Have a night Blake Forsythe. The catcher was 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs and drove home all six St. Lucie runs. He lifted a solo home run in the third inning, a grand slam in the fourth, and then drove home Cesar Puello with the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth. The big night lifted the Mets' third round pick in 2010's season line to .231/.257/.492 in 20 games. Eight of his 15 hits have gone for extra-bases, but in 20 games, he's rocking a 22/3 K/BB ratio.
Wilmer Flores was 2-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to seven games. The 20-year old is up to .324/.359/.504 overall in 38 games. In May, he's ripping at .368/.419/.561 in 15 games.
I've been getting lots of questions over email and twitter about when the Mets are going to promote Flores. Again, it's not going to be soon. The FSL All-Star Break, a month away, is the first potential time. Why wait? He's 1. 20, 2. learning a new position (3B), and does not walk much (5% overall in 2012). There's just no rush. Let him enjoy crushing advanced-A pitching for a while.
Cory Mazzoni was hittable: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
A: Augusta GreenJackets 3, Savannah Sand Gnats 2Domingo Tapia did not have his good command of his sinker early and the GreenJackets struck for two runs in a 35-pitch first inning. Two of the hits in the inning were a bouncing ball up the middle and a ground-ball double down the leftfield line. Sometimes poor location manifests itself through walks, sometimes in hits. I think the double might have been against his changeup, not the sinker. To my eyes (from the pressbox) he was using his slider more than he had when he was dominant early in the season. It needs a lot of work, so using it in games is a great example of prioritizing development over getting the next out. His line: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 84 pitches.
LHP Jack Leathersich was a HBP away from perfection with six strikeouts in his three innings. His breaking ball is looking a little better. Many of his strikeouts, including his final one of the game have come when he has induced batters to chase up and out of the zone.
Despite eight hits, the Gnats' offense was MIA in the middle stages of the game as GreenJackets' pitching set down 13 straight Gnats from the fourth through the ninth inning. However, Aderlin Rodriguez led of the ninth with a clean single to right field, and after pinch-runner Tillman Pugh stole second, the Gnats had the tying run in position to score on a hit, but could not find the game-tying knock.