MMN Recap: Walk-Offs Highlight Final Day

By Dilip Sridhar

September 4, 2018 No comments

Photo by Jennifer Nieves, MMN

Las Vegas (71-69) 4, Sacramento (55-85) 3   Box Score

Down 3-0 in the sixth, Las Vegas chipped away with RBIs by Colton Plaia and Zach Borenstein to make it 3-2. After Guillorme led off the bottom of the ninth with a triple, Alonso blasted a walkoff two-run homer, a fitting end to a monster season from Alonso as well as the last game ever for the Las Vegas 51s franchise. Kivlehan had a monster finish, hitting .371/.445/.928 from August 1 to the end of the season. Guillorme also finished off strong going 5 for his last 7, and should certainly be called back up to the Mets sometime soon.

  • LHP P.J. Conlon (4-9, 6.55 ERA): 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 6 K
  • RHP Corey Taylor (2-1, 4.26 ERA): 1.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, K
  • LHP Buddy Baumann (1-0, 4.78 ERA): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K
  • RHP Gerson Bautista (W, 3-1, 5.22 ERA): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, K

In what was a tough year for Conlon, he finished off with a solid string of decent starts, capping it with last night’s quality start in which he didn’t walk a batter. It will be interesting to see if he’s used primarily as a starter or reliever next year. Taylor, who bounced between Las Vegas and Binghamton this year, had a very strong finish to his season. Baumann missed some time with injury and had a 6.04 ERA in 26 games for Las Vegas. Bautista was all over the place last night, which kind of describes his season as well, but he got through it without allowing a hit and was credited with the win after Alonso’s majestic blast.

The Mets’ Triple-A affiliation will now move to Syracuse, where they will become the Syracuse Mets. Not only will this be a lot closer to New York, but it should provide a much more accurate representation of the players’ skill levels.

Portland (63-76) 8, Binghamton (64-76) 7 F/10 Box Score

Toffey had a nice end to his season. The Mets stuck a guy with a sub-.400 slugging percentage at A-ball into the Binghamton lineup. Depending on his spring, he could see a move to Syracuse but he is also likely getting shoulder surgery this offseason. The power was a nice surprise and so was his plate discipline.

  • RHP Justin Dunn (6-5, 4.22 ERA): 5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
  • LHP David Roseboom (3-3, 2.72 ERA): 1 IP, 2 K
  • RHP Matt Blackham (1-2, 3.42 ERA): 1 IP, BB, 2 K
  • RHP Stephen Villines (1-0, 3.18 ERA): 1 IP, 2 K
  • RHP Matt Pobereyko (1-0, 0.00 ERA): 2 IP, H, R (0 ER), 2 K
  • RHP Ryder Ryan (3-3, 4.13 ERA): 1 IP, H, ER, K

Dunn’s final ERA at Binghamton looks bad but it’s largely inflated from his final three starts. Even in those starts, he managed to strikeout his share of hitters, something that could not be said from last year. He definitely showed signs of being tired towards the end of 2018 which is large in part to him throwing 40 more innings this year as opposed to last. Point being, don’t ket the 4.22 ERA distract you from the real progress Dunn has made this season.

Augusta (67-70) 3, Columbia (64-70) 2 Box Score

Winaker quietly had a really good season in a hitter’s death valley. He slashed .319/.418/.638 in August and his season has largely been weighed down by a poor start if anything. He’ll probably need to play like at about the same level in St. Lucie to gain some looks on the prospect lists.

Not the most exciting pitchers but Grotz may have been an interesting find in the Indy league. Regardless, the roster should be more fun to follow given the talent in their short season rosters that should move up to Columbia.

Brooklyn (40-35) 5, Staten Island (37-36) 4 F/10 Box Score

  • Ross Adolph LF-CF: 3-for-4, Run, 2B, 3B, RBI, BB, .276/.348/.509
  • Brian Sharp 1B: 1-for-3, Run, K, .250/.347/.387

The Cyclones were eliminated from the playoffs right before this game started. The pulled a lot of their starters but still managed to comeback and win this one. L.A. Woodard won it on a walk-off walk. Ross Adolph reached base four times and the reports on him have been very good. Kudos to the scout who found him on day three of the draft.

Walker was a (small) over slot guy from 2017 and has gotten his share of strikeouts this season. Swarzak is in fact rehabbing and could be activated soon since there are no more minor league games left to rehab in. Mitchell is an old guy who needs to show more but his strikeouts have been encouraging.

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.