Cory Mazzoni (4-3, 4.38): 6 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K - 66% strikes (66 of 99) - 5 ground outs/4 fly outs. Mazzoni's been missing bats over his recent starts, but also giving up lots of hits and runs. The Mets second round pick in 2011 has allowed at least three runs in each of his last eight starts, and five runs or more in half of those octet.
Domingo Tapia: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, WP, HBP, 7 groundouts/5 fly balls. It's funny when I talk to a scout who has just seen Tapia for the first time. They love him. He's still big, and he still throws 96-98 bowling balls with movement. A guy who saw him recently told me, "You'd need a shovel to lift that," of his fastball. And yet his results have been disappointing this year. His fastball command still comes and goes. However, part of the reason he has struggled is a focus on development rather than ERA. The word is that he's been throwing his slider a lot. It's still a below average pitch, and he picks his arm slot up to throw it above his fastball/change-up release point which is low 3/4.
Rehabbing Tim Byrdak finished up with a scoreless inning with two strikeouts.
GoodSS Philip Evans 2-for-3 with a double. In his last 18 games the 20-year-old is hitting .339/.403/.458 with six walks and eight strikeouts. He's been much, much better. I wrote about it a little here. I have to transcribe a few of his comments on his recent hot streak too.
Not so Good/Daily NimmoFacing nothing but lefties, CF Brandon Nimmo was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. The 20-year-old is down to .266/.364/.355 in 55 games and .196/.275/.217 with one extra-base hit in 51 PA vs. lefties and .154/.228/.154 in 13 games in the second half.