No Andres Torres, who's supposed to take his rehab north for the weekend to somewhere cold and rejoin the Mets Monday in Houston. With the Bisons at home to host Rochester this weekend, and the B-Mets in Erie, PA to see the SeaWolves, I'd wager heavily he'll be in a Bisons' uniform for a few days. However, DJ Carrasco tossed two scoreless innings.
RHP Erik Goeddel (pictured) made his first start of the year and his second appearance overall and was really good: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. Goeddel, who the Mets went overslot to sign in the 24th round in 2010, was really good for Savannah in the first half in 2011, missed over two months with shoulder issue, and did not look like the same guy when he returned in August.
Adrian Rosario, the reliever acquired for Francisco Rodriguez, worked the final two innings for his third save and whiffed three.
3B Wilmer Flores was 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games over which time he is hitting .410 (16-for-39). Still 20, he's hitting at .323/.355/.523 in 19 games overall. Flores has done this before, sort of. He reeled off a 15-game hitting streak in St. Lucie in his third-17th games in advanced-A from June 26-July 10, 2010 immediately after he was promoted from Savannah. At the end of that streak, he was hitting .427/.442/.533 after 17 games in the FSL. Note two important differences: he's slugging more in 2012 and controlling the strike zone better. In 2012, he's running an isolated slugging percentage of .200, while in his 2010 streak it was .106. Also, during the 2010 streak, he had a 1/7 BB/K ratio. This year, 3 BB/4 K.
2B Robbie Shields drove home LF Alonzo Harris with the game's only run in the top of the 7th inning.
The amazing thing about this line from Domingo Tapia was that it was only the second-worst pitching line in the system Thursday (see also: Greg Peavey): 1.1 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, Bk. But hey, at least he still induced three ground ball outs. For now, lets just call it one bad night for the 20-year old.
Meanwhile, the 23-year olds keep hitting. SS TJ Rivera was 2-for-5 with a solo homer, his second. He's hitting a crazy .397/.478/.564 in 20 games in the South Atlantic League. Lets put it this way: Rivera and Ruben Tejada share a birthday - October 27, but Tejada is one year younger. Rivera grew up in the Bronx and after playing his high school ball at Lehman HS, took off for Alabama where he played for former Met Mackey Sasser at Wallace Community College. The Mets picked up Rivera as a non-drafted free agent out of Troy University.
LF Dustin Lawley has enjoyed the road trip. He's picked up two hits in each of the three games in West Virginia, going 2-for-4 with a double and a homer Thursday to push his season line to .286/.364/.506 in 20 games.