MMN Recap: Szapucki Strikes Out Ten Over Six Scoreless Innings

By Daniel Muras

June 26, 2017 3 Comments

Salt Lake Bees (42-34) 4, Las Vegas 51s (29-47) 3  Box Score

The 51s got off to a great start offensively with Cruzado hitting a lead off home run in the first inning. They would then be held without another run until the ninth inning. They were able to rally in the ninth, with Travis Taijeron and Xorge Carrillo driving in a run each, but the rally fell one run short when Gavin Cecchini popped up to end the game.

Atkins made his first start for the 51s and had a rough outing. He needed 107 pitches to get through 5.1 innings, giving up nine baserunners without striking out anyone. Rowen and McGowan combined to throw 3.2 scoreless innings in relief.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (31-43) 5, Binghamton Rumble Ponies (39-31) 3  Box Score

The Rumble Ponies scored all three of their runs in the fifth inning, when L.J. Mazzilli, Nido, and Nunez had three straight 2 out, RBI hits. Kevin Kaczmarski was the only player in the lineup without a hit.

Jannis struggled to command his knuckleball in the game, walking five batters and giving up two home runs. Secrest and Mateo pitched combined for three scoreless innings in relief as Jannis.

Charlotte Stone Crabs (34-38) 13, St. Lucie Mets (34-38) 10  Box Score

The Mets offense had a very good night, scoring ten runs on ten hits. Mora had an excellent game, falling just a home run short of a cycle. Mora is on an eight game hitting streak over which he is hitting .485. Alonso only had one hit in five at bats, but his RBI double was his ninth extra base hit in his last six games. Alonso also made his eight error in only 26 games at first base this season.

Church had a very rough outing, giving up ten hits and eight runs (six earned) before getting knocked out of the game in the fourth inning. Church was able to get through the first two innings without allowing a run, but gave up three runs in the third and faced six batters in the fourth inning without recording an out. After pitching well in April and May, Church has been roughed up in June, pitching to a 8.18 ERA in four June starts. Bashlor struck out the side in the ninth and now has 49 strikeouts in only 27.2 innings.

Kannapolis Intimidators (42-30) 2, Columbia Fireflies (41-31) 1  Box Score

The Fireflies could only score one run on four hits in the game. Their lone run came on a Winningham single in the first inning. Columbia would only have three more baserunners over the final eight innings of the game.

Szapucki had his most dominant start of the season, striking out ten batters over six scoreless innings. This was his first game this season and the sixth game in only thirteen professional starts. in which he struck out at least ten batters. Griffin gave up the lead and took the loss after giving up two runs in the seventh inning.

Hudson Valley Renegades (4-2) 5, Brooklyn Cyclones (2-4) 3  Box Score

  • Leon Byrd 2B: 2 for 4, R, 2B, RBI, K, .316/.435/.368
  • Walter Rasquin DH: 1 for 4, R, 2B, .286/.318/.381
  • Jose Miguel Medina RF: 1 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI, .360/.385/.400

The Cyclones had a rough game offensively, only getting eight men on base with five hits and three walks. Medina, who has been the Cyclones hottest hitter in the early part of the season, had his first two RBI of the year.

Simon was better in his second start for Brooklyn, but still didn’t get deep in the game and gave three runs. Estevez pitched three innings in relief of Simon and pitched well before running into trouble in the ninth inning.

Kingsport Mets (3-0) 7, Johnson City Cardinals (2-2) 6  Box Score

  • Anthony Dirocie CF: 2 for 4, R, RBI, BB, K, .467/.500/.867
  • Juan Uriarte C: 2 for 5, 2 R, 3B, 2 RBI, .357/.438/.929
  • Jeremy Vasquez 1B: 2 for 3, 2B, RBI, BB, .667/.750/1.000

The Mets won their third straight game to start the season with another good offensive performance. The Mets scored 7 runs on 13 hits.and have now scored 33 runs over the first three games of the season. Vasquez, the Mets’ 28th round pick of the 2017 draft, had an excellent first professional game, getting on base three times.

  • RHP Ezequiel Zabaleta (0-0, 5.40 ERA) 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Pedro Perez (W, 1-0, 9.00 ERA) 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, K
  • RHP Yeudy Colon (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 K

Zabaleta made his first start of the season and pitched five innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks. Colon pitched two scoreless relief innings in his first appearance of the season.

  • Lotus1209

    Szap making us dream again.

    Randy Johnson-lite

  • Jason Mercado

    Basically Chris Sale is Randy Johnson-lite. Also has one of the best Sports nicknames The Big Unit. Most guys want to be called The Big Unit. I hope he moves through the system this year. I see him as a real Rotation piece in the next 2-3 years.

  • Chaka Paul

    I agree! I’ve been a fan of his since reading his scouting report on draft day. I’m so glad they put Wotell (who I also liked based on his scouting report) in the Bruce deal instead of him.