Las Vegas (14-22) 8, Fresno (21-15) 5 Box Score
- Patrick Kivlehan 1B: 2-4, 2B, 2 K, .250/.250/.375
- Phillip Evans 2B: 1-4, 2B, RBI, .243/.314/.467
- Johnny Monell DH: 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 K, .246/.351/.338
- Tomas Nido C: 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB, K, .333/.429/.500
- Cody Asche 3B: 2-4, HR, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 K, .172/.250/.483
The 51s took an early lead in the first on an RBI single by Zach Borenstein, then got three more in the fourth on RBI doubles by Evans, Monell and Asche to tie the game at 4. They took the lead in the sixth on another RBI double by Nido in his second game since his demotion.
Asche, who is off to a slow start in his new organization, then hit a two-run homer to break out and put the 51s up 8-4. One of the other newcomers, Kivlehan, got his first two hits as a member of the Mets organization.
- RHP Scott Copeland (W, 1-0, 6.00 ERA): 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 2 K
- LHP Matt Purke (1-0, 7.36 ERA): 1.1 IP, H, R, 2 BB, 2 K
- RHP Tim Peterson (0-1, 3.05 ERA): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 3 K
The recently signed Copeland made his first start with the 51s after posting a 1.74 ERA in two games with the Rumble Ponies. He was mediocre, but was effective enough to get through six innings and get the win. Purke continued to walk too many guys and is still yet to find any kind of consistent success down in the PCL.
Peterson has come back down to Earth after a dominant April, but pitched nicely last night to get a five-out save, his second save of the year. Despite not being a power pitcher, he now has an impressive 30 strikeouts in 20.2 innings.
Binghamton (15-17) 5, Portland (11-20) 1 Box Score
- Peter Alonso 1B: 2-for-4, 2B, K, HBP, .357/.471/.652
- Jeff McNeil 2B: 1-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, .283/.383/.609
- Patrick Mazeika C: 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 BB, .242/.349/.440
The Rumble Ponies offense was able to push across five runs on twelve hits in the victory. Alonso had been in a bit of a slump, as he was hitting just .215/.371/.250 over his last nine games, but had a good bounce-back game with two hits. McNeil continues to impress and show a surprising amount of power, as he has 16 extra base hits in 25 games.
- RHP Andrew Church (W, 1-4, 5.57 ERA) 6.1 IP, 4 H, BB, 6 K
- RHP Joshua Torres (2-0, 1.54 ERA) 1.0 IP, H, ER, BB, K
- RHP Tyler Bashlor (0-0, 1.46 ERA) 1.0 IP, H, K
Church has gotten off to a rough start to 2018 and had given up six earned runs in each of his last two starts, but he was in complete control in this game. He came off the DL yesterday then needed just 87 pitches to get through 6.1 innings while striking out a season-high six batters. Torres pitched one inning in relief and allowed only his second run of the season. Bashlor closed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning.
St. Lucie (15-18) 11, Lakewood (14-20) 2 Box Score
- Desmond Lindsay CF: 3-for-4, 2 2B. 3B, 4 RBI, BB, K, .234/.363/.319
- Luis Carpio 2B: 3-for-5, R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, K, .230/.316/.370
- Anthony Dimino DH: 3-for-5, 3 R, 2B, RBI, .292/.354/.417
Facing a tough challenge against the Tigers 2017 1st round pick and top-100 prospect, Alex Faedo, St. Lucie’s offense rose to the occasion, exploding for 11 runs on 16 hits. Eight of the runs came against Faedo, who was knocked out of the game after the second inning.
Lindsay had been struggling at the plate for power and dealing with a nagging injury prior to this game, but he had a huge night, smacking three extra base hits and driving in four runs. He has reached base safely in 12 of his last 13 games with a .393 OBP in that span.
Ian Strom also had three hits in the game but left after getting hit by a pitch.
- LHP Blake Taylor (W, 1-2, 4.78 ERA) 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
- RHP Matt Pobereyko (2-1, 1.13 ERA) 2.0 IP, H, K
- RHP Stephen Nogosek (1-0, 1.72 ERA) 1.0 IP, 2 K
Taylor had his best start of 2018, holding the opposing lineup to just two runs and four hits, while also keeping his pitch count low enough to make it through six innings for the second straight start. Pobereyko has thrown 10.1 straight scoreless innings over his last eight appearances. Nogosek continued his dominance out of the St. Lucie bullpen as he struck two batters in a perfect ninth inning.
Columbia (18-16) 8, Hickory (11-20) 3 Box Score
- Matt Winaker LF: 1-for-4, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB, 2 K, .270/.386/.383
- Quinn Brodey CF: 2-for-4, R, 2B, RBI, K, .248/.324/.481
- Scott Manea C: 2-for-4, R, RBI, BB, .294/.473/.515
Columbia’s offense had a big night, scoring eight runs on twelve hits. Every player in the lineup reached base at least once and Blake Tiberi was the only player without a hit. Winaker has been hitting very well over the last week, as he has 10 hits in his last 23 at bats with two home runs and seven walks.
- RHP Joe Cavallaro (W, 4-1, 2.41 ERA) 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
- RHP Steve Villines (1-3, 7.50 ERA) 2.1 IP, H, 6 K
- RHP Trey Cobb (1-1, 2.25 ERA) 1.0 IP, 1.0 IP, H, BB, K
Cavallaro had his worst start of the season, but that speaks more to his dominance prior to this outing than his performance in this game. Even though he pitched well and got the win, it was the first time this season that he allowed more than two earned runs or more than two walks.
Villines was outstanding in relief, as he recorded six out of seven outs by strikeout. While his ERA might now be pretty, Villines does have a remarkable 30:3 K:BB ratio in 2018, indicating that he may be pitching better than his stats would indicate.
Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.