MMN Recap: Kelenic Continues Hot Start to Career

By Sam Lebowitz

June 26, 2018 No comments

Tacoma (41-36) 6, Las Vegas (33-44) 1  Box Score

The 51s scored their lone run on an RBI single by McNeil in the eighth. He hasn’t for as much power since getting a promotion, but he’s still racking up a ton of hits and getting on base. Alonso has now gone 0-7 with five strikeouts in the two games since his monster three-homer game. His Triple-A numbers in the small sample are still very strong, despite a 35% strikeout rate. The only other hits were the two singles by Biondi, as well as singles from Ty Kelly and Christian Colon.

  • RHP Josh Prevost (L, 0-1, 9.00 ERA): 6.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 BB, 2 K
  • LHP Ian Krol (1-0, 3.04 ERA): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, K
  • LHP Buddy Baumann (0-0, 2.65 ERA): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Prevost was killed by a two-run homer in the first and a three-run homer in the fourth. When he came out for the seventh he gave up an infield hit and a walk before being taken out. Krol, who has been iffy since joining the 51s, threw a wild pitch and issued an intentional walk to face former Met and 51 Kirk Nieuwenhuis with the bases loaded and one out. Nieuwenhuis popped out, but Krol then walked a run home before escaping the jam. Still, Krol has been slightly improving with two consecutive scoreless outings after a rough start with the 51s.

Baumann is also slowly turning things around after a shaky start with the 51s. He has been solid since returning from the DL, throwing three innings while allowing two hits, no walks, and one run.

Binghamton 10 (36-38), Trenton 1 (42-33) Box Score

Copeland turned in perhaps his best outing as a member of the Rumble Ponies with a seven inning, nine strikeout, shutout performance. The outing followed up consecutive bad outings by the 30-year-old, in which he gave up six runs in ten innings on June 13 and five runs in five and two-thirds on June 19. In this start, Copeland threw 101 pitches, 66 for strikes. Copeland got nine of his outs on the ground, including a pair of double plays.Ryan made his eighth appearance since his promotion from St. Lucie to Binghamton and gave up just a solo homer to Billy Fleming in his two innings.

  • Levi Michael 3B: 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, K, .286/.369/.456
  • John Mora CF: 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, BB, .254/.324/.399
  • Tim Tebow DH: 1-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI, 3 K. .256/.335/.402

Michael got the offense going early with a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the first inning for Binghamton. John Mora scored on a wild pitch later in that inning and the Ponies were off to a hot start. They broke it open in the third inning with four runs, capitalized by a bases-clearing double off the bat of Tim Tebow. Despite three strikeouts in the game, it continued Tebow’s torrid month of June. Tebow has hit .315 so far in June with an OPS of .844 and six doubles.

Columbia 6 (37-35), Lexington 3 (37-36) Box Score

  • RHP Yeizo Campos (1-0, 1.69 ERA): 4 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Darwin Ramos (W, 1-2, 5.65 ERA): 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Connor O’Neil (S, 3-0, 2.25 ERA): 2 IP, 1 H, 4 K

Despite walking just one, Campos had to exit after four good innings due to a high pitch count. The righty allowed runners to reach scoring position in each of his innings, but stranded all but one of them. O’Neil locked the game down with a six-out save, his first save of the season. Four of his six outs were win the strikeout. All four were swinging strikeouts, and O’Neil punched out the side in order in the eighth.

It was a good night for the Columbia offense, as the Fireflies pounded out 11 base hits including homers from Tiberi, Scott Manea, and Quinn Brodey. Sanchez had the game’s first tally as he singled home Edgardo Fermin following Fermin’s first inning double. The Fireflies tacked on a second run in the third inning on Tiberi’s solo blast, an opposite field shot. The big inning for the Fireflies was the fifth, where Sanchez once again scored Fermin, this time with a double, and later scored on a two-run shot by Manea. 

Lowell 11 (5-6), Brooklyn 2 (8-3) Box Score

  • RHP Kyle Wilson (L, 0-1, 9.45 ERA): 3 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 5 K
  • RHP Trent Johnson (0-1, 9.45 ERA): 1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 K
  • LHP Seth Davis (0-0, 3.60 ERA): 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • LHP Joel Huertas (0-0, 18.00 ERA): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Ronald Sanchez (0-1, 4.50 ERA): 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 K

It was a rough one for the Brooklyn pitching staff. Wilson was knocked around a little, exiting after three innings. Despite the rough beginning, five of Wilson’s nine outs were via strikeout and he threw 42 of his 62 pitches for strikes. The Cyclones’ bullpen did not provide much relief, as every pitcher who threw for Brooklyn would give up at least one run.

  • Ross Adolph CF: 2-for-4, 3B, RBI, K, .300/.371/.533
  • Chase Chambers 1B: 1-for-4, RBI, K, .313/.424/.500

The Cyclones only had five hits as a team as they were overmatched by Lowell in this one. Brooklyn’s offense struck out nine times against a trio of Spinners’ pitchers and went 1-for-8 with men in scoring position. Adolph was the lone Cyclone to notch a multi-hit game, as he also knocked in a run. Catcher Nick Meyer made his professional after being drafted in the sixth round this year and went hitless with a stolen base.

Kingsport 9 (6-1), Greenville 6 (3-4) Box Score

  • RHP Liam McCall (0-0, 5.79 ERA): 2.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Luis Silva (0-0, 11.57 ERA): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LHP Joshua Walker (W, 1-0, 0.00 ERA): 3 IP, 3 H, 2 K
  • LHP Andrew Mitchell (0-0, 0.00 ERA): 1 IP, 1 K
  • RHP Nelson Leon (1-0, 6.00 ERA): 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 K

McCall did not have it working in this one, and was knocked out in the third inning after giving up four runs. McCall’s wildness did him in, as he walked three batters, hit another, and threw a wild pitch during his outing. A homer to Jonathan Willems and a Cash Case triple were the big hits that hurt him in the third inning. Lefty Joshua Walker effectively stopped the game from getting out of hand for Kingsport. He came into the game with the Mets trailing 5-4 and tossed three scoreless innings, allowing Kingsport to vault back in front and go on to win.

  • Shervyen Newton SS: 2-for-6, 2 K, .412/.500/.679
  • Anthony Dirocie CF: 3-for-4, 2B, BB, .476/.500/.882
  • L.A. Woodard DH: 3-for-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI, .385/.385/.615

Seven of Kingsport’s 13 hits came with Met in scoring position, as the Mets came back from an early deficit to win this see-saw match against Greeneville. The three-four-five part of the Mets’ order went hitless, however Luis Santana walked four times from the third spot in the lineup. Dirocie was on base four times and scored three times. Recent draftee L.A. Woodard doubled twice and drove in four, including a two-run double that put the Mets ahead in the sixth.

GCL Nationals 5 (2-4), GCL Mets 1 (4-3) Box Score

  • RHP Michael Otanez (L, 0-1): 3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
  • LHP Hector Rodriguez (0-0, 5.40 ERA): 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 6 K

20-year-old Michael Otanez had a rough outing in his second start at the GCL level. Despite now having given up six runs in five and two-thirds innings on the season, the righty has also struck out eight batters. Left-hander Hector Rodriguez impressed in his second outing for the GCL Mets after beginning the season in the Dominican Summer League.

  • Jarred Kelenic CF: 3-for-4, 2B, K, SB, .615
  • Ronny Mauricio SS: 1-for-5, K, .333

First-rounder Jarred Kelenic continued his hot start to hit professional career. His three-hit day vaults him to 8-for-13 overall so far.

DSL Nationals 7 (13-7), DSL Mets1 6 (10-10) Box Score

  • LHP Ragui Rodriguez: 3.2 IP, 5 K

Starter Adrian Aybar fell to 0-2 on the year after only being able to record one out. He walked three and gave up two runs in his third. The final three pitchers for the Mets, starting with Ragui Rodriguez, combined for six and two-thirds hitless and walkless innings, striking out eight in that span.

The Mets pushed across eight hits as a team in this one including a pair of doubles and a home run. The team was 2-12 with runners in scoring position and left ten men on base.

DSL Cardinals Red 3 (10-10), DSL Mets2 1 (11-9) F/10 Box Score

Three Met arms combined to punch out ten Cardinals in this game’s ten innings. Despite that, they took an extra inning loss after a two-out, two-run single in the tenth inning.

  • Felix Valerio 2B: 1-for-3, 2 BB, .328

The Mets mustered just three singles in this one, and wound up leaving seven men on base in the extra-inning loss.

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.