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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 6/17/18: Dunn done in by defense

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Justin Dunn
Steve Sypa

*All results from games played on Saturday June 16th

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s (28-41):

OKLAHOMA CITY 8, LAS VEGAS 1 (BOX)

Another day brought yet another blowout for Vegas, who have now lost five games by seven runs or more in the month of June. Once and future Mets pitcher Chris Flexen took the mound for the 51s, and it was yet another struggle for the right-hander: he was able to keep it in the yard, but the OKC Dodgers pounded out 11 hits and drew four walks. He lasted just five innings and allowed five runs, while his offense provided little support against Guillermo Moscoso. Moscoso even helped his own cause, doubling in two runs in the third, and he may have driven in another if not for a great throw from Zach Borenstein.

Borenstein provided the only signs of life for the 51s on offense, picking up two hits and driving in a run. Also of note: switch pitcher Pat Venditte pitched a scoreless sixth inning for Oklahoma City, while Matt Purke struggled in relief of Flexen.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (34-33)

HARTFORD 6, BINGHAMTON 4 (BOX)

Minus the newly promoted offensive stars Alonso and McNeil, it was ultimately the Rumble Ponies’ bullpen and defense who struggled on Saturday evening. Three unearned runs would score against starter Justin Dunn in the sixth inning after an error by Levi Michael, and those runs would be the difference in the game. Then, in the eighth, after a solo bomb from Matt Oberste and an RBI double from Patrick Mazeika cut the deficit to one, Ryder Ryan gave up a two run home run to Nelson Molina, rendering a ninth inning Binghamton run meaningless.

Dunn struggled with his command and only struck out three in his first loss at the Double-A level, but given the encouraging signs from his first start and the defensive miscue behind him tonight, there is little reason to be concerned.

Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (33-33):

HAGERSTOWN 12, COLUMBIA 6 (BOX)

The Fireflies are having trouble finding a new ace pitcher in the wake of David Peterson’s promotion to St. Lucie. Chris Viall took the mound for Columbia on Saturday, and gave up four bombs to a Hagerstown offense that ranked third-to-last in the South Atlantic League in home runs coming into the game. The right-hander gave up nine runs in all, and saw his ERA jump over 200 points.

The late-inning relief tandem of Trey Cobb and Stephen Villines continues to impress, however, as they combined for two scoreless innings in mop-up duty. Villines has been victimized by an absurd .412 BABIP this season which finally looks to be regressing to a more reasonable norm. Scott Manaea and Edgardo Fermin each drove in two runs in the losing effort, while Ali Sanchez piled up three hits, and Hansel Moreno hit his first home run of the season in the third inning.

Short-A: Brooklyn Cyclones (1-1):

BROOKLYN 7, STATEN ISLAND 0 (BOX)

After dropping a close contest to the Yankees in the season opener on Friday, Brooklyn bounced back and thumped Staten Island 7-0 on Saturday. Briam Campusano, who was solid in short stints with Columbia and St. Lucie this season, turned in a dominant start, allowing only three hits over six scoreless innings. On the offensive side, former Staten Island farmhand Kendall Coleman blew the game open with a grand slam in the fifth inning, and Jose Brizuela collected three hits (two of them triples) in the win. Ezequiel Zabaleta and Michigan product Mac Lozer combined for three scoreless innings of relief to help the Cyclones complete the shutout.

David Thompson went 0-4 with an error at third base as he continues his rehab assignment.

Star of the Night:

RHP Briam Campusano

Goat(s) of the Night:

SS Levi Michael and RHP Ryder Ryan