MMN Recap: Alonso Among Five 51s’ to Homer in Big Win

By Dilip Sridhar

August 22, 2018 No comments

Peter Alonso/Photo by Jennifer Nieves, MMN

Las Vegas (62-65) 13, Salt Lake (66-61) 6   Box Score

The 51s exploded in the first two innings with a three-spot and a seven-spot and finished the day with 16 hits and 13 runs. Five players homered in the win, including Alonso, who had a strong game as he looks to break out of his mini-slump. Brentz and Kivlehan continued their power surges, as they are now slugging .697 and .947 in August respectively. Kivlehan has homered in six of his last eight games, with seven homers in that span, while Brentz has homered in four straight games. Luis Guillorme also homered, which is a rarity for him and his career-high third of the year, but he also continued his sloppy play at shortstop since being demoted with two throwing errors.

  • RHP Cody Martin (3-4, 7.03 ERA): 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Corey Taylor (W, 2-1, 5.31 ERA): 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, BB, 4 K
  • LHP Ian Krol (2-0, 2.87 ERA): 2.0 IP, 5 H, R, 0 BB, K
  • RHP Eric Hanhold (1-2, 6.91 ERA): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Chris Beck (1-1, 8.16 ERA): 1.0 IP, H, R, BB, K

Martin had to leave in the first inning with an apparent injury. Taylor stepped in and although he didn’t pitch great, he saved the bullpen by providing 3.2 decent innings. Krol continued his theme of allowing a lot of baserunners but limiting runs. He has a 3.62 ERA with Las Vegas despite a 1.92 WHIP. Hanhold had a very good outing as he starts to settle into the Triple-A level. Beck has given up six runs in six innings in August, with a 2.17 WHIP and .346 opponents batting average.

Altoona (69-55) 9, Binghamton (60-67) 2 Box Score

Rare hitless night for Gimenez who has been impressive in Binghamton. Have to think he gets serious consideration to begin 2019 in Syracuse. Tomas Nido had a great July but hasn’t had the same success in August. He’s a likely September call-up.

  • RHP Harol Gonzalez (0-7, 7.90 ERA): 7 IP, 8 H, 5 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Joe Zanghi (1-1, 5.59 ERA): 1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, BB, K
  • RHP Stephen Villines (1-0, 5.40 ERA): 1 IP, H, ER

Gonzalez’s inability to strikeout guys is finally catching up to him. He should move to the bullpen sooner as opposed to later. Zanghi has yet to consistently find success in Binghamton. The sidearming Villines has given up runs in back-to-back outings.

Tampa (62-65) 8, St. Lucie (51-72) 3 Box Score

Wright played seven innings in the field while Bruce played all nine in right field. Bruce should be back soon while Wright is still ways away. Vasquez had a good night even though his overall line has been poor since moving to St. Lucie.

Kay took a comebacker of his shin and had to leave the game afterwards. We will update everyone as soon as we get news on that. His last few stats have been very meh so perhaps he is feeling tired after recovering from Tommy John.

Tri-City (35-27) 5, Brooklyn (34-28) 2 Box Score

Dull night offensively for the Cyclones. Anthony Dirocie left early so we should see that was all about rather soon. Cortes and Adolph have been hot as of late and will try to carry the Cyclones to the playoffs. Brian Sharp has been hot lately and has his slash up to .270/.352/.404.

Not a whole lot to get excited about here. Wilson has a nice slider but his fastball is in the 88-92 range. Maybe the Mets are better off letting him start in the bullpen.

GCL Cardinals (37-16) 10, GCL Mets (23-29) 1 Box Score

Palmer is an athletic SS that the Mets went over slot on in this past draft. He might need to eventually move to the outfield but that a future problem.

Otanez is still rusty in his return from Tommy John but he has a live arm for sure. Still has it up to 96-97 MPH so there is still hope for him.

DSL Phillies White (37-31) 8, DSL Mets2 (31-36) 7 Box Score

The Phillies walked it off in the ninth inning after the Mets tied it the previous inning. Not the most exciting lineup in the Mets system.

Ogando has been okay in his first professional season. Walks a lot of guys but it is still early enough in his career to hopefully fix.

DSL Mets1 (44-24) 6, DSL Phillies Red (28-39) 2 Box Score

Hernandez is having a nice end to the season. He is hitting .293 over his last 10 games and has a .854 OPS in the month of August. Valerio has been quite impressive in his first professional season. Expect a stateside debut in 2019.

Garcia has had more strikeouts than innings pitched (58-to-51) and has just 11 walks. I hope we get more reports on him like velocity readings.

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.