*All results from games played on Saturday, June 9th.
Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s (26-37)
ROUND ROCK 18, LAS VEGAS 7 (BOX)
Just a week after being designated for assignment by the Mets and claimed by the Dodgers, P.J. Conlon ended his grand tour right back where it started, in Las Vegas. Unfortunately for the lefty, the comforts of home provided little relief from an offensive onslaught from the Round Rock lineup. Conlon allowed four home runs including three in the fourth inning alone, and departed after giving up ten runs (eight earned) in four-plus innings. The 51s offense was able to keep the game within reach for five innings in a typical Pacific Coast League slugfest, as Zach Borenstein and Cody Asche each went deep, and Dominic Smith and Kevin Kaczmarski each contributed RBI doubles of their own.
With the game at 13-7 in the 8th inning, though, and hopes fading quickly for Vegas, the defense unraveled behind Gerson Bautista, who soon thereafter lost command of his fastball. He hit two batters and allowed five unearned runs to score, and the Express pulled away to win in a laugher.
- LF Kevin Kaczmarski: 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI, K, E (2)
- SS Phillip Evans: 0-3, R, 2 BB, 2 K
- 1B Dominic Smith: 1-4, R, 2B, RBI, BB, K
- RF Zach Borenstein: 2-5, R, 2B, HR (12), 2 RBI, 2 K
- DH Patrick Kivlehan: 1-4, R
- 3B Cody Asche: 2-4, R, HR (7), 2 RBI, K
- C Johnny Monell: 1-4, R, 2B, 3 K, 2 PB (10)
- 2B Joey Wong: 0-4, 2 K, E (1)
- CF Patrick Biondi: 1-3, R, BB, K, SB (7)
- LHP P.J. Conlon: 4.2 IP, 12 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, L (2-4)
- RHP Joshua Torres: 2.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, WP, 3 K
- RHP Gerson Bautista: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 HBP, 0 K
- LHP Kyle Regnault: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
ROSTER ALERT: Las Vegas 51s placed LHP Buddy Baumann on the 7-Day disabled list. RHP Joshua Torres assigned to Las Vegas 51s from Binghamton Rumble Ponies.
Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (33-28):
TRENTON 9, BINGHAMTON 1 (BOX)
Nabil Crismatt imploded in the third inning on Saturday, and the Mets received more bad news on the injury front, as Yoenis Cespedes was pulled from his rehab start with quad tightness. Cespedes went 2-2 with two doubles, but was playing the outfield for the first time on his rehab assignment, and the flare-up is the latest in a long list of leg injuries that have plagued him during his time with the Mets. He will be re-evaluated on Sunday.
The rest of the Rumble Ponies were done in by a disastrous third inning from Crismatt. He gave up a run scoring double to Zach Zehner and then an RBI groundout for the first out of the inning, before walking back-to-back hitters and loading the bases for Mandy Alvarez. Alvarez crushed one to left for a grand slam, blowing the game wide open, and though Crismatt would recover and strike out the next two hitters, the damage was done. Champ Stuart hit his third home run of the season to account for the only Binghamton run in the lopsided loss.
Justin Dunn will take the ball in his Rumble Ponies debut on Sunday afternoon, hoping to salvage the final game of the series.
ROSTER ALERT: Binghamton Rumble Ponies placed RHP Adonis Uceta on the 7-Day disabled list. RHP Matt Blackham assigned to Binghamton Rumble Ponies from St. Lucie Mets.
- SS Levi Michael: 2-3
- LF Yoenis Cespedes: 2-2, 2 2B
- RF Jhoan Urena: 0-1, BB
- 2B Jeff McNeil: 0-3, E (9)
- 2B Nick Sergakis: 0-1, K
- 1B Peter Alonso: 1-4, 2 K
- C Tomas Nido: 0-4, 2 K, PB (2)
- RF-LF Kevin Taylor: 0-4, K
- 3B Matt Oberste: 1-4
- DH Tim Tebow: 0-3, K
- CF Champ Stuart: 1-3, R, HR (3), RBI, K
- RHP Nabil Crismatt: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, L (7-3)
- RHP Corey Taylor: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
- RHP Austin McGeorge: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Advanced-A: St. Lucie Mets (24-32)
LAKELAND 1, ST. LUCIE 0 (BOX)
With Justin Dunn moving up to Double-A, Harol Gonzalez has taken over as the de facto ace of the St. Lucie rotation, and much like his big league counterpart Jacob deGrom, has received absolutely no help from his teammates of late. Gonzalez allowed just one run in a complete game loss on Saturday, with Lakeland’s only run scoring on a 7th-inning sacrifice fly from Troy Montgomery. The Mets only mustered four hits against a trio of Flying Tiger pitchers, and Gonzalez would fall to a deceptive 0-4 mark on the season.
He now boasts an impressive 2.55 ERA on the season and has received just four runs of support in his last three starts. A mid-season promotion to Binghamton may be in order, although suspect peripherals (4.26 xFIP entering the game) would tell a different story.
- LF Gene Cone: 1-4, 2 K
- SS Andres Gimenez: 1-4
- 3B Michael Paez: 0-3, BB, K
- CF Desmond Lindsay: 0-4, K
- 1B Dash Winningham: 0-2, BB, K
- 2B Luis Carpio: 0-3, K, SB (3)
- DH Anthony Dimino: 1-3, K
- C Dan Rizzie: 0-3, K
- RF Ian Strom: 1-3, K
- RHP Harol Gonzalez: 8.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, WP, 7 K, L (0-4)
Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (30-29)
David Peterson was brilliant for eight innings, and the Fireflies picked up the only win in the Mets’ farm system on a literal “walk”-off on Saturday. Peterson allowed an RBI single in the first inning but settled in after that, scattering six Augusta hits across eight innings, and striking out ten GreenJackets. His ERA now stands at a gaudy 1.82, and he should certainly be up for a promotion very soon.
Ali Sanchez would tie the game for the Colaflies in the fifth inning, plating Blake Tiberi with an RBI double before the two offenses decided to take the next four innings off. The game would remain tied at 1 going to the bottom of the 10th, when Sanchez started the inning on second base. Jeremy Vazquez singled, and the GreenJackets intentionally walked Olbis Parra to load the bases for Quinn Brodey, who would take a 3-2 pitch out of the strike zone and bring in Sanchez with the winning run. Troy Cobb continued his impressive 2018 campaign with two scoreless innings of relief, and picked up the win for Columbia.
Peterson took another no-decision in this game, and his record remains at 1-4 despite the impressive numbers.
- RF Raphael Gladu: 1-4
- 2B Blake Tiberi: 1-4, R, BB
- DH Ali Sanchez: 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
- 1B Jeremy Vasquez: 2-5, K
- LF Matt Winaker: 0-4, BB, K
- C Scott Manea: 2-5, 2B, K
- CF Quinn Brodey: 2-4, 3B, RBI, BB, 2 K
- SS Edgardo Fermin: 0-3, BB, SB (2)
- 3B Hansel Moreno: 2-4, 2B, K
- LHP David Peterson: 8.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, Balk, 10 K, E (1)
- RHP Trey Cobb: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, W (3-1)
Heroes of the Night
LHP David Peterson and DH Ali Sanchez
Goat of the Night
RHP Nabil Crismatt