Pretty stuff from John Gant who threw the third nine-inning complete game in Cyclones' history: 9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. Thanks to a double-play and a caught-stealing, he faced the minimum 27 batters in his nine-inning masterpiece.
Now that bad news. A nine-inning complete game in the NYP is no guarantee of future success: the previous two Cyclones' complete games were turned in by Miguel Pinango (8/23/02) and Yohan Almonte (8/28/10). I do think it's interesting too that all three complete games took place in the final eight days of August.
Gant worked exclusively off his fastball and his changeup, he told MiLB.com:
"I didn't throw a single curveball," Gant said after his 91-pitch gem. "The fastball and the changeup kept working, and I like to keep a rhythm going if I get in one."With the win, the Cyclones slipped one half game ahead of the Aberdeen Ironbirds for first place in the NYP McNamara Division with seven games to play.
The Cyclones had just four hits themselves in a game that was played in 1:54, which makes everyone happy this time of year.
The KMets clinched a playoff berth with a run in the bottom of the 10th after closer Ricardo Jacquez, who has been untouchable up to this point, allowed two runs in the top of the ninth. Dom Smith, who enteres as a pinch-hitter in the 8th, walked in each of his first two Appalachian League plate appearances.
The winning rally: groundout, Yeixon Ruiz single, Jeff McNeil single (first and third), intentional walk to Dom Smith, Jeyckol De Leon RBI single.
With their third straight win, the K-Mets regained first place. They clinched their playoff berth because the top two teams in each division go to the playoffs, and the Mets are 2.5 games ahead of the Elizabethton Twins with two games to play.
The K-Mets become the third Mets affiliate to clinch a trip to the postseason after Savannah and Binghamton. Both Brooklyn and Las Vegas are leading their divisions as well.
Rob Whalen was ok: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K.
Ty Bashlor, who throws very hard, fired off a scoreless seventh.
21-year-old Jeff McNeil (.333/.414/.414 - 46 games) had a big game, going 4-for-6 with a stolen base. This is partly how you go to the playoffs with guys who are old for their league, hitting .333.
R (GCL): @ GCL Marlins 3, GCL Mets 2