Mets Minors Recap: Alonso Explodes With Four Hits, Four RBI

Las Vegas (57-58) 9, Iowa Cubs (42-72) 6 Box

Peter Alonso continued his hot hitting with a season-high four hits. The big slugger has posted a .348/.421/.742 slash-line during his 17-game on-base streak. Despite some early struggles in Vegas, he’s rebounded and is primed for a September call-up. Cody Asche went yard for the tenth time.

Despite PCL-inflated numbers, Drew Gagnon‘s still having a solid season. Yesterday marked his 15th consecutive outing recording five innings or more. He’s been a quality innings-eater for the 51s and since he’s on the 40-man roster, he could be fulfilling that role for the Mets come September. Former Rookie-of-the-Year Chris Coghlan went 4-for-5 with two extra-base hits and two runs against the 51s pitching.

Chris Flexen will miss the remainder of the season recovering from meniscus surgery per Betsy Helfand of the Las Vegas Journal.

Binghamton (54-56) 5, Richmond (53-59) 1 Box

As Peter Griffin once said, The Terd is Word! Joey Terdoslavich continued his hot-hitting with another multiple-RBI game. Although he hasn’t been hitting for a lot of pop, he’s posted solid on-base numbers. Binghamton scored quickly with two runs in the first frame due to an Andres Gimenez RBI double and a Terdoslavich RBI single. Will Toffey, who the Mets acquired in exchange for Familia, had a unique night, going 1-for-1 with career-high four walks. Keep in mind: he’s hit at a .311/.436/.477 clip since joining the Mets with a dislocated shoulder.

  • LHP Matt Gage (1-0, 0.00 ERA): 6 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 2 K, BB
  • RHP Matt Blackham (4-2, 2.52 ERA): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, K, BB
  • RHP Ryder Ryan (3-1, 2.70 ERA): 1 IP, 2 H, R, K

Matt Gage‘s first start with Binghamton went about as well as one could have hoped. After being released by the Giants Triple-A team, the Rumble Ponies gave him another chance and so far, he’s making them look like geniuses. Despite two strikeouts, he recorded eight fly-balls and eight ground-balls in his six innings. In a system that’s flush with quality relievers, Matt Blackham‘s flying under the radar.

St. Lucie (45-65) 3, Jupiter (58-53) 1 Box

Yesterday, the St.Lucie Mets scratched out a rare win thanks to clutch hitting from their table-setters. During their two-run sixth, Anthony Dimino homered to tie the game and two batters later, Gene Cone singled in Luis Carpio to give the Mets a lead they would not relinquish. Michael Paez tallied an insurance run with his ninth-inning homer.  Paez’s hitting streak now stands at 18 games.

  • RHP Michael Gibbons (3-6, 3.84 ERA): 6.2 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 8 K, 2 BB
  • LHP Seth Davis (1-0, 4.50 ERA): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, K
  • RHP Trey Cobb (3-1, 2.57 ERA): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, K

A week after losing his no-no in the eighth inning, Michael Gibbons turned in another terrific start. He danced in-and-out of trouble throughout the night but managed to permit only one run. Even though he didn’t have a clean frame all game, he showed impressive control, striking out eight and only walking two batters. Seth Davis and Trey Cobb managed to hold the Hammerheads scoreless through the last two innings.

Columbia (52-58) 6, Greenville (49-65) 4 Box

Columbia’s seven-game homestand has begun with a great start. Dionis Paulino‘s two-run single gave the Mets a one-run lead and the following batter, Carlos Sanchez‘s quickly doubled it with an RBI single. The next inning, the Fireflies scored two more runs on a Jose Brizuela RBI single and a balk. Every starter except for Edgardo Fermin and David Miranda recorded a hit.

Tony Dibrell had another strong outing spinning 5.2 innings of two-run ball. He’s continuing to show improved command, and he’s only allowed five walks over his past five starts. Darwin Ramos got Dibrell out of a sixth-inning jam with a clutch strikeout of Tanner Nishioka. Carlos Hernandez recorded his fourth save of the year with a five-inning save.

Hudson Valley (31-19) 5, Brooklyn (26-25) 4 Box

Before the game, Six Cyclones were named to the NY-Penn League All-Star game.

Brooklyn took advantage of a Jacson McGowan fielding error in the fourth to put two runs across the board. Anthony Dirocie tripled in Wagner Lagrange and later scored on the error. With their backs against the wall, the Cyclones rallied for two in the ninth. Three straight singles pulled the Mets within one and a Brian Sharp sacrifice fly allowed Brooklyn to tie up the game. It’s been a frustrating season for Walter Rasquin, who broke the Mets minors record for most stolen bases in a season last season. He’s only played 40 games this year.

Walker struggled as he was unable to get out of the fourth inning. He’s been bounced between the rotation and the pen this year with Kingsport and Brooklyn, but this was his worst outing of the year. A trio of Cyclones relievers pitched effectively for the next 4.2 innings, but after Brooklyn rallied for two in the ninth to tie up the game, Ronald Sanchez gave it right back. Sanchez has given up five runs in his first five Brooklyn appearances.

Elizabethton (25-18) 16, Kingsport (25-21) 10 Box

In the battle for first-place, Kingsport’s offense came out swinging. Ranfy Adon capped a five-run third with a three-run double. After Elizabethton tallied two insurance runs, Kingsport rallied with a three-run sixth. Yet again, Ranfy Adon came to the rescue with a three-run shot. His six RBI’s represented a career-high. Ironically, two of the most talented players in the Kingsport lineup, Luis Santana and Jarred Kelenic were the only two Mets not to get on-base. Also strangely enough, even though the Mets scored ten runs, they only recorded six hits.

  • RHP Nate Peden (L, 1-4, 8.16 ERA): 2.1 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 2 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Allan Winans (0-0, 1.98 ERA): 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 K, BB
  • RHP Marbin Montijo (1-4, 7.64 ERA): 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 K, BB
  • RHP Mitch Hickey (0-0, 5.79 ERA): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB
  • RHP Nelson Leon (2-1, 6.75 ERA): 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB

Even though Kingsport lost, it was a tremendous game. At the start of the night, Kingsport was 0.5 games behind Elizabethton for first place in the Appalachian League. An eight-run third knocked out Nate Peden and slowed down a bit of Kingsport’s optimism. However, Kingsport rebounded for a five-run fourth and seemed primed to take the lead. But the Mets pitching failed their offense yet again. Allan Winans, Marbin Montijo, and Mitch Hickey allowed two runs each and effectively put the game out of reach. Ironically, Nelson Leon and near-7 ERA was the only Met hurler to have a scoreless outing.

GCL Astros (23-18) 4, GCL Mets (20-22) 3 Box

The Mets offense tallied three hits all game, yet scored three runs. Although they only recorded one hit in the sixth inning, they scored twice. Recovering MiLBer Desmond Lindsay played six innings and recorded a hit in his two at-bats. Ronny Mauricio is in a funk; he’s 2-for-his-last 21.

Bryce Hutchinson’s four innings were extremely impressive. He was the Mets 12th round pick last year and as long as he continues this production, he’s deserving of a promotion to Kingsport. His only blemish was an unearned run in the fourth.

DSL Mets1 (35-24) 7, DSL Yankees (22-34) 4 Box

DSL Mets beat up on the Yankees DSL affiliate, the DSL Yankees. The Mets scored early and often with Adrian Hernandez and Andres Regnault combining to go 4-for-7 with six RBI’s. Unfortunately, after being hit by a pitch in the eighth inning, Hernandez was lifted for a pinch-runner.

  • Nixon Silva (W, 6-0, 1.24 ERA): 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 5 K, 1 BB

Adrian Aybar continued his stretch of having short, yet effective starts. He hasn’t pitched more than four innings this season, however, he also hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a single start. Nixon Silva is right behind Joshua Torres for the organizational lead by wins by a reliever.

DSL Rangers2 (38-18) 8, DSL Mets2 (27-29) 3 Box

A sixth-run third inning by the Rangers meant the Mets offensive contributions came to naught. A two-run triple by Jan Cabrera accounted for the majority of the Mets runs, but it wasn’t enough to come back from the early Rangers onslaught. Wilker Velasquez was taken out of the game before the ninth inning; a reason wasn’t disclosed.

Brailin Gonzalez had a rough appearance. He left after the second inning and trio of multi-inning relievers functioned as mop-up men. Johan Armado particularly struggled as he pitched 1.2 innings of three-run ball. His ERA is now an ugly 10.38.

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