Mets Minors Recap: McNeil Hits for Cycle in Binghamton’s Win

Jeff McNeil

Las Vegas (15-23) 9, Albuquerque (19-19) 7  Box Score

The 51s scored nine runs on twelve hits as part of a very strong offensive performance that featured home runs by Evans, Asche, and Johnny Monell. Monell’s eighth inning solo blast to left center field gave the 51s the lead. Evans now has three home runs in his last five games and has seven total home runs this season. Den Dekker has had multiple hits in six of his last nine games and is hitting .447 over that span.

Gagnon started the game for Las Vegas and had a fairly typical PCL start, as he gave up a bunch of hits and three home runs. He was able to consistently throw strikes and managed to keep the 51s in the game for seven innings, despite the all of the hits and home runs. McGowan came into the game in the eighth inning and struggled giving up three earned runs and Smith had to come in to finish up the inning. Smith allowed an inherited runner to score on a hit, but was able to get out of the inning. Peterson came in and pitched a perfect ninth inning to record the save.

Binghamton (17-17) 10, Portland (11-22) 4  Box Score

  • Jeff McNeil 2B: 4-for-6, 4 R, 4 H, 2B, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, .307/.407/.673
  • Peter Alonso 1B: 2-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, K, E, .355/.466/.653
  • Levi Michael SS: 2-for-6, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI, 2 K, .252/.321/.431
  • Tim Tebow DH: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, R, .260/.345/.430

Binghamton’s offense had a huge game, scoring ten runs on fifteen hits (including ten extra base hits). McNeil had the biggest performance of the game, as he hit for the cycle. Finally healthy, McNeil has been incredible, hitting for a far greater amount of power than he ever has before.

Alonso also had an impressive afternoon as he reached base three times and hit his ninth home run of the season. Tebow now has a .974 OPS for the month of May.

Molina pitched much better in this start as he went six innings for only the second time in the season and allowed less than two earned runs for the first time in 2018. However, he still struggled with control, something which he has uncharacteristically struggled with all season. His five walks in this game tied a career high and his 4.7 BB/9 this season is almost double his previous career high.

Columbia (19-17) 5, Delmarva (24-12) 4  Box Score

The Fireflies won a wild ten-inning with the help of some situational hitting and timely defensive miscues. The offense scored the first three runs of the game in the seventh inning on a single by Gladu and groundouts by Moreno and Ali Sanchez. After Delmarva tied the game up in the ninth and took the lead in the tenth inning, Columbia ended up winning on a walk-off error by Delmarva’s third baseman.

Campos was called up from extended spring training to make the spot for Columbia and pitched excellently. He needed just 48 pitches to get through four scoreless innings and struck out four pitches. After dealing with injury to begin 2018, Henry made his season debut and pitched three scoreless innings in relief. The bullpen faltered in the late innings, with Aaron Ford and Cobb allowing four runs, resulting in the game going to extra innings.

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I fell in love with the Mets during the 2006 playoff run and became obsessed with the Mets minor league system while looking for a brighter future during the 2009-2014 era. I hope to provide interesting analysis of the minors and am excited to have the opportunity to write for MMO and MMN.