MMN Recap: All-Star Tebow With Three More Hits

By Sam Lebowitz

July 3, 2018 No comments

(Ed Delany/Mets Minors)

Las Vegas (40-44) 8, Salt Lake (44-40) 3  Box Score

The 51s won their seventh straight, in part due to Borenstein and his three-hit game, including his 18th home run. Before the game, manager Tony deFrancesco told Betsy Helfand of the Las Vegas Review Journal that Borenstein, the 51s’ only All-Star, would be participating in the Triple-A Home Run Derby next week. Alonso continued to slump, with his Las Vegas average falling all the way down to .203. However, he has still been walking, so hopefully this is just a little funk in an otherwise great season. It will be interesting to see how quickly he can adjust.

  • RHP Chris Flexen (4-6, 4.84 ERA): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K
  • LHP Buddy Baumann (0-0, 3.79 ERA): 0.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, BB, 0 K
  • RHP Paul Sewald (W, 3-0, 1.80 ERA): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 3 K
  • RHP Jacob Rhame (1-1, 3.22 ERA): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 2 K

Flexen had a much-needed great outing after a very sluggish month of June in which he posted a 7.52 ERA and allowed a .382 batting average. Baumann came in for the seventh inning, however, and gave up a walk, homer, and a single before being taken out for Sewald. Baummann was lights out in his brief time with the El Paso Chihuahuas, but has been shaky and has dealt with injuries as a 51. Sewald loaded the bases with two outs, and allowed a game-tying infield single. Both the hits he gave up were in that inning, and were infield singles. He then got a strikeout to get out of it, and threw a 1-2-3 eighth afterward. Rhame then continued his continuously dominant stretch by pitching a hitless ninth to close it out.

Portland 5 (31-50), Binghamton 3 (39-42) Box Score

  • RHP Nabil Crismatt (8-5, 3.58 ERA): 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 8 K
  • LHP David Roseboom (L, 1-1, 2.43 ERA): 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R
  • RHP Joe Zanghi (2-0, 3.38 ERA): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Nabil Crismatt turned in a decent start for the Ponies in this one, punching out eight batters in his five and two-thirds, which was just one off his season high of nine. Crismatt left the game up a run, but with a man on third that was his responsibility. David Roseboom, who has been excellent this season for Binghamton, allowed the tying run to score on an infield hit. Roseboom departed after giving up a pair of singles in the seventh inning. Both of his runs scored after Joe Zanghi allowed a two-run triple to put Portland ahead for good.

Tim Tebow put the Ponies ahead with RBI singles in the second and fourth innings, two of Tebow’s team leading three hits on the day. Tebow also stole his first base of the year. Despite 11 hits as a team, the Ponies could only push singular runs across in three separate innings. They left ten men on base and went 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

St. Lucie 4, (31-46), Daytona 3 (43-33) Box Score

Gonzalez finally picked up his first victory of the campaign, tossing six solid innings against a talented Daytona squad. As can be told by Gonzalez’s ERA, his lack of wins is not indicative of a lack of success on the mound. His record has mostly been a product of poor run support. In his last start, he lost 1-0 despite allowing just a run on four hits in a complete game effort. McGeorge threw two solid innings to bridge the gap to Atkins, who recorded his third save of the year.

The St. Lucie offense was kickstarted in the second inning, as Michael Paez and Luis Carpio would each blast solo homers. Both homers were their respective players’ sixth homers on the season. The Mets doubled their lead in the fourth when Wuilmer Becerra singled home and Dash Winningham and Dan Rizzie later singled Becerra home. Those four runs would be enough for the Mets, as they outlasted a good Daytona ball club in this one.

Columbia 16 (40-38), Augusta 8 (41-39) Box Score

  • RHP Yeizo Campos (1-0, 2.90 ERA): 4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 5 K
  • RHP Connor O’Neil (2.29 ERA): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Darwin Ramos (W,2-2, 5.17 ERA): 2 IP, 2 H, 4 K
  • RHP Trey Cobb (3-1, 2.30 ERA): 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER

The Columbia pitching was not particularly good in this one, but they did not have to be, thanks to the big run production from their offense. Campos couldn’t last five innings to qualify for the victory and gave up five earned runs. The bullpen was better, especially Ramos, who struck out four in two scoreless innings. After a recent stretch of dominance, Cobb found some traffic against him in the ninth and gave up two runs, only one earned, but ultimately closed the door.

The Fireflies exploded for six runs in the top of the first, punctuated by a Brodey grand slam. They added a run on a Matt Winaker double in the second, and had a quick seven-nothing lead. More runs came in the fourth inning, as both Scott Manea and Dionis Paulino homered. Manea’s was a three-run shot. Manea totaled six runs batted in for the game, as he also had a bases-clearing double in the seventh inning. All told, Columbia had crooked innings in which they scored four, five, and six runs.

Brooklyn 7 (11-6), Staten Island 4 (5-12) Box Score

The most notable performance in this game came from right-hander Billy Oxford, who stepped up for Christian James after the Brooklyn starter lasted less than four innings. Oxford again was solid, tossing two and one-third shutout innings. Oxford has allowed runs to score in only one of his eight outings this year, with two of those being in St. Lucie. The Cyclones struck out just two batters in this game, but came away victorious in the end.

  • Jose Miguel Medina RF: 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, .333/.406/.464
  • Chase Chambers 1B: 2-for-5, K, .370/.466/.490
  • Ross Adolph CF: 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, .278/.355/.463

The Brooklyn offense proved potent yet again, as they pounded out 12 hits and seven runs including a double off the bat of Jose Miguel Medina, a triple by catcher Nick Meyer, and the first professional homer in the career of Ross Adolph. Adolph has been a nice piece for the Cyclones, has he has hit to an OPS of .818 and already driven in 15 runs.

Kingsport 2 (8-4), Pulaski 1 (5-8) Box Score

  • RHP Matt Cleveland (W, 1-0, 4.15 ERA): 5 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Andrew Ryan (0-0, 9.00 ERA): 1 IP
  • RHP Luis Silva (0-0, 4.26 ERA): 2 IP, 1 H, 4 K
  • LHP Andrew Mitchell (S, 0-0, 3.00 ERA): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 3 K

Four Kingsport pitchers combined to allow just three hits in this one. Cleveland was impressive in his outing, allowing just a second-inning single. Silva struck out four batters in two sparkling innings of relief. Silva has now struck out ten batters in four outings this year. Andrew Mitchell gave up a solo home run to begin the ninth inning, then struck out three consecutive batters. The first of those batters, however, reached on a wild pitch. The game actually ended when a pinch runner, Evan Alexander, was ruled out at home after trying to score from second on another wild pitch.

The Kingsport offense, who’s big bats had been lethal so far in 2018, was quieted down by the Pulaski pitching staff, who allowed just six singles in the game. However, Kingsport pulled this one out thanks to a two-run fifth inning. In that inning, Guillermo Granadillo singled home Zach Rheams with the game’s first run. A second run later scored on a wild pitch. Those two runs would stand up for Kingsport, as they never gave up that lead.

Photo by Ed Delany, MMN

GCL Cardinals 9 (9-3), GCL Mets 4 (7-5) Box Score

  • RHP Cameron Planck (0-0, 54.00 ERA): 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Bryce Hutchinson (0-0, 13.50 ERA): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Ricky Knapp started on a rehab assignment for the GCL Mets and threw four shutout innings. Knapp was the first of seven Mets pitchers to throw. Only Knapp and the final arm, Malky Mena recorded three or more outs. The bullpen gave up ten hits and nine runs in five innings. Right-handers Cameron Planck and Bryce Hutchinson each made their season debuts. This game served as Planck’s long awaited professional debut after being drafted in 2016 and subsequently becoming injured.

  • Jarred Kelenic CF: 1-for-4, .522
  • Ronny Mauricio SS: 2-for-5, 2B, .360

The Mets’ offense scored a pair in the first and a pair in the second but could not muster anything after that. Walter Rasquin had a three-hit day for the Mets on rehab. Jarred Kelenic reached base once again. He has had at least one hit in every game he’s played since he made his professional debut.

DSL Mets1 3 (15-11), DSL Phillies Red 2 (7-19) Box Score

  • RHP Junior Santos (0-0, 2.63 ERA): 5 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Junior Santos is just 16, but is listed at 6’8” and has allowed just seven runs in six games this season. He allowed just a single in five innings in this one.

19-year-old catcher Andres Regnault blasted the go-ahead two-run shot in a pivotal sixth inning in this one. The blast was Regnault’s fourth already in 83 at bats.

DSL Phillies White 9 (13-12), DSL Mets2 0 (13-13) Box Score

  • LHP Brailin Gonzalez (L, 3-2, 2.61 ERA): 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

The Mets trotted out five arms and none of them, except the last one, Christopher Madera, who faced just one batter, had any semblance of ease in their outings. The staff as a whole gave up 14 hits and three walks, allowing nine runs to cross.

It took 26 outs for the Mets to record their first and only hit in this game. Federico Polanco singled with two down in the ninth. Polanco’s single and a pair of walks were the only baserunners the Mets could muster.

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.