Mets Minors Recap: Peterson Makes St. Lucie Debut

David Peterson/Photo by Ed Delany, MMO

Las Vegas (28-39) 7, Colorado Springs (34-30) 5, 10 innings Box 

Las Vegas was held scoreless until the seventh inning, until a leadoff homer off the bat of Zach Borenstein (15th) and a three-run double from pinch-hitter Johnny Monell gave the 51s a 4-3 lead.

With the club up a run in the ninth, Drew Smith blew the save giving up a leadoff home run to Christian Bethancourt (his second of the game).

The 51s came back in the top half of the tenth, scoring three runs including a two-run double by Colton Plaia.

  • RHP Drew Gagnon (1-3, 5.27 ERA, combined minor league totals): 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 9 SO, 2 BB
  • LHP Kyle Regnault (2-1, 5.87 ERA): IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 SO, 0 BB
  • RHP Eric Hanhold (3-2, 4.61 ERA, combined minor league totals): IP, 0 H, 0 R, SO, 0 BB
  • RHP Drew Smith (4-1, 2.72 ERA, combined minor league totals): 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 SO, BB

Drew Gagnon tossed six innings of three-run ball against Colorado Springs. The only damage was done against him in the first and third innings, when Gagnon allowed a leadoff triple to come around to score on a groundout in the first, and a two-run homer by Christian Bethancourt in the third.

Drew Smith ended up picking up his fourth win of the season, after blowing the lead in the ninth. Prior to tonight’s game, Smith had pitched seven scoreless innings for Las Vegas.

Altoona (32-28) 9, Binghamton (34-31) 2 Box

  • Peter Alonso 1B: 1-for-4, 2B, SO, R, .314/.440/.573
  • Jeff McNeil 2B: 1-for-4, .327/.402/.626
  • Tomas Nido C: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, .225/.267/.324 (combined minor league totals)
  • Levi Michael SS: 2-for-3, 3B, HR, BB, RBI, R, .284/.353/.462

The Rumble Ponies were held scoreless until the sixth, when shortstop Levi Michael led off the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run (6th) to right. Tomas Nido singled in Peter Alonso, who doubled to left, and that would be all the runs Binghamton would score in the early morning game.

The big news after the contest – which was first reported by MMO’s Logan Barer – was Peter Alonso and Jeff McNeil being promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas. McNeil and Alonso were second and third in the Eastern League in OPS, behind only Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Alonso led the Eastern League in home runs with 15, while McNeil was second with 14.

  • RHP Marcos Molina (1-8, 6.06 ERA, combined minor league totals): 6 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 SO, BB
  • RHP Austin McGeorge (1-1, 7.77 ERA): IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 SO, BB
  • LHP Daniel Zamora (1-1, 3.28 ERA): 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 SO, BB

The struggles continue for Marcos Molina, who hasn’t been able to put together a string of successful outings yet this season. The righty allowed a run scoring double to Will Craig in the first, who would later take Molina deep in the fourth for his ninth home run of the season. Three more runs came around to score in the fifth off two singles. This was the fourth time this season that Molina allowed nine hits in a start.

St. Lucie (27-36) 13, Daytona (35-29) 3 Box

The St. Lucie Mets packed quite the offensive punch Thursday night, scoring a season best 13 runs in their 13-3 win over Daytona. Wilmer Flores – playing in his third rehab game – played a big role in St. Lucie’s offense, going 3-for-5 at the plate including a solo home run in the first and three RBI. Andres Gimenez went 2-for-4 with his 14th double and 22nd RBI.

  • LHP David Peterson (2-4, 1.96 ERA, combined minor league totals): 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 SO, 3 BB
  • RHP Billy Oxford (0-0, 0.00 ERA): 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, SO, 0 BB
  • RHP Alex Palsha (0-1, 5.40 ERA): 2 IP, 2 H. 1 R, 1 ER, 2 SO, 0 BB

David Peterson made his St. Lucie debut tossing five innings of two-run ball. His control was a bit erratic, as he threw 84 pitches with only 48 for strikes. Prior to last night, Peterson had gone four straight starts without issuing a walk.

Columbia (33-31) 9, Lexington (35-31) 4 Box

The Fireflies were down 4-2 heading into the fourth when they broke the game open, scoring six runs and sending 11 batters to the plate. Quinn Brodey went 3-for-4 with two RBI, and Matt Winaker drove in a career high three RBI.

  • LHP Anthony Kay (3-3, 4.30 ERA): 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 9 SO, 2 BB, HBP
  • RHP Conner O’ Neil (3-0, 3.00 ERA): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 SO, 0 BB
  • LHP Taylor Henry (0-1, 0.79 ERA): 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, SO, BB

Anthony Kay made his 11th start of the year and struggled early on. He allowed four hits, a hit-by-pitch, and a sac-fly in the second inning, which plated three runs. Kay went on to strike out six straight batters from the third to the fifth innings. Righty Connor O’ Neil relieved Kay and struck out four straight (five in total).

DSL Phillies Red (2-9) 6, DSL Mets1 (4-7) 5 Box

  • Andres Regnault C: 2-for-4, 2B, HR, BB, RBI, 2 R, .375/.462/.750
  • Juan Loyo 1B: 1-for-3, BB, RBI, .412/.524/.412
  • Adrian Hernandez CF: 1-for-4, R, .250/.400/.350

The club jumped out to an early lead, scoring two in the first, one in the second, and one in the third. Nineteen-year-old catcher Andres Regnault continues to impress at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and solo home run to left. His 1.212 OPS is ninth-best among DSL hitters.

  • RHP Junior Santos (0-0, 3.27 ERA): 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 SO, BB
  • RHP Victor Isturiz (0-0, 2.35 ERA): 3.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, SO, 2 BB
  • RHP Darling Baez (0-3, 9.00 ERA): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, HBP

The sixteen-year-old Santos tossed four scoreless innings with four strikeouts and one walk. In three starts (11 innings pitched) Santos has 14 punch-outs to just two walks.

Mets’ pitching surrendered four runs in the eighth to lead to the Phillies 6-5 comeback win.

DSL Mets2 (7-4) 4, DSL Phillies White (5-6) 1 Box

  • Stanley Consuegra CF: 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, R, .190/.327/.357
  • Jorge Martinez C: 2-for-4, 2B, .323/.389/.452
  • Eulises Sanchez DH: 1-for-3, 2B, R, .174/.240/.304

The club scored all of their runs in the third inning, plating four which included a three-run home run off the bat of Stanley Consuegra (2nd).

  • LHP Hector Rodriguez (0-0, 1.50 ERA): 4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 SO, 2 BB
  • RHP Jaison Paniagua (0-0, 6.75 ERA): 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO
  • LHP Brailin Gonzalez (2-0, 4.15 ERA): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 SO, 2 BB
  • RHP Miguel Mata (0-0, 8.10 ERA): IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 SO, 0 BB

Left-hander Hector Rodriguez had a strong day on the mound, tossing 4.1 innings of one-run ball (unearned). His five strikeouts were a season high. The bullpen totaled 4.2 scoreless innings, allowing no hits, two walks, and five strikeouts.

Other Notes:

The contract of St. Paul Saints’ second baseman Josh Allen was purchased by the Mets Thursday. The 27-year-old right-handed hitter was batting a team best .344 with four homers and 11 RBI in 24 games with the American Association club.

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