Mets Minors Recap: McNeil Stays Hot, Dunn Dominates in Debut

Round Rock (29-34) 10, Las Vegas (26-38) 6   Box Score

Evans has swung a solid bat since clearing waivers, putting the 51s on the board with an RBI double in the third. Smith continued his mediocrity with just a single in five at-bats along with six men left on base, but nonetheless got called up to the Mets along with utility man Ty KellyKaczmarski has come back down to Earth as expected, but still collected two hits yesterday to continue his very strong offensive start. The veteran Major Leaguer Carrera also got two hits, but is still off to a terrible start with the 51s. Borenstein hit a two-run homer in the ninth to get them within four runs. His bat has been coming on a bit lately although he is still striking out a lot.

  • RHP Chris Flexen (L, 4-5, 5.09 ERA): 7.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R, BB, 10 K
  • RHP Joseph Zanghi (0-0, 9.00 ERA): 2.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, BB, 2 K

Flexen had a weird outing. He threw a lot of strikes and got through seven innings in under 100 pitches. He also impressively struck out ten batters. However, he also allowed ten hits and six runs. He retired the first six batters he faced, struggled through the third and fourth innings, but then settled down in his final three innings. Zanghi, who just came back from St. Lucie to make his second appearance with the 51s, was not as successful as in his first outing. He threw a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and got the first two batters in the ninth out, but then allowed four runs with two outs, three of which were on a homer by former Major Leaguer Ryan Rua.

Binghamton (34-28) 6, Trenton (36-25) 0  Box Score

The Rumble Ponies had a solid game offensively, pushing across six runs on nine hits. Every player in the lineup except for John Mora reached base at least once. McNeil has hit incredibly well all season and has not cooled down so far in June: He is hitting .405/.463/.649 this month and currently has the second highest OPS in the Eastern League. After an outstanding April and a great May, Alonso has found himself in his first real slump of the season and he is hitting just .156/.341/.250 over his last 10 games.

After dominating in his last start with St. Lucie, Dunn made his Double-A debut on Sunday afternoon and was fantastic. He needed just 98 pitches to get through seven innings and struck out nine batters. Dunn hasn’t allowed an earned run over his last 19 innings pitched. Ryan and Bashlor combined for two scoreless innings to close out the game.

Photo: Ed Delany, MMO

Lakeland (33-29) 9, St. Lucie (24-33) 3  Box Score

St. Lucie’s offense struggled in their game against Lakeland as the team was held to three runs on just four hits. The Mets scored their first run of the game when Lindsay led off the second inning with a home run to left field. The solo home run was Lindsay’s first of the season. They scored their second run in the next inning when a Paez single brought in Ian Strom from third base. The Mets wouldn’t score another run until the eighth inning, when Gimenez brought home Strom with a single.

Taylor started the game for St. Lucie, but was quickly pulled after walking three of the first five batters he faced. Adam Atkins came out of the bullpen to try to get out of the jam, but allowed all three of the inherited runners to score. The rest of the bullpen pitched reasonably well, although a couple errors resulted in Pobereyko being charged with three unearned runs. Pobereyko hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 11 appearances with St. Lucie.

Columbia (31-29) 4, Augusta (35-26) 0  Box Score

The Fireflies scored one run in each of the fourth through seventh innings to take the Sunday afternoon series finale against Augusta. The offense had ten hits in total and four players had multi-hit games. Fermin hit his second home run of the series in the seventh inning and his four home runs so far in 2018 double his previous career high. Raphael Gladu went 0-for-4 in the game, ending his 23 game hit-streak.

Viall made his second start since coming off the disabled list and his results were much improved this time in comparison to his last start. Viall tied his season high for innings pitched in a start and didn’t allow a run or a walk for the first time in 2018. Campos came into the game in relief and pitched 3.2 scoreless innings while scattering 5 hits. After being used primarily as a starting pitcher to begin his career, Campos has been excellent out of Columbia’s bullpen. He has allowed just two runs in seven appearances and has a 15:3 K:BB ratio this season.

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.