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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 7/21/2018: A rough Friday night for pitching

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

Chris McShane

*All results from games played on Friday, July 20, 2018

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51s (46-53)

RENO 11, LAS VEGAS 8 (Box)

The 51s lost to the Aces in a classic PCL game on Friday night. Drew Gagnon started for Las Vegas and gave up seven runs over five innings, though he did strike out nine batters. Matt Purke also had a rough night coming out of the bullpen as he gave up four earned runs in just two innings. At the plate, Peter Alonso continued to rake, going 3-4, with a home run, two runs batted in, an two runs scored. Patrick Kivlehan also had a big night as he went 2-4with a triple and a home run, and four runs batted in.

ROSTER ALERT: New York Mets optioned 1B Dominic Smith to Las Vegas 51s. New York Mets optioned RHP Corey Oswalt to Las Vegas 51s. New York Mets recalled RHP Drew Smith from Las Vegas 51s.

Double-A - Binghamton Rumble Ponies (46-51)

TRENTON 10, BINGHAMTON 3 (Box)

Not much went the Rumble Ponies way on Friday night as the Trenton Thunder beat them 10-3. Starting for the Rumble Ponies, Harol Gonzalez pitched five innings, giving up 10 runs (8 earned) on 13 hits while only striking out one batter. Following Gonzalez’s departure from the game, the bullpen was able to tame the Thunder, allowing just one hit over three innings of work. At the plate, Jhoan Urena went 1-4 with a a two-run homer.

Advanced-A - Port St. Lucie Mets (38-57)

ST. LUCIE 6, PALM BEACH 1 (Box)

The St. Lucie Mets were able to beat the Palm Beach Cardinals behind seven superb innings from Gabriel Llanes. Llanes was dominant, allowing no runs and striking out seven. The other start on the night for St. Lucie was Blake Tiberi. Tiberi went 2-4 with a double and a triple, two runs scored, and two runs batted in. Catcher Ali Sanchez also had a strong night at the plate, going 3-5 with two runs scored.

Low-A - Columbia Fireflies (46-48)

AUGUSTA 5, COLUMBIA 3 (Box)

The GreenJackets were able to get the best of the Fireflies on Friday night. Zac Grotz started for Columbia and pitched into the seventh inning, allowing 5 runs (3 earned) and four strikeouts. The Fireflies were not able to get much going at the plate as they collected just five hits while Zach Rheams and Dionis Paulino had the only two RBI’s on the night for Columbia.

A-Short - Brooklyn Cyclones (18-16)

LOWEL 3, BROOKLYN 1 (Box)

The Cyclones found themselves on the losing side of things on Friday night. Getting the start for Brooklyn, Kyle Wilson pitched five innings, giving up three runs and striking out five. Down 3-0 in the bottom of the 7th, the Cyclones scored their only run of the night thanks to a Manny Rodriguez double which scored Carlos Cortes.

Rookie: Kingsport Mets (15-13)

PRINCETON 5, KINGSPORT 3 (Box)

The Kingsport Mets continued their recent skid as they fell to the Princeton Rays on Friday night. Despite getting five shutout innings from starter Nate Peden, Marbin Montijo and Luis Silva gave up five runs in the bottom of the eighth to blow Kingsport’s 3-0 lead. Shervyen Newton went 2-4 on the night with a solo home run while Gavin Garay and Guillermo Granadillo also had RBI’s.

Rookie: GCL Mets (16-12)

GCL NATIONALS 8, GCL METS 4 (Box)

Michael Otanez had a rough start for the GCL Mets as they were defeated by the GCL Nationals 8-4. Otanez lasted just 3.2 innings and gave up five runs while walking four. Given the job of innings eater, Hector Rodriguez pitched three innings and gave up another three runs while walking three. Sebastian Espino drove in three runs for the Mets while Anderson Bohorquez 2-3 with two runs scored.

Star of the night

Gabriel Llanes

Goat of the night

Harol Gonzalez