MMN Recap: Brentz Continues Hot Hitting for Vegas

By Matt Mancuso

May 4, 2018 No comments

Bryce Brentz/Photo by Jennifer Nieves

Sacramento (13-14) 5, Las Vegas (11-17) 3  Box Score

Las Vegas got on the board early with a two-run single by Kelly in the bottom of the first, but they didn’t score again until Patrick Biondi hit an RBI double in the eighth after he came in as part of a double switch. It was good to see Smith finally get an extra-base hit, but his bat has still been slowly fading. However, he still sports a strong .382 OBP. Guillorme’s bat continues to heat up, as he has quietly put up a .370 OBP. But the bats couldn’t muster anything up after the first inning besides the Biondi double and they ultimately fell 5-3.

Gavin Cecchini went 0-for-2 off the bench. Brentz now has a 1.324 OPS over his last 15 games with seven home runs in that span.

  • RHP Chris Flexen (L, 2-2, 3.82 ERA): 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 5 K
  • RHP Logan Taylor (0-0, 6.92 ERA): 0.2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, K
  • LHP Matt Purke (1-0, 8.74 ERA): 0.2 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 3 BB, K
  • RHP Jacob Rhame (0-1, 6.75 ERA): 1.2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Flexen continued what he’s been doing, which is giving the 51s solid if unspectacular outings. Although he has not dominated Triple-A hitters, he provided a quality start and did not walk a batter in his six innings. Taylor, who has struggled, successfully got two outs. Purke, who was in the conversation for being the second left-handed reliever out of the Mets’ ‘pen, has really struggled in Vegas. He’s slowly started to figure things out as of late, but his struggles returned last night with three walks in less than an inning. Then Rhame, who has also struggled since his demotion, had a very solid 1.2 scoreless innings to keep the 51s in the game.

Binghamton (12-11) 10, New Hampshire (15-8) 6 Box Score

The Rumble Ponies tore apart Jon Harris, sending him to the showers after 4.2 ineffective innings. Tim Tebow started the scoring off with a three-run shot in the second inning. The Fisher Cats managed to regain the lead, but the Rumble Ponies stormed right back with a four-run fifth. The Rumble Ponies extended the lead with a three-run seventh, which was highlighted by Jhoan Urena RBI double.

The Fisher Cats found a new way to attack Peter Alonso, hitting him three times. However, the slugger still extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

The knuckleballer Mickey Jannis didn’t fare well either, permitting five runs through five frames. However, once the Ponies pen came in, the Fisher Cats stood no chance. Joshua Torres contributed two scoreless innings and has been fantastic this year for Binghamton.

Charlotte (13-14) 1, St.Lucie (11-15) 0 Box Score

The Mets offense wasted a brilliant start from Harol Gonzalez. The Mets were held in check by Willy Ortiz, who only allowed four hits in 6.1 innings. There was hope of a comeback once he was relieved by Curtis Taylor, but Taylor similarly dominated St.Lucie, only permitting a hit over the final 2.2 frames.

Harol Gonzalez had his best start of the year last night, but still suffered a tough-luck loss. Gonzalez , scattered only four hits and two walks through six innings. Gonzalez’s only blemish on the night was a home run to Peter Maris III. The combination of Matt Pobereyko and Joseph Zanghi (who still has a perfect ERA) shut down the Stone Carbs for the last two innings.

Columbia (14-13) 4, Lexington (13-12) 3 F/10 Box Score 

This game started out with dueling no-hitters, but in sixth inning, the Fireflies managed to break through against Daniel Tillo. Quinn Brodey‘s three-run home run was the first hit that Tillo allowed on the night. The Fireflies would be held scoreless until the tenth inning when Raphael Gladu doubled in Ali Sanchez to give the Fireflies an exciting 4-3 victory.

Jeremy Vasquez walked in the seventh inning, which extended his on-base streak to an incredible 26 games.

Note: IF/OF Walter Rasquin has been suspended for 50 games for violating MLB’s drug policy.

Tony Dibrell had the best start of his young career, no-hitting through the Legends through five innings. His only mistake was run-scoring single off the bat of Travis Jones. Even though he walked four batters, Dibrell still punched out six. Carlos Hernandez only allowed his second run of the season, permitting the Legends to get within one of the lead. Trey Cobb pitched the final two innings, achieving the rare feat of receiving a blown save and the win.

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.