MMN Recap: Smith Plays Left Field For First Time

By Sam Lebowitz

May 22, 2018 No comments

Las Vegas (18-27) 9, Sacramento (22-23) 1  Box Score

The 51s offense scored at least a run in each of the first six innings, scoring nine runs total despite only going 2-12 with runners in scoring position. They were aided by four wild pitches from River Cats starter Tyler Beede. Colon hit his first home run of the season for any team, while the 51s also got RBI doubles from Ty Kelly and Patrick Kivlehan.

Monell continued his solid production since returning to the organization as well. Smith, who played right field for the first time on Saturday, got his first career start in left field as the team tries to increase his versatility.

51s’ manager Tony DeFrancesco on Dominic Smith’s first couple games in the outfield talked to RJ Sports after the game, “He looks pretty athletic. He’s moving around. He made a couple nice plays today. Two throws to home plate. With the situation in New York, it just may be another option down the road if he can handle that.”

  • RHP Cody Martin (0-0, 0.00 ERA): 4.0 IP, H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Andrew Church (W, 1-0, 1.80 ERA): 5.0 IP, 5 H, R, 0 BB, 3 K

As one of multiple former Major Leaguers to sign minor league deals with the Mets recently, Martin pitched very well in his first start of the season for any team. He allowed only one hit through four innings on 76 pitches, although his control was not perfect. Church, who was recently promoted from Binghamton for the first time ever, took over and pitched very effectively to finish off the final five innings of the game. Church is usually a starter and has the type of stuff that would typically get hit hard in Vegas, but he made it through five strong innings on 65 pitches, allowing only one run.

West Virginia 3 (24-17) Columbia 2 (22-21) F/11 Box Score

  • RHP Marcel Renteria (2-1, 5.73 ERA): 0.2 IP, 1 H
  • RHP Darwin Ramos (0-0, 4.56 ERA): 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Nicolas Debora (1-1, 2.81 ERA): 3 IP, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Trey Cobb (2-1, 2.81 ERA): 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
  • RHP Stephen Villines (2-3, 6.38 ERA): 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K
  • LHP Taylor Henry (L, 0-1, 0.00 ERA): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 K

Starter Marcel Renteria departed after just three batters, so it was up to Columbia’s bullpen to piece together this one. Darwin Ramos and Nicolas Debora provided length for the Fireflies, allowing just a run on two hits over sixth and a third combined innings. West Virginia scored its lone run off Debora in the sixth following a walk and a pair of wild pitches.

Trey Cobb held Columbia’s one run lead through the seventh and Stephen Villines worked a quick eighth. The sidewinder looked to close it out in the ninth, but a walk and a pair of singles plated the tying run. Taylor Henry took an unfortunate loss as he was unable to keep the automatic runner from scoring in the eleventh inning after a Calvin Mitchell double plated the go-ahead run.

Columbia got both of its runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Matt Winaker led off with his third triple of the year, and was promptly plated by a Scott Manea groundout. Later in the inning, Edgardo Fermin scored Raphael Gladu after the Fireflies’ right fielder was hit by a pitch and stole second. T

he Winaker triple was the lone extra-base hit for Columbia in the game, and Ali Sanchez was the only Firefly to record multiple hits, as he notched two singles. Columbia had men on third with less than two out in both the tenth and eleventh innings, but failed to score in each instance.

St. Lucie’s game was postponed due to rain. They will play a doubleheader against Clearwater on Tuesday. Binghamton had a scheduled off day.

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.