MMN Recap: Vientos Hits First Professional Home Run

By Daniel Muras

July 10, 2017 5 Comments

Las Vegas 51s (35-55) 13, Albuquerque Isotopes (44-45) 11  Box Score

Las Vegas had a huge game at the plate, scoring 13 runs on 20 hits. Evans, Josh Rodriguezand Xorge Carrillo all hit home runs.

Regnault has given up six runs while only recording three outs over his last two appearances.

Hartford Yard Goats (38-49) 7, Binghamton Rumble Ponies (46-38) 3  Box Score

The Rumble Ponies scored three runs on nine hits. Stuart stole three bases in the game and leads the Eastern League with 26 steals this season. Dale Burdick had two hits, including a triple, after being brought into the game on a double switch in the seventh inning.

Molina started the game for the Rumble Ponies and got hit around early, giving up three runs in the first inning. While Molina hasn’t necessarily pitched poorly so far in Binghamton (he hasn’t allowed more than four earned runs in any start and has gone at least 5.2 innings in each start), he has an ugly 4.94 ERA and has struck out only 24 batters in 31 innings over his five AA starts.

Jupiter Hammerheads (41-44) 2, St. Lucie Mets (38-47) 1  Box Score

The Mets couldn’t get anything going offensively in this game, only have five men get on base for the entire game. Jeff McNeil came off the disabled list and played his first game since April 29.

After being roughed up in his last start, Crismatt bounced back with a very good outing for St. Lucie. His control was a bit off as he walked two batters and hit another, but he was able to pitch into the seventh inning and strike out nine batters.

Charleston River Dogs (46-41) 3, Columbia Fireflies (46-39) 2  Box Score

The Fireflies had no shortage of baserunners in the game with nine hits, five walks, and two hit batters. However, despite consistently having men on base, the Fireflies were just 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position and could only score two runs.

Gary Cornish made his first start since June 13 and gave up two runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings. Zanghi gave up another run in the sixth inning. Atkins came into the game in the seventh and pitched two perfect innings in relief.

Brooklyn Cyclones (6-14) 6, Staten Island Yankees (15-4) 4  Box Score

The Cyclones scored six runs on nine hits in this game. They got the board in the third inning when RBI hits by Franklin CorreaLeon Byrd, and Reed Gamache drove in four runs. The Cyclones added two more runs in the fifth inning on a double by Brodey.

  • RHP Mike Gibbons (0-1, 11.12 ERA) 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Darwin Ramos (1-2, 5.28 ERA) 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K
  • RHP Trey Cobb (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 1.2 IP, K

Gibbons made his third start coming back from having Tommy John surgery and struggled again. Gibbons has struggled with his control so far in 2017, needing 67 pitches to get through just 3.1 innings in this start and walking five batters in his seven innings pitched this season. Cobb has had four scoreless appearances to begin his professional career.

Kingsport Mets (6-10) 11, Greeneville Astros (12-5) 2  Box Score

Kingsport’s offense had a big day, scoring eleven runs on eleven hits. Uriarte has gotten off to a very hot start at the plate. He already has nine extra base hits in just 57 at bats and has walked more than he’s struck out.

  • RHP Jose Geraldo (2-1, 4.74 ERA) 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Billy Oxford (1-0, 4.50 ERA) 2.0 IP, H, 3 K
  • RHP Stephen Villines (1-0, 0.00 ERA) 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 K

Geraldo started the game for the Mets and gave up two runs over five innings. 2017 draftees Oxford and Villines combined to throw four scoreless innings.

GCL Mets (5-7) 10, GCL Astros (4-7) 3  Box Score

  • Mark Vientos SS: 2 for 4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB, .226/.273/.387
  • Gregory Guerrero 2B: 3 for 4, 3 R, 2B, K, .293/.370/.390
  • Domingo Martinez 1B: 3 for 6, 2 R, 2B, RBI, .250/.351/.344

Every player in the Mets’ lineup had a hit except for Hansel Moreno. Vientos had a huge game, smacking two extra base hits, including his first professional home run.

  • LHP Aneury Olivo (1-0, 4.15 ERA) 5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, 6 K
  • RHP Jose Moreno (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 3.0 IP, 2 H, BB, 4 K

Olivo made his first start of the season and pitched well, allowing only two earned runs in 5.2 innings. Moreno pitched three scoreless innings to finish the game.

  • Lotus1209

    Vamos Vientos.

  • Jason Mercado

    Nice to see Vientos hit one of possibly many homeruns in Minors. Imagine if Champ could cut down on his Ks & hit above .270. He’d be on the Mets already bc Mets have needed speed at top of the order combined with Great defense in CF. He’d be perfect if he could just improve his eye at the plate just a little.

  • Nessim Toledano

    He’s been this way for years and at every level with very little or no sign of improvement. At this point, he’s got to be regarded as an afterthought or a darkhorse. If he happens to figure it out, it’d be great. But we can’t expect it from him anymore.

  • Jason Mercado

    Its frustrating bc if you combine him & Nimmo’s skills, you’d have the perfect lead off CF.

  • Nessim Toledano

    I’m not sure why its frustrating. He was never a top-rated prospect. He’s never really hit. He’s been about league-average age at every level throughout his career – and has still underperformed at the plate. Average prospects don’t reach the majors. Thats not a criticism of him. Thats just the norm. So when, where, and why was the expectation level ever raised to a point where we would get frustrated?
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