unfortunately, were not relevant as the new MiLB playoff protocols call for the best two teams in the league, regardless of division, and St. Lucie nor Jupiter have better win/loss records than the Tampa Tarpons or Bradenton Marauders. The Mets came into the day with a 59-55 record and the Hammerheads a 61-55 record. With a win, the St. Lucie would still have fewer wins than Jupiter but their win/loss record would be better, and as such, they would clinch the Low-A Southeast East.
The St. Lucie bats came out blazing, torching Jupiter starter Jordan Holloway for three runs in the first. With two men on base, Alex Ramirez tripled in both runners, and then drove himself in by stealing home in a well-executed double-steal. Even Fitterer came in to pitch for the Hammerheads and was solid in his five innings of relief, with the Mets scoring just once off of him on a throwing error. Jace Beck, making his Low-A debut, struggled, but the big 6’9” right-hander showed off the big fastball that makes him an intriguing follow. Kolby Kubichek allowed all of Beck’s inherited batters to score and allowed another of his own to score in the sixth, tying the game up at 4-4. In the eighth, Jupiter right-hander Jesus Sanchez screwed up not just once, but twice, allowing a pair of runs to score on a throwing error and then allowing a third to score on a wild pitch.
Gifted the lead in the bottom of the eighth, Grant Hartwig shut the door to give the Mets their 60th victory on the season, likely the most that any Mets minor league affiliate will win this season. With the win, St. Lucie won their first division championship since 2016 when they won the second half of the 2016 Florida State League South Division.
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Brooklyn & Binghamton bats