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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 6/23/18: Kivlehan’s inside-the-park home run not enough to rescue 51s

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

Joe Avento

*All results from games played on Friday, June 22nd

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s (31-43)

RENO 5, LAS VEGAS 4 (BOX)

In a classic Pacific Coast League thriller, the 51s tied the game in the most exciting way possible, only to have that momentum snatched away in the ninth. After an RBI single from Peter Alonso in the bottom of the 8th, Patrick Kivlehan brought him all the way around on an inside-the-park home run that tied the game at four. However, in the top of the ninth, Gerson Bautista’s control issues would surface yet again, as Ildemaro Vargas tripled with one out, and scored on a wild pitch just three pitches later. The 51s would go down in order in the bottom of the inning.

Vegas starter Corey Oswalt had another decent game, taking a 1-0 lead into the fifth inning behind a bases-loaded walk from Christian Colon. A pitcher can only keep the ball in a PCL ballpark for so long, though, and he gave up fifth inning bombs to Christian Walker and Socrates Brito. He took a no-decision for his effort, and his ERA now stands at an ugly 5.32 mark on the season.

Former Met Anthony Recker drove in a run on an RBI single in the eighth that would ultimately be the difference in the game for Reno.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (35-37)

HARTFORD 6, BINGHAMTON 1 (BOX)

Justin Dunn provided length but not quality for Binghamton on Friday, and a four run fifth inning doomed the slumping Rumble Ponies to their tenth loss in their last twelve games. The right-hander struck out seven batters against only two walks, and did rebound from the disastrous fifth inning to pitch a scoreless sixth (saving the bullpen along the way), but the damage was done.

This marks the first bad start at the Double-A level for the newly promoted Dunn, after dominating Trenton in his debut, and falling victim to some bad defense in his last start, also against Hartford. One might wonder if facing the same team in consecutive starts would explain his struggles.

Tim Tebow hit one out for a solo home run in the third inning, accounting for the only run and one of only two hits against Yard Goats starter Peter Lambert.

Advanced-A: St Lucie Mets (27-40/0-1)

LAKELAND 4, ST LUCIE 1 (BOX)

The skies opened up on Thursday afternoon, forcing the second half opener in St. Lucie to be suspended before the end of the first inning. Each team was only able to use their starter for one inning due to the weather, but while the Flying Tigers went to their swingman in Eudis Idrogo, the Mets opted to go with a reliever in Thomas McIlraith, and they paid the price once the game resumed on Friday.

McIlraith would allow a home run and an RBI single in his three inning of work, but that was enough to cost his team, as the Mets mustered just one run and four hits against three Lakeland pitchers. The Flying Tigers would bring in two more insurance runs to pull away in the ninth at First Data Field.

The nightcap of Friday’s doubleheader would be postponed until Saturday, as the rains came once again after Game 1. Another twin bill is scheduled for Saturday.

Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (34-33/1-1)

COLUMBIA 9, LAKEWOOD 1 (BOX)

The Fireflies conceded an early run on an RBI groundout, jumped ahead with two in the second, and never looked back as they pulled away to route Lakewood 9-1. Tony Dibrell, who has been solid ever since a nine-run debacle on the 19th of April, got the ball for the Colaflies, and added to his recent stretch of good starts with seven strikeouts across 5.1 excellent innings. He picked up the win, and lowered his ERA to 3.51 on the season. Rafael Gladu and Matt Winaker each drove in two runs in the Colaflies’ first win of the second half.

Short-A: Brooklyn Cyclones (6-2)

BROOKYLN 9, CONNECTICUT 1 (BOX)

After firing six hitless innings in his last start against Hudson Valley, Briam Campusano was nearly as impressive on Friday night, holding the Connecticut Tigers to two hits and striking out eight across five scoreless frames. The right-hander has yet to allow a run with Brooklyn this season, and his performance with Columbia and St. Lucie suggests that a promotion may be on the way. Toledo product and 2018 twelfth-rounder Ross Adolph tripled twice in the win, driving in four runs, while Chase Chambers also picked up three hits and an RBI.

Connecticut scratched out a lone, meaningless run against Ezequiel Zabaleta in the 8th inning, before Seth Davis, a 2015 selection, finished off the game with a scoreless ninth. The Cyclones are in first place in the McNamara division after eight games.

Rookie: Kingsport Mets (4-0)

KINGSPORT 9, JOHNSON CITY 4 (BOX)

After a three-game sweep of Princeton to open the season, the Mets hit the road for Johnson City and continued their winning ways, blasting the Cardinals 9-4. Kingsport starter Noah Nunez allowed only two hits in his 5.1 innings of work, and a five run fourth inning provided all the offense he needed. The Mets would bat around in the fourth, add a run in the fifth, and three more in the seventh on three consecutive RBI singles to blow the game open. Luis Silva would struggle in relief, but with Kingsport already up by seven, it would make little difference.

Kingsport shortstop Shervyen Newton would put his stamp all over this game, picking up three hits, a walk, and an RBI, scoring a run, committing an error, and eventually being ejected in the ninth inning.

Rookie: GCL Mets (2-2)

GCL CARDINALS 5, GCL METS 1 (BOX)

The GCL Cardinals broke a scoreless tie with the Mets on an RBI double and an RBI Single in the fifth inning. Mets starter Oscar Rojas pitched well, but Wilfredo Pereira allowed just two hits and one run in seven innings, allowing the Cardinals to pull away for an easy win. Stanley Consuegra was the only Mets hitter to reach base twice in the loss.

Meanwhile, Ricky Knapp, who struggled with Las Vegas last year, began his rehab assignment, allowing two runs in the sixth inning and striking out a batter.

Heroes of the Night

RF Patrick Kivlehan and SS Shervyen Newton

Goat of the Night

RHP Gerson Bautista