Mets Minors Recap: Vegas Struggles Continue For Alonso

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Fresno (51-36) 8, Las Vegas (41-47) 1   Box Score

The 51s scored their lone run on a den Dekker solo homer, going 0-7 with runners in scoring position. McNeil recorded “only” one hit last night, a fourth-inning double that extended his hitting streak to 18. Alonso’s slump continued with three strikeouts. It’s concerning that his strikeout rate has risen from 19 percent with Binghamton to 31 percent with Las Vegas.

  • RHP Scott Copeland (L, 1-1, 3.75 ERA): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, ER, 3 BB, 3 K
  • LHP Matt Purke (2-0, 5.55 ERA): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 BB, K
  • RHP Jacob Rhame (1-2, 4.07 ERA): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, ER, BB, 2 K

Copeland, freshly promoted from Binghamton, was very effective in his return to Triple-A. His lone blemishes were a two-run homer after a two-out error by Christian Colon in the third, and a small rally in the fifth that produced the only earned run against him in the fifth. After getting into a solid groove for awhile, Purke’s control problems have come back to haunt him again, as he walked two while also giving up a double and a triple in a three-run seventh inning. Rhame has now had two consecutive iffy outings after a dominant run, although his defense didn’t help him out this time with two more errors in the eighth inning. The 51s had four errors on the night, one of which was a throwing error by McNeil, his third error with the 51s and 10th of the year.

Binghamton (42-43) 3, Erie (40-45) 0  Box Score

The Rumble Ponies were just 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position in Friday night’s game, but they still managed to push across three runs. Allen got Binghamton on the board with a two-run single in the third inning. Terdoslavich added a run in the seventh with his first home run of the season. Nido appears to have turned his season around as he extended his hitting streak to nine games and is hitting .341 over his last 10 games. Tim Tebow went 1-for-4.

Gibbons was excellent in his first start since being promoted from St. Lucie. For the second straight start, Gibbons threw six shutout innings and struck out six batters. Taylor has a 1.93 ERA with just two walks over his last 10 appearances (14 innings pitched).

St. Lucie (33-47) vs. Dunedin (39-43)

St. Lucie’s game against the Blue Jays was postponed due to rain. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday in order to make up the game.

Greenville (33-52) 7, Columbia (41-41) 3  Box Score

Despite recording 12 hits in the game, the Fireflies were just 4-for-16 with runners in scoring position and could score only three runs. Manea is hitting .355/.474/.645 since the South Atlantic League all-star game was played two weeks ago. While Tiberi has hit for minimal power in 2018, his plate discipline numbers are still excellent as he has a 51:58 BB:K ratio.

  • RHP Zac Grotz (L, 1-2, 5.76 ERA) 5.0 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, BB, HB, 8 K
  • RHP Carlos Hernandez (1-1, 1.19 ERA) 1.0 IP, 2 K
  • RHP Trey Cobb (3-1, 2.22 ERA) 1.0 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 K

Grotz made his fourth start of the season for Columbia and allowed six earned runs for the second straight outing. While the final line was quite ugly, his peripherals were still solid as he walked just one batter while striking out eight. Hernandez continues his dominance out of the bullpen as he now has not allowed a run in his last eight appearances and has 37 strikeouts in 30.1 innings pitched. Cobb has a very impressive 33:4 K:BB ratio on the season.

Aberdeen (11-10) 5, Brooklyn (11-10) 4  Box Score

The Cyclones started the game off with a bang offensively, with Medina hitting a leadoff home run in the first inning, his first of the season. Meyer would add two more runs in the first with a 2-out single. However, the Cyclones would be held to just a single run for the rest of the game, which came in the ninth inning on a Medina single. Meyer now has a hit in seven straight games and has only struck out three times in eight games.

Wilson started the game on Friday night and, while the results weren’t as impressive as they were his last time out, he still threw six innings again and was able to strikeout five batters without walking anyone. Johnson came into the game in relief and allowed one earned run in two innings. Johnson has allowed at least one run in six of his eight appearances out of the bullpen this season.

Kingsport (9-6) vs. Elizabethton (8-7)

Kingsport’s game against Elizabethton was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader during the August 6-8 series in Elizabethton.

DSL Angels (9-21) 5, DSL Mets1 (17-13) 4  Box Score

  • Malvin Nunez 2B: 1-for-2, BB, .280/.444/.354
  • Adrian Hernandez CF: 1-for-4, R, 2B, RBI, 2 K, .258/.361/.355
  • Alejandro Medina 3B; 1-for-3, 2B, K, .140/.275/.209

The Mets scored all four of their runs in the sixth inning, jumping out to a 4-0 lead, but the pitching gave up the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Nunez now has a 23:20 BB:K ratio in his first professional season. Hernandez extended his hitting streak to six games.

  • RHP Adrian Aybar (0-2, 3.00 ERA) 4.2 IP, 4 H, 5 BB, 5 K
  • LHP Ragui Rodriguez (L, 1-1, 4.02 ERA) 0.1 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, K
  • RHP Jhonfran Escalona (3-0, 2.49 ERA) 3.0 IP, 2 H, 3 K

Despite allowing nine baserunners in less than five innings, Aybar did not give up a run in his start. Rodriguez recorded the last out in the fifth inning and then allowed the first five batters to reach base in the sixth inning. He had only allowed two earned runs in 2018 prior to this appearance and he has struck out 23 batters in 15.2 innings pitched.

DSL D-Backs2 (13-17) 3, DSL Mets2 (14-16) 2  Box Score

  • Ruben Monegro SS: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2B, BB, K, .145/.327/.237
  • Jorge Martinez 1B: 0-for-2, 2 BB, .289/.381/.373

There were four total hits in the 10-inning game between the two teams and Monegro had both of the Mets’ hits. Monegro hasn’t had many hits fall for him early in 2018, but he does have a 21:22 BB:K ratio and seven of his eleven hits have been doubles.

Mets pitchers allowed just two hits in the game and shut the Diamondbacks out until the ninth inning. The two 18-year old lefties, Dominguez and Escorcha, have been dominant so far in 2018, with Dominguez allowing just four earned runs in 31.1 innings and Escorcha having a 30:4 K:BB ratio through 25 innings.

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.