MMN Recap: Mazeika Hits Walk-off Single For St. Lucie

By Mathew Brownstein

June 1, 2017 2 Comments

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (29-18) 5, Trenton Thunder (33-18) 3 Box Score 

The Binghamton Rumble Ponies took the early 1-0 lead in the second on a run scoring single from third baseman David Thompson. Centerfielder Champ Stuart laced a line drive to left in the seventh, his fourth double of the season, driving in Thompson who singled one at-bat prior.

Trenton stormed back in the bottom half of the inning, erasing Binghamton’s lead by scoring three runs. RBI singles from DH Matt Oberste and right fielder Kevin Kaczmarski gave the Rumble Ponies the lead in the eighth, and left fielder Kevin Taylor added insurance in the ninth with an RBI single.

  • RHP Corey Oswalt (4-3, 2.50 ERA): 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Corey Taylor (3-3, 3.68 ERA): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, K (Blown save, Win)
  • RHP Cory Burns (0-0, 6.75 ERA): IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, K (Save)

Right hander Corey Oswalt was cruising through six innings, pitching a four-hit shutout with two walks and four strikeouts on 85 pitches. However, the seventh inning got rocky for the 23-year-old, giving up a leadoff triple followed by a run scoring double and single to put runners on the corners with no outs. Corey Taylor entered and couldn’t hold the one run lead, blowing his fourth save of the year. With the Rumble Ponies up two runs in the ninth, Cory Burns earned his second save with Binghamton, working a perfect ninth.

St. Lucie Mets (27-26) 6, Daytona Tortugas (27-25) 5, 13 innings Box Score

A back and forth game resulted in extra innings for the St. Lucie Mets. Tied 5-5 heading into the 13th, centerfielder John Mora led off the inning with a single to right. After shortstop J.C. Rodriguez flew out to center, Jhoan Urena was intentionally walked to face catcher Patrick Mazeika. After going hitless in his first five at-bats, Mazeika sent the Mets home winners with a single to center, plating Mora for his fourth run scored on the night.

Nabil Crismatt started for the Mets, and was coming off two straight wins prior to tonight’s start. Crismatt’s last two starts combined for 15 scoreless innings, giving up seven hits, one walk, and 20 strikeouts.

Crismatt was sharp again Wednesday, tossing at least seven innings for the fourth time this year. Relievers Tyler Bashlor, Joshua Torres, and Kevin Canelon combined for 5.1 scoreless innings, walking one while striking out 12.

Columbia Fireflies (27-23) 4, Augusta GreenJackets (14-34) 3 Box Score 

The Fireflies scored two early runs in the first, scoring on a fielding error and a groundout. Right fielder Gene Cone added an RBI single to center in the second, and shortstop Andres Gimenez added his own run scoring single in the fourth. Gimenez has hit safely in 10 of his last 13 games.

  • RHP Merandy Gonzalez (7-1, 1.73 ERA): 6 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER, BB, 10 K (Win)
  • RHP Adam Atkins (0-0, 3.86 ERA): IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, K (Hold)
  • RHP Joseph Zanghi (0-2, 3.18 ERA): IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (Hold)
  • RHP Max Kuhns (0-0, 1.25 ERA): IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (Save)

Merandy Gonzalez earned his seventh win of the season, firing six innings of two run (one earned) ball. The 10 strikeouts were a career high for the right-hander, and his 1.73 ERA is good for third best in the South Atlantic League, behind teammate Jordan Humphreys (1.40) and Lakewood BlueClaws starter Nick Fanti (1.52 ERA). RHP Max Kuhns picked up his third save, and has now worked 15.1 scoreless innings dating back to April 18.

The Las Vegas 51s had the day off.