MMN Recap: Smith Keeps Getting On Base

By Dilip Sridhar

May 9, 2018 No comments

Fresno (20-13) 11, Las Vegas (12-21) 6   Box Score

Den Dekker hit a homer last night to continue his surprising power output this season, while Cecchini took an 0-for in the first game since his double-play partner Luis Guillorme was promoted to the Majors. His numbers for the season are still very solid. Smith got on base three more times, one of which was on his first triple of the season. Evans, off to a slow start with the bat, had a nice productive night, getting on base three times while driving in three.

  • RHP Chris Flexen (L, 2-3, 4.13 ERA): 2.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 2 ER, BB, K
  • RHP Kevin McGowan (1-1, 4.91 ERA): 3.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, BB, 3 K
  • LHP Matt Purke (1-0, 7.43 ERA): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Corey Taylor (1-1, 7.11 ERA): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, BB, 0 K
  • RHP Colton Plaia (0-0, 0.00 ERA): 1.0 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 0 K

It was a weird and tough outing for Flexen, who had been pitching pretty solidly until last night. The first batter he faced hit a triple and scored on the play because of a throwing error by second baseman Ty Kelly. He got hit around a ton in the second, but the inning was extended on an another error by Kelly that led to five unearned runs. Still, it was a very ugly outing with Flexen only throwing two innings on 66 pitches.

McGowan was not dominant, but got through three solid innings of relief behind Flexen. Purke was effectively wild, walking three in his two innings of work but not allowing a hit. Taylor continued his inconsistencies, while backup catcher Colton Plaia pitched his third scoreless inning of the season.

Hartford Yard Goats (18-13) 9, Binghamton Rumble Ponies (14-14) 7 Box Score

It has been a struggle for Marcos Molina. The once touted prospect has really struggled coming back from Tommy-John Surgery. He has been passed on the depth chart by Corey Oswalt and Chris Flexen and might have his spot on the 40-man in jeopardy in the winter or even sooner. Perhaps a move to the bullpen would help him regain his major league trajectory.

Roseboom struggled in Vegas but has been very sharp in Binghamton. He has struck out 13 of the 36 batters he has faced this season. Zamora has struggled this season but there is still hope he rebounds.

McNeil is hitting .277/.368/.614 while maintaining a low strikeout rate. He should really go up to Las Vegas soon. The biggest thing with him has been health and he looks healthy. His ground ball rate is also down which is why there is hope that his power is sustainable. Alonso is now trailing Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the BA race but still leads the league in OBP and SLG. He got on base twice and then dropped his OBP.

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Florida Fire Frogs (12-20) 8, St. Lucie Mets (13-17) 4 Box Score

  • RHP Michael Gibbons (0-1, 2.70 ERA): 3 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 5 K
  • RHP Adam Atkins (1-1, 2.84 ERA): 0.2 IP, 4 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Thomas Mcllraith (0-1, 5.65 ERA): 3.1 IP, 2 H, BB, 4 K
  • RHP Stephen Nogosek (1-0, 1.84 ERA): 2 IP, H, ER, BB, 4 K

Adam Atkins gave up four unearned runs and got the tough luck loss as a result. He has been solid in St. Lucie this year after struggling in the same league last year. Mcllraith did a nice job to save the rest of the St. Lucie bullpen after Michael Gibbons had a short start.

Nogosek has been really solid this year. He came over in the Addison Reed deal. He has struck out 18 out of 56 batters faced this year. He should go to Binghamton sooner rather than later.

Lindsay showed signs of life tonight. He walked three times and upped his OBP to .330 this year. He is hitting .212/.330/.259 but hopefully he uses this game as a spring board. Franco made his St. Lucie debut in this one. Overall, St. Lucie had their share of baserunners but left 10 runners on.

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.