Mets Minors Recap: McNeil’s Big Day Leads Binghamton to Sweep

Jeff McNeil/Photo by David Monseur/MiLB.com

Reno (25-33) 8, Las Vegas (24-34) 4  Box Score

Despite getting eleven hits, the 51s only scored four runs, and only one before the ninth inning, mainly as a result of going 2-13 with runners in scoring positions. Smith had a rough day, going 0-5 and striking out three times despite the fact that overall he hasn’t been striking out a ton. His bat continues to fade, as he is just 2-14 in June after putting up a weak .704 OPS in May. Matt den Dekker got the 51s on the board with an RBI single in the fifth, and Christian Colon got them closer with a three-run double in the ninth, but by then it was too little, too late.

  • RHP Drew Gagnon (L, 0-3, 6.17 ERA): 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 5 K
  • RHP Anthony Swarzak (2-0, 10.13 ERA): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, BB, 0 K
  • LHP Matt Purke (1-0, 5.48 ERA): 1.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB

Despite getting through six innings, Gagnon continued his consistent mediocrity since joining the 51s, and is still yet to get a win in 11 starts with Las Vegas.

Swarzak made his third and final rehab appearance after throwing two scoreless innings in his first two. He got hit around a little in this one, allowing a two-out, two-run triple after giving up a single and a walk. Purke then came in and gave up a single, allowing an inherited run to score. Purke continued his solid May/June by not letting up an earned run of his own, but he still continues to allow too many baserunners.

Binghamton (30-25) 4, New Hampshire (34-21) 2  Box Score

  • Jeff McNeil 2B: 1-for-2, R, 2B, RBI, BB, SB, .330/.407/.642
  • Tomas Nido C: 2-for-3, 2B, .235/.278/.353
  • Tim Tebow LF: 2-for-3, R, RBI, K, .242/.333/.376

The Rumble Ponies offense was able to push across four runs on eight hits to take the first game of the doubleheader. The first two runs of the game scored in the third inning when McNeil and Peter Alonso both walked with the bases loaded. Alonso walked twice in the game, his 41 walks lead the league and his .462 OBP his second.

They would add a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings on singles by Tebow and Kevin Taylor, respectively. Every player in the Binghamton lineup reached base at least once except for Levi Michael.

  • RHP Nabil Crismatt (W, 7-2, 2.66 ERA) 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, HB

Crismatt had another very successful start as he pitched the complete game and allowed just two runs, both of which came on a fourth inning home run. Crasmatt has been excellent at limiting runs in 2018, as he has given up more than three earned runs just once in eleven starts. However, he has been walking batters at an uncharacteristically high rate. Crismatt has walked at least three batters in five straight starts and his 3.2 BB/9 would tie a career high.

Binghamton (31-25) 5, New Hampshire (34-22) 1  Box Score

The Rumble Ponies took the second game of the doubleheader on the strength of five runs and nine hits. The big hit of the game was a grand slam by McNeil in the second inning. The grand slam was McNeil’s 13th of the year, putting him one behind Alonso for the team lead. Binghamton scored their fifth and final run of the game in the same inning when Taylor brought home Alonso with a single. Taylor is coming off a strong May in which he hit .301/.381/.441.

Binghamton went with a bullpen game for the back half of the doubleheader. Corey Taylorstarted the game and threw two scoreless innings. Roseboom had gone all of May without allowing a run, but struggled a bit in this appearance as he allowed New Hampshire to score their only run of the game. Ryan made his second appearance with Binghamton and has not allowed an earned run in seven straight appearances.

Blake Taylor/Photo by Ed Delany

Fort Myers (23-31) 3, St. Lucie (22-28) 1  Box Score

St. Lucie’s offense looked lifeless on Sunday as they could record just one run and two hits in the game. Their lone run came in Paez’s solo home run in the seventh inning. Paez is hitting .324 with three home runs and only four strikeouts over his last ten games. Gimenez continues to impress as one of the youngest players in the Florida State League as he reached base twice and raised his OPS to .790.

After making a brief cameo with Triple-A Las Vegas early last week, Taylor returned to the St. Lucie rotation and had his best start of the season. Despite walking four batters, Taylor’s pitch count ended up at a very reasonable 94 pitches as he threw a season high seven innings and tied a season high with seven strikeouts. Taylor had a bit of a rough start to 2018, but his last two starts have been very encouraging. Nogosek came into the game in relief and allowed two runs to score which resulted in Fort Myers taking the lead. Blackham struck out two in a perfect ninth inning.

Rome (34-22) 5, Columbia (28-26) 3  Box Score

Columbia didn’t have much offense in this game as they could score only three runs on five hits. All three runs came in the fifth inning, in which Alfonzo hit a two run home run and Matt Winaker scored on an error. Becerra’s eighth inning double was his first extra base hit of the season. He has struggled in his return from an undisclosed injury that kept him out for much of the first two months of the season.

Viall returned to Columbia’s rotation after spending about a month on the disabled list with an undisclosed injury, He pitched for two innings and struggled with his command as he needed 52 pitches to get through those two inning and threw three wild pitches. Yeizo Campos came into the game in relief and gave up three runs, which were the first runs Campos had given up all season. Ramos and Villines pitched well over the last four innings of the game to keep Columbia in the game. Villines now has an outstanding 47:4 K:BB ratio this season (26:1 K:BB in his last ten games).

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.

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