Mets Minors Recap: Gimenez Has Big Day for St. Lucie

Andres Gimenez/Photo by Ed Delany, MMO

Las Vegas (23-33) 2, Reno (24-32) 1   Box Score

The 51s were being no-hit until the seventh inning, when Frazier broke it up with a leadoff single in his second rehab game. After being pinch-hit for in the sixth inning in his first rehab game Thursday night, he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning last night as the team eases him back into shape. Smith then doubled as he looks to get his bat going again. Evans got an infield hit to the Reno first baseman Christian Walker, and a second run scored on a throwing error by Walker. After Ty Kelly was ejected after striking out, the 51s loaded the bases but Christian Colon flew out to end the threat. It wasn’t the prettiest offensive game, but it was just enough.

  • RHP Cody Martin (0-1, 4.20 ERA): 5.0 IP, 5 H, R, 3 BB, 8 K
  • RHP Anthony Swarzak (W, 2-0, 0.00 ERA): 1.0 IP, H, 0 R, BB, K
  • RHP Drew Smith (3-1, 3.00 ERA): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K
  • RHP Jacob Rhame (0-1, 4.38 ERA): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K

Martin pitched a solid game despite being a little around the strike zone. He wasn’t super efficient as he threw 91 pitches in five innings, 54 of which were for strikes, but he struck out eight and gave up just a solo home run to the first batter he faced. Swarzak made his second rehab appearance and coincidentally got his second win, pitching around a single, a walk, and three wild pitches to throw a scoreless inning. After a great May, Smith continued his excellence with two hitless innings. Rhame closed out the tight one-run affair to earn his third save and lower his Vegas ERA to a respectable 4.38.

Binghamton (28-24) vs. New Hampshire (33-19)

The Rumble Ponies were scheduled to play a doubleheader against New Hampshire, but both games were rained out. The two teams will play doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday to make up the two games.

St. Lucie (22-25) 3, Fort Myers (20-31) 2  Box Score

This game was started on May 19, but had to be suspended due to rain with the game tied 2-2 in the sixth inning. The team scored their first two runs in the fourth inning on RBI single by Rizzie and Jacob Zanon. After the game resumed on Friday night, Lindsay quickly broke the tie with an RBI single in the seventh. Gimenez is hitting .400 over his last ten games and is coming off a very successful May in which he hit .303/.375/.434.

Gabriel Llanes made the start and quickly allowed two runs in the first inning. He would settle in during the second inning, but his outing was cut short as the game was suspended for the first time. When the game resumed the next day, Gonzalez came into pitch and threw 3.1 scoreless innings. However, his appearance was also cut short, as the game was suspended due to rain for a second time. When the game resumed on Friday, Zanghi, who returned from a brief cameo in Triple-A Las Vegas, threw 3.2 scoreless innings as the game was finally completed.

St. Lucie (22-25) 6, Fort Myers (20-31) 3  Box Score

  • Dan Rizzie C: 4-for-4, R, RBI, .261/.325/.304
  • Andres Gimenez SS: 2-for-4, R, RBI, SB, .292/.361/.435
  • Michael Paez 3B: 2-for-4, RBI, K, .259/.329/.378

St. Lucie’s offense had a very solid game as they pushed across six runs on thirteen hits.  Paez is hitting .314 with two home runs over his last ten games. Gimenez stole his 17th base of the season, which ranks second in the Florida State League.

  • RHP Gabriel Llanes (2-5, 5.27 ERA) 6.0 IP, 5 H, ER, 3 BB, 7 K
  • RHP Thomas McIlraith (W, 1-1, 5.71 ERA) 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 K
  • RHP Adam Atkins (1-1, 2.83 ERA) 1.0 IP, K

Llanes had one of his better starts of the season as he struck out a season high seven batters and allowed just a single run over six innings. Llanes’ ERA is quite high, but it has been skewed by two very poor starts. Llanes has allowed three earned runs or less in seven of his first nine starts so far in 2018. McIlraith made his return from the disabled list and struggled through two innings. Atkins continues to pitch very well for St. Lucie by closing out the game with a perfect ninth inning.

Rome (32-22) 7, Columbia (28-24) 1  Box Score

The Fireflies offense had just four hits in the game, three of which came off the bat of Gladu. Columbia’s lone run came in the ninth inning, when Terrazas drove home Brodey with a single. Gladu’s big night extends his hitting streak to an impressive 17 games. He has been one of the few players in the Columbia lineup who has been hitting well recently and hit .325/.398/.429 in May.

  • LHP Anthony Kay (L, 2-3, 4.40 ERA) 4.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
  • LHP Taylor Henry (0-1, 1.08 ERA) 1.2 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, K
  • RHP Jeff Diehl (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 1.0 IP, 3 K
  • RHP Yeizo Campos (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 1.0 IP, K

Kay struggled in his start, allowing six runs and throwing 91 pitches through just 4.1 innings. Kay has been very inconsistent upon returning from Tommy John Surgery, which is to be expected. In four of his starts, Kay has allowed one run or less, but he has also had a handful of starts like this one. Diehl, a former outfielder, made his first appearance as a full time pitcher and had a very successful outing. The hard-throwing righty struck out the side on 16 pitches.

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.

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