MMN Recap: Alonso Hits Three Homers, Knocks in Seven

By Ryan Kolakowski

June 24, 2018 No comments

Peter Alonso/Photo by Jennifer Nieves, MMN

Las Vegas (32-42) 14, Reno (34-41) 11   Box Score

It was an offensive explosion for the 51s, putting up four-spots in the fourth and sixth innings. Alonso has now gotten on base in all seven games he’s played with the 51s. In the first six he was yet to show much power, but he completely wiped away that narrative with three home runs including a grand slam to ignite the comeback. Down 11-6 at the time of the grand slam, the 51s took the lead in the seventh on a two-run homer by Plaia, and extended it to 14-11 on Alonso’s third homer. Alonso did, however, make a throwing error and a fielding error.

Plaia was just activated off the disabled list last night, so it was his first game playing since June 15, but he now has a line of .375/.512/.719 for the month after a terrible April and May. McNeil had a double and a sac fly to continue his hot start with Vegas. He did made a throwing error, however, his eighth of the year and first with Las Vegas. Christian Colon also contributed to the win with two hits, including a solo home run to put them up 6-5.

  • RHP Cody Martin (1-2, 6.14 ERA): 4.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 3 BB, 3 K
  • LHP Kyle Regnault (2-1, 6.21 ERA): 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, K
  • RHP Kevin McGowan (W, 3-1, 4.66 ERA): 1.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • LHP Matt Purke (2-0, 4.99 ERA): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Jacob Rhame (1-1, 3.93 ERA): 1.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, K

Martin struggled in the first, settled down in the second and third, but went back to getting beat up in the fourth and couldn’t get out of the fifth. It’s been an inconsistent tenure with Las Vegas so far for Martin. Regnault got the last out of the fifth, but gave up four runs in the sixth aided by errors by Alonso and Regnault. McGowan gave up three singles to start the seventh, but worked out of the bases loaded, nobody out jam with a double play and a flyout. Purke pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and Rhame collected his seventh save to close out the slugfest.

Hartford (36-37) 7, Binghamton  (35-38) 2 Box Score

The Binghamton offense collected 11 hits on the night while walking three times, but they struggled to scratch across many runs on the night. The Rumble Ponies threatened to score in the third inning, loading the bases with two outs, but Tomas Nido grounded out to end the inning. Nido has struggled in 20 games with Binghamton, maintaining a .504 OPS with five extra-base hits in 74 at-bats.

In the fifth inning, Binghamton got on the board with three consecutive one-out hits. With the Mets trailing 7-0, Josh Allen hit a single to drive in Levi Michael. Two batters later, Nido came through with a single to score another run. Tebow is hitting .320 in June.

Knuckleballer Mickey Jannis took the hill for Binghamton, and he struggled over 5 1/3 innings on the night. Jannis allowed 11 hits and seven earned runs in the outing. He allowed Hartford to jump out to an early 1-0 lead on a run-scoring single in the first inning. In the third inning, Jannis allowed six runs, surrendering seven hits before getting out of the inning.

The bullpen held Hartford hitless over 3 2/3 innings. Daniel Zamora, the return for the Josh Smoker trade, tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out two. Matt Blackham, who was recently promoted from St. Lucie, pitched a scoreless inning in his fourth outing with Binghamton.

Lakeland (38-34) 4, St. Lucie (27-42) 2 Box Score

Gimenez was caught stealing twice in the game.

Lakeland (39-34) 8, St. Lucie (27-43) 3 Box Score

The Mets struggled to find much consistency on offense, but they managed to score one run in each of the second, third, and fourth innings.  A single from Wuilmer Becerra drove in the first run of the day for the Mets. Left fielder Gene Cone drove in another run with his double in the third inning. A Dan Rizzie sacrifice fly scored a run in the fourth inning, ending the scoring for the Mets.

The Mets never led in this game, failing to string together hits and drive across multiple runs in an inning. The Mets struck five hits on the night, only one of which went for extra bases.

Gary Cornish got the start for the Mets and floundered over his four-inning outing. In his brief start, Cornish allowed seven earned runs and six hits while walking six batters and striking out five. Cornish has struggled to a 6.70 ERA on the season.

Stephen Nogosek came on in relief of Cornish, and he put together a dominant performance on the hill for the Mets. Nogosek a sixth-round pick from Oregon in 2016, tossed two scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 3.06 on the season. He struck out four batters tonight, and he has now struck out 37 batters in 32 1/3 innings of work.

Lakewood (43-29) 2, Columbia (35-35) 0 Box Score

The Columbia offense collected seven hits on the night, two more than Lakewood, but they failed to scratch any runs across the plate. The Fireflies reached base in each of the first three innings, but did not really threaten the BlueClaws. The Fireflies reached base intermittently throughout the game and failed to find any consistency on the evening.

First baseman Jeremy Vasquez reached base safely two times tonight. Vasquez, a South Atlantic League All-Star, leads the team with his .292 average and .830 OPS.

Starting pitcher Joe Cavallaro took the hill for the Fireflies and continued his dominant season. Cavallaro allowed only one earned run over 5 2/3 scoreless innings, lowering his ERA down to 2.02 for the season. The lone run against Cavallaro came on a ground ball single in the second inning. Cavallaro, another South Atlantic League All-Star, leads the team with seven wins this season.

Aaron Ford entered in the ninth inning and tossed a perfect frame for the Fireflies. Ford, a 21st-round pick out of Tennessee Wesleyan last year, has had an impressive campaign in Columbia. He now owns a 2.08 ERA in 17 1/3 innings of work.

Brooklyn (7-2) 8, Connecticut (2-7) 4 Box Score

  • Jose Miguel Medina (.382/.462/.529), RF: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB
  • Wagner Lagrange (.344/.417/.469): 3-for-4, R, 2 RBI, BB

The Cyclones offense racked up 13 hits and eight runs to secure the win against the Tigers. The Brooklyn outfield, consisting of Jose Miguel Medina, Wagner Lagrange, and Ross Adolph, collected six hits and drove in five runs on the night.

Adolph, a twelfth-round pick from the University of Toledo this year, collected a hit and drove in two runs. His OPS now sits at .816 for the season.

Nicolas Debora took the hill for the Cyclones, and the 24-year-old struggled in his start. After spending time in Columbia and ST. Lucie earlier this season, Debora made his second appearance with the Cyclones.

Relief pitcher Kevin Smith earned the win in his first professional appearance. The reliever was selected by the Mets in the seventh round of the 2018 draft, and he made his professional debut for the Cyclones.

Kingsport (5-0) 12, Johnson City (1-4) 2 Box Score

Kingsport utilized their offensive firepower to maintain their undefeated start to the season. The Mets made their presence known at the dish, collecting 17 hits while scratching across 12 runs on the night. Kingsport opened the scoring in the third inning, driving in runs on three run-scoring hits. Right fielder Raul Beracierta, hit a leadoff home run in the fourth inning, and the Mets would not relinquish their lead.

Garrison Bryant earned the start for Kingsport, and he tossed four scoreless innings before running into trouble in the fifth inning. After getting the first out of the inning, Bryant allowed a single and a home run to get the Cardinals on the board.

GCL Mets (3-2) 12, GCL Astros (1-4) 3 Box Score

  • Jarred Kelenic DH 3-for-4, 3B, RBI, 2 R
  • Ronny Mauricio SS 1-for-4, R, .316/.286/.474
  • Jhoander Saez CF 2-for-3, 4 RBI, BB, R, 3B

The Mets first round pick had himself quite a pro debut with all three hits coming against a lefty.

  • RHP Malky Mena (1-0, 4.50) IP, 0 H, 0 R, K, Win

DSL Mets1 (10-9) 4, DSL Nationals (12-7) 3 Box Score

The Mets offense successfully scored four runs on five hits to defeat the Nationals. In addition to the five hits, the Mets walked four times, creating many opportunities to score.

  • RHP Jeffrey Colon (1-0, 5.19 ERA): 3 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 4 K
  • Nixon Silva (1-0, 1.80 ERA): 2 1/3 IP, H, 3 K

The Mets pitching staff did well to preserve their lead tonight. The bullpen pitched particularly well, tossing six innings while only allowing one earned run. In his third appearance of the season, relief pitcher Nixon Silva earned the win for the Mets.

DSL Cardinals Red (9-10) 4, DSL Mets2 (11-8) 1 (Final/5) Box Score

  • Felix Valerio (.328/.394/.484), 2B: 1-for-3, R, HR, RBI
  • Federico Polanco (.242/.324/.348), SS: 1-for-3

The Mets offense struggled mightily, and one swing of the bat from second baseman Felix Valerio provided all of the offense that the team would see. Valerio, a 17-year-old second baseman from the Dominican Republic, has gotten off to a great start this season. He currently hold a .879 OPS in 15 games with DSL Mets2.

  • RHP David Marcano (0-1, 4.26 ERA) 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, K
  • LHP Jefferson Escorcha (0-1, 1.20 ERA) 3.2 IP, 4 H, ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Starting pitcher David Marcano surrendered two earned runs on two hits in the first inning, allowing the Cardinals to grab the early lead.

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.