MMN Recap: Holderman Sets Fireflies Franchise Record With 11 Strikeouts

By Mathew Brownstein

April 11, 2017 2 Comments

Photo Credit: Allen Greene Photography

Photo Credit: Allen Greene Photography

Las Vegas 51s 2, El Paso Chihuahuas 0

• Amed Rosario SS: 2 for 4, RBI

• Phillip Evans 3B: 1 for 4, RBI

• Dominic Smith 1B: 1 for 3, R, BB

It was a scoreless contest through six innings for El Paso and Las Vegas, with starters Bryan Rodriguez (El Paso) and Wilfredo Boscan matching zeros through five innings. Vegas broke through in the top half of the seventh, working three straight walks by Dominic Smith, Travis Taijeron, and Kevin Plawecki. Third baseman Phillip Evans grounded into a force-out, plating Smith with the first run of the game. The 51s added their second run in the eighth, when Amed Rosario singled in Josh Rodriguez. Rosario now has at least one hit in the first five games of the season, and is batting .400 with eight hits (leads the team). Newly signed Desmond Jennings went 0 for 4 with a strikeout.

• RHP Wilfredo Boscan (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, HBP, 2 SO

• RHP Beck Wheeler  (1-0, 0.00 ERA, ) 2  IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 4 SO, Win

•LHP David Roseboom (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, Hold (2)

• RHP Chasen Bradford (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, Save (2)

27-year-old Wilfredo Boscan made his 2017 debut with Las Vegas, signing as a minor league free agent with the Mets back in February. Boscan was efficient, throwing only 58 pitches (39 for strikes) through five shutout innings, limiting the El Paso batters to just two hits. Wheeler, Roseboom, and Bradford combined for four scoreless innings of relief.

Portland Sea Dogs 8, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 5

• David Thompson 3B: 2 for 5, 2B, R

• Patrick Biondi LF: 2 for 4, HR, RBI, R

• Matt Oberste 1B: 1 for 4, 2B, R

• Tomas Nido C: 1 for 4, RBI

The Rumble Ponies took an early lead in the second, with back-to-back doubles from Matt Oberste and Kevin Taylor, and a run-scoring single by Luis Guillorme. The Sea Dogs took the lead in the bottom of the third, scoring four runs off Binghamton’s starter Casey Delgado, and adding another in the fourth. A fifth inning solo shot by left fielder Patrick Biondi brought the Rumble Ponies within two, but the Sea Dogs would add another three runs in the seventh. Catcher Tomas Nido would add an RBI single in the eighth.

• RHP Casey Delgado (0-1, 9.00 ERA) 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, Loss

• RHP Luis Mateo ( 0-0, 16.20 ERA) 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO

• LHP Kyle Regnault (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO

Casey Delgado started for the Rumble Ponies, working out of trouble in the second with runners on second and third. He wasn’t so lucky in the third, as he walked the leadoff hitter Aneury Tavarez, followed by four straight hits. Delgado got through five innings on 89 pitches (52 for strikes). Right-hander Luis Mateo, who had a 2.87 ERA in 48 Double-A games in 2016, didn’t fare well in his 1.2 innings, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks. The loss puts Binghamton at .500 on the year (2-2).

Bradenton Marauders 6, St. Lucie Mets 4

• Juan Lagares CF: 2 for 3, 3B, RBI, R

• Wuilmer Becerra DH: 2 for 4, 2B, RBI

• Dale Burdick SS: 1 for 5, HR, RBI, R

• Pete Alonso 1B: 1 for 4

After opening the 2017 season with two straight loses, the St. Lucie Mets were hoping the tides had turned when they split the four-game series with the Palm Beach Cardinals over the weekend. St. Lucie welcomed Bradenton for a three-game set, and took an early 2-0 lead after three innings. However, the Marauders took the lead in the fourth after Will Craig was hit by a pitch to open the inning. Two singles and a triple by Kevin Krause drove in three, before St. Lucie retook the lead in the bottom half of the inning, with a steal of home by Jeff Diehl and RBI triple by the rehabbing Juan Lagares. But that would be all St. Lucie would add, as Bradenton scored again in the sixth and added two more runs in the eighth.

• RHP Joe Shaw (0-0, 7.20 ERA) 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

• RHP Johnny Magliozzi (0-1, 0.00 ERA) 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 SO, Blown Save (1)

• RHP Joshua Torres (0-1, 2.70 ERA) 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, Loss

• RHP Craig Missigman (0-0, 3.00 ERA) 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO

Joe Shaw took the mound for St. Luice Monday, but had a rough go of it in the fourth inning, surrendering St. Lucie’s early 2-0 lead by giving back three runs to Bradenton. Three St Lucie relievers combined for four innings of two-run ball, however, St. Lucie’s offense couldn’t muster a run after the fourth inning.

Columbia Fireflies 3, Hickory Crawdads 0

• Luis Carpio 2B: 2 for 4, R

• Dash Winningham 1B: 1 for 2, RBI, BB

• Gene Cone PR-RF: 1 for 4, 2 R,

• Michael Paez SS: 0 for 2, 2 RBI

Columbia remains perfect to start the 2017 season, now 5-0 after the 3-0 victory over the Hickory Crawdads Monday. The Fireflies got on the board early, as Dash Winningham singled in the first, moving Gene Cone – who replaced the injured Jacob Zanon in right – to third and Desmond Lindsay to second after he walked prior to Winnigham’s at -bat. Shortstop Michael Paez hit a sac fly (one of two on the day), allowing Cone to score to take the early 1-0 lead. In the fifth, Winningham hit a sac-fly to center, plating Cone who had singled to start the inning. Paez added his second RBI in the seventh with his second sac-fly. Winningham has been off to a hot start, collecting at least one hit in the first five games of the season, and is second in the South Atlantic League in RBI (9).

• RHP Colin Holderman (1-0, 0.00 ERA) 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 SO

• RHP Matt Blackham (1-0, 0.00 ERA) 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, Hold (1)

• RHP Joseph Zanghi (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, Save (1)

The Mets’ 9th round selection in 2016, Colin Holderman made his first minor league start in grand style, pitching six shutout innings, allowing only a third inning double to Ricardo Valencia. He walked none, and had 11 strikeouts. Even with the high strikeout total, Holderman was extremely efficient with his pitch count, tossing 83 pitches (53 strikes) over his six innings of work. Blackham and Zanghi contributed three scoreless innings, striking out five. As a team, Columbia has the second best ERA in the South Atlantic League (2.20), 2nd best WHIP (1.07), and third most strikeouts (55). This was Columbia’s third shutout win on the season, and second in a row.