MMN Recap: Dibrell Strikes Out 11 in Fireflies’ Loss

By Matt Mancuso

April 27, 2018 No comments

Tony Dibrell/Photo by Ed Delany

Las Vegas (7-14) 6, Albuquerque (8-13) 4   Box Score

Cecchini continues to produce in what is beginning to look more and more like the beginnings of a bounceback offensive year. In the fifth inning, with the 51s down 4-1 with the bases loaded and two outs, he hit a clutch bases-clearing double to tie the game. The other scoring came from a solo homer by Brentz in the previous inning, as he continues to dig out of the early hole he hit himself into this year. Zach Borenstein, who has been producing a lot lately but went 0-4 last night, reached on an error after Cecchini’s game-tying double to put the 51s up 5-4, a lead that was secured and never relinquished by Monell’s RBI single.

  • RHP Drew Gagnon (0-1, 5.49 ERA): 4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 6 K
  • RHP Kevin McGowan (W, 1-1, 4.38 ERA): 2.1 IP, H, 0 R, K
  • LHP Kyle Regnault (0-1, 7.15 ERA): 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K
  • RHP Tim Peterson (0-0, 1.64 ERA): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K
  • RHP Hansel Robles (0-0, 6.00 ERA): 1.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Gagnon was pretty good for three innings, giving up just a solo home run, but in the fourth inning he gave up two more solo home runs and a run-scoring single. He got out of the inning without anymore damage, but was taken out after only four innings and 75 pitches. The bullpen, which has struggled mightily as a whole this year, had a great day to close this one out. McGowan has been solid, while Regnault is still recovering from a disaster outing a couple weeks ago. Peterson has been the main bright spot of this bullpen, as he continued his dominant season with another perfect inning. It was also good to see Robles succeed and close out the game in a relatively high-leverage situation (albeit in Triple-A).

Palm Beach (11-10) 6, St. Lucie (9-11) 2 Box Score

The St. Lucie Mets offense got off to quick start, tallying five hits and two runs in the first two frames. Unfortunately, that would be their only scoring of the night as Austin Warner shut them out for the rest of the night. Warner dazzled for seven more innings, scattering two more hits. Overlooking his huge error in the first inning, Desmond Lindsay had a fine night, getting on base three times.

Harol Gonzalez didn’t fare well against a powerful Cardinals lineup, allowing five earned runs and only recording one strikeout. St. Lucie’s defense didn’t do the 23-year-old any favors, committing two errors, which led to two runs. Joseph Zanghi relieved Gonzalez and managed to hold the Cardinals off the board for three innings, which kept his season ERA pristine. Matt Pobereyko finished off the game, striking out one in a scoreless frame.

Charleston (10-11) 3, Columbia (12-9) 2 Box Score

Columbia were only able to scratch across four hits, but were able to still score two runs. Raphael Gladu tied the game in the top of the fourth inning on a wild pitch. The Fireflies offense was held in check until the eighth inning when a Blake Tiberi ground-out scored Manea. Jeremy Vasquez‘s Fireflies-record on-base streak was extended to 20 games with a ninth-inning single.

After a disappointing outing last time out, Tony Dibrell allowed only two runs and five hits in five and a third innings. Dibrell struck out a career-high 11 batters, while walking only two RiverDogs hitters. The Fireflies’s secret bullpen weapon, Carlos Hernandez, continued his strong 2018 campaign with a one and a third scoreless innings. Debora got himself in-and-out of a jam in the eighth inning, but allowed three hits in the ninth inning, the final one being a game-winner off the bat of Oswaldo Cabrera.

The Las Vegas 51s portion of the recap was done by Mojo Hill. Binghamton Rumble Ponies had a scheduled night off.