Here’s an overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Monday (and a look at the overall playoff picture):
TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s
The skinny: Las Vegas scored three runs in the second inning and eight runs by the end of the fourth to take a commanding lead in a 9-3 win over Round Rock.
Matthew Bowman, RHP: Allowed seven hits, four walks and three runs (all earned) in five innings, striking out six
Jack Leathersich, LHP: Walked two in two hitless, scoreless innings, striking out five
Josh Satin, 3B: 3-for-5 with a stolen base
Brandon Allen, 1B: 2-for-3 with a double and a walk
Kevin Plawecki, C: 2-for-4
Anthony Seratelli, 2B: 2-for-4 with a double and a home run
Matt Reynolds, SS: 1-for-5 with two stolen bases
NOTES: Leathersich hasn’t allowed a hit or run in any of his last four outings, spanning 3.1 innings. He’s walked four and struck out eight…Monday marked the first time since June 11 that Bowman allowed more than two earned runs, a run that stretched for 12 starts (seven with Binghamton, five with Las Vegas). Monday was also just the second time this season that Bowman has walked four hitters, and the first since May 21 with Binghamton.
DOUBLE-A – Binghamton Mets
The skinny: Dustin Lawley’s double scored Jayce Boyd, who had been hit by a pitch to lead off the eighth inning, with the go-ahead run, and Binghamton added on two more insurance runs in the frame during a 4-1 Mets win over New Britain.
Brandon Nimmo, CF: 1-for-2 with two walks
T.J. Rivera, DH: 2-for-3 with a double and a walk
Dustin Lawley, LF: 2-for-4 with a double
Kyle Johnson, RF: 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a caught stealing
Rainy Lara, RHP: Allowed five hits, one walk and one run (earned) in 7.2 innings, striking out four
SINGLE-A ADVANCED – St. Lucie Mets
The skinny: T.J. Chism allowed four runs in the ninth (all earned) to blow a one-run lead during an 8-5 Charlotte win over St. Lucie.
Maikis De La Cruz, 3B: 3-for-4 with two doubles and a walk
L.J. Mazzilli, 2B: 3-for-5
Jared King, RF: 2-for-4 with a triple
SINGLE-A – Savannah Sand Gnats
The skinny: Savannah was off.
SINGLE-A SHORT-SEASON – Brooklyn Cyclones
The skinny: Staten Island’s Chris Breen hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the 10th to send Brooklyn to a 2-1 loss.
Adrian Abreu, C: 2-for-5 with a double
Michael Conforto, LF: 2-for-5
NOTES: Third baseman Jhoan Urena was ejected before the first pitch for refusing to vacate the foul line during a “standoff” with Staten Island players following the National Anthem. The standoff has apparently become popular in the minor leagues, but may be most familiar to casual fans for the showdown that occurred between Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke and Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly prior to the start of Game 6 of the 2013 National League Championship Series. Players involved compete to see who can remain on the field the longest. According to an article from MiLB.com’s Jake Seiner, Urena was warned twice before being tossed, but he refused to back down. He was sent to the showers for delay of game. No one from Staten Island was ejected. Urena, 19, is hitting .290 with a .341 on-base percentage and five home runs in 68 games. His replacement in the game, Anthony Chavez, went 1-for-4 with a double and three strikeouts…Conforto, the Mets’ top selection in June’s draft, threw a runner out at the plate with the score tied and one out in the eighth inning.
Las Vegas - Clinched division
Binghamton - 2.5 games out of first, but have clinched a playoff spot
St. Lucie - Eliminated
Savannah - 6 games back in division, tragic number is 2; but Savannah will reach the playoffs as the first half division winner
Brooklyn - 6 games back in division, tragic number is 2