1B Nick Evans was the star for the Bisons going 2-4 with a pair of two-run doubles. The 24-year-old is off to a nice 8-for-17 (.471) start with three doubles, in his return to AAA.
SS Ruben Tejada (.284/.332/.351) was 2-4 with a double, his 11th of the year in his 63rd game in AAA. Lucas Duda was 2-4 and RF Fernando Martinez was 0-1, but walked twice. I'll take that from Fernando.
On a night, when according to Bisons' radio voice Ben Wagner, Dillon Gee's curveball and changeup were "moving a lot" he struck out five and did not walk a batter in 6.2 innings to pick up his tenth win. Gee (10-7, 4.88) yielded three runs on seven hits.
Ramon Ortiz has been granted his release by the Mets, which is bad news for those of you dreaming of Ortiz rescuing from your Oliver Perez nightmares.
AA: Off. The B-Mets will be holding a Salute to the Big Lebowski on Tuesday.
"Smokey, this no 'Nam. This is Baseball. There are rules." Will there be White Russians at the concession stands? Random toes? The Dude?
A+: Lakeland Flying Tigers 7, @ St. Lucie Mets 1Jenrry Mejia was awesome in his first FSL rehab start, but everyone else in a Mets jersey was something, far less. Mejia gave up just one hit in four shutout innings with seven strikeouts. All five of his non-strikeout outs came by way of the ground ball. He hit 97, according to Joe DeMayo. That's a great rehab outing.
Brant Rustich delivered two scoreless relief innings despite two walks and two hits. He fanned two as well in his longest of three outings since returning from the DL.
Rhiner Cruz and Elvin Ramirez combined to give up seven runs over the final three frames to turn a 1-0 lead into an ugly affair.
St. Lucie has lost 12 of their last 13 games.
A: @ Rome Braves 4, Savannah Sand Gnats 1It's the Cesar Puello (.292/.378/.364 - pictured) show for the Gnats offensively right now. The 19-year old ran his hitting streak to 12 straight games with a 2-4 night that included a double and the Gnats' only run scored. In his last 12, he's hitting .468 (22-for-47) with three doubles, a triple, a home run, four walks and two strikeouts. He's hit safely in 20 of his last 21 games. He's fast, but the power is coming along too. He hit .249/.336/.302 before the All-Star Break with 12 XBH in 62 games. He's up to .362/.447/.464 with 11 extra-base hits in 37 games since the break.
Jefry Marte, who's missed 10 games with a hamstring injury, had hoped to make it back Monday, but did not. The pull is in the same leg, but a different place in the muscle as the pull that kept him out for the first two weeks of the regular season back in April.
LHP Darin Gorski (4-6, 3.68) was touched up for four runs on eight hits in six innings.
Puello photo courtesy Savannah Sand Gnats.