Mets Minors Recap: McNeil Launches 14th Homer For Binghamton

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Las Vegas (26-35) 7, New Orleans (28-32) 6  Box Score

The 51s got three in the first from a blast off the bat of Kivlehan, but were quiet until after the seventh-inning stretch. Down 6-3, the recently promoted shortstop Joey Wong drew a leadoff walk, and Christian Colon eventually brought him in with a clutch two-out double. Then in the ninth, still down 6-3, Wong drew another walk, Plaia doubled, and Wong came in on a wild pitch. The .417-hitting Kevin Kaczmarski hit a long fly ball that center fielder Magneuris Sierra made a great catch on, but the tying run still came in on the sac fly. Ty Kelly led off the bottom of the 10th with a walk-off single after pinch-runner and pitcher Drew Gagnon was placed on second base to start the inning.

  • RHP Cody Martin (0-1, 5.40 ERA): 5.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
  • LHP Kyle Regnault (2-1, 6.28 ERA): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 3 K
  • RHP Drew Smith (3-1, 2.77 ERA): 2.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Gerson Bautista (W, 1-0, 6.35 ERA): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, K

Martin was not very efficient, taking 104 pitches to get through five innings with eight hits and four walks. The bullpen turned in an overall strong effort to keep the 51s in the game, allowing the offense to eventually come back and win. Regnault got back on track with two scoreless innings. Smith has been lights out in both May and June after a mediocre April, and what he’s doing is even more impressive considering that he’s doing it in Las Vegas. Bautista pitched the 10th and was all around the strike zone, loading the bases with one out. But he was able to bear down when it mattered, getting a strikeout and a hard lineout to left to escape the jam with no runs.

Binghamton 5 (33-26), Harrisburg 3 (28-29) BOX SCORE

The Ponies were powered by their three best hitters in terms of average on Thursday: McNeil, Alonso and Urena. The three combined for driving in four of the five runs and four of the nine hits. Jhoan Urena was one of two Rumble Ponies to record multiple hits with Levi Michael also turning in a two-hit game as well. Jeff McNeil‘s home run was his fourteenth of the year, trailing only Alonso for most in the Eastern League.

Tampa 4 (32-28), St. Lucie 1 (23-31) BOX SCORE

The Mets only mustered one run in Tampa, dropping this one 4-1. Lindsay, Dimino and Franco each recorded multiple hits. Dimino drove in the only run. Michael Paez and Dale Burdick each had a hit of their own to go along with the three multi-hit games. Franco continued his strong start to his High-A career. Andres Gimenez went 0-for-3 on the night but look the Florida State League lead with two steals giving him 21 on the season.

Gabriel Llanes didn’t have his greatest outing for the Mets. He threw five-plus gutsy innings, muscling through without his best stuff. Adam Atkins picked up the slack by recording five outs, two of them being strikeouts. Alex Palsha worked a clean eighth for St. Lucie.

Charleston 4 (29-29), Columbia  2 (28-29) BOX SCORE

The Fireflies had six players record hits on Thursday Night, with no player recording more than one. Jeremy Vasquez reached twice with a hit and a walk. Wuilmer Becerra recorded the only RBI on the night, his fourth of the year. Raphael Gladu had a double which extended his hitting streak to 21 games.

  • RHP Joe Cavallaro: 7 IP,4 H, 2 R, 9 K (6-1, 2.26)
  • RHP Stephen Villines: IP, 2 H, 2 R, BB, K (2-4, 5.52)
  • RHP Trey Cobb: IP, 2 H (2-1, 2.25)

Joe Cavallaro turned in yet another quality start for Columbia. The righty fanned nine through seven innings, continuing to impress many. Steven Villines struggled again, unable to keep a tie game tied in the eighth, where he gave up two runs, only one earned, and gave Charleston the lead. Villines has 48 strikeouts in 29.1 innings this year.

DSL Nationals 1 (4-1), DSL Mets1 0 (2-3) BOX SCORE

  • Patricio Diaz LF: 2-3, .429/.500/.429
  • Eduardo Salazar CF: 2-4, .429/.500/.429

The DSL Mets 1 only recorded four hits on the night.

DSL Cardinals Red 10 (3-2), DSL Mets2 5 (3-2) BOX SCORE

  • Jorge Martinez 1B: 1-4, 2B, .235/.316/.353
  • Felix Valerio 2B: 2-4, 2B, BB, .294/.400/.529

The DSL Mets 2 scored five on seven hits. Valerio and Martinez accounted for three of those hits.

  • LHP Christofer Dominguez: 4 IP, 0 H, 3 BB, 6 K

Domingez threw four dominant innings to start the game, but the rest of the staff gave up ten runs over the course of the rest of the game.

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.

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