Mets Minors Recap: Gonzalez Starts Off Strong at Las Vegas

Harol Gonzalez/Photo by Ed Delany, MMO

Las Vegas (42-47) 5, Fresno (51-37) 4  (F/7)   Box Score

McNeil’s 18-game hitting streak finally ended, but he walked twice, including once with the bases loaded, to extend his on-base streak to 25 games. In the first seven-inning game of this doubleheader, the 51s did most of their damage in a four-run sixth inning, which was highlighted with run-scoring doubles from Kelly and Zach Borenstein. Alonso’s slump continued as he left four runners in scoring position on base with two outs.

  • RHP Nabil Crismatt (W, 1-0, 7.20 ERA): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K
  • LHP Buddy Baumann (0-0, 3.43 ERA): 0.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Jacob Rhame (1-2, 3.76 ERA): 2.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

The recently promoted Crismatt, who was 8-5 with a 3.58 ERA in 16 starts for Binghamton, made his Triple-A debut. He started off strong, retiring the first six he faced and pitching around a couple singles in the third. He gave up a two-out run-scoring double in the fourth but then pitched around a couple more baserunners in a scoreless fifth, getting through five innings with only one run allowed at that point.

He could not get through the sixth, however, as he gave up a walk, a double, and a single before departing for Baumann, who allowed an inherited run and a hit by pitch. Rhame allowed another inherited run on a groundout but quieted the damage, getting all three outs in the sixth and throwing a scoreless seventh to rebound nicely from a couple tough outings.

Fresno (52-37) 2, Las Vegas (42-48) 1  (F/7)   Box Score

After den Dekker led off the game with a homer, the 51s did not score again and only recorded two more hits. Alonso had another hitless game, his 10th in his last 14 games, although did draw another walk to keep his OBP at a respectable .330. His Las Vegas OPS has now dropped below .700 after reaching a peak of 1.142. Since his three-homer game, he has gone just 4-49, good for an .082 average. Guillorme now has a nine-game hitting streak and has hit in 10 of 11 games since being demoted from the Mets. He has really put a bad April behind him in order to put together a really nice year for the 51s.

Gonzalez, who posted a 2.84 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) for St. Lucie, got the jump up to Triple-A, where he fared quite well in his first start. He only got one strikeout, but he made it through a “complete game” on 82 pitches while allowing just a two-run single in the third. Unfortunately for Gonzalez, two runs proved to be too many, but it was still a very solid effort.

Erie SeaWolves (41-45) 10, Binghamton Rumble Ponies (42-44) 0 Box Score

  • RHP Ricky Knapp (0-1, 12.00 ERA): 3 IP, 6 H, 6 R (4 ER), 3 BB, K
  • RHP Joe Zanghi (2-1, 5.40 ERA): 3 IP, H, 2 BB, K
  • RHP Ryder Ryan (2-0, 3.55 ERA): 2 IP, K

Ricky Knapp made his first appearance for Binghamton this season after rehabbing with the GCL Mets, and he was largely ineffective in his debut. The starting pitcher surrendered five runs in the first inning before settling down and getting through three innings of work. Joe Zanghi came on in relief of Knapp and pitched three shutout innings while only surrendering one hit. With the scoreless outing, Zanghi lowered his season ERA to 5.40 with Binghamton. In his third appearance with Binghamton, Stephen Nogosek struggled mightily. Nogosek allowed four earned runs in his only inning of work.

The Binghamton offense looked sluggish all day and failed to score a single run. In the process of being shut out, Binghamton tallied four hits, two of which came from shortstop Andrew Ely. Ely also collected the only Binghamton extra-base hit for the day. Tim Tebow got on base again with a single in the third inning.

The night game between the St. Lucie Mets and the Dunedin Blue Jays was postponed. A doubleheader is scheduled for Sunday, July 8.

Dunedin Blue Jays (40-43) 6, St. Lucie Mets (33-48) 2 (7 innings) Box Score

  • LHP Blake Taylor (1-4, 4.91 ERA): 4.1 IP, BB, 6 K
  • RHP Austin McGeorge (0-1, 4.70 ERA): 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB
  • RHP Matt Pobreyko (2-2, 3.06 ERA): 1.1 IP 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, K

The June 6 matchup between the Dunedin Blue Jays and the St. Lucie Mets was rained out and postponed until Saturday. Blake Taylor took the hill to start game one of the doubleheader and twirled 4 1/3 scoreless innings for the Mets. Unfortunately, the bullpen was unable to support Taylor in the shortened game. Austin McGeorge came on in relief of Taylor and coughed up three runs in only 1 1/3 innings of work. Similarly, Matt Pobreyko came in and surrendered three runs in only 1 1/3 innings on the mound.

  • Ali Sanchez (.261/.293/.389), C: 1-for-3, R, 2 RBI, HR
  • TJ Rivera (.143/.143/.286), 2B: 1-for-3

The Mets offense collected seven hits in the seven-inning game, but was only able to scratch across two runs. Ali Sanchez, in his fourth game with St. Lucie after recently being promoted from Columbia, crushed a two-run home run in the second inning to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. In the second game of his rehab assignment, TJ Rivera played second base and went 1-for-3 at the plate.

Charleston RiverDogs (43-39) 5, Columbia Fireflies (41-41) 4 Box Score

Yeizo Campos took the hill for the Fireflies, and the starting pitcher struggled to find the strike zone all night. He surrendered three walks while striking out four RiverDogs. In the third inning, Campos coughed up four earned runs, three of which came on a bases-loaded double. Ronald Sanchez made his Columbia debut in relief of Campos, and he turned in two innings while allowing one run.

Taylor Henry came on in relief of Sanchez and tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings to keep the Fireflies within one run of the RiverDogs.

The Columbia offense struggled to get anything going for the first five innings of the day. Edgardo Fermin began the bottom of the sixth inning with a leadoff single. Two batters later, Matt Winaker was hit by a pitch to put two runners on base. The next batter, Jeremey Vasquez, struck a three-run home run. Trailing 5-3, the Fireflies strung together three straight two-out hits to cut the deficit to one run.

In the eighth inning, Jeremy Vasquez struck his second home run of the night, a solo shot to cut the deficit to one run. The two-homer night was the first such game of Vasquez’s minor league career.

Staten Island Yankees (10-12) 3, Brooklyn Cyclones (11-11) 2 Box Score

Christian James got the start for the Cyclones and slogged through four innings of work. Despite surrendering nine hits and a walk, he only allowed two runners to score and got a no-decision. Mac Lozer entered in relief of James in the fifth inning and tossed two hitless frames. Billy Oxford came on in relief of Lozer and surrendered the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. Brooklyn pitching allowed 11 hits on the night, but managed to hold Staten Island to only three runs.

  • Carlos Cortes (.235/.235/.235), 2B: 3-for-4, R
  • Ross Adolph (.231/.338/.385), CF: 0-for-2, 2 BB, 2 SB

Brooklyn bats were largely silent for the first five innings of the night. The sixth inning seemed like it would go smoothly for Staten Island when the first two Brooklyn batters went down. A walk, single, and another walk then loaded the bases, and a fielding error allowed two runs to score. Both runs that Brooklyn scratched across were unearned.

Second baseman Carlos Cortes had an impressive night at the plate, collecting three hits. Cortes, a third-round pick by the Mets in the 2018 draft, had struggled in his first three games with Brooklyn. The 21-year-old raised his batting average to .235 on the season.

Bluefield Blue Jays (15-3) 6, Kingsport Mets (9-7) 5 Box Score

  • RHP Noah Nunez (1-2, 9.00 ERA): IP, 6 H, 5 R (2 ER), K
  • RHP Luis Silva (0-0, 2.89 ERA): 3 IP, H, 4 BB, K
  • RHP Allan Winans (0-0, 2.25 ERA): 2 IP, ER, 3 BB, K

Noah Nunez got the start for Kingsport and was shelled in his lone inning of work. After a fielding error to lead off the bottom of the first inning, Nunez went on to allow five runs on six hits. Only two of the runs were earned, but Kingsport fell into an early 5-0 deficit. Nunez was pulled following the first inning.

The bullpen did an excellent job of keeping the Mets in the game. After Nunez’s disastrous first inning, four relievers combined to allow only one run over the final eight innings. Allan Winans allowed a run despite not allowing a hit. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Winans walked the first two batters he faced. The leadoff batter later came around to score on a groundout.

The Mets fell into a 5-0 hole early after just the first inning, forcing the offense to play from behind. In the third inning, the Mets scratched across their first run of the night when Ranfy Adon scored on a groundout. In the fifth inning, Raul Beracierta hit a leadoff double, and Ranfy Adon followed with a home run to cut the deficit to two runs. The Mets would go on to score two more runs in the final four innings, but they failed to rally and tie the Blue Jays.

Shervyen Newton had a great day at the plate, earning two hits and a walk while driving in a run. Unfortunately, he also struck out twice. Newton increased his OPS to .983 on the season, ranking third on the team.

GCL Cardinals (12-5) 7, GCL Mets (11-6) 2 (7 Innings) Box Score

Bryce Hutchinson got the start for the Mets, but the right-handed pitcher only managed to get two outs before getting pulled from the game. He allowed three runs, none of which were earned, and lowered his ERA to 6.75 on the year. Yadiel Flores came on in relief of Hutchinson, and he promptly surrendered another four runs to give the Cardinals a 7-1 lead. Jorge Cespedes pitched the final four innings of the game and did not allow a hit in his appearance.

  • Ronny Mauricio (.373/.361/.552), SS: 1-for-2, BB
  • Luis Lebron (.286/.375/.714), 1B: 1-for-2, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB

The Mets offense fell stagnant in game two of the doubleheader. Both runs of the game came courtesy of a Luis Lebron two-run home run. The Mets garnered only four hits and failed to keep up with the Cardinals after scoring six runs in the first game of the day. Jarred Kelenic, the Mets’ first-round pick in the 2018 draft, had hits in both games of the doubleheader.

GCL Mets (11-5) 6, GCL Cardinals (11-5) 2 (7 Innings) Box Score

Willy Taveras got the start for the Mets and did not require any relief help to finish the shortened game. Taveras tossed seven innings and allowed only two earned runs. He struck out nine Cardinals and earned the win. In four starts this season, Taveras has a 1.23 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.

  • Jarred Kelenic (.452/.489/.667), CF: 1-for-3, R, HR, 3 RBI
  • Anderson Bohorquez (.273/.313/.409), DH: 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

Jarred Kelenic crushed his first home run of the season, and he now has a 1.156 OPS in his first 11 games in the GCL. Shortstop Ronny Mauricio collected two hits, including a double, to continue his hot start to the season. The Mets collected nine hits in game one of the doubleheader and scrateched across six runs to defeat the Cardinals.

DSL mets1 (18-13) 3, DSL Rockies (13-18) 2 Box Score

  • RHP Junior Santos (0-0, 2.79 ERA): 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 K
  • LHP Nixon Silva (3-0, 1.08 ERA): 4 IP, 3 K

Junior Santos got the nod for the Mets1 and scattered five hits over the course of five innings, but he allowed two runs to fall into a 2-0 hole. Left-handed pitcher Nixon Silva came on in relief of Santos and tossed four perfect innings with three strikeouts to earn the win.

The Mets1 offense struggled to find any consistency at the dish. The tea floundered for the first six innings failing to score a run while falling into a 2-0 deficit. In the seventh inning, the bats found life and the Mets1 scratched across a run to come within one run of the Rockies. In the eighth inning, the Mets1 scored two runs to take a 3-2 lead. The Mets1 offense only collected four hits, and six of the nine starting position players failed to collect a hit.

DSL Mets2 (15-16) 4, DSL Tigers1 (12-19) 1 Box Score

  • LHP Brailin Gonzalez (3-2, 2.59 ERA): 3.2 IP, 2 H,1 ER, 6 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Antonio Villalba (2-1, 1.93 ERA): 3.1 IP, H
  • RHP Miguel Mata (1-1, 5.51 ERA): 2 IP, H, 2 K

Brailin Gonzalez got the start for the Mets2 and allowed a run immediately to fall into a 1-0 hole in the first inning. He settled down to pitch 3 2/3 innings without allowing another run. The bullpen supported Gonzalez and refused to surrender a run for the rest of the game. Antonio Villalba relieved Gonzalez and pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win. Miguel Mata tossed two scoreless innings to earn the save.

  • Felix Valerio (.275/.388/.382), 2B: 2-for-5, RBI
  • Wilfred Astudillo (.281/.395/.406), C: 2-for-4, R, 2B, K

The Mets2 offense was held scoreless for the first three innings of the contest, but they broke through with two runs in the fourth inning. They tacked on insurance runs in the fifth and ninth innings to seal a 4-1 victory. Catcher Wilfred Astudillo continued his excellent season by collecting two hits, including a double. For the season, the 18-year-old catcher has an OPS of .801 with five doubles and a home run.

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.