MMN Recap: Kivlehan Stays Hot for Vegas, Winaker and Moreno Homer in Fireflies’ Win

By Joseph Hill

August 31, 2018 No comments

Photo by Jennifer Nieves, MMN

Las Vegas (68-68) 8, Tacoma (64-71) 6  Box Score

Smith has finally begun to heat up a little despite a constant lack of power; he is 5 for his last 8 and has a five-game hitting streak. However, his last extra-base hit for Las Vegas came on August 14. Kivlehan continued to absolutely mash his way through August into the home stretch of the season, homering and doubling yet again. He’s now batting a ridiculous .376/.432/.953 in 24 games this month. At this point, it would be criminal for the Mets not to at least give him a few at-bats in September, as he has been very solid all season for the 51s with a .946 OPS on the year. Guillorme and Plaia also continued their solid seasons, while Christian Colon raised his average to .309 with a multi-hit game. The team went 7-11 with runners in scoring position, an area they’ve struggled in at times this year.

  • RHP Kevin McGowan (W, 6-2, 4.07 ERA): 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 4 K
  • LHP Ian Krol (3-0, 2.72 ERA): 1.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, K
  • RHP Eric Hanhold (2-2, 7.11 ERA): 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, BB, 0 K
  • LHP Kyle Regnault (3-1, 4.50 ERA): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 0 K

McGowan made his second straight start with the 51s, despite mostly having been used as a reliever the past couple seasons. While he wasn’t as good as last time’s seven scoreless innings, he still provided a solid outing. Krol now has a 1.35 ERA in August despite a 1.58 WHIP. That’s pretty much been the theme of his season: A lot of baserunners, but not many runs allowed. Overall just for Las Vegas, he has a very good 3.31 ERA and an ugly 1.81 WHIP.

Hanhold had started to settle in with Las Vegas, but has now allowed multiple runs in back-t0-back outings. After he was struggling in the ninth and had given up a run, Regnault came in with runners on the corners and two outs to try and close it out. He walked the first batter to load the bases, but got a groundout to end the game and earn his third save of the season. The one out recorded brought his August ERA down to 0.68.

Hartford (62-71) 1, Binghamton (63-73) 0   Box Score

It was a very weak day for the Binghamton offense, as they collected just three hits total, including a double by struggling shorstop Andrew Ely. Gimenez slapped an infield hit as he continued his fine hitting for the Rumble Ponies. Toffey has slowed down a bit recently, but he still drew a walk yesterday and has still been getting on base frequently despite his average dipping.

After posting an 8.84 ERA in nine starts for Las Vegas and struggling in his return to Binghamton, Crismatt had one of his best starts of the season. He allowed just two hits, and maybe could have gone further if it weren’t for errors by Gimenez, Terdoslavich, and Ely. The only run off Crismatt came on a play in which Terdoslavich misplayed a ball and Gimenez made a throwing error, thus the run was unearned. Overall it was a dominant outing for Crismatt as he looks to get back on track. After spending most of the year in St. Lucie, Pobereyko has pitched well so far in three outings for Binghamton.

St. Lucie was rained out for the fifth consecutive game, thus canceling the entire series against Lakeland.

Columbia (62-67) 7, Charleston (61-71) 3  Box Score

Moreno continued his impressive month with a leadoff homer and an RBI single, raising his August line to .290/.324/.530 in what’s been a strong finish to his season. Winaker also blasted a two-run shot, continuing what’s also been a great month for him in which he’s batting a robust .315/.411/.641.

  • RHP Marcel Renteria (W, 5-3, 4.23 ERA): 8.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 6 K
  • RHP Ryan Selmer (0-0, 0.00 ERA): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Renteria had one of his best starts of the season, only allowing runs in the second inning before settling in to what turned into a really solid outing. He has improved, with a 3.09 ERA over his last nine appearances. After posting a 5.65 ERA in 22 games for Brooklyn this year, Selmer has pitched three scoreless innings in two games for Columbia so far.

Hudson Valley (42-29) 4, Brooklyn (38-33) 2  Box Score

Cortes has really picked it up to produce solid overall numbers, and is batting .299/.364/.448 in August. Avant and Dirocie each recorded a pair of singles, why catcher Hayden Senger drove in the only run with a single in the fourth.

  • RHP Christian James (L, 4-2, 2.01 ERA): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 5 K
  • RHP Adam Hill (1-1, 2.35 ERA): 3.0 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, BB, 4 K
  • RHP Ryan McAuliffe (0-0, 2.57 ERA): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K

James had a more pedestrian outing in what’s been a long stretch of great starts. After pitching five scoreless innings, he couldn’t record an out in the sixth. Hill and McAuliffe are both off to nice starts in their brief careers thus far.