Mets Minors Recap: James Strong in Brooklyn’s Opener

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Colorado Springs (35-30) 15, Las Vegas (28-40) 2   Box Score

It was another weak day for the 51s offense. However, after this game their lineup is going to be boosted by the recent promotions of Peter Alonso and Jeff McNeil, who have both had fantastic offensive years for Binghamton. They scored their only runs in the seventh, when Colon doubled in Kevin Kaczmarski and advanced to third on an error, with Evans driving Colon in on a groundout. Plaia continued his very strong June, reaching base three times last night. After a miserable April and May, he has burst into June with a  1.121 OPS and nine walks compared to only four strikeouts.

  • LHP P.J. Conlon (L, 2-5, 7.84 ERA): 5.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Gerson Bautista (1-0, 6.08 ERA): 1.0 IP, H, R, 2 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Joshua Torres (0-0, 19.64 ERA): 0.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 0 K
  • LHP Ian Krol (1-0, 3.18 ERA): 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 BB, K
  • RHP Nick Sergakis (0-0, 0.00 ERA): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K

Conlon had his second straight poor start since returning to the Mets organization, as he continued his ineffective season. A large part of his struggles can be pointed to the PCL environment which gets talked about a lot, but it’s worrisome that he’s getting hit hard consistently in these outings.

Krol allowed three of Torres’s inherited runners to score as well as three runs of his own making, and has had a shaky start to his 51s career after being lights out for the Angels Triple-A Salt Lake City Bees, where he had a 1.71 ERA in 18 games. With the game out of hand, the 51s resorted to using yet another position player to pitch, this time recently promoted infielder Nick Sergakis. He walked two but got through a scoreless eighth inning, therefore becoming the only one of the five 51s pitchers to not allow a run.

Hartford (31-35) 6, Binghamton (34-32) 3  Box Score

The Rumble Ponies lineup looked quite different on Friday night with the recent promotions of Peter Alonso and Jeff McNeil to Triple-A. Both Allen and Joey Terdoslavich were signed to take the place of the Rumble Ponies’ two best hitters. The offense got off to a slow start in this game as they scored just one run through the first eight innings. A late rally brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning, but Binghamton’s comeback ended up falling just short. Tomas Nido threw out four baserunners attempting to steal in the game.

Crismatt started the game for the Rumble Ponies and had his second straight rough start. Over his last two outings, Crismatt has allowed eleven earned runs over nine innings and has seen his ERA inflate from 2.66 to 3.68. Still, if a positive can be taken from these discouraging results, Crismatt did have a solid 13:4 K:BB over the two start stretch. Blackham had his second scoreless outing since being promoted from St. Lucie.

Hagerstown (26-40) 3, Columbia (33-32) 2  Box Score

After scoring one run in each of the first two innings, the Fireflies were held scoreless for the final eight innings of this extra inning game. The first run scored when Vasquez singled home Gladu in the first; Hansel Moreno drove in the second run with a single in the second inning. After a strong May, Gladu has been even better in June and is hitting ,354/.367/.479 with just three strikeouts this month.

  • RHP Zac Grotz (0-0, 2.35 ERA) 7.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 8 K
  • LHP Aaron Ford (L, 2-1, 2.20 ERA) 1.2 IP, R

Grotz, who was recently signed after spending most of the last three seasons in the independent Atlantic League, made his first start with the Mets organization in this game. He was excellent in his first start as he pitching into the eighth inning and struck out eight batters without walking anyone. Ford, who was making his first appearance since returning from a two week stint on the disabled list, allowed Hagerstown to walk-off on a squeeze bunt in the tenth inning. Ford has been very impressive in 2018 and hasn’t walked a batter in his 16.1 innings pitched this season.

Staten Island (1-0) 3, Brooklyn (0-1) 1  Box Score

It was Opening Day for the Brooklyn Cyclones, but the team’s offense looked like it was still back in Spring Training. The Cyclones were held without a hit until Medina led off the seventh inning with a single. Medina would eventually score Brooklyn’s lone run on a wild pitch. Thompson was playing in his first rehab game as he comes back from a fractured hand. Juan Uriarte, one of the best catching prospects in the organization, left the game after fouling a ball off his leg in his first at bat.

James, who had already made two successful starts in the upper minors this season, was the Opening Day starter for Brooklyn. He pitched very well in this game as he shut the Yankees out over five innings. Johnson came into the game in relief and pitched a scoreless sixth inning, before running into trouble and giving up the lead in the seventh.

DSL Mets1 (5-7) 2, DSL Phillies Red (2-10) 1  Box Score

  • Adrian Hernandez CF: 2-for-4, 2B, K, .292/.414/.417
  • David Lozano 3B: 1-for-2, R, BB, .297/.400/.351
  • Andres Parra SS: 1-for-3, RBI, .257/.333/.371

The Mets were held to just two runs on seven hits in their victory against the Phillies. The first run scored on an Andres Regnault groundout in the fourth inning. They would take the lead on Parra’s seventh inning RBI single.

  • RHP Marcos Correa (0-0, 3.72 ERA) 5.0 IP, H, R, BB, 2 K
  • LHP Cesar Loaiza (W, 2-0, 0.93 ERA) 4.0 IP, H, BB, 5 K

Correa and Loaiza combined to hold the Phillies offense to two hits and one unearned run. Loaiza has struck out 14 batters in 9.2 innings so far this season.

DSL Mets2 (8-4) 10, DSL Phillies White (5-7) 6  Box Score

  • Stanley Consuegra CF: 2-for-5, R, 3B, 3 RBI, BB, K, .213/.345/.404
  • Jean Carlos Soto LF: 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI, BB, K, .500/.600/.500
  • Felix Valerio 2B: 2-for-4, R, BB, K, .359/.444/.513

The Mets offense exploded for ten runs on the strength of thirteen hits and eight walks. Every player in the lineup reached base at least once and five players had multi-hit games. Consuegra has a 9:3 BB:K ratio and has stolen five bases without being caught this season.

  • RHP Ramon Guzman (0-0, 7.45 ERA) 3.0 IP, 3 H 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Andres German (W, 2-0, 3.52 ERA) 3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, BB, 2 K
  • LHP Johan Armado (0-0, 16.88 ERA) 2.0 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, K

Guzman started the game for the Mets and struggled through three innings. German came into the game in relief and was hurt by poor defense, which resulted in three unearned runs scoring.

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.

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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.