MMN Recap: Peterson, Crismatt Turn in Superb Starts

By Sam Lebowitz

May 8, 2018 No comments

Las Vegas (12-20) 10, Salt Lake (20-12) 8 Box Score

Cecchini continues to hit, as he led off the game with a double and recorded another hit later. Guillorme is also on fire, having two hits in six straight games. While he usually lacks any power, it was all the more impressive that he hit a homer and a triple last night, as he has completely turned his season around.

Once again Smith continued to get on base, which is nice, but he’s still struggling to regain his power stroke as both hits were singles. The 51s got contributions from multiple players in their 11-hit attack last night, including a three-run triple from the recently signed Cody Asche as well as RBIs from Kelly and Matt den Dekker.

Gagnon got the start last night, and while he was solid enough through the first three innings, his lack of command caught up with him in the fourth and fifth as he ended up throwing 90 pitches and walking six in four-plus innings. Regnault came in behind him and pitched two scoreless innings, allowing two inherited runs that were charged to Gagnon.

Regnault is slowly starting to figure things out again. Bautista, who has spent most of the year in Double-A but got a taste of the Majors, made his first appearance for Las Vegas and was all over the place, walking three in less than two innings and throwing more balls than strikes.

Baumann relieved the wild Bautista in the eighth only to walk home a run before getting out of it. He walked the first batter he faced in the ninth before getting a fly out. That run later scored, marking the first earned run Baumann has allowed in the minors this year for the Chihuahuas or 51s.

Peterson, fresh off his first bad outing of the year, came in with one on and one out in the ninth and allowed a single and then an inherited run scored on an error by third baseman Phillip Evans, bringing the score to 10-8. But Peterson was able to bear down and close out the game, continuing his strong season.

Binghamton 2 (14-13), Hartford 1 (17-13) Box Score

Binghamton pitching was excellent in this one, allowing just six hits and a run through the night. Nabil Crismatt turned in another solid outing. The righty allowed just a run over six and a third innings. It was an exceptional bounceback outing for Crismatt, who allowed four runs in a less-than stellar start back on May 1.

The relief corps of Joshua Torres and Tyler Bashlor proved to be a winning combination. Both right-handers have been superb so far this year for the Rumble Ponies. Bashlor locked down his fifth save with a perfect ninth, striking out two in the process. Hard-throwing righty Gerson Bautista was called up from Binghamton to Triple-A Las Vegas.

The game was scoreless through the first six innings. In the seventh, Matt Oberste led off with a walk, and Jhoan Urena followed with his second homer of the season to give Binghamton a 2-0 lead. The home run, Binghamton’s lone extra-base hit in the game, proved to be enough offense for the Ponies, as the bullpen locked it down in relief of Nabil Crismatt. Peter Alonso had a perfect night at the plate, reaching base in all four of his plate appearances by way of two singles and two walks.

Luis Carpio/Photo by Ed Delany, MMO

St. Lucie 3 (13-16), Florida 2 (11-20) Box Score

Josh Prevost pitched into the seventh inning for St. Lucie before allowing the go-ahead run to score on a passed ball during a strikeout of Ray-Patrick Didder. Prevost put up his second consecutive quality start after starting the season with four duds. Matt Pobereyko relieved him with one out in the seventh and proceeded to strike out four batters over his inning and two thirds of word. Pobereyko earned his second relief win of the season as St. Lucie came from behind. Matt Blackham allowed just a single in his second save of the season.

The St. Lucie offense managed just a run on four hits off of Fire Frogs starter Dilmer Mejia. That run came via a run-scoring single by Michael Paez, scoring Desmond Lindsay after his second double of the season. The Mets were held off the board until the bottom of the eighth inning, when, down a run, Luis Carpio stepped in against righty Sean McLaughlin. The St. Lucie second baseman belted a two-run shot, his third of the campaign, to put the Mets ahead. Carpio and Paez were the lone Mets to record multi-hit games, each responsible for fashioning the Mets’ runs.

Lakewood 5 (16-15), Columbia 1 (17-14) F/10 Box Score

It was the David Peterson show for the Fireflies on Monday. The 2017 Mets’ first rounder dominated out of the gate against Lakewood. The lefty struck out six of his first seven batters. He finished his afternoon with eight punch outs over seven sparkling innings. Thanks to a pair of double plays, Peterson wound up facing just a batter over the minimum in his outing. The game remained scoreless into extra innings thanks to another solid, scoreless relief outing for Carlos Hernandez. In the 10th, things went awry as sidewinder Stephen Villines allowed five runs to score, punctuated by a game-breaking Rodolfo Duran three-run home run.

The Columbia offense was held silent through regulation, mustering just a pair of hits throughout the game. Ramon Rosso lowered his ERA to a sparkling 1.10 for the BlueClaws, as he hurled six shutout innings with nine strikeouts. Firefly first baseman Jeremy Vasquez’s streak of reaching base in consecutive games ended at 29. Quinn Brodey scored the lone Columbia run after starting the 10th inning on second base. Rigoberto Terrazasscored him with a ground out.

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.