Mets Minors Recap: Kay, Crismatt Have Rocky Performances

Albuquerque (19-18) 6, Las Vegas (14-23) 3   Box Score

Las Vegas was shut out until the sixth when Monell got them on the board with a two-run double. Matt den Dekker followed with an RBI single later in the inning to make it 4-3, but their late rally would ultimately fall short. Tomas Nido went 0-4 in his third Triple-A game after getting a hit in each of his first two. Gavin Cecchini sat out a third straight game after suffering a bruised foot on Wednesday, although the team has not officially placed him on the DL.

  • LHP P.J. Conlon (L, 1-3, 6.10 ERA): 7.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
  • RHP Gerson Bautista (0-0, 13.50 ERA): 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, BB, 3 K
  • LHP Kyle Regnault (1-1, 6.27 ERA): 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Conlon was solid in his first start for the 51s since his demotion, however, he has still struggled to adapt to the PCL lifestyle. Still, it was a step in the right direction, as the soft-tossing southpaw struck out seven and didn’t walk anyone in seven innings. The hard-throwing Bautista continued his struggles, although three of the four outs he recorded were strikeouts, and 20 of his 31 pitches were thrown for strikes. Regnault relieved him in the ninth, and struck out both batters he faced. The lefty continues to slowly turn his season around, despite the ERA still not being where he would like.

Portland Sea Dogs (11-21) 7, Binghamton Rumble Ponies, 10 Box Score

Nabil Crismatt struggled to his worst start of the season, but still managed to secure the win thanks to support from the Binghamton offense. Crismatt got off to a rocky first inning, serving up a home run to Chad De La Guerra, the leadoff hitter for Portland. The Sea Dogs slugged two more extra-base hits in the first inning as Cole Sturgeon and Nick Lovullo struck run-scoring doubles to put the Rumble Ponies down four runs early. Crismatt settled down to get through the next three innings unscathed, but he allowed another run to score on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.

Following his demotion from Triple-A Las Vegas, Corey Taylor continued to struggle. In his first game with Binghamton since the demotion, Taylor allowed five hits in only 1.2 innings. He surrendered two singles to begin the seventh inning, but appeared as though he would get out of the jam after getting the next two batters out. Taylor then allowed a run-scoring double before he was pulled from the game.

Power-hitting first baseman Peter Alonso turned in a pedestrian performance at the plate with only one hit and two strikeouts, but he drove in a run on a single that could not be corralled by Portland shortstop De La Guerra. He then scored on a Patrick Mazeika home run. The top prospect has been on a tear this season, hitting .350 while slugging eight home runs for Binghamton.

Jhoan Urena had a terrific night at the dish with three hits, two of which went for extra bases. Trailing by four runs in the fourth inning, Urena tripled in a run to get the Rumble Ponies on the board. He then scored on a Levi Michael double. In the following inning, Urena drove in another run on a single to left field. Binghamton brought enough firepower to the park to support a struggling pitching staff. Two Rumble Ponies finished the night with three hits each, and Mazeika drove in three runs.

Lakeland Flying Tigers (15-20) 4, St. Lucie Mets 2 Box Score

Cornish scattered two hits and two walks in the first three innings, but avoided serious trouble until the fourth inning. He then allowed two runs on three consecutive singles and a sacrifice fly. Cornish was not hit hard, refusing to give up any extra-base hits, but the Flying Tigers capitalized on his lackluster command to scratch across two runs in his four innings on the mound.

Ryder Ryan continued to demonstrate his dominance on the mound, tossing another scoreless inning with a strikeout. He has only allowed runs in two of his 13 appearances this season, and he is holding opposing batters to a .207 average.

Kevin Kaczmarski started the game in left field to begin his rehab assignment, and the 26-year-old had one of St.Lucie’s three hits on the night. The other two hits came courtesy of designated hitter Anthony Dimino and catcher Dan Rizzie.

The rest of the St. Lucie offense struggled to get anything going at the plate. Most notably, shortstop Andres Gimenez and center fielder Desmond Lindsay went hitless. Gimenez, a 19-year-old top shortstop prospect, came to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth inning. He grounded into a force out at second base to drive in a run. Kaczmarski followed with his lone hit, a single that scored Rizzie. Lindsay flied out to center field to end the inning. Lindsay, the Mets No. 7 prospect and top outfield prospect according to MLB.com, has struggled to a .227 average and .668 OPS so far with St. Lucie.

Delmarva Shorebirds (24-11) 8, Columbia Fireflies (18-17) 7 Box Score

  • LHP Anthony Kay (1-1, 4.70 ERA): 4.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R (6 ER), 2 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Darwin Ramos (0-0, 4.91 ERA): 1.2 IP, H, BB, K
  • RHP Joshua Payne (3-1, 3.54 ERA): 2.2 IP, 4 H, R (0 ER)

Anthony Kay suffered his worst start of the season, giving up runs in each of the first three innings. Kay, who was drafted in 2016 with the compensation pick that the Mets received after Daniel Murphy declined his qualifying offer and departed for the Nationals, is playing in his first professional season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery in 2016. After being spotted a 4-1 lead in the first inning, Kay gave it right back, giving up four runs in the second. The Stony Brook native allowed seven hits, two of which went for extra bases.

Despite the disappointing start, Kay and the Columbia bullpen held Delmarva scoreless for five consecutive innings, allowing them to enter the ninth inning tied at seven runs each. Joshua Payne got the first man of the inning out. He then gave up a single, and a passed ball by catcher Scott Manea moved the runner into scoring position. Payne then allowed a single that moved the runner to third, and Delmarva took the lead on a groundout.

  • Scott Manea C: 3-for-4, RBI
  • Jeremy Vazquez 1B: 0-for-3, RBI, K
  • Ali Sanchez DH: 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Columbia jumped out to an early lead, plating four runs in the first inning. Jeremy Vazquez failed to reach base safely, but he still managed to drive in a run on a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Manea had a terrific night with the bat, collecting three singles and driving in a run in the third inning. Second baseman Blake Tiberi struggled at the plate, striking out three times in a 1-for-5 effort.

After putting up seven runs in the first three innings, the bats fell silent. The fireflies were held scoreless for the remainder of the game, allowing the Shorebirds to claim the lead and the victory in the ninth inning.

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.

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