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Albuquerque (20-20) 10, Las Vegas (16-24) 3   Box Score

The 51s did all their damage in the first inning, rallying for three runs with an RBI force out from Smith and a two-run double from Asche. They only had two more hits the rest of the game, one of which came from the recently demoted Smith.

Additionally, before the game, Gavin Cecchini was placed on the 7-day disabled list, retroactive to 5/11, with a bruised foot. He’s been out of the lineup for the past few games but was only now officially placed on the disabled list. It doesn’t seem like anything too serious and he should be back soon.

The veteran Worley was signed as merely rotational depth, but he has struggled badly in three starts and may end up going the way of A.J. Griffin if they need to clear a rotation spot for someone. He was particularly plagued by the home run ball last night, giving up four homers in less than five innings. Taylor was solid enough in relief, providing 2.1 innings of one-run ball. Regnault continued his very strong May after a dreadful April. He has struck out 10 in 7.2 innings this month while holding batters to a .160 average. The hard-throwing Bautista, another reliever who has struggled in Vegas, had a strong 1-2-3 inning to cap off the 51s’ solid bullpen effort.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (19-17) 6, Erie Seawolves (14-23) 5 Box Score

Joseph Shaw has struggled in Binghamton this year. He has essentially been a warm body for this team. Taylor struggled in his Vegas stint but has gotten back to getting his ground balls in Binghamton. He will likely get another turn in Vegas in some point this year. Handhold continues to impress this year. The stuff has been very good even though the stat line might not be as impressive as someone like Tyler Bashlor.

Jeff McNeil is now hitting .309/.402/.682 in Binghamton and it makes really no sense to keep him in Binghamton. He’s also just struck out 13 times this year, compared to 13 walks. His slugging ranks third in the league, his teammate Peter Alonso ranks first and Cavan Biggio is second. He could be a T.J. Rivera type player with better defense and maybe some better OBP skills.

Peter Alonso, you are something else. Alonso is now hitting .367/.478/.695 and hit a couple of homers yesterday. Alonso mashed two home runs and has not shown signs of slowing down. He ranks third in BA, second in OBP, and first in slugging.

The Rumble Ponies were trailing by a run in the ninth yesterday but McNeil and Alonso went back-to-back in the ninth to win the game.

Florida Fire Frogs (15-23) 4, St. Lucie Mets (16-20) 2 Box Score F/7

Joseph Zanghi has continued to be really good this year. He has been a quality pitcher his whole professional career and could project as a Major League reliever later this year. Atkins really struggled in St. Lucie last year in a small stint but has rebounded this year.

Desmond Lindsay has been better as of late and his OBP is now up to .363 on the year. You have to really hope that he is starting to figure it out. Kaczmarski continued his rehab assignment today.

St. Lucie Mets (16-19) 4, Florida Fire Frogs (14-23) 3 Box Score F/7

Justin Dunn was reportedly sitting in the 93-95 MPH range while topping out at 96 MPH.  His slurve and changeup also looked good. His only run came on an inside-the-park homer which was a ball that should have been caught.

Nogosek had a bad outing in terms of the walks but he still got his strikeouts. He has still looked good this season overall. Ryder Ryan got the win, he has only given up one run in his last 5.1 IP.

Gimenez has just five strikeouts in his last 10 games. It is a good sign that he has not been overmatched as of late. Lindsay is now hitting .281 his last 10 games with just six strikeouts. With Lindsay, a decent batting average tends to mean a really OBP.

Columbia Fireflies (20-18) 9, Delmarva Shorebirds (25-13) 8 Box Score

  • RHP Marcel Renteria (2-1, 5.73 ERA): 4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R (5 ER), 3 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Nicolas Debora (1-1, 2.77 ERA): 2.1 IP, H, BB, K
  • LHP Aaron Ford (1-0, 1.74 ERA): 1.1 IP, 2 K
  • RHP Stephen Villines (2-3, 6.86 ERA): 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (ER), 2 K

Renteria is erratic as ever. He has good stuff but his command is not that great. He still has a shot but his control has never been good even in college. Aaron Ford has been really good thanks to his control and deceptiveness. He is not a high-velocity guy and relies on the other stuff to get him by. Don’t let the ERA fool you, Stephen Villines has been okay this year. A few bad outings have really weighed down his performance. He has an insane 35:2 strikeout to walk ratio. He has only allowed two home runs this year on top of that. As a result, his FIP is a mere 2.23, so expect improvements in his ERA.

Blake Tiberi is now hitting .297 with a .433 OBP. His OBP is good for second in the league. He is a promising hitter who seems to be making up for lost time. Alfonzo was picked in the 21 round of the 2015 draft by the Marlins. He is hitting .299/.342/.418 this year after missing 2017.

The Fireflies were trailing by two in the tenth before storming back. Scott Manea was hit by a pitch to win the game for them.

Before the game, the Fireflies placed Josh Payne on the DL and called up Nicolas Debora.

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.

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I became a Mets fan in the 2008 season. Since the Alderson regime, I've embraced saber-metrics and advanced stats to back up my eye tests. I study computer science at Stony Brook