Here’s an overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Wednesday (and a look at the overall playoff picture):
TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s
The skinny: Las Vegas batted around during a five-run second inning, and easily defeated Round Rock, 8-3.
Kevin Plawecki, C: 4-or-4 with two home runs
Noah Syndergaard, RHP: Allowed seven hits, one walk and one run (earned) in 6.2 innings, striking out nine.
NOTES: Syndergaard was outstanding and pitched even better than a stellar line suggests. He tossed a season-high 110 pitches, including a season-best 80 for strikes – 72.7 percent. Of Syndergaard’s six outs on balls in play, all came on the ground. He mixed his pitches early and often and showed good pacing. This was a breakout, “statement” start for the righthander.
DOUBLE-A – Binghamton Mets
The skinny: New Britain scored two runs in the top of the ninth to tie the score and the Rock Cats struck for five runs in the eleventh to go ahead for good in an 11-7 win over the Mets.
Brandon Nimmo, CF: 3-for-6 with two doubles
Jayce Boyd, 1B: 3-for-5 with a double and a triple
Travis Taijeron, RF: 3-for-5 with a double and a walk
Wilfredo Tovar, SS: 3-for-6 with two stolen bases
Tyler Pill: Allowed five hits, one walk and two runs (earned) in five innings, striking out seven
NOTES: To view Nimmo’s monthly splits is to see a patient hitter finding his way to excellence at Double-A. In 11 June game, Nimmo hit .171 with a .341 on-base percentage and .286 slugging percentage. In 27 July games, Nimmo slashed .243/.355/.447. In 22 August games? .305/.380/.463.
SINGLE-A ADVANCED – St. Lucie Mets
The skinny: Down a run with two outs in the ninth, Gilbert Gomez and Maikis De La Cruz scored the tying and winning runs when L.J. Mazzilli reached on a fielding error during a 5-4 St. Lucie win.
Maikis De La Cruz, LF: 2-for-5
Gavin Cecchini, SS: 3-for-5 with a double
Jared King, DH: 1-for-2 with two walks
Phillip Evans, 3B: 1-for-2 with two walks
NOTES: Since July 28 (29 games), Cecchini is 28-for-97 (.288) with 20 walks and 11 strikeouts.
SINGLE-A – Savannah Sand Gnats
The skinny: Savannah scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to cut its deficit to a single run, but they couldn’t complete the comeback during a 5-4 los to Augusta.
Yeixon Ruiz, SS: 3-for-5
Akeel Morris, RHP: Struck out two in a perfect ninth inning
SINGLE-A SHORT-SEASON – Brooklyn Cyclones
The skinny: Amed Rosario was hit by a pitch with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th, forcing in the winning run during a 2-1 win over Staten Island.
Michael Conforto, LF: 4-for-5 with two doubles
Jhoan Urena, 3B: 1-for-3 with two walks
Tucker Tharp, CF: 3-for-5
Scarlyn Reyes, RHP: Allowed three hits, one walk and two runs (one earned) in seven innings, striking out seven
Las Vegas – Clinched division
Binghamton – 2 games out of first, but have clinched a playoff spot
St. Lucie – Eliminated
Savannah –Savannah will reach the playoffs as the first half division winner
Brooklyn – 5 games back in division, tragic number is 1