Mets Minors Recap: Alonso Hits 15th Homer For Binghamton

Peter Alonso/Photo by Rick Nelson of MiLB Photo

New Orleans (28-31) 16, Las Vegas (25-35) 4  Box Score

The 51s scattered eleven hits around, but failed to capitalize on multiple opportunities, going just 2-17 with runners in scoring position. Kaczmarski continued the hot start to his Triple-A career, while Smith had a very productive day at the plate, hitting an RBI double in the first and collecting three hits on the day. Hopefully this is the start of a hot streak for Smith to dig himself out of the hole he dug with his weak finish to May and start to June. Christian Colon, Kivlehan, and Johnny Monell also provided RBIs.

  • LHP Aaron Laffey (L, 0-3, 18.00 ERA): 3.0 IP, 15 H, 14 R, 12 ER, BB, K
  • RHP Kevin McGowan (2-1, 4.28 ERA): 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, BB, 4 K
  • LHP Matt Purke (1-0, 5.25 ERA): 1.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, K
  • RHP Jeff Glenn (0-0, 18.00 ERA): 2.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

To say that Laffey got hit around a lot would be an understatement. For the most part he threw strikes, but he gave up a ridiculous fifteen hits in three-plus innings of work. Earning a -21 game score, it was easily the worst of his three starts with the 51s, although the first two were also not pretty. It was the 33-year-old Laffey’s last effort to try and hang on, and after the game he officially retired from professional baseball, according to Betsy Helfand of the Las Vegas Review Journal.

McGowan came in and allowed three inherited runners to score, but he settled down to save the bullpen with three innings of work and no earned runs of his own allowed. Purke also threw a scoreless inning as he continues to slowly improve. Backup catcher Jeff Glenn entered the game in the eighth inning to make his second pitching appearance of the season. He came in with a 54.00 ERA on the season, but amazingly threw two scoreless innings while only allowing one baserunner to lower his ERA to 18.00. It was a pretty solid bullpen effort to keep things under control after Laffey got whacked around.

Former Met and 51 Eric Campbell went 4-4 with a triple and a double, falling a homer shy of the cycle and collecting four RBIs as well.

Binghamton (32-26) 4, Harrisburg  (28-28) 0 Box Score

Joseph Shaw got the start for Binghamton one week after getting tagged for 10 earned runs in his last start. Shaw followed up his poor showing with 5 2/3 shutout innings against Harrisburg. Relief pitcher David Roseboom continued his excellent year at Binghamton. After struggling with Las Vegas to start the season, Roseboom has a 1.69 ERA with Binghamton. He has allowed only one earned run in his last eleven appearances.

Joshua Torres tossed a scoreless ninth inning to close out the game for Binghamton. He allowed one walk and struck out one batter, lowering his ERA to 1.71 for the year.

With two outs in the first inning, slugging first baseman Peter Alonso crushed a solo home run to left center field to give Binghamton a 1-0 lead. The home run was Alonso’s 15th of the year, leading the Eastern League. Alonso’s 1.049 OPS is tied with fellow Rumble Pony Jeff McNeil for third in the Eastern League.

Clinging on to a 1-0 lead in the eighth inning, Jhoan Urena hit a leadoff single for Binghamton. He was followed by a double Joey Wong and a walk by Tim Tebow to load the bases. Levi Michael then drove in two runs on a single. Following a Peter Alonso walk, Kevin Taylor hit a sacrifice fly to give Binghamton a 4-0 lead that they would not relinquish.

Tampa (31-28) 4, St. Lucie  (23-30) 1 Box Score

The home run ball proved to be the downfall for St. Lucie pitchers as the Mets fell to the Tarpons. Starting pitcher Michael Gibbons surrendered a two-run home run in the second inning to give Tampa a 2-0 lead. Gibbons gave up another run in the third inning after surrendering a walk, a single, and a double to three consecutive batters. Gibbons, 25, struggled with his command and allowed five walks in only five innings of work.

Stephen Nogosek came on in relief of Gibbons in the sixth inning and allowed a leadoff home run before sending down the next three batters to end the inning. Nogosek, who was acquired from the Boston Red Sox in the Addison Reed trade, has pitched to a 2.81 ERA this season.

The St. Lucie offense was stagnant for much of the night, unable to get anything going until the ninth inning. Andres Gimenez led off the ninth inning with a pop out, but then three consecutive singles from Michael Paez, Desmond Lindsay, and Dash Winningham scratched a run across the plate for St. Lucie. Winningham, an eighth-round pick out of Trinity Catholic in 2014, drove in the lone run of the evening for St. Lucie. The Mets offense scattered seven hits across nine innings while striking out six times.

Charleston (28-29) 6, Columbia (28-28) 5 Box Score

Tony Dibrell got the start for the Fireflies and turned in a solid performance, scattering three hits over six innings of work. Dibrell, a fourth-round pick in 2017, surrendered a solo home run in the third inning and a run-scoring double in the fifth inning. Dibrell earned a no-decision after leaving the game with a 2-2 tie. Dibrell lowered his ERA to 3.79 on the season.

Darwin Ramos entered the game in the seventh inning and immediately surrendered the lead. He induced a groundout to lead off the inning, but then allowed five consecutive base hits to give the RiverDogs a 6-2 lead. Ramos has allowed at least one earned run in each of his last four appearances, and his ERA is now up to 5.52 for the season.

Raphael Gladu continued his hot streak, lining a single to center field to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. The right fielder also has a 25 game on-base streak. Gladu, a sixteenth-round pick out of Louisiana Tech, is now slashing .287/.341/.371 on the year.

The Fireflies were held scoreless until Ali Sanchez clubbed a leadoff home run in the fourth inning. The home run was Sanchez’s second of the season. Three batters later, catcher Scott Manea struck his own solo home run to give Columbia a 2-1 lead. Down 6-2 in the seventh inning, Matt Winaker stroked a leadoff single. Two batters later, Quinn Brodey hit a two-run home run to cut the deficit to two runs. The Fireflies continued their rally in the eighth inning when Winaker struck a run-scoring single, but they could not complete the comeback.

DSL Mets1 (2-2) 6, DSL Rockies (1-3) 0 Box Score

  • RHP Felix Sosa (1-0, 0.00 ERA): 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Benito Garcia (1-0, 0.00 ERA): 2 IP, H, 3 K

The DSL Mets1 pitching dominated the DSL Rockies throughout the day. Starting pitcher Felix Sosa took the mound for the Mets1 and tossed five no-hit innings. During his gem, Sosa walked three and struck out three to earn the win. Benito Garcia pitched two scoreless innings to earn the six-out save, his first save of the season. Over two innings, Garcia allowed only one hit and no walks while striking out three.

The DSL Mets1 were held scoreless through the first three innings, but then jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning. The offense tacked on three more runs in the eighth inning on the way to 6-0 win. Catcher Andres Regnault led the team at the dish with two extra base hits, including his first home run of the season. Eduardo Salazar went 1-for-3 with a run and RBI.

DSL Tigers1 (1-3) 10, DSL Mets2 (3-1) 5 Box Score

  • RHP Jorge Cespedes (0-1, 12.00 ERA): 3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Enmanuel Almonte (0-0, 9.00 ERA): 2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 K

The DSL Mets2 fell for the first time this season as their pitchers wher the DSL Tigers1. Jorge Cespedes took the hill for the Mets2 and held the Tigers1 scoreless through the first two innings, but he allowed four runs in the third and was pulled after the inning. Mets2 pitchers allowed 10 runs on 14 hits while walking three. David Marcano allowed only an unearned run in his two innings of work.

  • Jan Cabrera (.333/.500/1.333), RF: 1-for-3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K
  • Eliam Arias (.333/.429/.333), 2B: 2-for-4, RBI

The Mets2 offense struck first, plating a run in the second inning to take a 1-0 inning. However, after the Tigers1 scored four runs in the third, the Mets2 could not keep up. Right fielder Jan Martinez struck a two-run home run, his first of the season, in the fifth inning to cut the deficit to one run, but the Tigers1 would pull away. The Mets2 offense collected five runs on five hits while walking seven times.

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.

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