MMN Recap: Syndergaard Makes Rehab Start With Brooklyn

By Daniel Muras

July 9, 2018 No comments

Photo by Gershon Rabinowitz/NY Sports Day

Binghamton (43-44) 8, Erie (41-45) 6  Box Score

  • Tomas Nido DH: 2-for-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI, K, .259/.284/.429
  • Kevin Taylor LF: 3-for-4, R, 2B, 3 RBI, BB, .289/.339/.363
  • John Mora CF: 2-for-4, R, .260/.329/.400

The Rumble Ponies offense had a huge afternoon as they scored eight runs on eleven hits. Nido continues his midseason resurgence and is now hitting .366 with two home runs over his last 10 games. Mora has quietly put together a solid season with Binghamton and, after hitting .313/.360/.463 in June, his July has gotten off to a similarly hot start (.294/.333/.471 in July).

After dominating in his last two starts, Dunn was hit around a bit in this game, allowing nine batters to reach base and throwing 93 pitches over five innings. Dunn has allowed one run or less in four of his six starts with Binghamton this season. Roseboom continues to have an excellent bounce back season after missing most of 2017 with injuries; he has struck out 45 batters in 38.2 innings this season. Taylor has not allowed an earned run in ten of his last eleven appearances.

Dunedin (41-43) 5, St. Lucie (33-49) 2  Box Score

The Mets were limited to just five singles in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader. Both runs scored on an Anthony Dimino single in the fourth inning. This was Rivera’s third rehab game and he played the full seven-inning game at second after only playing five innings the game before. After a rough June, Gimenez has gotten off to a strong start to July as he his hitting .345/.367/.379 through the first eight games of the month and has a seven game hitting streak.

  • RHP Gary Cornish (L, 2-8, 6.17 ERA) 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 3 K
  • RHP Trey Cobb (0-0, 18.00 ERA) 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, K

Corrnish started the game for St. Lucie and needed just 72 pitches to get through the six innings needed for a quality start. Cobb made his first relief appearance with St. Lucie since being promoted from the Columbia Fireflies. He has a 34:4 K:BB ratio on the season.

Dunedin (42-43) 2, St. Lucie (33-50) 1  Box Score

After a poor offensive performance in the first game of the doubleheader, St. Lucie’s hitters struggled even more in game two. St. Lucie had just three runners on base for the entire game, with all three reaching on singles. The lone run of the game came on Dimino’s RBI groundout in the first inning. St. Lucie’s offense, which sports a league worst .620 OPS, has been a major factor in the team’s poor performance in 2018.

  • RHP Gabriel Llanes (L, 2-9, 5.21 ERA) 7.0 IP, 11 H, 2 R, ER, BB, 3 K

Llanes gave up a career-high eleven hits in his start, but, with the help of three double plays, he was able to complete the game with allowing just two runs. Llanes has a 1.46 ERA and 11:2 K:BB ratio through two July starts.

Charleston (45-39) 9, Columbia (41-43) 6  Box Score

The Fireflies were held without a run for the first five innings of the game, but they were able to get on the board with four runs in the sixth inning to jump ahead 4-2. The team would add a run in each of the eighth and ninth innings, but the six runs would not be enough to survive Columbia’s late-inning bullpen meltdown. Moreno is hitting .364 over his last 10 games and is hitting .299/.379/.442 at home on the season. This was Vasquez’s last game with the Fireflies, as he was promoted to the St. Lucie Mets following Sunday’s game.

Rennie made his first start with the Fireflies since being signed from independent ball earlier in the month. He pitched very well, allowing just two runs over seven innings. Columbia’s bullpen was not at its best, to say the least, as they allowed seven runs over the final two innings of the game. Hernandez, who had been so dominant for the majority of 2018, allowed a go-ahead grand slam home run in the ninth and saw his ERA jump from 1.19 to 2.59.

Brooklyn (12-11) 2, Staten Island (10-13) 1  Box Score

  • Jose Miguel Medina CF: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, K, .304/.382/.481
  • Nick Meyer C: 1-for-3, R, .343/.361/.429
  • Chase Chambers 1B: 1-for-2, BB, .319/.410/.403

The Cyclones offense struggled in Sunday’s game as they had just two runs on five hits. Medina drove in both of Brooklyn’s runs: A third inning double brought home Brian Sharp to tie the game at one, while his eighth inning single brought home Meyer as the winning run. Meyer extended his hitting streak to eight games and he has struck out just twice over that stretch. Anthony Dirocie was promoted to Brooklyn before the game and went 0-for-3 with with three strikeouts in his Cyclones debut.

  • RHP Noah Syndergaard (0-0, 1.80 ERA) 5.0 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 7 K
  • RHP Ryley Gilliam (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 1.0 IP, BB, K
  • RHP Kevin Smith (W, 2-0, 0.00 ERA) 3.0 IP, H, 4 K

Syndergaard was making his first rehab start coming back from a strained finger ligament. His afternoon started off a little shaky, as a walk, single, and wild pitch resulted in the first run of the game scoring quickly. However, he quickly settled in, giving up just a single hit for the rest of the game. He threw 71 pitches in the start. Gilliam, who was recently drafted in the fifth round of this June’s draft, pitched a scoreless inning in his professional debut. Smith has been completely dominant so far in his professional career as he has giving up just three hits and one walk while striking out 14 in 9.0 scoreless innings.

Kingsport (10-7) 16, Bluefield (15-4) 3  Box Score

  • Luis Santana 2B: 3-for-5, R, 2B, 4 RBI, .338/.397/.462
  • Hayden Senger DH: 3-for-4, 4 R, 2B, BB, k, .444/.516/.593
  • Domingo Martinez C: 2-for-6, HR, RBI, 2 K, .293/.341/.415

With 12 hits, 10 walks, five batters hit by pitches, and one runner reaching on an error, the Mets had an incredible 28 runners on base, an average of slightly over three an inning. They were solid with runners in scoring position, going 5-for-16, but they still had the opportunity to score more than their sixteen runs, as the team still left 11 men on base. Santana has struck out just six times in 14 games this season.

  • RHP Garrison Bryant (0-0, 3.46 ERA) 3.2 IP, 3 H, ER, 4 BB, 6 K
  • RHP Marbin Montijo (W, 1-3, 3.24 ERA) 2.1 IP, H, BB, 2 K
  • RHP Christian Tripp (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 1.0 IP, 2 K

Bryant started the game and did a good job of missing bats, as he struck out six batters in less than four innings. However, he was a bit wild and, with his pitch count already at 79, he was taken out of the game in the fourth inning. Tripp has allowed just one hit through his first three professional relief appearances.

GCL Astros (7-11) 3, GCL Mets (11-7) 0  Box Score

  • Stanley Consuegra RF: 1-for-4, K, .242/.333/.371
  • Ronny Mauricio SS: 1-for-4, 2 K, .366/.355/.535
  • Walter Rasquin 2B: 1-for-3, BB, .524/.615/.810

The Mets offense was held to just four hits, all of which were singles, in the shutout. Mauricio has a hit in every game he’s played in with the GCL Mets as he extended his hitting streak to 17 games. Jarred Kelenic went 0-for-4 in the game, which is the first time that he has gone hitless in a professional game. Rasquin continues to hit extremely well during his rehab stint and he be ready to return to Columbia for the first time since April shortly.

Otanez started the game for the Mets and had his best outing since returning from Tommy John surgery. Otanez went six innings for the first time in his career and, while three Mets errors didn’t help his cause, he only gave up one earned run. Rodriguez walked three batters without striking anyone out, but he didn’t give up a hit or a run in relief.