MMN Recap: Alonso Homers Again, Rosario Extends Hit Streak To 12 Games

By Daniel Muras

July 17, 2017 20 Comments

Las Vegas 51s (36-58) 13, Albuquerque Isotopes (47-46) 3  Box Score

The 51s scored 10 of their 13 runs in the first two innings of the game. Plawecki, Jayce Boyd, and Phillip Evans, all hit home runs in the game. Rosario increased his hit streak to 12 games.

McGowan hasn’t given up a run in any of his last eight appearances.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (50-38) 7, Reading Fightin Phils (51-40) 5  Box Score

The Rumble Ponies’ offense scored seven runs on nine hits. They had some help from Reading’s defense, as three errors resulted in three of the runs being unearned. Kaczmarski got the Rumble Ponies on the board in the first inning with his third home run of the season. Nido would drive in two runs, despite not having a hit in the game. He hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning and walked (just his 14th walk of the season) with the bases loaded in the seventh.

Delgado was solid in his start for Binghamton, settling in after a rough two-run first inning, to pitch six quality innings. Peterson has not given up a run in any of his last five appearances (8.2 innings).

Fort Myers Miracle (50-40) 6, St. Lucie Mets (41-50) 3  Box Score

The Mets were held without a run for the first six innings of the game. Michael Paez drove in a run in the seventh when he walked with the bases loaded. Alonso hit his eighth home run of the season in the eighth inning, a two run shot to right center field. Alonso has hit .378 with two home runs over his last 10 games.

Dunn started the game for St. Lucie and his struggles continued. Dunn gave up six earned runs and threw 93 pitches in just five innings, While he has struggled as a starter (he has a 5.92 ERA in 62.1 innings as a starter), Dunn does have a significantly better 1.59 ERA in 17 relief innings.

Kannapolis Intimidators (49-43) 3, Columbia Fireflies (48-43) 0  Box Score

The Fireflies were shut out in this game. Despite only striking out three times as a team, they could only manage four hits, all of which singles.

Cornish was solid in his start, giving up just one run over 5.2 innings. Atkins had another excellent relief appearance and has not given up a run in any of his last 12 appearances.

Brooklyn Cyclones (7-19) 2, State College Spikes (15-11) 1  Box Score

  • Jose Miguel Medina RF: 3 for 4, 2 2B, RBI, BB, SB, CS, .277/.337/.404
  • Walter Rasquin 2B: 2 for 4, R, K, .278/.307/.347
  • Ricardo Cespedes CF: 1 for 3, BB, .190/.227/.190

Medina hit a walk-off single to win the game for the Cyclones in the bottom of the ninth. Medina stole his 15th base of the season, which leads the New York-Penn League, and was also caught stealing for the first time this season.

  • LHP Gunnar Kines (1-2, 3.20 ERA) 6.0 IP, H, 2 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Darwin Ramos (1-3, 5.40 ERA) 1.1 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Trey Cobb (1-0, 0.00 ERA) 1.2 IP, H, BB, 4 K

Kines continued his solid start to the season by tossing six shutout innings. Since getting roughed up in his first start, Kines has pitched to a 1.40 ERA over his last 19.1 innings.

Johnson City Cardinals (10-14) 3, Kingsport Mets (9-13) 2  Box Score

  • Anthony Dirocie CF: 2 for 4, 2B, 2 K, .235/.293/.494
  • Juan Uriarte C: 1 for 4, R, RBI, 3 K, .333/.394/.524
  • Jeremy Vazquez 1B: 1 for 4, R, 2B, K, .343/.448/.586

Kingsport’s offense struggled as they were held without a run until the ninth inning. RBI hits by Uriarte and Raphael Gladu brought the Mets within a run of tying the game, but the late rally ultimately fell short.

  • RHP Luis De Los Santos (0-0, 4.50 ERA) 3.0 IP, H, 2 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Carlos Hernandez (1-1, 2.36 ERA) 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Joe Cavallaro (1-1, 9.00 ERA) 1.0 IP, 2 H, R, K

Hernandez has pitched very well so far this season. He has a 2.36 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and has struck out 24 batters over 26.2 innings pitched.

GCL Marlins (8-10) 7, GCL Mets (5-11) 3  Box Score

Martinez drove in all three of the Mets’ runs in this game. The Mets 11th round pick from this June’s draft, Jack Schneider, went 0 for 3 in his professional debut.

  • LHP Aneury Olivo (1-0, 3.29 ERA) 5.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 8 K
  • RHP Jose Moreno (0-1, 6.25 ERA) 3.0 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Olivo continues to pitch very well so far this season, although he has walked a few too many batters in his appearances. He has walked 11 batters in 20.2 innings pitched this season.

Infielder Sebastian Espino and outfielder  Jhoander Saez both went hitless in the Dominican Summer League All-Star game.


  • Ernest Dove

    I understand that Thompson and Kevin Taylor are in AA but Jhoan Urena really shouldn’t still be in St Lucie for another full year. Hes finally healthy. Needs chance at that important level.

  • Not4

    Agreed 100%. Am surprised they did not do so after he had a solid first half.

  • Jason Mercado

    I see they gave him a start in LF. I’m surprised not to see him in the AA lineup. What’s surprising about his game is the SBs which is a nice tool to have.

  • Jason Mercado

    Dunn I think should get the year in High A and wait off on switching him to relief bc he’s still adjusting. If it doesn’t happen next year, he could be fast tracked as a reliever.
    If the Mets will be out of it, can they give McGowen a chance instead of Neil Ramirez/Salas Poo Poo platter.
    Would be real funny if Plawecki figured out how to hit & it translates to Majors. Although it may just be vegas and he could be those Quadruple A players.

  • Ernest Dove

    Im also not giving up on Dunn as starter. When I saw him pitch his 85th pitch was 95mph. His stuff is there but obviously some control issues or or other stuff in play here. His slider looked pretty good too but again im in the stands not watching on tv with great camera angles and analysis from broadcasters lol.

  • Ernest Dove

    Thats at least his second/third start in LF now. And think about it. Who has played 3B/1B/LF for Mets? Soup! Lol.
    I’d say Urena > Soup

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  • TurdoftheFerg

    Love those Dircocie numbers!

  • Nessim Toledano

    Agreed. Dunn is only 21. Let him play though it. He’s not the first high-level talent to hit an obstacle in the minors. No harm in having him repeat adv-A at this age/stage of his career.
    Too many people want to rush to judgement on these kids too early in their careers, placing too much emphasis on what they do in lower levels.

  • Nessim Toledano

    He started a few games there last month as well, This makes 8 starts on the year. They might be getting tired of the error rate at 3rd.

  • Nessim Toledano

    It is surprising that they have promoted so very few position players this year. Urena’s did hit just .222 in June. Otherwise, I suspect he might already be in AA. But with the Mets out of their race and vets on the trading block, I’d imagine we’ll see movement soon. Just too many journeymen (or journeyman-caliber players) pointlessly taking up at bats taking up at bats in Vegas and Binghamton.

  • Nessim Toledano

    He slumped the first three weeks of June. I suspect that may have delayed an impendign promotion.

  • Not4

    Sounds right and I’m sure the FO knows what they are doing, though I still wanted the promotion as he has been in St. Lucie for a few years now and feel like he needs to be tested as he is apparently finally healthy again.

  • Jason Mercado

    Yeah sounds decent. He can hit, walk, steal some bases not play great defense but not horrible defense. I could see him as a Utility guy and he’s still young. He’ll be in AA at some point.
    Also Alonso is really heating up. Enjoying seeing a Prospect who can mash.

  • Jason Mercado

    Yeah, I think the issue is that he is a high draft college pitcher and people expected him to fast tracked. Players progress at their own pace, he was a reliever and is facing harder comp in each level. He’s got great stuff & has been healthy, I think he’ll be really good no matter what path he takes.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Well, its not like this is a TJ Rivera situation in which the organization repeatedly held him back for seemingly no reason. Yeah, this is Urena’s third year in St Lucie. But he got there at a very young age, got off to a bad start, then lost a lot of time to injury. Even after he came back, he wasn’t at full strength until a couple of months later. He really didn’t start hitting until the tail end of last season.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Gotta disagree on the defense. The skill is there. But his error rate is horrible. 17 in just 62 games this year. More importantly, its not any improvement over last year.

  • Jason Mercado

    The TJ thing was head scratching bc all he did was hit in every level he was at. He’s being exposed now at 3rd bc he’s not a good 3rd baseman but he can hit. I see early Daniel Murphy in him, hits well, not for a lot of power, doesn’t strike out a lot, mediocre fielder at best, will sign with nationals and turn into Ted Williams soon after. Still not over the murphy thing as you can see.

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