Minors 4.3.14: Gnats' Cecchini 3 hits in rout

LAS VEGAS at TACOMA (ppd.): The teams will play a 4:35 p.m. ET doubleheader Sunday.


PORTLAND 9, BINGHAMTON 3: A half-inning after Portland tied the score, Binghamton plated the decisive run in the sixth inning of Game 1 when Matt Clark scampered home on a wild pitch from Henry Owens. Clark had been hit by a pitch and advanced to third on Kevin Plawecki's double. After five scoreless innings from Darin Gorski, Portland had evened the score at 2 in the top of the sixth. Shannon Wilkerson doubled and moved to Mookie Betts' single. After Betts stole second, Travis Shaw delivered a two-run single. B-Mets reliever Chasen Bradford loaded the bases in the seventh, but escaped unharmed and earned his fifth save by inducing Betts to fly out and Deven Marrero to line out. Gorski (2-1) allowed one run on six hits over six innings to earn the win. Binghamton had opened the scoring with a two-run second. Cory Vaughn singled and Jayce Boyd walked. Travis Taijeron and Wilfredo Tovar then produced RBI singles.

In Game 2, Matt Bowman (3-1) was tagged for nine runs on 10 hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings. He surrendered two homers. Trailing 5-0, the B-Mets got on the scoreboard in the third inning. Taijeron reached on a throwing error by Portland third baseman Carlos Rivero to start the inning. After Xorge Carrillo singled, Tovar grounded into a double play that moved Taijeron to third. Kyle Johnson then singled to plate Taijeron. The score remained that way until the fifth inning. Marrero led off with a homer in what became a four-run frame. Box 1, Box 2


ST. LUCIE 5, BRADENTON 1: Luis Cessa limited the Marauders to one run and two hits in five innings as St. Lucie salvaged a doubleheader split. He struck out a season-high six batters. Aderlin Rodriguez plated Brandon Nimmo and T.J. Rivera with a first-inning double. After the Marauders got a run back on a sac fly in the bottom of the fifth, the Mets answered a half-inning later on Rodriguez's run-scoring groundout for a 3-1 lead. Rivera delivered a two-run single in the seventh. Randy Fontanez pitched two scoreless innings to earn his fourth save. After driving in three runs, Rodriguez now leads the Florida State League with 31 RBIs. Rivera went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. He went 7-for-9 in the three-game series and leads the FSL with a .421 batting average.

In Game 1, the Marauders stunned the Mets with a rally in the seventh. With the score tied at 2 and two outs, Ryan Fraser walked the bases loaded. Then, with a two-strike count on Josh Bell, Fraser threw a wild pitch and Raul Fortunato easily scored for the walk-off win. The Mets had a chance to break the game open against John Kuchno in the first. Dilson Herrera, Nimmo and Jairo Perez all reached to start the game. With the bases loaded, Rodriguez grounded out to plate a run. Cam Maron followed with another run-scoring groundout to make it 2-0. Kuchno hit a batter and walked another to reload the bases, but he got Phillip Evans to strike out on three pitches to end the threat. The Mets would only place three more runners on base. Twice runners were erased on double-play balls. The Marauders were able to manufacture two runs against Domingo Tapia. In the third, Tapia got what looked like the third out on a routine grounder to Perez at first. Perez stumbled and had to flip to Tapia covering first base. Tapia was late getting to the bag and Taylor Lewis was safe. Meanwhile, Jonathan Schwind, who started the play at second base, never broke stride and scored to make it 2-1. In the fifth, Tapia gave up a single and a walk to put the tying run at second. After a sac bunt, Lewis grounded out to bring home the tying run from third. Tapia pitched five innings in a no-decision. He allowed five hits and two runs while walking one and striking out two. Box 1, Box 2

SAVANNAH 12, ROME 2: Outfielder Jared King proposed to his girlfriend Maggie Watson pregame after she threw out the ceremonial first pitch. She said yes. Once the pitches were real, the Gnats extended their winning streak to five games, matching a season high. The Gnats have outscored their opponents 24-5 in those five games. The 10-run margin of victory was the largest of the year for Savannah. The Braves scored the game’s first run on Victor Reyes' RBI single. The Gnats scored the next 11 runs. Stefan Sabol produced a two-run double with the bases loaded and King scored on a wild pitch in the first to put Savannah up 3-1. The Gnats added a run in the second on L.J. Mazzilli’s RBI single. Savannah made it 7-1 with a three-run third. Jeff Glenn singled home a run and Gavin Cecchini added a two-run single. Cecchini finished 3-for-6 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. He extended his hitting streak to a season-high six games. Glenn finished 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Victor Cruzado and Dominic Smith had run-scoring doubles in a four-run fourth that gave the Gnats an 11-1 lead. Starter John Gant allowed one run on five hits in five innings. King finished 0-4 with a walk and a run scored on his big night. Box

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