MMN Recap: Corey Oswalt Impresses in 51s’ Win

By Sam Lebowitz

May 1, 2018 No comments

Photo by Jennifer Nieves, MMN

Las Vegas (10-15) 9, Sacramento (11-13) 5   Box Score

Every 51s starter, including the starting pitcher Corey Oswalt, recorded a hit except for Smith. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first with home runs by den Dekker and Brentz as well as an RBI single by Evans to give them a lead they would never relinquish.

Kelly continues to rake, and den Dekker has struggled yet has hit for a surprising amount of power (it is the PCL, after all). Smith has scuffled a bit as of late, but is still getting on base at a healthy rate. Additionally, Monell added some pop to what has already been a solid job of getting on base in his return to the Mets organization.

  • RHP Corey Oswalt (W, 2-1, 3.60 ERA): 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 7 K
  • LHP Matt Purke (1-0, 7.59 ERA): 1.0 IP, 2 H, R, K
  • RHP Jacob Rhame (0-1, 9.00 ERA): 1.0 IP, H, R, 2 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Corey Taylor (1-0, 5.19 ERA): 1.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, K

Oswalt, fresh off his solid MLB debut, came down and gave the 51s a quality start. He has shown a very good and quick adjustment to these harsh pitching conditions to produce solid results thus far. Purke has slowly been figuring things out, but gave up a run last night in his lone inning of work, while Rhame has struggled since being sent down from the Majors. Corey Taylor finished things off with a scoreless ninth to send everyone home happy, as the 51s as a whole continue to play much better baseball.

Akron 7 (13-10), Binghamton 5 (11-10) Box Score

For the second straight start, Andrew Church allowed six earned runs. Despite the ugly ending, it started well for the right-hander. Church faced just four batters over the minimum through his first four innings, seeing his teammates mount a five-run lead for him to protect.

Things went awry for Church immediately in the fifth. He gave up a single followed by a run-scoring triple to Akron right-fielder Connor Marabell. A walk, a two-run single, and a two-run shot by Ka’ai Tom knotted the game at five. All five runs were scored without an out on the board. Three batters later, Akron had a lead after Joe Sever doubled home a run. After Church gave way to Adonis Uceta with two outs, another run was tallied on a Matt Oberste throwing error, and Akron had a seven-run fifth inning.

Binghamton’s duo of Adonis Uceta and Austin McGeorge tallied three and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief, allowing just two hits. Uceta’s outing was his second consecutive scoreless appearance, following a pair of difficult outings. McGeorge appeared for the second straight game, after giving up two hits and a run in two-third of an inning in Sunday’s game in Eerie.

Binghamton came out of the gate hot in the first, tallying three consecutive singles to start the game. That included an RBI single for Peter Alonso, who continued his torrid hot streak with two more hits, a walk, and an RBI. As the season enters May, Alonso’s batting average is sitting at .408 with an equally ridiculous 1.281 OPS.

The Ponies also scratched out a pair of runs in the third, highlighted by a Patrick Mazeika run-scoring single. John Mora tripled in the fourth, and would score on a passed ball. It was Mora’s second triple of the season. Jeff McNeil continued his solid offensive April with a three-hit night. McNeil has hit safely in seven of his last ten games, and currently has an excellent OPS of .994.

The Rumble Ponies had difficulty scoring off the Akron bullpen after falling behind. Starter Cameron Mingo lasted just two-and-a-third innings, but his bullpen backed him up with six and two-thirds strong, one-run innings. Binghamton was kept off the board after losing the lead in the fifth.

Henry Martinez locked down a perfect save for Akron, his first of the season in his second appearance. With a one-for-four night with two strikeouts, Tim Tebow has now struck out 17 times in his last 33 at bats. He is hitting .212 in that span.

The Las Vegas 51s portion of the recap was done by Mojo Hill.