RHP Erik Goeddel (pictured) was a first inning walk away from perfection through five innings. He did not retire a batter in the sixth before a single and a pair of doubles chased him from the game. His final line: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.
25-year old 1B Alan Dykstra was the DH, going 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and a strikeout. In five rehab games, he's 6-for-14 (.429) with three doubles, five walks and six strikeouts. He should be ready to return to AA soon, which might help push Eric Campbell, whose strong season I touched on yesterday, to up to AAA.
One piece of Gnats news: 2B/3B Matt Reynolds, the Mets' second round pick out of Arkansas said via Twitter that he expected to join Savannah on Thursday. The Mets have said that they plan to play him at shortstop to begin his career. If he can play the position, his value jumps.
Not much exciting in this one Monday. The RiverDogs are my pick to win the SAL Southern Division in the second half. Marcos Camarena started, and Domingo Tapia is scheduled for Tuesday to complete the Gnats' first spin through the rotation after the All-Star Break.
Again, the Mets shut down Tapia for a few weeks before the All-Star Break in an effort to limit his innings. On May 29th, he had thrown 46 innings. In 2011, he threw 56 innings in the minors between Brooklyn and Kingsport. Give him credit for another 30-ish in extended spring training in 2011 to take him to 85 and a few in instructional league in the fall, and he might have had between 90-100 professional innings by the Mets' math, which counts extended and instructional innings. By pressing pause on his 2012, the Mets could slow his rate of increase as he will blow by his 56 game innings from a year ago.
The Gnats' run scoring output in their last four games: 1, 1, 2, 3 runs.
3B Aderlin Rodriguez was 1-for-3 with a walk to extend his little hitting streak to seven straight games. The walk was the 20-year old's 26th in his 68th game. He drew 29 in 131 contests a year ago.
- Speaking of hitting streaks, C Cam Maron took an 0-for on Sunday to snap his streak at 16 straight games, tied for the second best streak in the South Atlantic League this year. The 21-year old Maron is hitting .292/.371/.382 overall in 43 games. Comparing his game to Josh Thole as left-handed hitting catchers who make contact, draw walks, don't hit for much power, and don't have big arms is, well, obvious. In his age 21 season, Thole was hitting .300/.382/.427 for advanced-A St. Lucie.
- Sunday's game also featured LHP Jimmy Fuller's return to the mound from labrum surgery which forced him to miss the entire 2011 season. He was on a 50-pitch count and looked ok.