MMN Recap: Alonso Hits Game-Winning Homer

By Dilip Sridhar

May 2, 2018 No comments

Peter Alonso/ Photo by Rick Nelson of MiLB.com

Sacramento (12-13) 5, Las Vegas (10-16) 1   Box Score

The 51s offense didn’t do much last night, but Cecchini stayed hot, increasing his hitting streak to ten games. The team did not collect a single extra-base hit last night, with Guillorme driving in the lone run with a single in the sixth. He has begun to get on base at a much better clip recently after a slow start. Smith continues to get on base a lot as well, although his power has taken a bit of a halt as of late.

  • LHP P.J. Conlon (L, 1-2, 6.75 ERA): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, BB, 3 K
  • RHP Tim Peterson (0-0, 1.26 ERA): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
  • LHP Buddy Baumann (0-0, 0.00 ERA): 1.0 IP, 0 H, R, 0 ER, 0 BB, K
  • RHP Hansel Robles (0-0, 3.60 ERA): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, K

The big blow against Conlon was a three-run homer in the fourth; besides that he was pretty solid. Still, he’s produced inconsistent results in Vegas, which isn’t too surprising considering the PCL is brutal on contact pitchers like Conlon. Peterson just keeps on dominating, which is all the more impressive considering the pitching environment. He started May by picking up exactly where he left off in a fantastic April. The newly acquired Baumann pitched his second scoreless inning with the 51s, while Robles has been solid since his demotion.

Binghamton (12-10) 7, Akron (13-11) 6 Box Score

Crismatt struggled for the first time this season. The “crafty” righty had been dominant but showed signs of slowing down for the first time yesterday. Baustista has struggled since returning from the Majors but it is entirely possible that he is trying some new things that he learned while working with the major league coaches. Hanhold continues to impress this season, he has fanned roughly a third of the hitters he has faced this season.

The Rumble Ponies were losing 6-4 when Peter Alonso came up to the dish in the ninth inning. They were leading after his at-bat. Alonso leads the league in BA, OBP, and SLG while also being tied for the lead in HR. This man will need a challenge soon enough. He is easily one of the best players in the league currently and has shown no signs of being slowed down. Like an adult playing T-ball.

St. Lucie (11-13) 4, Charlotte (11-14) 2 Box Score

It was a solid night for the St. Lucie pitchers. Prevost had a really rocky start to the year but rebounded nicely in this one. Nogosek came over in the Addison Reed deal but he really struggled last year. This year has been different though. His wacky delivery and good stuff have translated into results this year. He has struck out nearly 29.2% of the batters he has faced this year. Pobereyeko, the former Independent ball player, has done nothing but pitch well since becoming a Met. He made a name for himself this past AFL season and could be a diamond in the rough the Mets found.

The St. Lucie offense did not do much after the fourth inning but the pitching held on. Gimenez is now hitting .274 and has drastically cut down his strikeouts from earlier in the season. It appears he is adjusting to the league and is hitting for some power. Lindsay on the other hand has still not figured things out. He is hitting .224/.333/.254 after one month in St. Lucie. His bat speed and eye give me hope that he will break out soon enough.

Lexington (13-10) 7, Columbia (12-13) 6 Box Score

  • LHP David Peterson (1-0, 3.24 ERA): 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R (0 ER), 4 BB, 6 K
  • RHP Darwin Ramos (0-0, 6.00 ERA): 2 IP, H, BB, K
  • RHP Stephen Villines (1-2, 7.24 ERA): 1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, BB, 2 K

Peterson struggled with his command as you could tell from looking at the box score. It was just his third start of the season and he did well to limit the damage. The Mets recently mentioned he could rise quickly to the next level but he’s probably behind Anthony Kay if one of them needs to be moved up.

Villines had a really good streak from his second outing to last night. He really struggled last night though and coughed up the Fireflies. The sidearmer has still struck a lot of hitters but his outings like last night have kept his ERA inflated.

Fermin left this game early but got a couple hits in the game. Tiberi has cooled off since his red-hot start but still has a very high OBP. Brodey and his Stanford teammate, Matt Winaker still have not found their stroke this season. Both were considered advanced hitters coming into the season. Jeremy Vasquez singled in his only at-bat, extending his on-base streak to 24 games.

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.