MMN Recap: Smith Extends Hitting Streak, Alonso Stays Hot

By Dilip Sridhar

July 19, 2017 3 Comments

Fresno Grizzlies (55-41) 19, Las Vegas 51s (36-60) 12 Box Score

Yes, I typed the score correctly and no, they did not play football. Nice to see Gavin have back-to-back big games. Hopefully it is a sign of things to come for him going forward. Dominic Smith has a hit in 28 of his last 29 games.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (51-39) 13, Akron RubberDucks (45-46) 0 F/7 Box Score

The Rumble Ponies scored five in the second and seven in the third to win this one in a laugher. Nido had been struggling but had a big day yesterday to hopefully get him back on track.

  • LHP P.J. Conlon (6-7, 3.81 ERA): 7 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 8 K

Conlon was dominant and had more than enough. It’s been an up and down reason for the southpaw but he was able to deliver for his team yesterday. Conlon became the first Binghamton pitcher to record three shutouts in one season since Denny Harriger in 1993.

Akron RubberDucks 6, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 3 Box Score

  • Champ Stuart CF: 2 for 4, 2B, RBI
  • David Thompson 3B: 1 for 3, RBI, R, SB

Binghamton lost despite going 4 for 8 with runners in scoring position

Smoker continued his rehab assignment and 17 pitches with 11 coming for strikes.

St. Lucie Mets (43-50) 3, Jupiter Hammerheads (46-47) 2 Box Score

Peter Alonso continues his hot hitting. He is now hitting .254/.320/.475. His OPS would be good for 17th in the league if he qualified. He had a .486 OPS his first 21 games and a 1.024 OPS his last 28 games. Tim Tebow was 0 for 3 but picked up an RBI with a bases loaded walk.

Shaw hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts spanning 13 innings. Bashlor has 61 strikeouts in 34.2 innings. He could be really good if he just exhibits a little bit more command.

Brooklyn Cyclones (8-20) 3, Staten Island Yankees (20-8) 2 Box Score

Winaker has now moved to the lead off role thanks in large part to his .395 OBP. He still has not hit for much power but it is still way too early to worry about that.

  • LHP Jose Carlos Medina (1-3, 2.41 ERA): 6 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 5 K
  • RHP Tony Dibrell (0-0, 10.50 ERA): 2 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 3 K
  • RHP Connor O’Neil (0-1, 4.05 ERA): 1 IP, H, K

Medina has been very good thus far in the young season. He has shown great command prior to today’s game. Entering today, he had two walks in 27.2 innings.

DSL D-backs2 (14-24) 2, DSL Mets2 (25-12) 1 Box Score

Newton has cooled off the last week or so but has still gotten on base at a great rate. He has hit .289 his last 10 games with 9 walks.

RHP Oscar Rojas (0-0, 1.80 ERA): 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 6 K

LHP Jefferson Escorcha (0-0, 0.00 ERA): 4 IP, 3 H, BB, 3 K

RHP Joel Romero (4-2, 2.25 ERA): 0.2 IP, R (0 ER), BB

Escorcha has been terrific this season. His first professional season has been a huge success thus far.

Bluefield Blue Jays (17-9) 2, Kingsport Mets (10-14) 1 F/11 Box Score

The K-Mets were only able to manage 1 run in eleven innings despite 16 baserunners. Jeremy Vasquez is now hitting .342/.443/.582. He showed a great eye in college and has brought that over to his professional career.

  • RHP Christian James (1-1, 0.74 ERA): 6 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 7 K
  • RHP Joshua Payne (0-0, 0.00 ERA): 2 IP, 4 K
  • RHP Mac Lozer (0-0, 1.35 ERA): 2 IP, BB, H, 2 K
  • RHP Stephen Villines (1-1, 1.69 ERA): 2 H, ER *did not record an out

James has been awesome this season and last night was no different, he’s allowed only 13 hits in 24.1 innings this year. He could make the Mets move him along faster if he keeps pitching like this.