Thunder 7, B-Mets 3

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.

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