MMN Recap: Alonso Homers, Cavallaro Continues Breakout Season

By Daniel Muras

May 26, 2018 No comments

Tacoma (25-24) 8, Las Vegas (20-29) 6   Box Score

The 51s outhit the Rainiers 12-7 despite coming out on the losing side. Plawecki is expected to catch nine innings for the first time tonight. Smith also contributed with two hits and an RBI, although both hits were singles. Evans continues to swing a hot bat in Vegas, hitting his fourth homer in the last four games and sixth in the last eight. Lobaton has also been solid for the fairly brief time he’s been down there, although he’s yet to draw a walk.

  • LHP Aaron Laffey (L, 0-1, 10.80 ERA): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • RHP Kevin McGowan (1-1, 5.13 ERA): 2.0 IP, 2 H, R, BB, 4 K
  • RHP Hansel Robles (0-0, 3.86 ERA): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 0 K
  • LHP Buddy Baumann (0-0, 1.29 ERA): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Laffey, another recent signee, limped his way through five rocky innings, giving up three homers. McGowan was solid in relief, giving up a couple hits and a run in his second inning of work but striking out four. Robles threw a scoreless inning, and has been pretty solid since his demotion. Baumann continues to have a lights-out season in the minors, although his season walk total is still too high. It would not be surprising to see him back up with the Mets if they need another lefty out of the bullpen.

Additionally, the 51s made some roster moves before the game. Right-handed starting pitcher Corey Oswalt was placed on the DL with tightness in his lat, which temporarily hurts the Mets pitching depth. Catcher Colton Plaia was also put on the DL, and they added two new players to the roster in Laffey and outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski, who had been rehabbing with St. Lucie. In addition, Gavin Cecchini got his boot off after being hit by a pitch earlier this month. All this information is according to Betsy Helfand of the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Binghamton (24-22) 6, Bowie (22-24) 4  Box Score

Home runs by Alonso, Stuart, and Matt Oberste drove in all six of Binghamton’s runs in this game. Alonso’s three run home run in the third inning was his thirteenth of the season, which gives him the Eastern League lead in home runs. McNeil also kept his hot streak going with another multi-hit game, his sixth in the last ten games.

Jannis made the start for Binghamton and was able to make it through seven innings on just 96 pitches (70 strikes). While he allowed a high amount of hits and four runs in his start, Jannis held onto Binghamton’s lead before being relieved by Bashlor. After a rough outing his last time out, Bashlor returned to his usual dominance in this outing, striking out four batters in two scoreless innings.

Daytona (27-20) 4, St. Lucie (19-23) 1  Box Score

St. Lucie had almost no offensive production in this game as they scored a single run on three hits. Their lone run came on a Paez solo home run in the eighth inning. Gimenez had a nice night at the plate, recording two hits and pushing his OPS up to .801.

  • RHP Gabriel Llanes (L, 2-5, 5.89 ERA) 4.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Joseph Zanghi (1-0, 1.69 ERA) 1.2 IP
  • RHP Alex Palsha (0-0, 12.27 ERA) 2.0 IP, H, ER, BB, 2 K

Llanes made the start for the Mets and labored through 4.1 innings. He allowed eleven baserunners in the game and three of those baserunners would eventually score. Zanghi continued his impressive 2018 with 1.2 scoreless innings of relief. Zanghi has walked just three batters in 21.1 innings pitched this season.

Columbia Fireflies (25-21) 3, Greenville (11-35) 1  Box Score

Despite recording just five hits in the game, the Fireflies were able to push across three runs. All three runs scored in the second inning, in which a Winaker double drove home one run and a Gladu single brought in two runs. Gladu now has an 11 game hitting streak and is hitting .328/.412/.431.

Cavallaro continued his very impressive season by pitching six innings while allowing just a single run. Cavallaro has allowed three earned runs or less in every start this season and has struck out at least seven batters in each of his last three starts. Villines now has an impressive 43:4 K:BB ratio this season, indicating solid performance despite his inflated ERA.

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.