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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 7/8/18: Five one-run games highlight a rough day on the Mets farm

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

Minor League Baseball: Portland Sea Dogs at Binghamton Rumble Ponies Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

*All results from games played on Saturday, July 7th.

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s (42-48)

GAME 1

LAS VEGAS 5, FRESNO 4/ 7 (BOX)

Nabil Crismatt made his Las Vegas debut in Game One of Saturday’s doubleheader and ran into trouble in the sixth inning, allowing three runs without recording an out. Crismatt had been serviceable for the previous five innings, however, and his sixth frame implosion came on the heels of four Vegas runs in the top of the inning. Colton Plaia plated Luis Guillorme with a sacrifice fly; Ty Kelly and Zach Borenstein each contributed RBI doubles, and Jacob Rhame would make the lead stand up, as he cleaned up Crismatt’s mess and finished out the shortened game.

Jeff McNeil also drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk in the third inning; the rising offensive star now has twenty-one RBIs in as many games with the 51s.

GAME 2

FRESNO 2, LAS VEGAS 1/ 7 (BOX)

During his time with St. Lucie this season, Harol Gonzalez was often a victim of poor run support, posting a 1-6 record despite an impressive 2.82 ERA, with some of those losses coming in his best games. Gonzalez succumbed to the same fate on Saturday, as a two-run third inning single by AJ Reed was enough for Fresno in a rare PCL pitchers’ duel. The right-hander, moving up two levels, allowed just four hits across six innings but was hurt by a brief lapse in his command. He walked two consecutive batters with one out in the third, and that would set the stage for Reed’s two-out hit.

Matt den Dekker homered on the third pitch of the game to provide the only run of the game for Vegas, as they managed just three total hits against two Fresno pitchers.

The 51s will take the next four days off for the All-Star Break, and resume play on Thursday when they take on Albuquerque at home.

ROSTER ALERT: RHP Nabil Crismatt assigned to Las Vegas 51s from Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

ROSTER ALERT: RHP Harol Gonzalez assigned to Las Vegas 51s from St. Lucie Mets.

ROSTER ALERT: Las Vegas 51s placed RHP Kevin McGowan on the temporarily inactive list.

ROSTER ALERT: Las Vegas 51s placed LF Ezequiel Carrera on the 7-Day disabled list, and activated CF Patrick Biondi from the 7-Day disabled list.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (42-44)

ERIE 10, BINGHAMTON 0 (BOX)

This game got out of hand very early for the Rumble Ponies. Ricky Knapp allowed four runs before he recorded two outs, and the Binghamton offense managed just four hits in the game, never giving themselves a chance. A rough inning from Stephen Nogosek in which he lost control of the strike zone and walked four batters, ultimately allowing four runs to score on just one hit, turned an already lopsided result into a laugher.

Knapp, making his first non-rehab start of the year after a brief stint in the Gulf Coast League, fared slightly better in the second and third, and not all of his struggles were self-inflicted. A throwing error from Levi Michael and a fielding error from Kevin Taylor allowed two of those first inning runs to score, both of them unearned. One would expect better results in Knapp’s next start as he continues to reacclimatize to the higher levels of the minors.

There are more reasons for concern with Nogosek, however. The Oregon product has been obliterated for ten earned runs in just three innings since his promotion, with last night’s inexplicable loss of command being an even bigger red flag.

ROSTER ALERT: Binghamton Rumble Ponies activated RHP Ricky Knapp from the 7-Day disabled list.

ROSTER ALERT: RHP Joe Cavallaro assigned to St. Lucie Mets from Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

Advanced-A: St. Lucie Mets (27-40/6-8)

DUNEDIN 6, ST LUCIE 2/ 7 (BOX)

Blake Taylor was excellent in 4 13 hitless innings, and newly promoted catcher Ali Sanchez hit his first home run with the team, but the Mets were let down by their bullpen in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader. Things were looking promising with St. Lucie holding a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning of a seven inning game, but they would quickly come apart at the seams. Austin McGeorge walked a batter, gave up the game-tying home run, walked another batter, and left with two outs after an arm injury.

He was replaced by Matt Pobereyko, who allowed each of the next five batters to reach base. Four more Dunedin runs scored on three singles and a double, giving the Blue Jays a lead they would not relinquish.

Game 2 of the doubleheader was washed out with yet more rain, and St. Lucie will attempt to complete another twin bill on Sunday afternoon as a result. The Mets remain just one game behind Charlotte and Fort Myers in the second half standings, despite their poor 6-8 record.

ROSTER ALERT: St. Lucie Mets placed CF Desmond Lindsay and RHP Adam Atkins on the 7-Day disabled list.

Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (34-33/7-9)

CHARLESTON 6, COLUMBIA 5 (BOX)

Yeizo Campos ran into trouble in the third inning on Saturday, allowing an RBI single and a bases-clearing double, and putting himself in an early 4-0 hole. The RiverDogs would add a fifth run two innings later, and despite the best efforts of Jeremy Vasquez, the Fireflies’ comeback effort would fall short. Vasquez belted a three-run bomb in the sixth and a solo home run in the eighth that would cut the deficit to one, but after his second majestic clout, the next six Fireflies would be retired in order to end the game.

A run-scoring sacrifice fly in the seventh from Carlos Vidal would serve as the difference in the game, preventing Vasquez from tying the game in the next inning.

Short Season: Brooklyn Cyclones (11-11)

STATEN ISLAND 3, BROOKLYN 2 (BOX)

The Cyclones gave up a tie-breaking home run to Junior Soto in the eighth inning, dropping their fifth straight contest and falling back to the .500 mark after their hot start to the season. Christian James got the ball for Brooklyn and put up a decent start, allowing ten Staten Island hitters to reach base but only letting two of them score, before Chase Chambers would bring in two runs on an error by the shortstop in the sixth. Soto’s bomb would be the difference, however, giving his team the lead before the Cyclones went down quietly against Daniel Alvarez in the ninth.

Rookie-Advanced: Kingsport Mets (9-7)

BLUEFIELD 6, KINGSPORT 5 (BOX)

The K-Mets dropped a tight game on Saturday, rallying valiantly after a disastrous first inning but coming up short because Bluefield catcher Hagen Danner was able to beat out a double play in the sixth inning, allowing a run to score.

Kingsport starter Noah Nunez, whose season has gotten progressively worse ever since a solid debut, lasted just one inning in this game. Mark Vientos allowed the Blue Jays’ leadoff hitter to reach on an error, and Nunez proceeded to give up six singles in the inning, sandwiched around a stolen base. Only two of the five Bluefield runs were earned, but that would be little comfort to Nunez, who was nickel-and-dimed out of the game before he even had a chance to find his footing.

The K-Mets would draw within a run twice, but Danner’s speed down the first base line would be the difference in the game. That sixth run prevented Shervyen Newton from tying the game with his ninth inning RBI single, and Luis Santana would strand the tying run on base as he grounded out to end the game.

Rookie: GCL Mets (11-6)

GAME 1

GCL METS 6, GCL CARDINALS 2/ 7 (BOX)

Jarred Kelenic hit his first professional home run in the third inning, part of a four run frame that would be the difference in the shortened game. Ronny Mauricio also picked up two hits and drove in a run; the shortstop now has sixteen RBIs in seventeen games. Willy Tavares continued to impress on the mound, posting a seven inning complete game and piling up nine strikeouts. The twenty-year-old righty now sports a shiny 1.23 ERA on the season.

GAME 2

GCL CARDINALS 7, GCL METS 2/ 7 (BOX)

Bryce Hutchinson made his second appearance after returning from a bout with elbow tendonitis, and allowed three unearned runs before exiting with two outs in the first inning. Yadiel Flores took his place and struggled mightily, giving up two home runs and four runs in all. The Mets found themselves trailing by six runs after two innings, and were never able to climb out of the hole.

Luis Lebron hit his first professional home run in the loss, while Jorge Cespedes pitched four hitless innings in relief.

Star of the Night

Jeremy Vasquez

Goats of the Night

Matt Pobereyko and Yeizo Campos