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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 7/22/18: Wet weather, wild extra-inning games, and a good start for Justin Dunn

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*All results from games played on Saturday, July 21st, 2018.

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s (47-53)


The 51s and Aces played an exciting, back-and-forth game on Saturday evening, with Las Vegas ultimately coming out on top thanks to a bases-loaded walk from Peter Alonso. PJ Conlon took the ball for Vegas in this game, and he ran into trouble almost immediately, giving up an RBI double to Kevin Cron in the first inning. The 51s would respond in the third inning, though, on back-to-back one out RBI singles from Christian Colon and Jeff McNeil, although they would eventually leave the bases loaded on an Alonso groundout.

True to the see-saw form of this game, that lead lasted just a few minutes. The Aces struck right back with a two-run double from Christian Walker in the bottom of the third, reclaiming a lead that would last until the sixth, when Patrick Kivlehan led off the inning with a single. Zach Borenstein doubled, Alonso brought in a run with a sac fly, and Luis Guillorme came through with an RBI single. Just like that, in a span of four batters, the 51s had the lead. In keeping with the pattern, however, the Aces would tie the game right back up in the bottom of the sixth, this time on an RBI single.

The 7th inning started on a bizarre note: Phillip Evans was ejected from the game after taking an automatic strike, and immediately after, Reno reliever Jared Miller seemed to lose his command. He walked two batters, struck out Kivlehan, and then walked another. Joey Krehbiel came in to replace the erratic lefty, and immediately walked Alonso to force in a run.

That run was enough for the 51s, as Gerson Bautista was lights out to finish out the game: in earning the six-out save, he fanned five of the seven batters he faced and struck out the side in the ninth.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (47-51)


After conceding two runs in the first inning, the Rumble Ponies answered with three of their own, and Justin Dunn made that lead stand up in a 4-2 victory on Saturday night. The Binghamton defense dug themselves an early hole in this game, allowing two runs to score on a two-base throwing error by catcher Tomas Nido, but that first inning deficit was short-lived. Joey Wong worked out a walk to open the bottom of the first, moved up to second on a wild pitch, and then scored on a single from Levi Michael. Then, after a double from Kevin Taylor, Nido would redeem himself, driving in two runs with a single and giving the Rumble Ponies a lead they would not relinquish.

Levi Michael would add on another run with his second RBI single an inning later, and that would be all the offense Binghamton would need. Dunn was on top of his game, allowing just the two unearned runs and fanning seven Trenton hitters across six excellent frames. He now has a 2.66 ERA in eight Eastern League starts, and may see a start or two in Las Vegas before the season is over.

Corey Taylor, Daniel Zamora, and Ryder Ryan combined for three scoreless innings to finish out the win. Ryan now has three saves, and has nearly matched his numbers from St. Lucie ever since his promotion. Taylor, meanwhile, has 12 23 consecutive scoreless innings under his belt.

Advanced-A: St. Lucie Mets (27-40/11-17)


The Mets’ game against Palm Beach was cancelled due to inclement weather on Saturday, and will not be made up as the two teams are not meeting again this season. Anthony Kay will start the Mets’ next game when they open a three game series against Clearwater on Monday evening, weather permitting.

Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (34-33/12-16)


Marcel Renteria made his second rehab start on Saturday evening and was victimized by his defense, as an error by Dionis Paulino allowed three unearned runs to score in the first inning. Once Renteria departed after three innings, however, Yeizo Campos was extremely effective in relief, giving up just two hits across five scoreless innings, and the Fireflies would fight back run by run to tie the game. Matt Winaker got Columbia on the board with a first-inning run, Hansel Moreno drew them within a run with a fourth-inning single, and Edgardo Fermin tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

The GreenJackets would strike first in extra innings with an RBI triple, but Ismael Munguia was thrown out at the plate by Edgardo Fermin on a fielders’ choice, and the score remained 4-3. The Fireflies would tie the game after a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly, but they were unable to take advantage of their second life in this game. In the top of the 11th, Carlos Hernandez unraveled, giving up three runs on a walk, two singles, and a sacrifice fly. The Fireflies would add on another run in the bottom of the inning, but it was not enough.

Short Season: Brooklyn Cyclones (18-16)


With the northeast part of the country getting socked with rainy weather this weekend, the Cyclones were only able to complete three innings on Saturday before the skies opened up. The game will resume on Sunday afternoon with Lowell leading 2-1 in the third inning, and a seven inning game will take place afterwards. Brooklyn will likely need to rely on extra bullpen arms to pitch the remainder of the game.

Rookie-Advanced: Kingsport Mets (15-14)


Willy Tavares was serviceable but not great on Saturday, hitting two batters and departing after conceding four runs in six innings. The Mets would fight back and force extra innings, but ultimately fall on a walk-off single by Brendt Citta. With the score at 4-1 in the top of the fifth, Phil Capra scored on a throwing error to get the rally started. Shervyen Newton drew the K-Mets within a run with a bases loaded walk, and Ranfy Adon tied the game with a solo home run in the ninth.

Phil Capra would give Kingsport the lead with a single scoring Raul Beracierta in the top of the 11th, but the Mets would give it right back on an infield single in the bottom of the inning. One frame later, Citta would come through for Bristol and send Kingsport home with their third straight loss.

Rookie: GCL Mets (16-12)

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Star of the Night

RHP Gerson Bautista

Goats of the Night

RHP Carlos Hernandez and CF Jarred Kelenic