Mets Minors Recap: Winningham Plays Hero For St. Lucie

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Albuquerque (4-2) 7, Las Vegas (1-5) 3   Box Score

The 51s scored three in the first, two on a blast by Borenstein, but the offense went quiet for the rest of the game. Cecchini is off to a very good start in what is a critical season for him offensively. And after a hot start, Dominic Smith‘s bat has started to cool down over the last couple games as he works his way back from a minor injury.

  • RHP Drew Gagnon (1-0, 1.64 ERA): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K
  • LHP Kyle Regnault (L, 0-1, 14.73 ERA): 1.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Logan Taylor (0-0, 2.70 ERA): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K

Gagnon had a successful 51s debut after pitching six shutout innings in his first start for Binghamton. However, Regnault came in in the sixth and got hit around for five runs as the Isotopes roared into a 7-3 lead that they would never relinquish. This was somewhat surprising as Regnault has a good track record of minor league success. Taylor calmed down the Isotopes offense in his two innings of work, but it proved to not be enough as the bats disappeared after the first inning.

Akron (3-3) 5, Binghamton (3-2) 1 Box Score

  • RHP Joe Shaw (L, 0-1, 6.00 ERA): 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Eric Hanhold (1-0, 2.45 ERA): 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Corey Taylor (0-0, 4.50 ERA): 1 IP, 2 H, 1 K

After winning their first three games, Binghamton took a loss for the second straight night. Joe Shaw pitched well for the first five innings of the game, holding Akron scoreless. However, things unraveled for Shaw in the sixth, as the RubberDucks scored four runs, all with two outs. In relief, Eric Hanhold, acquired from Milwaukee last season for Neil Walker, struck out four batters in two innings.

Indian’s pitching prospect Shane Bieber was spectacular for Akron, allowing just four hits while striking out eight over seven scoreless innings. Binghamton scored their lone run on a string of two errors and a passed ball, following a Pete Alonso single. Alonso had two hits, including a double which was the Ponies’ only extra base hit.

St. Lucie (2-4) 6, Tampa (3-5) 5, F/10 Box Score

Blake Taylor was erratic in his five innings for St. Lucie. The lefty walked four and allowed four runs. However, the Mets’ bullpen was electric, with five innings of one-run baseball. Ryder Ryan continues to be an underrated pickup for the Mets, who acquired the right-hander from the Indians in last season’s Jay Bruce trade. Ryan has not given up a run in his three appearances this season, or any in his last 15 innings dating back to last season. Matt Blackham also struck out three in his two innings.

St. Lucie put up singular runs in six of the ten innings they played in this one. Those run-scoring innings included RBI triples from Dale Burdick in the second and Ian Strom in the sixth. The triple was part of a strong offensive night for Strom, who also mixed in his second homerun of the new season. Tampa lefty Trevor Lane came into the game in the seventh, and had the incredibly rare four-strikeout inning. Lane punched out seven Mets in his two frames, but also let the tying run score on a wild pitch. Thanks to a strong performance from the St. Lucie bullpen, the Mets were able to test Minor League Baseball’s most controversial new rule: a runner on second base to start all extra frames. Sure enough, Dash Winningham played hero in the tenth with a game-ending sacrifice fly to send the fans home happy.

Hagerstown (2-4) 9, Columbia (3-3) 3 Box Score

Despite two scoreless innings to begin his outing, it was an ugly night for Marcel Renteria, who gave up five runs in four and a third innings. Renteria was chased in the fifth by a Juan Soto homerun. It was an equally rough night for Darwin Ramos, who saw his ERA that began the night at 13.50 increase to 15.75 with four more runs on his ledger. Cannon Chadwick rebounded with a strong outing after his first of the season proved difficult.

Columbia could only manage six singles in this one as they dropped a second of three to Hagerstown. The Fireflies managed to oust Suns’ starter Brigham Hill before he could finish the fifth inning, but failed to score off the Hagerstown bullpen. Blake Tiberi continues his strong return, as he has now hit safely in five of his six games this season.

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