MMN Recap: McNeil Collects Two More Hits in Vegas Win

By Matt Mancuso

June 20, 2018 No comments

Jeff McNeil/Photo by Jennifer Nieves

Las Vegas (30-42) 3, Oklahoma City (41-26) 2 Box

For the second straight game, Zach Borenstein led the offensive charge, tallying two hits and scoring twice . The newly-promoted Jeff McNeil gave the 51s an early lead with an RBI double in the first against former Met Tyler Pill. McNeil is now hitting .375/.444/.500 through his first 18 trips to the plate in Vegas.

After the Dodgers tied it in the fifth, Patrick Kivlehan regained the lead with a RBI single, scoring Ty Kelly. The 51s offense was held silent until the tenth when a costly error from Dodger shortstop Angelo Mora gave the Mets the lead, which Jacob Rhame would not relinquish.

Gagnon continued his strong stretch with seven innings of one-run ball. After an awful start to the season, he’s allowed only five runs over his last 18 innings. Manager Tony DeFrancesco left the eighth inning in the hands of Drew Smith, who shockingly struggled and gave up the game-tying run. With a runner already on second base to start the tenth frame, Jacob Rhame pitched a perfect inning to hold the Dodgers off the scoreboard.

Trenton (40-29) 7, Binghamton (34-35) 3 Box

Scott Copeland had his worst outing with Binghamton so far and the Alonso-less Rumble Ponies were not able to make up the difference. Until yesterday, Copeland had been a consistent force in Bingo’s rotation. but yesterday, he only lasted until the sixth inning and then David Roseboom relieved him. Although he’s been historically better against lefties, Roseboom holding righties to a sub-two ERA and lefties to a 2.25 ERA. Although he struggled in yesterday’s contest, it’s still been a pretty strong month of June for the southpaw. Matt Blackham tossed a perfect ninth to finish off the game.

Allen has gone 5-for-16 in his first four games with the Rumble Ponies. But that would be the only offense they produced until the seventh inning when Tim Tebow doubled in two. Joey Terdoslavich recorded only his second hit with the Rumble Ponies with his seventh inning single. Tomas Nido‘s struggles continued as he went 0-for-4 to decrease his OPS to .669.

Dunedin (30-37) 7, St. Lucie (27-39) 4 Box

Gimenez stole his league leading 23rd base. Desmond Lindsay‘s struggles against righties continued as his overall line dropped to .219/.336/.332. Brandon Brosher‘s season-long slump persisted as he went 0-for-4 with three K’s.

Gabriel Llanes’s night lasted an inning too long. After the fifth, he was cruising along, only allowing two homers. However the Jays proceeded to eat him up in the sixth and he was unable to complete the frame. Although the Mets fought back the following inning, Matt Pobereyko uncharacteristically struggled as he gave up three runs.

Brooklyn (4-1) 7, Hudson Valley (2-3) 5 Box

The Cyclones made up for their poor offense in the earlier innings with a come-from-behind victory. As soon as starter Blake Pflughaupt left the game, the Cyclones began teeing off of their bullpen. After Hudson Valley took the lead in the sixth inning, the Mets got one run back on the strength of back-to-back doubles from David Miranda and Chandler Avant. An inning later, a Jose Brizuela dinger gave the Mets the lead. They would quickly give it back, but thanks to a clutch Pascual single, the Cyclones claimed the victory.

In his first start this season, Ryan McAuliffe quickly breezed through the first four innings smoothly, but hit trouble once he reached the fifth. He was removed and a parade of relievers followed him. Seth Davis fared the best out of the pitchers as he continued his strong season with 1.2 scoreless frames. Yeudy Colon relieved him and earned both a blown save and a win.

Kingsport (1-0) 7, Princeton (0-1) 3 Box

Kingsport got their season of to a good start yesterday, as they scored runs going early and often, posting multiple runs in three out of the first four frames. Eight out of their nine starters got on base. Mark Vientos was the only starter that still has a .000 OBP.

  • RHP Jose Moreno (1-0, 3.00 ERA): 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 6 K, 0 BB
  • LHP Joshua Walker (0-0, 0.00 ERA):3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 6 K

Moreno got the Opening Day assignment for Kingsport and turned in a strong start in his first outing in Kingsport. The 21-year-old threw six innings of three-hit ball. Joshua Walker also had an impressive debut as he struck out six batters over the final three innings.

GCL Marlins(2-0) 3, GCL Mets 1 (1-1) 2 Box

  • 3B Cristopher Pujols: 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, R(.333/.500/1.000)
  • SS Ronny Mauricio: 1-4, 2B, R(.250/.250/.500)

Christopher Pujols started the scoring off early, slamming a two-run homer in the first inning.

The Mets lost a heartbreaker yesterday. Michael Otanez made his first professional start since undergoing Tommy John Surgery in late 2016. Even though he now has a WHIP of 2.000, it was a victory for him to be back on the mound. Hector Rodriguez struggled through his two innings, allowing five hits and three runs. Boris Sanchez allowed the walk-off run on a Daniel Paulino single.

DSL 1 Mets (7-8) 11, DSL 1 Angels (4-11) 7 Box

The Mets bats broke out in a big way, scoring 11 runs. Juan De La Rosa led the way with three hits and an RBI. 2017 international signee Adrian Hernandez tallied two hits and scored twice as well. The Mets were helped out by the Angels defense, who allowed five unearned Mets runs.

Despite five strikeouts, Mets starter Adrian Aybar struggled overall, giving up four hits and three runs(including an inside-the-parker). After giving up two runs in the seventh inning without recording an out, Carlos Castellanos now has an ERA of infinity. Although the Angels rallied in the later innings, Darling Baez finished up the game, inducing a game-ending groundout from Rainer Rivas.

DSL 2 Mets(10-5) 5, DSL 2 Diamondbacks(6-9) 3 

The Mets broke up a tied game in the sixth inning thanks to a Jorge Martinez RBI single. Martinez eventually came home to score on a Eulises Sanchez sacrifice fly to make it 5-3. Kevin Torres had an unique batting line: he went 1-for-1 with four walks.

RHP Christofer Dominguez(2-0 1.93 ERA): 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 K, 1 BB

Christofer Dominguez threw five strong innings to record his second victory of the season. Rolfy Vargas continued his poor start to the season, giving up another run to balloon his ERA to 10.50. Juan Martinez recorded his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth.