Six different FSL Mets had multi-hit games led by 3B Wilmer Flores, who was 4-for-6 with a homer, his fourth. He's still just 20, young for the FSL, and he's now hitting .318/.340/.511. He's back to more extra base hits (9) than strikeouts (7).
Flores told MiLB.com that his timing is getting better:
"The last three games, I have been going forward too much. When I'm going forward, I'm pulling the balls and hitting ground balls to short and ground balls to third. When I'm staying back, I see the ball longer and I'm able to go the other way."Cory Vaughn (.279/.361/.558) homered for the fourth time in five games on his 23rd birthday as he and Flores went back-to-back in the fifth inning. Vaughn (pictured) made a little adjustment last week, he told MiLB.com and it's paying off:
"I really have to give a lot of credit to hitting coach Benny DiStefano," the San Diego State product said. "Last week, I was not loading my hands. I was going from standing still to swinging and he told me to have separation so that I could get the bat out there..."Vaughn again credited his off-season routine which made his stronger and more flexible and his new mental approach as well, issues we discussed on video here.
Little SS Wilfredo Tovar homered and stole a base in a 2-for-5 effort to run his season line to .312/.376/.429 in 23 games. He's half-way to last year's HR total already.
DH Robbie Shields and 1B Richard Lucas also went big fly.
Yohan Almonte was not good, but it certainly did not matter: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K.
Cory Vaughn photo courtesy Michael Baron.