Mets Minors Recap: St. Lucie Wins in Walk-Off Fashion

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Las Vegas (13-22) 3, Fresno (21-14) 1 Box Score

All three of the 51s’ runs came in the fifth. Evans led off the inning with his sixth homer of the year as he looks to get his bat going for a potential call-up. Nido then got his first career Triple-A hit, followed by back-to-back walks and a den Dekker two-run single. It was otherwise a pretty quiet night offensively. Gavin Cecchini, who was taken out of the previous game after getting hit by a pitch on the foot, was not in the lineup last night but his X-rays came back negative and he is considered day-to-day with what shouldn’t be a serious issue.

  • RHP Logan Taylor (W, 1-0, 5.91 ERA): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Drew Smith (2-0, 4.70 ERA): 2.1 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
  • LHP Kyle Regnault (1-1, 6.70 ERA): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Jacob Rhame (0-1, 4.76 ERA): 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Taylor, making a spot start because he was pretty much the only option available, did pretty much as well as you could have asked him, getting through five solid innings and pitching to two batters in the sixth. The bullpen came in behind him and did a great job, holding the Grizzlies to just one hit in the final four innings. Smith went 2.1 innings striking out three, while Regnault retired all three batters he faced, as he continues to slowly improve upon his rough beginning to the season. Rhame also has begun to settle in to the life of a PCL pitcher after having a rocky start.

Portland (10-19) 7, Binghamton ( 14-16) 2 (Game 1) Box Score 

The Rumble Ponies were never able to get past the early deficit. Their only rally came in their sixth inning when Kevin Taylor and Jhoan Urena drove in a run apiece. Urena continued his recent hot streak, as he has seven hits in his last 15 at-bats and has hit safely in seven consecutive games. Peter Alonso has seemingly hit his first slump of the year, having only two hits over his past three games. Sea Dogs starter, Matthew Kent, pitched brilliantly, only permitting two hits over five innings. The Rumble Ponies tallied two runs against the recovering Major-Leaguer Tyler Thornburg in the sixth inning.

It was a bad day to be a Rumble Ponies starting pitcher. Joseph Shaw started the night off, giving up three runs in the first frame and that inning foreshadowed how the rest of the day went. Shaw left after 4.2 innings, giving up 12 hits(a career-high) and seven runs. Daniel Zamora pitched the final 1.1 innings and managed to hold the Sea Dogs off the scoreboard.

Portland (11-19) 7, Binghamton (14-17) 2 Box Score

*Makeup of April 15th game (Game 2)

The Sea Dogs came out swinging early, scoring five runs in the first against Johnny Magolizzi. Magolizzi’s first start of the season fared horribly as he only lasted one inning with five runs on his ledger. Magolizzi’s defense didn’t do him any favors as a Champ Stuart fielding error allowed a routine single to become a bases-clearing triple. Austin McGeorge also had a poor outing, giving up two runs in two innings. The tandem of David Roseboom and Eric Hanhold held the Sea Dogs scoreless through the final three frames.

The Rumble Ponies’s offense was a complete train wreck yesterday. In the first game, they were held hitless before John Mora led the fourth off with a booming double. Mazeika homered in the seventh to cap Binghamton’s scoring. Dedgar Jimenez pitched a complete- game shutout, only scattering two hits over seven magnificent innings.

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St. Lucie (14-18) 4, Lakeland (14-19) 3  Box Score

Andres Gimenez continued his strong season, tripling in the first inning which begun a two-run rally. Desmond Lindsay has also started to heat up at the plate and he walked in the Mets third run. Lindsay has reached base 10 out of the past 11 games, so there’s still hope the 2015 second-rounder can rebound from previous injury-plagued campaigns. The Mets’s offense was lagging until an untimely wild pitch from Flying T igers pitcher, Trent Szkutnik, which gave the Mets an exciting 4-3 win.

Harol Gonzalez made his second straight quality start, striking out six and at one point, retired nine straight. Gonzalez seemed to get gassed later in the game, when he gave up a run in the seventh inning. Zanghi relived him, but couldn’t have picked a worse time to allow his first run of season, allowing the Flying Tigers to tie the game. That being said, Zanghi still contributed three effective innings. Matt Blackham struck out the Tigers in the tenth to keep the score tied.

Hickory (11-19) 5, Columbia (17-16) 2 Box Score

  • RHP Tony Dibrell (0-2, 4.50 ERA) 6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 8 K, 2 BB
  • RHP Darwin Ramos (0-0, 5.40 ERA) – 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, K

Tony Dibrell wasn’t able to replicate his outstanding performance last time out, but still pitched a decent game allowing two runs through 6.1 innings. Dibrell suffered a tough-luck loss, striking out eight and only walking two. He now has 45 strikeouts in 32 innings this year. In the seventh, Darwin Ramos relieved him and proceeded to give up two runs, which put the game out of reach.

A familiar theme last night was the lack of offense by the Mets minor league teams. That trend continued in this game as the Fireflies fell behind early and found themselves unable to come back. Ali Sanchez  has gone seven-for-16 over his past several games. The Fireflies scored their final run off a Quinn Brodey double in the ninth. Crawdads’s pitcher Alex Eubanks had a strong game, scattering five hits through seven innings.

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.

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