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Thunder 7, B-Mets 3

Saturday, April 21st, 2007

What?  A minor league game recap?  Well, actually it was a Miracle Mets day at the ballpark as MikeGrim, Joeadig, and myself made the trip out to Waterfront Park in Trenton, New Jersey to see the Binghamton Mets face off with the visiting Trenton Thunder.  Of course, since the three of us were all at the game instead of watching the Mets/Braves game on TV, it means no game recap for that, but it looks like it went significantly better than the depressing Mets/Braves game the day before (and we probably really should start doing recaps of games the Mets lose as well; I promise we will work on that).

The primary reason for going to today’s game was to see Mets uber-prospect Fernando Martinez.  The first thing you think while seeing him is that he is a shorter guy; Joe in fact told me during the game that is is likely too small to ever play a corner outfield position.  But, he’s also 18 years old; there’s a chance, and a good one, that he has another growth spurt in him, and plus hitting for power has not been a problem during his brief professional career.  Fernando looked overmatched at times, but he did score the B-Mets’ first hit of the ballgame.  Unfortunately, it was in the 9th inning while the team was down 7-0, but he helped start a mini-rally that briefly made the game interesting by scoring the team’s first run.  Mike Carp, a Mets’ minor leaguer who seemed to be around forever, scored the second, and it looked like the B-Mets were finally breaking through, but alas, it was not to be.

Mike Devaney did not have a good outing, giving up 5 runs on 5 hits in 4 innings of work.  Waterfront Park depresses power numbers, so this was just hitters smacking him around, driving singles and doubles and taking walks.  Mike noted to me that Devaney could not throw anything over the plate that wasn’t a fast ball; perhaps if Devaney is to ever make the majors, it will not be as a starter, but a reliever.  But if he has ANY major league aspirations, he will need to stop having games like today, because a guy who gets smacked around by a Thunder team without a standout hitting prospect just isn’t going to make it in the majors.

Tomorrow it’s back to major league recaps here when the Mets face the Braves in the rubber game of their three game series.  It’s good friends, better enemies day again when Tom Glavine faces John Smoltz.  Game time is 1:10 PM.

Mets Minors 4/21

Friday, April 21st, 2006

The Norfolk Tides continue to struggle, losing to Rochester 9-3. Not a good night for Mr. John Maine at all, as he gave up seven runs (four earned) on one walk and nine hits, one of them a home run. He’ll have better days, that’s for sure. Well, at least I hoe he will. Juan Perez allowed the other two runs, sealing the blowout for the Red Wings.

Lastings Milledge continued to hit like a fiend, going 1 for 3 with two walks, a stolen base, and scored two of the Tides’ three runs. He’s now hitting .400 for the season. Wow. What I like is the increase of walks, as he now has eleven walks for the year. That means he’s taking pitches like a good leadoff hitter should. I think if one of the Mets’ outfielders suffers a mid-season injury, that’s going to be our first exposure to Lastings in the majors if he can continue to maul Triple-A pitching, as so far he’s just been amazing. Also of note, Lastings was in right field last night. He had mostly been playing center field since coming to Norfolk, so that’s something to keep an eye on.

Jeff Keppinger continued to hit well, going 2 for 5 with an RBI double. Chase Lambin also had two hits, including his first home run of the season, which drove in two runs. Norfolk, now 4-11 will play another three game series against these Rochester Red Wings, a Minnesota Twins affiliate, this time in Rochester, with the first game scheduled for tonight at 7:10.

The Eastern League finally got to Henry Owens. The Erie Sea Wolves scored three runs in the top of the thirteenth to beat Binghamton 9-6. Owens gave up all three runs on two hits and a walk. He still struck out four, so he has yet to lose his superhuman ability to strike batters out, but there is now an ever-so-slight chink in his invincibility. First baseman Brett Harper continues to prove that he has nothing left to learn at the Double-A level, going 3 for 6 with a double and a run scored, putting his average over .400. Four other Mets had multiple-hit nights, including Jorge Padilla, who went 4 for 7 with a run scored. Binghamton will have a chance for revenge against Erie tonight.

St Lucie failed to get anything going, and dropped a 5-2 decision to the Palm Beach Cardinals. Center fielder Ambiorix Concepcion had a 3 for 5 day, continuing his trend of being either really good or really bad with no in between. But he’s been St Lucie’s best hitter so far, as nobody else really seems to have it going yet. Game two of the series with Palm Beach is tonight.

Hagerstown prevented the day from being a total loss for the Mets’ minor leaguers, pulling out a 6-5 win over West Virginia. Left fielder Elvis Cruz hit a solo home run, first baseman Nicholas Evans had two hits, and shortstop Jose Castro scored three runs to lead the attack for Hagerstown. The series with West Virginia continues tonight in Hagerstown.

Mets Minors 4/20

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

The Norfolk Tides split their past two games with Rochester, winning 5-3 on Tuesday, but losing yesterday 6-5. Heath Bell figured into both decisions, picking up the save on Tuesday (starting pitcher Jeremi Gonzalez picked up the win) but losing yesterday’s game after allowing an unearned run in the bottom of the twelfth to win it for the Red Wings. Lastings Milledge continued to play well, going 4 for 5 with three walks over the two games, so he continues to show an aptitude for getting on base at the Triple-A level. If he continues to hit, and if outfielders continue to get hurt up north, we may see him sooner than we thought. Kaz Matsui went 2 for 4 with a double and a run in his last two games as a Tide, and Victor Diaz, after an 0 for 4 start in Norfolk, went 3 for 6 yesterday with a run scored. John Maine will take the mound for Norfolk in the rubber match of the three game series tonight.

Binghamton cooled off over the past two days just a little, losing 8-4 to New Hampshire on Tuesday, then dropping a 4-3 decision last night that went eleven innings. That’s two losses for the Mets yesterday in extra innings. After an 0 for 3 game Tuesday, Mets prospect Carlos Gomez kicked into high gear a little Wednesday with a 3 for 5 game last night, including a double. Up next for the 9-5 B-Mets is the beginning of a seven game home stand tonight, with the first game of a four game series with Erie starting at 6 PM.

The Daytona Cubs got a measure of revenge for being swept last week, picking up a win 8-2 on Tuesday, then handing Mike Pelfrey his first professional loss last night 4-0. Pelfrey allowed his first two earned runs as well, including his first home run. He allowed five hits, walked none, and struck out five. St. Lucie’s hitters just stopped producing, only gaining eight hits over the two days, only two of which were for extra bases. I guess when the big league team stops hitting, the minor league affiliates do as well. St Lucie, now 9-4, starts a series with Palm Beach tonight at 7 PM.

Finally, Hagerstown earned a split with West Virginia, taking a 4-3 decision on Tuesday, but completed an organizational 0-fer yesterday by losing 5-4. That’s right, yesterday New York, Norfolk, Binghamton, St Lucie, and Hagerstown all lost. Not a good day to be a Mets fan. Fernando Martinez went 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored for Hagerstown, continuing his hot hitting. Through thirteen games, he has 17 hits in 51 at-bats, with five doubles, two triples, and a home run, good for a .569 slugging percentage and a .976 OPS. Now, Sally League statistics tend to favor batters a little, so it will be interesting to see what happens as he moves up the organizational ladder and faces better pitching. Hagerstown continues their series with West Virginia tonight at 6:35 PM.

Mets Minors 4/18

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Jose Lima got absolutely rocked last night, and the Norfolk Tides lost to Scranton/Wilkes Barre 13-3. In four innings, Lima allowed nine earned runs on eleven hits and allowed two home runs. Ouch. Definitely wasn’t Lima Time last night. Royce Ring allowed another four runs, three of them earned, in 1/3 of an inning of work, as the Mets got pounded. In the silver lining department, Lastings Milledge continues to hit well, going 2 for 2 with his first homer of the season and his fifth double, also walking twice. His batting average stands at .357, with an OPS of 1.046. Yes, I’d say he’s hitting Triple-A pitching quite well. Kaz Matsui went 1 for 4 with a double and a run scored, as he continues to work his way back to the majors. The Tides are now 3-9, and will open a series in Rochester tonight at 6:35.

Binghamton handed the New Hampshire Fisher Cats a 3-0 loss last night in Manchester. Brett Harper went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs and a run scored. Henry Owens continues to dominate Double-A hitters, pitching another scoreless ninth for his fourth save, though he “only” struck out one batter this time around. The B-Mets play another game with the Toronto Blue Jays’ affiliate tonight at 6:35.

And last night in Daytona, the St Lucie Mets crushed the Daytona Cubs 12-3. Alay Soler started the game for the Mets and allowed one earned run in five innings of work, allowing three hits and striking out six. Ambiorix Concepcion and Jesus Flores each had four hits, with Flores rocking three doubles and Concepcion adding two of his own, scoring three runs each. Daniel Cummins hit a pinch homer in the eighth. St Lucie is actually playing today’s game as I write this, and they trail Daytona 3-2 in the top of the seventh. A full report about this game tomorrow.

Mets Minors 4/17

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Starting in Triple-A, the Norfolk Tides dropped two of three to Scranton Wilkes-Barre over the weekend, winning 6-4 on Friday, then losing 6-0 on Saturday, and losing 3-2 on Sunday. Lastings Milledge went 4 for 12 for the series, scoring two runs and hitting his first triple of the season on Sunday. Jeff Keppinger went 3 for 4 on Friday with three runs scored. Kaz Matsui made his Tides debut yesterday, going 1 for 4 with two strikeouts. Bartolome Fortunado, or as I like to call him “The Best Thing The Mets Got For Scott Kazmir,” picked up the win Friday night, with Heath Bell getting his second save of the year. Heath Bell continues not to get much in the way of work in Norfolk, as the Tides haven’t really needed a closer on their way to a 3-8 start. The final game of the series in Scranton is tonight at 7:10.

Binghamton cooled off just a little bit over the weekend, losing to Portland 4-3 on Friday, and then losing 6-3 on Saturday, before salvaging Sunday night’s game 8-2. Hyped prospect Carlos Gomez continued to struggle at the plate, going just 2 for 10 for the series, but he did walk four times and score four times, so he’s getting on base, just not getting it done with the bat. Henry Owens continued to dominate Double-A hitting, striking out two yesterday. If it weren’t for the fact that the Triple-A bullpen was already overcrowded, I’d suggest bumping him up a level, but they can afford to be patient. Brett Harper cooled off a little bit in this series, only going 1 for 9 against the Sea Dogs to bring his average down to .382. The B-Mets now stand at 8-3 and are a game behind Connecticut in the EL North. They open a series at New Hampshire (seriously, what’s with all the teams named after New England states?) tonight at 6:35 PM.

St. Lucie had themselves a pretty successful weekend, beating Juniper three times out of three, winning by scores of 3-1, 6-5, and 3-2, so while it was a sweep, Juniper was in all three games. Kaz Matsui went 2 for 7 with a walk and a run scored in his final two games in St Lucie, bringing his average down south to .286 (4 for 14). Ambiorix Concepcion cooled off a little bit over the weekend, going only 2 for 13 with a walk and a run scored to bring his average down to .256. St Lucie doesn’t appear to be hitting too well, but is relying on good pitching (St Lucie starters only allowed 2 runs in 17 IP over the weekend) to carry them to wins. With the three wins, St Lucie moved to 8-2 on the season, good for second place FSL East, a game behind Broward County. After an off-day today, the Mets will be back in action tomorrow in Daytona, in which Mike Pelfrey is expected to start, as Pelfrey-Watch ‘06 continues.

Hagerstown picked up two wins out of three over the weekend, earning a series split with Lake County. They dropped Friday’s game 8-2, before coming back to earn the split with a 3-0 win on Saturday, and a 3-2 win on Sunday. Jonel Pacheco played well, including a 2 for 3 effort Sunday to improve his batting average for the year to .314. With the two wins, Hagerstown moved to 5-6, good for a tie for fifth place in the SAL North. They open a series with the team they are tied with, West Virginia, tomorrow night in Hagerstown.

Mets Minors 4/14

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Another rough loss for the Tides yesterday, as the Bisons managed to even up the series with an 8-3 win in Norfolk. Blake “Don’t Call Me Ted” McGinley gave up only one run in four innings, but allowed three hits and three walks in his short time in. However, it was the Tides’ bullpen that blew the game open, as Steve Schmoll allowed three runs in two innings of work, bringing his ERA for the season to a Julio-esque 19.64. Pedro Feliciano, rumored to be called up to the big league team soon, didn’t pitch much better, allowing three runs in his two innings of work. Lastings Milledge went 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored. The Tides moved to 2-6 with the loss, and open a four game series at Scranton/Wilkes Barre tonight, with Jason Scobie taking the mound for the Tides.

The B-Mets continue to match the NY Mets win for win, beating Portland 3-0. Binghamton was aided by a two-run home run by heralded prospect Carlos Gomez in the third, and picked up an insurance run in the ninth. Willie Collazo, Anderson Garcia, (acquired in the Armando Benitez trade three years ago) and Henry Owens all contributed to the shutout, with Collazo picking up his second victory and Owens nabbing his third save. So far, Owens has faced twenty batters. He has retired eighteen of them, allowing only two walks, and of the eighteen he has retired, he has struck out 14, for a K/9 rate of 21. That is insane. The B-Mets will play the Sea Dogs (a Red Sox affiliate) again tonight.

St Lucie picked up its sixth win, beating the Juniper Hammerheads 3-1. Kaz Matsui got his first game action in the Florida State league, going 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored. Ambiorix Concepcion went 1 for 2 with two walks, two stolen bases (bringing his total for the season to six) and caught stealing once. Meaning, all three times he was on base, he attempted steals. Dude must be fast. Joshua Peterson went 4 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs, and Jose Sanchez pitched seven strong innings, allowing only three hits and striking out five without giving up a run. Carlos Muniz struck out four of the five batters he retired, picking up his fourth save of the season. Muniz’ K/9 ratio currently stands at 14.5, which is pretty damned remarkable, but compared to Henry Owens, is almost miniscule. Game two of the series with the Florida Marlins’ affiliate is tonight.

Hagerstown had their four game winning streak snapped, as they lost to Lake County yesterday 8-4. The Suns scored all four runs on homers by Leivi Ventura, Jonel Pacheco, and Nicholas Evans, but otherwise couldn’t get anything done against Lake County. Joseph Serfass showed bullpen chops that may make him a future Norfolk Tide, allowing five earned runs in two innings of work, all in the seventh, allowing Lake County to blow this one open. The Suns will look to get revenge on the Indians’ affiliate in game two of the series tonight in Lake County, which is in Ohio in case you were curious.

Mets Minors 4/13

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

The Norfolk Tides went down to defeat yesterday, losing to the Buffalo Bisons 4-1. A strong performance by Jeremi Gonzalez (7 IP, 0 ER, 9 K) was wasted by the Tides’ bullpen, as Tim Lavigne and Juan Perez combined to allow 4 runs in only one inning pitched. Lastings Milledge went 1 for 3, scoring the Tides’ only run, moving his average over .300 for the season. Overall, the Tides had only five hits, none for extra bases, moving to 2-5 on the year.

Binghamton continued their hot ways, winning another game over the Reading Phillies 6-4. The B-Mets scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to erase a 4-2 deficit. Jorge Padilla hit a home run, and four B-Mets had two hits each, with Yunir Garcia scoring three of the Mets’ six runs. Carlos Gomez, a highly touted prospect, continued his struggles by going 1 for 5 with two strikeouts. The B-Mets moved to 6-1 with the win.

St. Lucie wasted a strong pitching effort as they lost to the Daytona Cubs 2-0. Alay Soler went five innings, allowed no runs, only one hit, striking out six and walking three. The three walks is a little alarming, but he has not yet allowed a run in two starts. It was another no extra-base hit effort for a Mets’ minor league team, which you don’t like to see too often. With the loss, St Lucie fell to 5-2.

Hagerstown kept the Mets’ minor leagues at .500 for the day, beating Lakewood 6-5 in extra innings. Fernando Martinez continued his hot hitting at the top of the order, going 4 for 6 with two doubles, a triple, and 4 RBIs. Interestingly, despite being in scoring position three times, he never crossed home plate. Jorge Reyes pitched six solid innings, allowing only one run on a homer to Clay Harris in the second, striking out five. The Suns improved to 3-4, all three wins coming against the 0-7 BlueClaws in this series. Doesn’t speak much for the Phillies’ organization when the Mets take six games over two levels of play in three days, does it?

Mets Minors 4/12

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

The big minor league news is that Mike Pelfrey once again looked impressive, as the St Lucie Mets beat the Daytona Cubs 4-1. Pelfrey gave up just an unearned run in the first, allowing only four hits and walked none, striking out seven. His ERA remains a Bluto Blutarski-like 0.00. It’s probably only a matter of time before he’s in Binghamton, and for the hitters in the Florida State League, it probably can’t happen soon enough. The SL Mets improved to 5-1, just like the big league Mets.

Jose Lima got the win, and Heath Bell got the save in a 6-4 Tides victory over the Buffalo Bisons. Lima went six innings, allowing one run on four hits, striking out three. It was the bullpen that allowed the Bisons to get back in this one, as Barolome Fortunado had a Jorge Julio-like game, allowing three runs in 2/3 of an inning. Bell got the final four outs to record the save, striking out three without allowing a baserunner. Lastings Milledge went 1 for 3 with a double. The Tides improved to 2-4 with the win.

The B-Mets continued their winning ways, scoring an 8-7 win over Reading. The B-Mets trailed 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth, and needed two runs to pull out the win. Not a great day for starter Evan MacLane, allowing five runs in five innings. Carlos Gomez, an outfield prospect that the Mets reportedly love as much, if not more than Lastings Milledge, went 1 for 4, raising his average to .160. He’s going to have to hit better than that if he wants to remain in the Mets’ good graces. The B-Mets now stand at 5-1, which is a popular record in the Mets’ organization.

And Hagerstown won another close one over Lakewood 3-2. Suns pitching did not allow an earned run, combining to allow only three hits and striking out seven. Catcher Rafael Arroyo went 2 for 3 with a double, run scored and an RBI. Hagerstown improves to 2-4 with the win, which is another popular record in the Mets’ organization, though a less positive one.

Mets Minors 4/11

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

The Norfolk Tides won big over the Buffalo Bisons 7-1. Sandy Martinez hit a homerun and drove in three, and Yusaku Iriki got the win after five innings of one-hit ball. Future Mets’ corner outfielder Lastings Milledge went 1 for 2 as the Tides won their first game of the season to improve to 1-4, and face the Bisons’, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, again tonight at 7:05, with Jose Lima taking the mound, looking for his first victory as a Tide.

The Mets beat the Phillies yesterday 5-0. Sure, it was the Binghamton Mets beating the Reading Phillies, but it still counts, right? Brett Harper continued his hot hitting with a 2 for 3 game, including a run scored, and Corey Ragsdale hit his first home run of the season, as the B-Mets continued their fast start, moving to 4-1. The two teams will meet again today, with Evan MacLane taking the mound for the B-Mets.

St Lucie took advantage of two first-inning runs, on their way to a 5-3 lead over the Daytona Cubs in a game that was suspended due to power. Ambiorix Concepcion continued his hot hitting for the SL Mets by going 2 for 3 with two walks and a run scored. St Lucie will face these same Daytona Cubs again tonight, with Mike Pelfrey scheduled to take the mound for St Lucie.

The Hagerstown Suns won a slugfest over the Lakewood BlueClaws 8-7 last night. The Suns jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, but the bullpen wasn’t able to hold it, allowing three runs in the top of the eighth to go up 7-5, but Hagerstown roared back in the bottom of the eighth with three runs of their own to make the score 8-7, and they held on for the win. The Suns’ win gave Mets’ affiliates two wins for the day over Phillies’ affiliates, and three wins and a lead when the game was suspended for the day overall. Nice. Hagerstown plays the BlueClaws again today.

Mets Minors 4/10

Monday, April 10th, 2006

I’m going to start tracking some of the Mets’ minor league affiliates to see how they’re performing, so we can get a better look at how some future Mets may perform once they make it here.

Starting with the Norfolk Tides, they dropped Game 1 and Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Durham Bulls (Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays). The doubleheader sweep also concluded a four game sweep for the Bulls. I don’t care if it is the minor leagues – you never want to see your minor league team drop a four game series to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ affiliate.

In the first game, Jason Scobie, who you may remember having had some rough spring outings, continued it here, giving up six runs (five earned) in four innings. Steve Schmoll, the other pitcher acquired in the Jae Seo trade, didn’t pitch much better in his one inning of work, allowing three runs. Jeff Keppinger went 2 for 4 with two runs scored for the Tides, and must be cursing that Anderson Hernandez has started hitting a little bit for the Mets. Lastings Milledge went 2 for 4.

In the second game, a strong six inning effort by John Maine got wasted as the Mets lost 1-0. The Tides managed only one hit in the seven-inning game (minor league doubleheader games are only seven innings). Super-prospect Delmon Young scored the only Bulls run. The Tides are now 0-4 and will try to turn their fortunes around against Buffalo today at 7:15 PM.

The Binghamton Mets have things going a little better for them, as they beat the Akron Aeros 5-3. Brett Harper continued his hot series, going 2 for 6 with two doubles, scoring a run. He’s hitting .471 after four games. Jorge Padilla also had two hits, a triple and a home run. Well, if you’re going to have two hits, those are two good ones to have. The B-Mets are 3-1, and play Reading tonight at 7:10 PM.

St. Lucie ended their series on a down note, losing to Vero Beach 6-0. Blake Eager had a rough outing, with six runs in four innings, include two home runs. The bullpen held them for the rest of the game, but the damage had been done. Even with the loss, the Mets took three out of four from the Dodgers, and open a series with Daytona starting tonight at 7 PM.

Finally, the Hagerstown Suns lost their fourth straight game, losing to Greensboro 3-0. Wow, three Mets’ affiliates shut out in one day. You hate to see that. Hagerstown will face Lakewood in a four game series starting tonight at 6:35 PM.