MMN Recap: Kingsport Sweeps Double Header

By Sam Lebowitz

August 7, 2018 No comments

David Peterson, Photo By Ernest Dove

Las Vegas (56-58) 6, Iowa (42-71) 1   Box Score

The 51s scored all their runs in two three-run innings in the fourth and eighth. Den Dekker has been solid since he cleared waivers, and Smith is slowly starting to break out of his slump with an extra-base hit in three straight games. Kivlehan blasted a three=run homer in the fourth, and they rallied for three more in the eight against former 51 Alberto Baldonado. Peter Alonso had the day off.

  • RHP Scott Copeland (W, 2-1, 3.00 ERA): 6.0 IP, 5 H, R, 3 BB, 4 K
  • LHP Ian Krol (3-0, 2.96 ERA): 0.2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Tim Peterson (0-1, 3.27 ERA): 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
  • LHP P.J. Conlon (3-7, 717 ERA): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 2 K

Copeland got called back up to Las Vegas to make his third start of the season there, and he turned in a very fine performance after a solid showing in Binghamton. Krol has been merely okay in 18 games with the 51s after 18 great games with the Salt Lake City Bees. Peterson, who was starting to get roughed up in the Majors after a hot start, has been dominant in three appearances since being demoted. He has allowed no runs on two hits in 3.1 innings with seven strikeouts. Last night he struck out all four batters he faced with 17 pitches, 13 of which were strikes.

Conlon made his first minor league relief appearance of the season, a role which has been discussed that he might move to many times in the past. With his struggles as a starter this year and scoreless inning in this game, it will be interesting to see how the Mets use him going forward.

Jupiter 7 (58-52), St. Lucie 6 (44-65) Box Score

David Peterson turned in one of his better starts in recent memory for St. Lucie. It was the first time Peterson completed six innings since he went 6.1 innings on June 23. After dominating Columbia prior to his promotion, Peterson has underwhelmed in St. Lucie. He’s given up two or more runs in all but one of his nine starts.

The Mets had a two-run lead heading into the ninth, when McIlraith was asked to complete a three-inning save. He hit his first batter, walked his next, then finally got the first out on a popped up bunt attempt. Following that were two run scoring singles which tied the game. McGeorge nearly got the Mets through to extra innings, but with two outs, he threw a game-ending wild pitch, scoring the game-winning run.

Sanchez put the Mets on the board quickly with a two-run double in the first inning. He also had a double in the Mets’ two-run third inning. Michael Paez and Blake Tiberi scored the runs in that inning. It took until the ninth inning for the Mets to score again, as Anthony Dimino broke a tie game with a two-run homer. Unfortunately, the lead would not stand up for the Mets. Paez extended his hitting streak to 17 games. 

Hudson Valley 6 (30-19), Brooklyn 5 (26-24) Box Score

Eric Hanhold acted as the game’s opening pitcher as he continued he rehab, moving on from the Gulf Coast League. He gave up just a hit and struck out a batter in two scoreless innings, throwing just twenty pitches in the outing. Jose Butto made his first non-starting appearance of the year, piggy-backing off of Hanhold. His outing did not go as smoothly, as he gave up a quick three runs in his first inning of work, all coming on a three-run jack by Chris Betts. Butto settled down nicely, retiring the side in order in his next three innings. He got into a first-and-third jam in the seventh, but Billy Oxford came in and rolled a double play ball to bail him out. Up a run in the ninth, Riley Gilliam, acting as closer, served up a walk-off two-run homer to Ford Proctor. It was the cherry on top of a huge day for Proctor, who previously tripled twice in the game.

The Cyclones punched across three quick runs in the first. Ross Adolph led off with a triple, and scored on a Carlos Cortes single. Later, Anthony Dirocie doubled home two to cap the inning. The big hits then dried up for Brooklyn, as they could only muster a run on a Nick Meyer sac fly in the fourth. That was until then eighth inning, when Jose Miguel Medina doubled home Chandler Avant to break a tie game. They nursed that one-run lead until Ryley Gilliam served up the walk-off in the ninth.

Kingsport 5 (24-20), Elizabethton 1 (24-17) Game 1 Box Score

Dedniel Nunez tossed five solid innings in which he gave up just a run on four hits and struck out six before giving way to Luis Silva for the final two. Nunez’s lone stain on his outing was a fourth-inning solo homer off the bat of Alex Robles, who went 3-for-3 in the game. It was Nunez’s second consecutive winning start, after going five strong in his previous outing.

Granadillo started off a great day in the first with a single, a stolen base, and a run scored on a wild pitch. Following a Kelenic double in the third, Shervyen Newton singled him home for Kingsport’s second run. Then, in the fifth, the K-Mets opened it up with three add-on runs. The first two of those runs scored on wild pitches, and the third came in on a passed ball. Suffice to say, it was not a very clean inning for Elizabethtown pitcher Blair Lakso.

Kingsport 7 (25-20), Elizabethtown 2 (24-18) Game 2 Box Score

Bryant carried a no-hitter through 5.2 innings in game two of the double header, before he gave up a single to Yunior Severino. Bryant was spotless, giving up just the single and a hit batter in his six innings. Tripp had a rough seventh, but thanks to some late offense by his teammates, he had plenty of cushion and got out of further trouble with a game-ending double play.

The K-Mets swept the twin bill with a strong offensive showing in this one. They pushed two quick runs across as Santana singled home Granadillo and Newton. Overall, Granadillo went 6-for-8 while hitting leadoff in both games of the double header. The offense then went quiet until the seventh, where they scored five tack-on runs. The big hits in the rally were two-run singles by Domingo Martinez and Raul Beracierta. The team had five hits with runners in scoring position.

GCL Cardinals 6 (28-12), GCL Mets 3 (20-21) Box Score

Adonis Uceta, who was on a rehab assignment, faced just one batter in his relief outing. He walked his batter before leaving. Recent Mets’ 11th rounder Franklin Parra tossed his third consecutive scoreless outing to begin his professional career.

Desmond Lindsay began a rehab assignment in the GCL in this one, taking an 0-for with a walk. The Mets had just four hits, but walked seven times. They left eight men on base in the loss.

DSL Mets1 4 (34-21), DSL Yankees 2 (22-33) Box Score

Joander Suarez and Jefferson Escorcha both pitched well in this one. Escorcha was particularly notable, with just two hits and an unearned run alongside six punch outs in five innings of relief.

Pairs of runs in the second and third innings propelled the Mets passed the Yankees in this one. Jorge Martinez had the big hit in the second, as he drove home two with a single. In the third, Adrian Hernandez and Andres Regnault completed a double steal, with Hernandez stealing home on the play.

DSL Rangers2 8 (37-18), DSL Mets2 2 (27-28) Box Score

Each of the four Mets’ pitchers gave up at least a run in this one. As a whole, the staff struck out eight batters, but also walked five and gave up ten hits.

The Mets mustered just three singles and a walk in this one. Two of those singles, off the bats of Wilmy Valdez and Federico Polanco, came with men on base in the fourth inning, scoring both Met runs.

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.