Minors 5.4.14: Koch, Lugo blank Crabs

LAS VEGAS 7, TACOMA 5 (suspended)

LAS VEGAS at TACOMA (ppd.): The first game of a scheduled doubleheader was

lastname Brown suspended with one out in the top of the final inning and will resume Monday. Andrew Brown had belted a two-run homer in that frame against Zach Miner to give the 51s a 7-5 lead. Vegas starter Rafael Montero allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks in five innings. He struck out six in a 98-pitch effort. Brandon Allen had a third-inning solo homer and Wilmer Flores had a three-run shot the following frame as the 51s built a 5-1 lead. Tacoma plated four sixth-inning runs against Montero and Jeff Walters. Kirk Nieuwenhuis left the game after two innings with an elbow injury after colliding with the outfield wall on a catch. Box 1

PORTLAND 4, BINGHAMTON 1: Facing B-Mets starter Rainy Lara in the first, Mookie Betts singled and Travis Shaw subsequently pulled a double off the right-field wall. Cory Vaughn mishandled the ricochet, allowing Betts to score. In the second, Henry Ramos lifted a fly ball to right to start the inning. Battling a stiff wind, Vaughn watched the ball sail over his head for a double. Heiker Meneses followed with an RBI single. After a sac bunt, Betts singled, plating Meneses with Portland’s third run. Portland starter Mike McCarthy faced the minimum through four innings. He used double plays to erase leadoff singles in the first two innings and picked off Wilfredo Tovar in the third. Binghamton finally broke through in the fifth. After Matt Clark's leadoff walk, Kevin Plawecki sent a bouncer to the mound. McCarthy fired to second, but Deven Marrero muffed the throw, allowing both runners to reach safely. Jayce Boyd followed with a single to load the bases. Tovar then chopped a grounder to third that Meneses smothered with a dive. Tovar beat the throw to first, bringing home Clark with Binghamton’s lone run. McCarthy induced Darrell Ceciliani to fly out to limit the damage. Lara capped his fifth start of the season with three scoreless innings before handing off to Cody Satterwhite for the sixth. Satterwhite tossed two scoreless innings to extend his season-opening scoreless streak to 16 2/3. Miguel Celestino allowed consecutive two-out singles in the ninth, but induced Brian Burgamy to bounce into a fielder’s choice to secure his second save. Lara (2-1) allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits in five innings in his first Double-A loss. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, CHARLOTTE 0: For the fourth consecutive game, the Mets scored two runs in the first inning. Jeff Ames walked Dilson Herrera and Brandon Nimmo to begin the game,

lastname Koch and T.J. Rivera singled to load the bases. Jairo Perez drove in Herrera with a single and Cam Maron followed with a sac fly to plate Nimmo and make it 2-0. That would be plenty for Mets starter Matt Koch, although he had to pitch out of a first-inning jam. Koch walked two batters and allowed a single to load the bases, but recovered to strike out Justin O’Conner and maintain the lead. The Mets added their three runs in the fourth. Eudy Pina singled to score Maron and Aderlin Rodriguez. Herrera added an RBI single. Stone Crabs reliever Ryan Garton proceeded to retire 10 in a row, but Koch and Seth Lugo combined to provide the Mets their second shutout in four games. Koch earned his third win, limiting the Crabs to five hits in five scoreless innings. Lugo scattered three hits over the final four innings to pick up his second save. The Crabs loaded the bases on Lugo in the eighth with two outs, but Lugo ended the threat by striking out O’Conner. The Mets only collected only six hits. Nimmo walked three times. He now leads the Florida State League with 31 walks. Box

ROME 7, SAVANNAH 3: Rome's Joey Meneses had a three-run double in the first inning and the Braves ultimately snapped Savannah's five-game winning streak. The Gnats (19-9) picked up a run in the second, when Dominic Smith walked and scored on Gavin Cecchini’s sacrifice fly. Cecchini extended his hitting streak to a season-best seven games with a first-inning single. He departed after seven innings, but the issue was not immediately clear. Rome added two runs in the third inning for a 5-1 lead. Victor Caratini singled and A.J. Kirby-Jones lined a two-run homer. The Gnats picked up a run in the bottom half when Jared King singled home L.J. Mazzilli. Savannah starter Chris Flexen held the Braves off the scoreboard in the fourth and fifth innings, but was tagged with his third loss. He allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings. The Braves tacked on single runs in the eighth and ninth innings against Savannah reliever Tim Peterson. Box

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