MMN Recap: Cespedes With Three Hits in Fireflies Debut, Llanes Throws Complete Game

By Corne Hogeveen

May 11, 2017 3 Comments

Photo by Sam Hyman/MiLB

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (18-11) 6 vs. Portland Sea Dogs (16-12) 5 Box Score

The Rumble Ponies scored four in the second to equal the Sea Dogs four-run first inning. The Rumble Ponies then got a go-ahead sac fly from Guillorme to get the lead in the eighth. Guillorme is hitting .381 over his last ten games. Kevin Taylor, David Thompson and Dale Burdick all drove in one in the 6-5 win.

  • RHP Mickey Jannis (3-1 3.74 ERA): 5.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
  • LHP Kyle Regnault (2-0 1.59 ERA): 1.2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, BS, W
  • LHP Alberto Baldonado (0-0 0.00 ERA): 2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, Save (6)

Jannis allowed four first inning runs, but settled down after that. Kyle Regnault pitched a immaculate inning (strike out three batters with nine pitches) in the seventh as his strong season continues. Alberto Baldonado gets his sixth save. He now has 16.2 scoreless innings this season and has struck out 25 over that span.

St. Lucie Mets (15-19) 7 vs. Lakeland Flying Tigers (16-18) 5 Box Score

  • John Mora RF: 3 for 4, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 2R, 2BB .216/.281/.306
  • Lucas Duda DH: 1 for 3, HR, 2 RBI, 2R, BB, K
  • Jhoan Urena 3B: 2 for 2, R, 2 BB, CS, E .365/.471/.504

Duda hit a home run in his second straight rehab game. John Mora was the star of the game driving in three, including a home run and a double. Urena got on base four times and leads the Florida State League with a .471 on base percentage. Urena did make his eleventh error of the season.

Kevin Canelon got the start and went four innings using 88 pitches to get thru those innings. His defense behind him didn’t help which led to two unearned runs. Bashlor got the save, but did not record a strikeout, which is unusual for him.

Columbia Fireflies (16-16) 7 vs. Delmarva Shorebirds (15-17) 1 Box Score

Ricardo Cespedes, only 19, made his full season debut after playing for the Kingsport Mets in 2016. Andres Gimenez walked and has now reached base safely in all nine games for the Fireflies.  Winningham now has 20 runs batted in, one behind Paez for the team lead.

Llanes finally got his first win of the season going the distance in this one. Llanes has been outstanding in his last four starts, combining for 29 innings and allowing just two earned runs over that span. To say the least he earned his first win.

The Las Vegas 51s had the night off. 


  • Jason Mercado

    That Columbia line up is a fun one: Top 10 Prospects Lindsay & Gimenez. Top 20 prospect in Ali Sanchez. Some college bats in Cone, Paez & Winningham. A very young raw prospect in Cespedes and of course Tim Tebow who is not embarrassing himself given he hasn’t played baseball since high school.
    Baldonado might be a BP piece at some point given that he’s left handed and has been dominating AA, then again Roseboom has not been great in the Las Vegas air.
    Duda looks ready to come back. Trying to be optimistic that everyone will come back within the next 1-2 months: Duda, Cespedes, d’Arnaud, Matz, Lugo, possibly Syndergaard.

  • Buddy3

    I like that the Mets are pushing players to Columbia. Gimenez and Cespedes are great additions, although this is a big jump for the SS.

  • Jacob Falk

    Just the fact that Tebow is literally just some random dude who started playing baseball half a year ago and is holding his own at the professional level is amazing to me. He is walking a lot too which is incredible for a number of reasons