MMN Recap: Drew Smith Makes First Appearance With Rumble Ponies

By Daniel Muras

July 31, 2017 3 Comments

Las Vegas 51s (40-68) 12, Colorado Springs Sky Sox (63-42) 6  Box Score

Smith had his career-high tying 33rd double and 16th home run. He’s now hitting .400/.447/.752 with 13 doubles, eight home runs and 26 RBI in July.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (43-64) 3, Binghamton Rumble Ponies (59-45) 2  Box Score

The Rumble Ponies scored two runs on nine hits in this game. Both runs scored on errors by the Fisher Cats. Patrick Biondi stole his 19th base of the season, tying him for second place in the Eastern League, behind teammate Champ Stuart.

Milone made his first rehab start with the Rumble Ponies and pitched three shutout innings. Molina came in to pitch in the fourth inning and pitched very well for six innings. Since coming off the disabled list, Molina has pitched 12 innings, striking out 14, while giving up just two runs and walking just one batter. Smith made his first appearance in the Mets organization and pitched the final two innings. He topped out at 96 MPH with his fastball.

St. Lucie Mets (48-56) vs. Charlotte Stone Crabs (49-54) 

St. Lucie’s game against Charlotte was suspended due to rain in the fourth inning with the scored tied 1-1. The game will be resumed on July 31.

Augusta GreenJackets (38-63) 6, Columbia Fireflies (55-48) 0  Box Score

The Fireflies’ offense struggled, as they were held to just three hits in the shutout.

Ingram pitched well in this game, but was hurt by control issues and poor defense. He has not allowed more than three earned runs in any start this season. After a dominant June, in which he did not allow a single run, Henry has a 6.75 ERA in July.

Aberdeen IronBirds (22-17) 7, Brooklyn Cyclones (12-27)  Box Score

Brooklyn’s offense scored six runs on six hits. They were helped out by the IronBirds making four errors in the game, leading to just two of Brooklyn’s runs being earned. Brodey stole two bases in this game.

  • LHP Jose Carlos Medina (1-3, 3.48 ERA) 4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB, K
  • RHP Stephen Villines (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 2.0 IP, H, 5 K
  • RHP Tony Dibrell (0-0, 7.45 ERA) 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, ER, BB, 3 K

Medina struggled in this game, allowing four runs and striking out only one batter in four innings. After getting off to a great start to his season, Medina has struggled in his last two starts. Villines made his first appearance with Brooklyn after a dominant start to his professional career with Kingsport. Villines’ dominance continued as he struck out five batters in two innings. Cannon Chadwick gave up his first run of the season on a walk off hit in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Elizabethton Twins (24-14) 9, Kingsport Mets (15-22) 1  Box Score

Kingsport’s offense struggled in this game, scoring just one run on six hits. Their lone run came on a solo home run hit by Dirocie in the eighth inning. It was his eighth home run of the season and his second in the last two games.

  • RHP Christian James (1-2, 3.15 ERA) 5.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
  • RHP Joshua Payne (0-0, 1.64 ERA) 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 K
  • LHP Aaron Ford (0-2, 2.16 ERA) 1.0 IP, 2 K

James started the game for the Mets and had his worst start of the season, giving up seven runs (six earned) over five innings. After getting off to a dominant start to the season, Jame’s ERA has risen from 0,74 to 3.15 over his last two starts.


  • Jason Mercado

    Smith looks ready to be our 1st Baseman. He’s done all he can to warrant a call up. Hitting for average, power, good OBP and plays a great 1b.
    Molina is another guy that could be a call up in September if he stays healthy. I believe he’s on the 40 already.
    Reed, Duda trades were not sexy returns but look at the BP arms in minors system, it’s pretty barren.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Yeah. for the past three years, Smith has repeatedly shown that, after a brief slump or two early in the season, once he starts hitting, he just keeps hitting, and hits better and better as the season goes on. There’s no reason for him to stay in Vegas much longer.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Not so sure that we’ll see Molina. First, the Mets do not typically disrupt the rosters when a team is in a playoff race. So he’ll be there thru Labor Day, plus playoffs if they make it. Second, he’ll probably exceed his innings limit. He’s never thrown more than 76 IP in a season, and this is Molina’s first season back from TJ He’s up to 72 already, plus whatever he threw in extended spring training. And with seven starts to go, he’s on pace to hit about 115 in the regular season, plus a possible playoff appearance or two.