Mets Minors recap: Álvarez extends hitting streak to 11 games

Francisco Alvarez, photo by Rick Nelson

Francisco Alvarez put his May crisis far behind him in the rear view mirror. With an RBI double on Saturday, he extended his hitting streak to eleven games and now has a 1.139 OPS in June.

AAA: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (23-36) 8, Syracuse Mets (20-38) 4 Box Score

The Mets dug themselves into a 6-1 hole before their bats finally came to life in the bottom of the seventh. Unfortunately, although Palka and Smith’s RBI successes cut the deficit to two points, the comeback was too little, too late. It was as close as they would get to tying the game.

Smith has a hit in seven of his first eight Triple-A games. Ritter’s single to start the first inning snapped an 0-for-18 streak that lasted his first six Triple-A games.

  • HPR Connor Gray (L, 3-2, 4.62 ERA) 5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
  • HPR Adonis Medina (0-0, 1.74 ERA) 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, BB, K
  • HPR Tommy Hunter (1-0, 4.97 ERA) 2.0 IP, 4H, 2ER, 3K

Gray has struggled since his streak of three straight scoreless starts in mid-May. In his three starts since that streak, he has allowed nine earned runs in 12 2/3 innings pitched. Hunter’s bad escape broke a streak of three straight outings with no more than one inning pitched. His ratio of 13:1 K:BB at 12 2/3 is still pretty good though, despite his high ERA.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (27-28) 7, Binghamton Rumble Ponies (20-35) 5 Box Score

  • Brett Baty 3B: 2 for 5, R, RBI, 0.272/0.362/0.420
  • Francisco Alvarez DH: 1 for 4, R, 2B, RBI, 2K, .275/.347/.540
  • Ronny Mauricio SS: 1 for 5, RBI, .246/.279/.458

Binghamton’s trio of top prospects were responsible for the majority of the team’s offense. They drove in three of Binghamton’s five runs and had four of Binghamton’s eight hits. Baty hasn’t hit with much power this year, but he consistently collected hits in June, as evidenced by his .367/.424/.467 line for the month. Álvarez, on the other hand, hit for both average and power. He has a .303/.351/.788 slash in June, though he’s had at least one strikeout in every game this month. Álvarez also extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

  • HPR Alex Valverde (1-3, 6.49 ERA) 4.0 IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 8K
  • HPR Mitch Ragan (1-2, 4.45 ERA) 3.1 IP, H, 4K
  • HPL Andrew Edwards (2-0, 5.40 ERA) IP 1.0, 3000

Valverde struck out an impressive 12.98 batters per nine innings this year. However, due to an incredibly high .406 BABIP and 2.09 HR/9, he still allowed 53 hits in just 43.0 innings pitched. After posting an 8.76 ERA in April, Ragan has had a 1.50 ERA since early May. Edwards struck out 20 in 13 1/3 innings pitched this season.

A+: Brooklyn Cyclones (23-31) 10, Aberdeen IronBirds (38-17) 3 Box Score

  • Shervyen Newton SS: 1 for 4, R, RBI, BB, K, .179/.289/.310
  • Justin Guerrera 2B: 1 for 3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, .143/.400/.571
  • Joe Suozzi LF: 1 for 4, R, 3B, 2 RBI, K, .220/.321/.407

In one of the wildest scores in the Mets’ minor league system this season, the Cyclones managed to go 10 runs on just six hits. While many of those odd hit ratios are the result of numerous home runs with runners on base on offense or mistakes on defense, in Saturday’s affair it was the wild field that helped. the Cyclones.

Brooklyn scored four of his wild field runs, including, surprisingly, three of them in one at bat. Brandon McIlwain came home with the bases loaded and two out in the seventh inning. By the time he walked six pitches later, the runner first to start the at-bat was trotting home on the crazy third pitch of the at-bat.

  • HPR Oscar Rojas (W, 5-2, 3.43 ERA) 5.0 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, K
  • HPR Justin Courtney (2-2, 4.87 ERA) 1.1 IP, 2H, K
  • HPL Nathan Lavender (S, 0-0, 1.80 ERA) 2.2 IP, H, ER, 2BB, 3K

Rojas pitched on contact in Saturday’s start and, although he had a lot of base traffic, he was able to get out of every inning with minimal damage. Lavender gave up her first run since April 28 on a ninth-inning home run. It was the first home run he had allowed in his professional career.

A: St. Lucia Mets (37-18) 9, Jupiter Hammerheads (28-26) 2 Box Score

  • Junior Tilien SS: 2 for 5, R, HR, 3 RBI, .289/.337/.614
  • Guillaume Lugo 3B: 1 for 5, R, 3 RBI, 2 K, 0.246/0.330/0.389
  • Alex Ramirez CF: 1 for 4, R, 2B, BB, K, .305/.344/.458

Saint Lucia surged on a surge of power to victory on Saturday night. Six of their 10 hits went for extra bases, including three homers. Tilien continues to be a major breakthrough for the Mets. After ending May with a three-home run, it continued to be hot in June, hitting 0.393/0.452/0.750 month-to-date. Ramirez dropped to a slant line of .231/.286/.385 in June. Despite a bit of a slump, he still has a hit in five of the six games he’s played this month.

  • HPR Christian Scott (W, 2-0, 5.30 ERA) 5.0 IP, 7H, 2ER, 6K
  • HPL Javier Atencio (S, 1-0, 0.64 ERA) IP 4.0, 3H, 2BB, 5K

Scott and Atencio combined to limit the Hammerheads to just two points in Saturday’s game. Scott struggled a bit in May, but really started to dominate in June. In two appearances this month, Scott has allowed just two runs and has a 13:1 K:BB ratio in 9.0 innings pitched. His lead averaged 94.4 mph and peaked at 96.7 mph on this appearance. Atencio have conceded just one earned run in four games for Saint Lucia. He averaged 91.8 mph on his fastball on Saturday.

FCL: FCL Mets (4-1) 5, FCL Astros Blue (1-4) 2 Box Score

Gomez’s two-run homer capped a five-run seventh inning that propelled the Mets to victory.

  • HPR Richard Brito (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 0.2 PI, H, HB
  • HPR Luis Rodriguez (W, 1-0, 0.00 ERA) 1.1 IP, BB, 2K
  • HPR Benito Garcia (S, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) 1.0 IP, K

Hard pitcher Brito made his pro debut Saturday nearly two years after signing with the Mets in 2020.

DSL: DSL Yankees (2-3) 14, DSL Mets 1 (2-3) 8 Box Score

The Mets, with eight runs on eight hits, couldn’t keep up with the Yankees’ consistent offensive barrage in Saturday’s game.

Mets pitchers walked 13 batters and allowed 12 hits in that game. In addition to three errors and four hits, the Yankees are averaging just over three and a half base runners per inning.

DSL: DSL Mets 2 (3-2) 13, DSL Rockies (3-3) 12 Box Score

  • Dyron Campos RF: 2 for 5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, K, .308/.333/.692

Six hitters on the Mets roster had multiple hits in Saturday’s game.

Mets pitchers lost a one-run lead in the ninth and a four-run lead in the tenth. However, they managed to hold on to victory in Round 11. Sanchez was the only pitcher not to allow a run.

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