51s Offense Finally Unleashes Solar Beam attack, ∂eGrom with Strong Start | Astromets Mind

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51s Offense Finally Unleashes Solar Beam attack, ∂eGrom with Strong Start

Reno Aces @ Las Vegas 51s

May 1, 2014



Las Vegas


Transit of Venus

The Highlights:


Jacob ∂eGrom (W, 4-0, 1.89 ERA)– 5.1 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 5 SO, 94 pitches, 56 strikes, 23 batters faced, 6 groundouts, 4 fly outs


Seratelli – 3-5, 2 R, 2B (2), RBI (5), BB, SO

Campbell – 3-6, 2 R, 2 2B (11), RBI (23), SO

Brown – 4-6, 3 R, 2B (4), HR (3), 5 RBI (9), SO

Lutz – 4-6, 3 R, 2B (7), HR (4), 2 RBI (21), SO

∂en Dekker – 3-5, 3 R, 2B (7), RBI (18)



            Apparently, the 51s have just been taking in sunlight the past few games, as they unleashed an offensive attack at 200+% power Thursday night, en route to a 19 run explosion. The win puts the 51s at 20-8 on the season and gives them a split in the 4 game series against Reno – it also puts them at 5-0 on Thursdays, which happens to be $1 beer night at Cashman Field, for whatever that’s worth. The 19 runs is their second highest total on the season (21, April 22 vs. El Paso), and the 21 hits matches their season high (also from that night), but this is by far their biggest margin of victory on the season. Potential Mets SS option Wilmer Flores did not start for the third time in the four games since his hand injury – when he did start, it was at 1B because of his throwing limitations – but struck out looking during a pinch hit appearance in the 7th. Cesar Puello was back in the lineup for the 51s, playing LF and batting 8th, and went 1-5 at the plate with a run scored, an RBI and a strikeout.
Starter Jacob ∂eGrom looked very strong through the first four innings, having allowed only two doubles against six groundouts and four strikeouts on 63 pitches. However, he threw 21 pitches in the top of that 4th inning, and then the 51s went down 1-2-3 on only 12 pitches in the bottom of the inning, so he was perhaps tiring when he came out for the 5th. He gave up three hard balls to lead off the inning, including a double to Aaron Cunningham on a liner that one-hopped the wall in CF and, luckily, an out, before walking the Aces relief pitcher Derek Eitel on four pitches. After a visit to the mound from the pitching coach Tom Signore, ∂eGrom would recover to get Didi Gregorius on a pop out to shallow RF, and the struck out Trent Oeltjen on three pitches. He would then retire only one of the three Reno batters he faced in the 6th inning, when he was replaced with Miguel Socolovich with a runner on second and one run already in. Overall, it was a very good start from ∂eGrom, as he only allowed one run off six hits and a walk 5.1 IP, with five strikeouts. However, he did give up four doubles and needed 94 pitches to get through 5.1 IP. I was ready to get on him for not going deeper into games this season, as he’s completed six innings only two out of six starts now, but this was only his second start with 90+ pitches – though he hasn’t managed 6 IP in either – as he’s been limited to (in order): 76 pitches (57 strikes) over 6 IP, 85 pitches (53 strikes) over 5 IP, 88 pitches (59 strikes) over 7 IP, 75 pitches (46 strikes) over 5 IP, and 91pitches (63 strikes) over 5 IP. In addition to his fine pitching, ∂eGrom had an RBI ground rule double as part of a six run rally in the 3rd (check out my play-by-play below for specific details on interesting plays).
Speaking of offensive rallies, the big story of the night was obviously the 51s offense, which rallied to put crooked numbers on the scoreboard in four different innings. The 1st and 3rd inning rallies were aided by a combined 3 errors, 2 of which were committed by a former Mets homegrown player at 3B for Reno – I’d tell you his name, but you probably wouldn’t remember ‘Who?’ anyway. By the end of the 8th inning rally, the Aces had trotted out their catcher Blake Lalli to throw the ball over the plate until the 51s made one final out, which would come on a ball that Zach Lutz drove out to pretty deep CF. The 6th inning scoring was charged by a couple of no-doubter homeruns of the bats of Zach Lutz and then Taylor Teagarden, who provided the 2-run HR.
Lutz was the hero of the night, as he fell just a triple shy of the cycle and contributed a hit in every inning the 51s scored. Andrew Brown and Matt ∂en Dekker combined with Lutz to go 11-17 from the plate, with nine runs scored, three doubles, two home runs, eight runs batted in and two strikeouts. The top of the lineup also had an important impact on this game, as Anthony Seratelli and Eric Campbell combined to go 6-11 from the plate, with four runs scored, three doubles, a walk, two runs batted in and two strikeouts.
Looking ahead, the 51s will head to Tacoma for a four game weekend wraparound series against the Rainiers. Logan Verrett is scheduled to pitch for the 51s, with a 10:05 PM ET start time scheduled. Verrett will be looking to bounce back from a loss against the Rainiers in his last start this past Sunday, when he gave up five runs (three earned) off seven hits, including a homerun, and a walk. The 51s won the other three games in that series behind their Big Starting Three, and will be looking to build upon their AAA-best start to the 2014 season.

Play By Play

1st inning
1)   2B Didi Gregorius grounded out to 2B Campbell. 43/G4
2)   LF Alfredo Marte grounded out to 3B Lutz. 53/G5
3)   1B Mike Jacobs struck out swinging.
Totals: SO, 16 pitches
1)   SS Anthony Seratelli walked.
2)   2B Eric Campbell lined a single into RF. S9/L9
3)   1B Allan Dykstra flied out to LF. 7/F7
*On double steal attempt, Seratelli scores and Campbell ends up at 3B thanks to missed catch error by 2B Gregorius
4)   RF Andrew Brown grounded an RBI single up the middle. S8/G
5)   3B Zach Lutz hit an RBI double that one-hopped the CF wall, 433 feet away.
6)   CF Matt ∂en Dekker popped out to 3B. 5/P5
7)   C Taylor Teagarden walked.
8)   LF Cesar Puello grounded out to the SS on the first pitch. 63/G6
Totals:  3 R, 3 H, 1 2B, 2 BB, 2 SB, E, 2 LOBsters
2nd inning
1)   3B Nick Evans lined a double into the right-center field gap. 2B8/L89
2)   RF Roger Kieschnick struck out looking.
3)   CF Aaron Cunningham flied out to RF. 9/F9
4)   C Bobby Wilson grounded a slider towards 3B that Lutz backhanded to make the play. 53/G5
Totals: H, 2B, SO, LOBster, 16 pitches
1)   P Jacob ∂eGrom hit a weak groundball to Gregorius. 43/G4
2)   Seratelli struck out swinging at an off-speed pitch.
3)   Campbell hit a hard line drive right at Gregorius. 4/L4
Totals: SO
3rd inning
1)   SS Nick Ahmed grounded out to the right of Campbell. 43/G4
2)   P Brewer flied out to RF. 9/F9
3)   Gregorius grounded out to 2B. 43/G4
Totals: 10 pitches
1)   Dykstra walked.
2)   Brown pulled one over the LF wall that there was little doubt about.
3)   Lutz lined a single into CF, played on one hop. S8/L8
4)   ∂en Dekker lined a single into RF. S9/L9S
5)   Teagarden took all four pitches, the last 3 for called strikes and a strikeout.
6)   Puello hit a weak chopper to the left of the 3B Evans, who charged the ball on the grass, but threw the ball over the 1B head. It would roll into the bullpen in the RF corner, allowing Lutz and M∂D to score. Puello went to 2B. E5/G5S
7)   ∂eGrom (who bats left) hit a tailing fly ball down the LF line that Alfredo Marte was unable to get to, and would bounce out of play for a ground rule double. GR2B/F7LD
8)   Seratelli lined a single into CF. ∂eGrom had to make sure the ball dropped, so only got to 3B. S8/L8S
9)   Campbell pulled a hard grounder towards the 3B, which deflected off the glove of Evans for an error (his second of the inning). E5/G5
10)         Dykstra drove the ball pretty deep to the right of CF. 8/F8D
11)         Brown struck out swinging on a curve ball.
Totals: 6 R, 4 H, 2B, HR, BB, 2 E, 2 SO, 2 LOBsters
4th inning
1)   Marte struck out swinging.
2)   Jacobs pulled a fly ball down the RF line and off the top of the fence for a 2B. 2B9/9LD
3)   Evans hit a hard one-hopper to 3B – Lutz fell backwards as he made the stop but recovered quickly to make the play. 53/G5
4)   Kieschnick struck out swinging.
Totals: H, 2B, 2 SO, LOBster, 21 pitches
Bottom (Substitution: Derek Eitel pitching for Reno)
1)   Lutz struck out swinging.
2)   ∂en Dekker grounded out to the 2B. 43/G4
3)   Teagarden hit a weak grounder to the right of Jacobs. 3u/G3
Totals: SO
5th inning  
1)   Cunningham lined a double to deep CF. 2B8/L8D
2)   Wilson lined out to CF. 8/L8
3)   Ahmed pulled a hard grounder towards the SS hole that Seratelli made a diving stop on, but he had no play. S6/G56D
4)   RP Derek Eitel walked on 4 pitches.
5)   Gregorius popped out to shallow RF. 9/P9S
6)   PH Trent Oeltjen struck out swinging on a foul tip – 3 pitches.
Totals: 2 H, 2B, BB, SO, 3 LOBsters, 23 pitches
1)   Puello struck out swinging on an outside breaking ball in the dirt.
2)   ∂eGrom struck out swinging on a bunch of breaking balls.
3)   Seratelli pulled a 0-2 inside fastball on the ground passed an indifferent Jacobs for a single, S9/G34
4)   Campbell couldn’t check his swing for a strikeout.
Totals: H, SO, LOBster
6th inning
1)   Jacobs hit a fly ball well out to deep LF. 7/F7D
2)   Evans lined a single into LF. S7/L7S
3)   Kieschnick lined an RBI double over the head of M∂D. 2B8/L8D
(Substitution: Miguel Socolovich pitching for Las Vegas)
4)   Cunningham flared a single into RF. S9/F9S
5)   Wilson struck out swinging at a change-up.
6)   Ahmed got jammed on a weak grounder to 3B. 53/G5
Totals: R, 3 H, 2B, 2 LOBsters
Bottom (Substitution: Kevin Munson pitching for Reno)
1)   Dykstra grounded out to 1B. 31/G3
2)   Brown hit a medium grounder at the SS. 63/G6
3)   Lutz hit a no-doubter over the LF wall.
4)   ∂en Dekker pulled a hard grounder passed a diving 2B for a single. S9/G34
5)   Teagarden hit a high fly ball into RF for his 6th HR of the season – a 2 run shot.
6)   Puello popped the first pitch out to CF. 8/P8S
Totals: 3 R, 3 H, 2 HR
7th inning
Top (Substitution: Josh Edgin pitching for Las Vegas)
1)   PH Andy Marte lined a single off the RF wall – nice play off the wall and throw back in by Brown. S9/L9D
2)   Gregorius walked.
3)   Oeltjen flied out to CF.
4)   3B Tyler Bortnick pulled a medium grounder at the 3B to start a double play. Campbell made a nice pivot at 2B. 543/G5
Totals: H, BB, GIDP, LOBster
Bottom (Substitution: Joe Paterson pitching for Reno)
1)   PH Wilmer Flores struck out looking at a breaking ball on the outside corner.
2)   Seratelli hit a hard liner right at the SS. 6/L6
3)   Campbell pulled a hard grounder over the 3B bag for a double. 2B7/G5F
4)   Dykstra struck out swinging at a breaking ball.
Totals: H, 2B, 2 SO, LOBster
8th inning
Top (Substitution: Vic Black pitching for Las Vegas)
1)   Evans struck out swinging after a series of good breaking balls.
2)   Kieschnick lined a triple that bounced to the wall in left-center field. 3B7/L78
3)   Cunningham hit a medium grounder up the middle that Seratelli handled behind the bag as Kieschnick scored. 63/G6M
4)   Wilson had his knees buckled as he struck out looking at a big curveball.
Totals: R, H, 3B, 2 SO
Bottom (Substitution: Jess Todd pitching for Las Vegas)
1)   Brown pulled a grounder into LF for a single. S7/
2)   Lutz flared a single into RF. Brown went to 3B. S9/
3)   ∂en Dekker hit a tailing line drive into left-center field wall for an RBI double. 2B7/L78D
4)   Teagarden hit a weak RBI groundout at the 3B. 53/G5S
5)   Puello pulled a medium RBI groundout into the SS hole – Ahmed backhanded the ball and threw the ball to 1B in a very quick move (had some zip on it too). Not all SS can make this play – Nick Ahmed is very good there defensively. 63/G56
6)   PH Brandon Allen pulled a hard grounder into RF for a single. S9/G34
7)   Seratelli sliced an RBI double into the LF corner. 2B7/L7L
8)   Campbell pulled a hard line drive over the head of the 3B and into the LF corner for an RBI double. 2B7/L5D
(Substitution: C Blake Lalli pitching for Reno)
9)   Dykstra walked.
10)         Brown had a 2 RBI double. 2B8/
11)         Lutz flied out to deep CF – nice job by the CF to run it down.
Totals: 7 R, 7 H, 4 2B, BB, LOBster
9th inning
Top (Substitution: Buddy Carlyle pitching for Las Vegas)
1)   Ahmed lined out to CF.
2)   Lalli flied out to CF.
3)   Gregorius line out to LF
Totals: 10 pitches
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