MMN Recap: 51s’ Blow Late Lead Despite Offensive Outburst

By Matt Mancuso

April 20, 2018 No comments

Fresno (11-4) 10, Las Vegas (5-10) 8  Box Score

As has seemingly been the case many times this year, the 51s struck early before falling silent for the rest of the game. Smith continues to tear up Triple-A in hopes of earning the first-base job on the Mets, while Brentz’s bat has started to come around after a terrible start. Borenstein, who also started slow, continued his own little hot streak with his fourth home run of the season.

In the bottom of the ninth, the 51s almost staged a two-out rally, but after the recently signed Monell singled in a run to make it 10-8, David Thompson struck out looking to end the game. Monell has contributed nicely so far in his return to the Mets organization, although he did have a passed ball in the top of the ninth that allowed two runs to score.

  • RHP Logan Taylor (0-0, 7.20 ERA): 3.2 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Drew Smith (1-0, 0.00 ERA): 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Jamie Callahan (0-1, 9.39 ERA): 1.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 K
  • LHP Matt Purke (0-0, 10.29 ERA): 0.1 IP, 2 H, R, 2 BB
  • RHP Jacob Rhame (BS, 1, L, 0-1, 9.00 ERA): 1.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, BB, 0 K

Corey Oswalt was originally scheduled to start this game, but was a last-minute scratch as he apparently felt under the weather. Taylor, who has struggled out of the bullpen this year, filled in very nicely for Oswalt considering he’s not a starter by trait. His 3.2 innings of one-hit ball prevented the bullpen from getting taxed more than it already was. Smith came in behind him and started where Taylor left off, continuing his nice start to his Triple-A career. Callahan, who has been a bit shaky thus far, gave up a run in the seventh and then blew up in the eighth, allowing three more runs en route to being replaced by the lefty Purke, who allowed an inherited runner and a run of his own to score.

The 51s entered the top of the ninth still clinging onto a 7-5 lead, and Rhame came in to close it out. However, he quickly gave up a two-run homer that tied it, and then three more hits that gave the Grizzlies the lead. Two more runs scored on a Monell passed ball, and the 51s finished off yet another bullpen collapse in the pitcher’s horror that is Cashman Field.

New Hampshire (9-4) 5, Binghamton (4-7) 2 Box Score

The Mets mustered almost no offense against the FisherCats starter, Jordan Romano. He shut down the Rumble Ponies lineup for seven innings, allowing only one run and two hits. After Matt Oberste singled in Peter Alonso in the fourth inning, Romano retired nine out of his last 11 batters. The Rumble Ponies tried to rally in the ninth inning, but Zach Jackson quickly quieted them by retiring Levi Michael.

Andrew Church had a good outing needing only 80 pitches to throw seven innings of two-run ball, but it was overshadowed by Ronamo’s performance. Eric Hanhold appeared in the eighth inning and had his worst appearance of the season so far, allowing two runs.

St. Lucie (7-6) 3, Florida (5-9) 2 Box Score

Despite having only four hits, the Mets were able to defeat the Fire Frogs. The Mets didn’t collect much against Joey Wentz during the first five frames. Top prospect Andres Gimenez led the way during the three-run fifth, with a run-scoring double. The Mets were able to score two more runs on a sacrifice fly by Ian Strom.

Gabriel Llanes had a bizarre outing allowing only two runs in seven innings without a single walk or strikeout. Matt Blackham relieved him and even though he gave up two consecutive hits, he kept the FireFrogs off the board. Matt Pobereyko came on to close the game and redeemed himself from his rough outing two nights ago, striking out the side in the ninth.

Hickory (5-8) 10, Columbia (9-5) 4 Box Score

The Fireflies had ten hit and seven walks but went a miserable 2 for 18 with runners in scoring position and left 13 runners on as a team. Vasquez has reached base safely in all 13 games this season.

Tony Dibrell had a disastrous start, giving up ten runs and two homers in four and a third innings. After permitting three runs to score in the first two innings, he held the Crawdads scoreless until the fifth frame. Everything blew up then, as seven batters reached base and three of them came around to score. Darwin Ramos was selected as the longman and he successfully fulfilled that role, pitching two and a third scoreless innings.

The Las Vegas 51s portion of the recap was done by Mojo Hill.