Salt Lake (20-11) 5, Las Vegas (11-20) 3 Box Score
- Gavin Cecchini 2B: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, .313/.359/.500
- Dominic Smith 1B: 0-4, K, .269/.377/.404
- Phillip Evans 3B: 1-2, 2B, BB, .239/.316/.420
- Luis Guillorme SS: 2-2, BB, .294/.394/.376
The offense was very quiet overall, although there were a few positives to take away. Cecchini got his bat back on track, hitting a two-run homer in the sixth to make it 2-2. Guillorme has been an absolute on-base machine recently, and is batting almost .300 with an almost .400 OBP even after a terrible start. His power is still very limited, but he’s shown very nice contact and ability to get on base. Smith’s bat continues to fade, as he failed to get on base last night. The struggling Zach Borenstein tied the game at 3 with a sac fly in the eighth, but after going behind 5-3 they couldn’t put anything together in the ninth.
Guillorme has an eight-game hitting streak and five straight games with two hits. Outfielder Bryce Brentz left the game after only two plate appearances because he fouled a ball of his foot and was sent for x-rays.
- RHP Drew Smith (2-0, 5.54 ERA): 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 0 K
- RHP Jacob Rhame (0-1, 5.06 ERA): 4.0 IP, H, R, BB, 4 K
- RHP Corey Taylor (L, 1-1, 6.17 ERA): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, BB, 2 K
With the promotion of P.J. Conlon, who was scheduled to start last night, the 51s decided to go with a bullpen day. Smith got the start, and pitched three decent innings, but did not strike out a single batter and continued his mediocre start to the season. Rhame, who has also been very inconsistent, provided four very strong and much-needed innings of relief to keep the 51s in the game. Taylor came in with the game tied 3-3, but allowed a two-out, two-run triple and got the loss.
New Hampshire (17-9) vs. Binghamton (13-13)
For the second time in this series, the Rumble Ponies game was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on June 1.
St. Lucie (12-16) vs. Palm Beach (16-13)
St. Lucie’s game against the Cardinals was postponed due to rain. Because this was the final scheduled meeting between the two teams in the first half of the season, the game will not be made up.
Columbia (17-13) 10, Lakewood (15-15) 7 Box Score
- Jeremy Vasquez 1B: 3-for-4, 3 R, 2B, HR, RBI, BB, .357/.472/.572
- Blake Tiberi 2B: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, BB, .323/.448/.419
- Matt Winaker LF: 3-for-5, R, 2 RBI, K, .260/.373/.356
The Fireflies’ huge offensive night carried the team to their fifth straight victory. Every player in the lineup had at least one hit (Columbia had 17 hits in total) and seven players drove in at least one run. Vasquez continued his incredible start to the season, reaching base for a 29th straight game and falling just a triple short of the cycle. He leads the South Atlantic league in batting average, OBP, OPS, and walks. Quinn Brodey and Edgardo Fermin both hit home runs in the sixth inning as part of a six-run outburst which gave the Fireflies the lead.
- RHP Chris Viall (1-2, 3.80 ERA) 2.0 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
- RHP Darwin Ramos (0-0, 4.80 ERA) 3.0 IP, H, 2 BB, 2 K
- RHP Trey Cobb (S, 1-0, 1.64 ERA) 1.0 IP, H, K
Viall has been very impressive so far this season, but this was certainly a rough start for the tall righty. Viall had trouble finding the zone. resulting in four walks, a hit batter, and four earned runs in only two innings. It was the first time all season that Viall gave up more than two earned runs in a game. Faced with keeping the Fireflies in the game for the final seven innings, the Columbia bullpen did its job, scattering 11 hits but giving up only three runs.
Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.