Mets Minors Recap: Dunn, Kay Toss Double Digit Strikeout Gems

Justin Dunn/Photo by Ed Delany, MMO

Las Vegas (36-44) 5, Tacoma (41-39) 2 Box Score

Den Dekker came off the DL with a bang, hitting a lead off homer for the 51s. McNeil slugged his 15th homer of the season and first for Vegas. Luis Guillorme walked and scored a run in his second game back with Vegas.

Purke now has a 3.27 ERA in the month of June and is holding left-handed batters to a .222 average this season.

Binghamton (37-40) 6, Trenton (44-34) 3 – Box Score

  • Kevin Taylor, RF: 2-for-4, R .288/.337/.366
  • Tomas Nido, C: 3-for-4, HR, 2B, 3 R, 1 RBI .253/.278/.391
  • Tim Tebow, LF: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, K .261/.335/.398
  • Joey Wong, SS: 1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, 2 K  .217/.333/.391

After Trenton scored two in the third inning, Tim Tebow singled in a run in the fourth, and made a heads-up play on the base-paths to help the Rumble Ponies tie the game. On a routine ground ball to third with one out, Nido got caught in a rundown by Trenton first baseman Ryan McBroom. Tebow broke for third, drew a throw from the Trenton infield, and kept the rundown going long enough for Nido to score.

The offensive star of the evening for the Rumble Ponies was without question Tomas Nido, who reached base three times with two extra base hits. Nido came a triple shy of the cycle, hitting a solo shot in the eighth to give Binghamton a 4-3 lead. A few batters later Binghamton shortstop Wong hit a two-run homer to give Binghamton a  couple of insurance runs.

Dunn pitched very well in his fourth start since being promoted to Binghamton from St. Lucie. A pair of errors led to two unearned runs in the third, and Dunn pretty much cruised through the next three innings. He gave up a leadoff home run to Mandy Alvarez in the seventh, but got through the rest of the inning unscathed. Dunn controlled the strike-zone well throughout the outing, striking out ten batters and only walking one. The 10 strikeouts tied a career-high.

Andres Gimenez/Photo by Ed Delany, MMO

 St. Lucie (28-45) 5, Jupiter (44-32) 0 – Box Score 

  • Andres Gimenez, SS: 1-for-3 R, RBI, BB, K .261/.338/.402
  • Desmond Lindsay, DH: 0-for-4, 2K .217/.324/.327
  • Michael Paez, 3B: 1-for-3, RBI, R, K .248/.309/.358
  • Luis Carpio, 2B: 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, R .204/.278/.316

After going down in order in the first, St. Lucie scored four runs in the second on a two-run double from Carpio, and RBI singles from Gimenez and Brandon Brosher. Paez delivered an additional insurance run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning.

The Hammerheads had little success against the Mets pitching staff. St. Lucie only allowed three baserunners total, including a mere one hit, and struck out twelve without giving up a run. Gibbons struck out six in six strong innings to start out the game, and was followed by Adam Atkins for the seventh and eighth. Atkins baffled Jupiter’s lineup, striking out five of the six batters he faced. Austin McGeorge finished out the game with a perfect ninth inning.

Asheville (31-43) 5, Columbia (37-36) 3 F/9 – Box Score

It was a big night for Columbia second baseman Tiberi as he drove in all three runs for the Fireflies. Columbia opened the scoring in the bottom of the third, when Tiberi doubled to right field. Fermin and Moreno scored to give Columbia a two to nothing lead. The Columbia bats were quiet for most of the rest of the game, scattering 5 hits against the Asheville pitching staff until Tiberi drove home Raphael Gladu on a single in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game at three.

Columbia starter Viall cruised through the first four innings, but gave up back-to-back homers to start the fifth. Viall got through the rest of the fifth with no further damage, and was able to keep the game tied 2-2 through six innings. Hernandez pitched a scoreless 7th, but allowed an unearned run on a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.

Columbia (38-36) 4, Asheville (31-44) 2  – Box Score 

  • Blake Tiberi, 2B: 1-for-3, R  .251/.378/.332
  • Ali Sanchez, C: 1-for-3, HR, R, RBI .259/.293/.389
  • Raphael Gladu, LF: 1-for-3, 2B, R, K .275/.318/.367
  • Giovanny Alfonzo, 1B: 2-for-2, R, RBI, BB .254/.310/.364

The Fireflies got an early start in the second game of the doubleheader. After a Tiberi single in the bottom half of the first inning, Columbia catcher Sanchez homered to give Columbia a 2-0 lead. Columbia scored another run in the second on an RBI single from Alfonzo, and a fourth in the fifth on a wild pitch from Asheville pitcher Antonio Santos. That would prove to be all of the run support Anthony Kay would need.

  • LHP Anthony Kay (4-4, 4.54) 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 11 K
  • RHP Trey Cobb (2.13) 0.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Kay may have had the best start of his short professional career on Thursday. He dominated Asheville’s lineup, keeping them scoreless through the first six innings. He came within an out of finishing the shortened second game of the double-header by himself, but ran into trouble in the bottom of the seventh. He got the first two outs of the inning, but his evening ended after he gave up a single to Asheville left fielder Casey Golden, and a double to shortstop Taylor Snyder. In six and two thirds innings, Kay allowed two earned runs, while striking out a career high 11 hitters and walking none. Columbia closer Trey Cobb came in to finish the game, earning his ninth save of the year, but allowed both of the runners he inherited from Kay to score.

Vermont (7-6) 14, Brookyln (9-4) 7 – Box Score

  • Jose Miguel Medina, RF: 3-for-5, 2B, R, BB .357/.426/.524
  • Chase Chambers, 1B: 3-for-6, 2 RBI, BB .342/.432/.474
  • Ross Adolph, CF: 1-for-5, RBI, K .282/.359/.500

Brooklyn scored early and often, putting up seven runs against the Vermont pitching staff. Medina led off the game with a double, and would reach base four times in total. While Brooklyn’s offense racked up fifteen hits, only two went for extra bases. Jose Brizuela, Chase Chambers, Nick Meyer, and Manny Rodriguez all had multi-hit games.

Brooklyn starter Campusano got knocked out of the game with one out in the second inning, having given up seven runs. The game got out of hand quickly from there, as Vermont followed up their six run second, with six more in the third. The Vermont Lake Monsters ended up scoring 14 runs in total, and handed the Brooklyn Cyclones their fourth loss of the season.

Kingsport (7-1) 7, Johnson City (3-5) 3 – Box Score 

  • Mark Vientos, 3B: 0-for-4 .269/.367/.462
  • Shervyen Newton, SS: 1-for-2, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SF .417/.476/.694
  • Hayden Senger, C: 1-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI, K .385/.429/.462

Kingsport’s offense continued to dominate Appalachian League pitchers, scoring seven runs on seven hits. Kingsport scored immediately, when Shervyen Newton, the second hitter of the game, hit a solo home run. They scored again in the sixth inning on a fielding error by Johnson City third baseman, and recent Cardinal’s first round draftee, Nolan Gorman. Johnson City answered with a run in the top of the seventh, but the Mets broke the game open in the bottom half, when Senger doubled with the bases loaded. Kingsport would score five runs in the inning. Through eight games played this season, Kingsport is still yet to score less than five runs in a game.

Kingsport starter Butto struck out seven through four and two thirds innings, but also walked three. Nunez gave up a run in the seventh inning, and Eric Villanueva gave up two more in the top of the ninth. Luckily, Kingsport’s offense gave them plenty of run support, as they won their seventh game of the season.

GCL Mets (6-3) 10, GCL Astros (2-7) 3 – Box Score 

  • Ronny Mauricio, SS: 2-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 R, K .351/.317/.514
  • Stanley Consuegra, RF: 2-for-5, 2B, 3B, 5 RBI, 2 R, K .250/.333/.469
  • Cristopher Pujols, 3B: 2-for-3, 2B, BB, 3 R, SB .217/.333/.435

Mauricio continued his hot start to the season with two hits and two RBIs. Stanley Consuegra had a big night at the plate as well, with a pair of extra base hits and 5 RBIs.

Rojas pitched well for the GCL Mets, allowing one earned run on three hits across six innings. Correa finished off the game, allowing two unearned runs in three innings and earning the his first save of the season.

DSL Cardinals (17-6) 2, DSL Mets1 (12-11) 1 – Box Score 

Hernandez drove in the only run for the Mets on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the fifth inning.

  • RHP Benito Garcia (2.25) 4 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • RHP Victor Isturiz (3.12) 2.2 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, K
  • RHP Martin Rodriguez (0.00) 2.1 IP, H, 0 R, BB, K

The Mets pitched very well, but ultimately did not get enough run support to win the game. Starter Benito Garcia gave up one run and struck out five in four innings of work. Rodriguez threw two and one third scoreless innings in relief.

DSL Cubs2 (8-14) 15, DSL Mets2 (11-12) 5 – Box Score

  • Jean Carlos Soto, LF: 1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI .205/.255/.273
  • Ruben Monegro, SS: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R, 1K .127/.347/.200

First baseman Jorge Martinez also had two hits, a walk, and a stolen base in the game as well.

  • RHP Robert Colina (8.03) 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
  • LHP Johan Armado (12.96) 0.0 IP, 5 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR
  • RHP Enmanuel Almonte (14.21) 1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

It was not a good night for the DSL Mets2 pitching staff, as they allowed 15 runs on 16 hits to the Cubs DSL affiliate.

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