MMN Recap: Alonso Continues Mashing Baseballs

By Daniel Muras

April 28, 2018 No comments

Photo by Ed Delany

Las Vegas (8-14) 11, Albuquerque (8-14) 9  Box Score

Home runs by Cecchini, Matt den DekkerDavid ThompsonPhillip Evans, and Brentz accounted for seven of Las Vegas’ eleven total runs. Smith entered the game with just two hits in his last 20 at bats, but broke out of his slump with a four hit performance. Cecchini had his third straight multi-hit game as he is starting remind everyone why he was considered a top prospect just a couple of years ago.

Molina struggled again in his second start for the 51s as he allowed five runs over just four innings. He made it through the first two innings without facing any trouble during his second time through the opposing lineup. Both Taylors pitched well in their first inning of work, but gave up two runs in their second inning. Hansel Robles pitched a scoreless ninth to record the save.

Binghamton (9-9) 13, Erie (7-12) 1  Box Score

The Rumble Ponies offense had a huge game, scoring thirteen runs on twelve hits. Alonso continued his insanely hot start to the season with a three hit performance which also included his fifth home run of the season. He has now walked as much as he has struck out and his 1.230 OPS leads the Eastern League. After a slow start to the season, Mazeika has started to heat up over the last week, as he is 12 for his last 26 with three home runs.

Jannis was solid in this game, but, despite throwing 73% of his pitches for strikes, he did run a high pitch count and was pulled in the sixth inning. Jannis has pitched much better since returning to Binghamton after two rough starts in Las Vegas. The bullpen was excellent, only allowing one baserunner over 3.2 scoreless innings.

St. Lucie (10-11) 3, Palm Beach (11-11) 2  Box Score

Every player in the Mets lineup reached base at least once as the offense was able to push across three runs on seven hits. Gimenez got the offense started early with a solo home run in the first inning. Gimenez has been very impressive so far at a level in which much of the competition is, on average, three and a half years older than him. St. Lucie took the lead in the sixth inning when back-to-back RBI hits by Winningham and Michael Paez brought home two runs.

Ryder Ryan/Photo by Ed Delany, MMN

Taylor had a fairly typical start for him: decent results, but unable to get deep into the game due to a very high pitch count. The bullpen did an excellent job preserving a one run lead by striking out six and giving up just one hit over 4.2 scoreless innings. Blackham and Ryan have both picked up where they left off last season, with both preventing runs from scoring and striking out over a batter per inning.

Augusta (15-6) 6, Columbia (12-10) 0  Box Score

  • Jeremy Vasquez 1B: 1-for-3, .343/.473/.586
  • Scott Manea C: 1-for-3, .310/.453/.524
  • Rigoberto Terrazas 3B: 1-for-3, .244/.276/.293

The Columbia offense struggled to get anything going in this game as the team had just five hits, all of which were singles. Vasquez has now reached base in all 21 games he has played in this season, which is a very impressive streak for a prospect who did not come into the season with much hype surrounding him. With Walter Rasquin landing on the disabled list, Hansel Moreno was called up and went 0-for-1 with a walk and a sacrifice in his season debut.

  • RHP Joe Cavallaro (L, 2-1, 2.25 ERA) 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
  • LHP Jake Simon (0-3, 4.91 ERA) 2.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Darwin Ramos (0-0, 7.20 ERA) 0.2 IP, 2 K

Cavallaro made his fourth start of the season and had another successful outing. He has not given up more than two runs in a start so far this season and his K:BB ratio is a very solid 24:7. Despite having some success while pitching in the Columbia rotation, Simon was moved to the bullpen. He struggled greatly in his  first relief appearance of the season, giving up four runs which put the game out of reach.