MMN Recap: Dominic Smith Blast Walk-Off Homer

By Mathew Brownstein

April 18, 2017 4 Comments

Photo by Jennifer Nieves

Photo by Jennifer Nieves

Las Vegas 51s (7-5) 7, Sacramento River Cats (5-6) 5 F/10 Box Score

Dominic Smith had himself quite the night Monday, as he put the first run on the board for Las Vegas in the bottom of the first, hitting a single to right scoring T.J. Rivera, and eventually hit the game-winning home run (2nd of the season) in the bottom of the tenth inning. It was Smith’s seventh multi-hit game of the season for the 51s, and he leads the team in hits (19), runs (10), RBI (9), total bases (29), and batting average (.396). Kevin Plawecki also homered in the sixth. Amed Rosario added two more base hits, however, he still has yet to hit for extra-bases thus far.

  • RHP Ricky Knapp (0-1, 6.00 ERA): 7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO
  • RHP Cory Burns (0-0, 6.23 ERA): 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, SO, Blown Save
  • RHP Paul Sewald (1-0, 1.69 ERA): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, Win

Right-hander Ricky Knapp was effective through the first three innings, but ran into trouble in the fourth. Knapp gave up four two-out hits in the inning, plating four River Cats to give them the 4-1 lead. That would be all Knapp would allow, as he went seven innings over 89 pitches (66 for strikes). Cory Burns came on in the eighth and surrendered the tying run on a Drew Stubbs single that scored Ryder Jones. Paul Sewald pitched the ninth and tenth for Las Vegas, keeping the River Cats off the board and earning his first win of the season.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (5-5 ) 8, Portland Sea Dogs ( 6-4) 3 Box Score 

The Rumble Ponies’ offense came alive Monday, scoring eight runs for the second time this season. Each of the starting nine either had a hit or drew a walk in the game, and in total drew nine walks on the night (a team best for 2017). The Rumble Ponies scored three in the fourth on five walks and a David Thompson single. Kevin Kaczmarski hit his first home run of the year, a solo shot in the sixth. Luis Guillorme went hitless on the day, however, he did draw a walk in the fourth, reaching base safely in all ten games this season.

  • RHP Mickey Jannis (1-0, 2.70 ERA): 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER,  3 BB, SO, Win
  • RHP Jeurys Familia (0-0, 0.00 ERA): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, SO, Hold
  • RHP Tim Peterson (0-0, 0.00 ERA): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
  • RHP Luis Mateo (0-0, 9.82 ERA): 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB

Knuckleballer Mickey Jannis picked up his first win of the season, firing five innings of two-run ball over 84 pitches (48 for strikes). Jeurys Familia made his second rehab appearance, the first with the Rumble Ponies. Familia came on in the sixth, tossing a clean inning with one strikeout over nine pitches.

St. Lucie Mets (6-6) 11, Dunedin Blue Jays (6-6) 10 Box Score

It was a battle for the St. Lucie Mets on Monday, down 5-1 against Dunedin in the second inning. But St. Lucie would chip away, scoring two in the fifth, four in the sixth, and four more in the 8th to beat Dunedin 11-10. In a wild game, St. Lucie used two position players to close out the final four outs of the game. Left fielder Jeff Diehl came on in the 8th to strike out J.C. Cardenas with the tying run at third to end the threat. Along with hitting 96 on the radar gun, Diehl also homered in the sixth, putting the Mets back on top 7-6. Backup catcher Anthony Dimino took the mound in the 9th to help close out the 11-10 win, working around a 2-out single to get Dunedin’s Juan Kelly to fly out to end the game. Catcher Patrick Mazeika and DH Wuilmer Becerra also hit solo home runs.

  • LHP Kevin Canelon (0-0, 8.22 ERA): 1.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
  • RHP Adam Atkins (0-0, 0.00 ERA): 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB
  • RHP Alex Palsha (0-0, 1.29 ERA): 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, SO
  • RHP Justin Brantley (2-0, 0.00 ERA): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, Hold
  • RHP Johnny Magliozzi (1-1, 5.63 ERA): 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, SO, Blown Save & Win
  • RHP Tyler Bashlor (1-0, 2.70 ERA): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, SO, Hold
  • RHP Jeff Diehl (0-0, 0.00 ERA): 0.1 IP, 1 H, SO, Hold
  • RHP Anthony Dimino (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, Save

Starter Kevin Canelon was ineffective Monday, not able to make it out of the second inning after throwing 71 pitches. St. Lucie ended up turning the game over to left fielder Jeff Diehl and backup catcher Anthony Dimino for unlikely pitching help in the eighth and ninth innings. It was the second time in a week that St. Lucie utilized position players on the mound, when last Tuesday against Bradenton they ran out Diehl and Nick Sergakis in their 14 inning loss.

Rome Braves (9-3) 3, Columbia Fireflies (7-5) 2 Box Score

Offense was nearly non-existent Monday, as the Columbia Fireflies scored just two runs on six hits, none for extra bases. The Fireflies got on the board in the fifth inning, after left fielder Tim Tebow reached on a throwing error by the shortstop Derian Cruz. Tebow moved to second on a single by Jay Jabs, and later came around to score on another throwing error, this time by the third baseman trying to handle Milton Ramos‘ ground ball. Dash Winningham was held hitless for just the second time this year, and was kept off the bases for the first time this season, snapping an eleven game on-base streak.

  • LHP Blake Taylor (0-2, 4.09 ERA): 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO, Loss
  • RHP Matt Blackham (1-0, 1.35 ERA): 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

Left-hander Blake Taylor made his second start with St. Lucie, and fans will remember his name as the PTBNL in the 2014 Ike Davis trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Taylor pitched well overall, surrendering just two earned runs over six innings, and tying a career high with seven punch outs. Taylor required Tommy John surgery in 2015.