MMN Recap: St. Lucie Takes Two

By Sam Lebowitz

June 12, 2018 No comments

Gary Cornish/Photo by Ed Delany

Las Vegas (27-38) 6, Round Rock (29-35) 1  Box Score

The 51s won in large part due to Colton Plaia, who has struggled offensively in Las Vegas but had his best game of the season last night. He put them on the board with an RBI double in the second, and extended their lead to 3-0 with his first home run of the season in the fourth inning. Then in the eighth inning, with the bases loaded, nobody out, Plaia singled in two more runs to add some insurance and put the 51s up 5-1. They also scored on a solo homer by Zach Borenstein, who homered for the third straight game, and an RBI single by Colon, who came off the temporarily inactive list with two hits.

  • RHP Corey Oswalt (W, 4-3, 5.30 ERA): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K
  • LHP Ian Krol (0-0, 9.00 ERA): 1.0 IP, H, R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Eric Hanhold (0-1, 11.05 ERA): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K
  • RHP Drew Smith (3-1, 2.67 ERA): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K

Oswalt was the first starting pitcher to finally tame this Express offense, holding them to five hits and no runs while striking out six to pick up the 51s’ only win of the four-game series. The recently signed lefty Krol, who had a 1.71 ERA in 18 games for the Angels Triple-A affiliate Salt Lake City Bees, threw a 1-2-3 seventh with two strikeouts. He gave up a home run to start the eighth, but then Hanhold came in and rebounded from a rough outing in game one of the series by retiring all three batters he faced. Smith pitched a perfect ninth to comfortably close it out as he continued his excellent season.

St. Lucie 5 (21-23), Daytona 4 (27-21) Box Score

This game originally began on Saturday, May 26th but resumed on June 11th. The game had been played into the middle of the fifth inning, where St. Lucie led 5-3, before rain forced the game’s suspension. Harol Gonzalez started and made it through the game’s first three and two-thirds innings before he began to unravel. Daytona rattled six consecutive hits against the right-handed, and scored three runs, cutting the St. Lucie lead to just two runs. When the game resumed, Nicolas Debora took over and threw three and a third innings of solid relief, allowing just a run. Stephen Nogosek struggled, allowing three hits and two walks in his outing but was able to avoid letting the tying run score. Ezequiel Zabaleta recorded the final two outs to save Nogosek, stranding the bases loaded and ending the game weeks after it originally started.

St. Lucie scored all of their runs in the fourth inning, before the suspension of the game came. Desmond Lindsay began the inning with a homerun, and then Michael Paez, Luis Carpio, and Anthony Dimino loaded the bases on a walk sandwiched by two singles. Dash Winningham doubled home two, Dan Rizzie hit a sacrifice fly, and Jacob Zanon singled home a fifth St. Lucie run. Andres Gimenez reached base three times and stole a base for the Mets.

St. Lucie 5 (26-33), Daytona 3 (32-28) Final/7 Box Score

Thanks to the resumption of the previous game, St. Lucie and Daytona only played seven innings in this one. Gary Cornish was good, but not great, as he turned in a quality start and struck out six, but did allow three walks and a Tyler Stephenson homerun in his six innings. Alex Palsha recorded his second save of the season for the Mets, as they used the short game as a reason to rest their normal higher-leverage relievers.

  • Andres Gimenez SS: 0-for-3, .276/.343/.429
  • Luis Carpio 2B: 2-for-3, 2B, .211/.286/.319
  • J. Franco DH: 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, K, .295/.360/.341

It was a come-from-behind victory for St. Lucie in the nightcap, as they erased a three-run deficit with two in the fifth and three in the sixth to claim the victory. J.J. Franco doubled home the first Met run, and was singled home by Gene Cone later in the inning. Franco was again in the middle of things in the sixth, when he had the go-ahead single to put the Mets ahead by a run. Ian Strom doubled him home to add an insurance run, and that would be enough of a lead for Alex Palsha to protect in the seventh.

Lexington 3 (34-29), Columbia 0 (31-30) Final/8 Box Score

  • RHP Briam Campusano (L, 1-1, 3.55 ERA): 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Darwin Ramos (0-2, 5.03 ERA): 3 IP, 1 H, 5 K
  • RHP Jeff Diehl (0-0, 8.10 ERA): 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB

Following a scoreless victory in his last outing, this was not the cleanest start for Briam Campusano. The righty took the loss, allowing runs to score in the second and third on a wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk, respectively. Darwin Ramos had a much-needed scoreless outing, as he struck out five over three scoreless innings. Jeff Diehl allowed a homerun Dennicher Carrasco in the eighth inning before the game was called due to rain.

There was not much happening for the Fireflies on offense in this one, as they were shutout by a trio of Lexington arms. The offense managed just four singles. Their greatest scoring threat was in the second inning, when they put men on second and third with one out following a walk, a hit batter, and a soft groundout. However, they were unable to score in this situation after Quinn Brodey struck out and Rigoberto Terrazas flew out. Rain shortened the game by an inning, so Columbia lost their final set of at bats.

DSL Twins 9 (5-3), DSL Mets1 4 (3-5) Box Score

After lasting only an inning in his first outing, Jender De Jesus, 20, pitched better this time around. The Mets gave up nine total runs, but only six were earned. The staff struck out nine batters and only walked two.

The Mets’ offense only managed four runs despite their ten hits. The team hit three triples in the game. Andres Regnault, who served as the designated hitter despite normally being a catcher, raised his early season average to .476 with a three-hit game.

DSL Mets2 3 (5-3), DSL Brewers 2 (5-3) Final/10 Box Score

Jurgen Jimenez pitched well for the second DSL squad, giving up no runs in his five innings. Jimenez has allowed just one run in his two starts thus far. Overall, the Mets’ struck out nine Brewers in ten innings of work.

Jeison Rodriguez’s homerun in the second inning had been all the Mets’ offense could muster until extra innings. Felix Valerio had the hit to score the automatic runner from second in the tenth that put the Mets ahead to win.

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.