MMN Recap: Strong Outing for Blake Taylor in Vegas Debut

By Sam Lebowitz

May 29, 2018 No comments

Blake Taylor/Photo by Jennifer Nieves

Las Vegas (21-31) 10, Tacoma (27-25) 2  Box Score

It was a great offensive day for the 51s, as they got production up and down the lineup. Every player recorded at least a hit and all but two recorded at least one RBI. Den Dekker continued to hit well, while Smith continued to get on base despite his slugging percentage dropping below .400.

The slumping Borenstein got back on track with a homer and a walk, and Lobaton provided a three-run blast that broke the game open to 7-0 in the third inning. He has hit really well in his short time down there despite not having drawn a walk. Kaczmarski has also gotten off to a nice start in his small sample of Triple-A playing time, getting on base all four times last night.

  • LHP Blake Taylor (W, 1-0, 0.00 ERA): 6.0 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
  • RHP Joseph Zanghi (0-0, 3.00 ERA): 3.0 IP, 3 H, R, 2 BB, 2 K

This game featured two pitchers each making their first ever Triple-A appearances after they were both recently promoted from St. Lucie. Taylor handled the jump well while throwing six innings without allowing an earned run. He was effectively wild, walking four and only throwing 49 of his 94 pitches for strikes, but he made it work in a successful debut. Zanghi also pitched well, allowing just a run in the final three innings of the game. Overall this was one of the more all-around successful games the 51s have had this year.

Right-handed pitcher Andrew Church retired on Monday after pitching on Sunday.

Binghamton 3 (26-23), Bowie 2 (23-26) Box Score

Marcos Molina turned in his best start of the season with 6 and 2/3 sterling innings for the Rumble Ponies. The righty struck out nine without walking a batter. The only blemish against Molina was a two-run Ryan Mountcastle homer in the fourth. David Roseboom relieved Molina in the seventh and finished the inning. In the eighth, Roseboom got into some trouble after giving up a hit and a walk, but struck out consecutive batters to end Bowie’s threat. After Binghamton took the lead in the eighth, Eric Hanhold worked a perfect ninth with a punch out for his eighth save of the season.

Binghamton managed just seven hits against a trio of Bowie arms, none of them for extra-bases, but managed to push across runs where it counted for a late victory over the Baysox. The Ponies scored first on a Levi Michael single, scoring Tim Tebow in the third. After falling behind, Binghamton was held off of the board until the eighth inning, where they mounted a rally and scored two runs with two out. Kevin Taylor plated the tying run with a Champ Stuart-scoring single, and later in the inning, Luis Gonzalez walked John Mora to force the go-ahead run home. Binghamton managed to win a rare game without production from either Jeff McNeil or Peter Alonso, although the latter did work two walks.

The St. Lucie Mets had a scheduled off day. Columbia’s game, hosting Greenville, was canceled due to inclement weather.

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.