RHP Domingo Tapia: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 WP, 0 HBP, 13 ground ball outs, 0 fb outs. Every out he recorded was by strikeout or groundball. Two of the three hits he allowed were grounders. The 20-year old hit 99 in his first start in Savannah, and did not throw a fastball below 95. Saturday, he touched 98 on the Augusta stadium gun. In two starts in the SAL, he's fanned 11, walked one and gave up seven hits in 12 innings. I had him ranked #14 coming into this year, and I fear I severely under-ranked him.
The Gnats did all of their scoring in a messy six-run fourth inning that featured five walks, an infield single, two wild pitches, a passed ball, an error and two hits.
TJ Rivera tripled home two runs, and was 1-for-3 with a walk to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. He's sitting at .405/.500/.541 with eight walks and five strikeouts in the season's first 10 games.
Two nice things in this one.
1. Cesar Puello returned to the lineup after a week's absence and, with Darrell Ceciliani still out, played centerfield for the first time this year. He was 1-for-5 with a stole base from the #2 spot in the Mets lineup.
2. Cory Vaughn continued his nice start to 2012. Afte going 2-for-4 with a walk, the 22-year old is hitting .333/.450/.545 in his first nine games.
And the not-so-nice slow start:
3B Wilmer Flores was 0-for-2 with a walk, his first of the year, in his eighth game. He's hitting .192 (5-for-26) with one walk, two strikeouts and no extra-base hits in eight games.
Domingo Tapia phot0 courtesy Fred Devyatkin.