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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 5/21/18: Talk about exciting baseball!

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Catch up on all the Mets prospects in yesterday’s minor league action!

Matt Oberste
Chris McShane

*All results from games played on May 20, 2018

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s (17-27)

TACOMA 3, LAS VEGAS 1 (BOX)

The 51s got on the board first, scoring a run in the top of the second, but the Rainiers got the run back and then some in the bottom of the inning, when catcher Mike Marjama socked a two-run homer. DH Daniel Vogelbach added to Tacoma’s lead with a solo shot in the fourth, and that would do it for scoring on either side. Las Vegas’ pitching wasn’t terrible, but because the offense failed to show up, the cromulent efforts of Logan Taylor, Kevin McGowan, and Tim Peterson were wasted.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (22-20)

GAME ONE

NEW HAMPSHIRE 6, BINGHAMTON 5 / 7 (Box)

For as good as Peter Alonso and Jeff McNeil has been, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is still the king of the Eastern League. Vladito reminded us Mets fan of this fact with a seventh-inning walk-off bomb, giving the Fisher Cats the win in game one of the doubleheader. The Ponies took the lead in the second on a Jhoan Urena solo shot and added to it in the third on a Champ Stuart homer, but a pair of errors and a sac fly gave New Hampshire the lead. All in all, Mickey Jannis had his knuckleball dancing on the afternoon, and gave up just one earned run in six innings of work, walking one and striking out a season-high eight. Binghamton knocked starter Jon Harris out of the game in the bottom of the sixth with a hit parade that drove in three runs. Tyler Bashlor replaced Jannis in the seventh and immediately ran into trouble, giving up back-to-back doubles off the bats of Jonathan Davis and Bo Bichette. That brought up Vlad Jr., and that was all she wrote. He was 5-5 for the afternoon, by the way.

GAME TWO

BINGHAMTON 10, NEW HAMPSHIRE 8 / 9 (BOX)

The Rumble Ponies wasted no time getting on the board, with Kevin Taylor leading off the game with a single and Jeff McNeil driving him in with his Eastern League-leading twelfth homer of the season. The Fisher Cats got one run back in the bottom of the inning, tied the game in the third, and then took the lead in the fourth. Down by a run, McNeil drove in two more in the sixth, giving the Rumble Ponies a 4-3 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Joe Shaw walked a pair, prompting his removal from the game. Eric Hanhold got the first out- though he played with fire for throwing out the runner at third rather than the easy out at first- and struck out the next batter, but he was unable to close the door completely. He allowed a double down the right field line to Patrick Cantwell that scored the tying run- and might’ve scored the go-ahead run if it hadn’t gotten caught up in the bullpen. Binghamton sent their best hitters to the plate in the top of the seventh, but Kirby Snead set them down in order. The bottom of the inning started off with a was a tense moment: Hanhold hit Vlad Jr. in the back and the young superstar stared down the pitcher and Binghamton manager Luis Rojas, obviously unhappy that he was hit. He then stole second and made his way to third when Hanhold intentionally walked Biggio and unintentionally walked, but the right-hander was able to wiggle out of danger by getting Andrew Guillotte to pop out in foul territory behind the plate. That brought the game into extras, and the Rumble Ponies were able to scratch out three runs thanks to a bunch of walks. Austin McGeorge pitched the bottom of the eighth and had trouble as well, letting New Hampshire tie the game up at 7-7. In the ninth, Jhoan Urena reached on a fielding error that scored automatic runner Jeff McNeil, and was driven in when Matt Oberste hit his third homer of the season. Adonis Uceta was called on to protect that lead and bent, but did not break, allowing a run to score but keeping the Fisher Cats at bay for the save.

  • 1B Kevin Taylor: 2-4, 2 R, 2B, BB, K; That’s a 16-game hitting streak.
  • 2B Jeff McNeil: 2-5, 2 R, HR (12), 4 RBI, 2 K; With the homer in the first, McNeil is tied with Cavan Biggio for most home runs in the Eastern League, almost more than half have come in the last couple of days.
  • DH Peter Alonso: 0-5, R
  • RF Jhoan Urena: 0-4, 2 R, BB, K
  • 3B Matt Oberste: 2-5, R, HR (3), 2 RBI, K, 2 E (3, 4)
  • CF-LF John Mora: 0-5, RBI, K
  • LF Tim Tebow: 0-2, BB, K
  • PR-CF Champ Stuart: 0-1, R, BB
  • SS Oliver Pascual: 3-4, R, RBI
  • C Jose Garcia: 0-3, BB, 2 K
  • RHP Joseph Shaw: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 2 WP, HBP, E (1)
  • RHP Eric Hanhold: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HBP, BS (2)
  • RHP Austin McGeorge: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, WP, H (3)
  • RHP Corey Taylor: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, WP, BS (1), W (1-1)
  • RHP Adonis Uceta: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, WP, S (1)

ROSTER ALERT: Oliver Pascual assigned to Binghamton Rumble Ponies from Columbia Fireflies.

Advanced-A: St. Lucie Mets (17-20)

GAME ONE

SUSPENDED (RAIN)

The game was suspended in the bottom of the sixth inning, with St. Lucie and Fort Myers tied at two runs apiece. This very same game was previously suspended on Saturday night. The Miracle held a 2-0 lead with two outs in the top of the third before it was suspended on Saturday. On Sunday, a pair of errors in the fourth cost the Miracle two runs, tying the game up. Despite there being runners on second and third and only one out, St. Lucie was unable to score any further runs, as Andres Gimenez lined out to second and Kevin Kaczmarski struck out swinging. Harol Gonzalez took over pitching duties on the afternoon and threw 3.1 scoreless innings before a rain delay halted play and the game was eventually suspended.

GAME TWO

POSTPONED (RAIN)

Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (22-20)

CHARLESTON 2, COLUMBIA 1 (BOX)

David Peterson turned in his third consecutive seven-inning performance of two runs or less, but the offense was stymied by relievers Austin DeCarr and Braden Bristo, so the left-hander took a hard-luck loss. On Star Wars Night, no less! The Force was clearly not with him. The southpaw and RiverDogs right-hander Rony Garcia traded zeroes to start the game. In the fifth, Garcia was trying to pitch low and Edgardo Fermin down and away but like the Sand People, he wasn’t too precise. The Venezuelan shortstop drove a pitch almost right down Broadway into center, driving Raphael Gladu and giving the Colaflies a 1-0 lead. The lead didn’t last long, as Dalton Blaser scored in the bottom of the sixth when Rigoberto “Jar Jar” Terrazas booted a slow roller. One inning later, Dermis Garcia turned on a 1-1 pitch faster than Anakin turned on Mace Windu and launched his first home run of the season, giving Charleston the lead. Braden Bristo made the Columbia lineup look like a bunch of walk-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf herders in the final two frames of the ballgame, allowing a single to Ali Sanchez in the ninth but nothing else. With the win, Charleston split the four-game series with Columbia, and are a game up on them for the season. The Colaflies will strike back!

Star of the Night

Matt Oberste

Goat of the Night

Ty Bashlor