4/29 Minor League Report! Duda, Ratliff!

Buffalo 0, Rochester 1

I’m not sure what else I can say at this point. Pitch well and lose, pitch poorly and lose, score 4 and give up 5, score 0 and give up 1…it’s just a sad sad situation up in Buffalo right now. The Bisons were held to 7 hits and 3 walks today, and went 0 for 5 with RISP, leaving 8 men on base in their loss. Willy Mo Pena and Jesus Feliciano had multi hit games, while the top 3 in the order (Cory Sullivan, Andy Green, Fernando Martinez) were a combined 0 for 11. Mike Nickeas and Jose Coronado also took 0-fers. Nelson Figueroa pitched brilliantly for 7 innings, allowing just 1 run, enough for the loss.

lf Fernando Martinez 0 for 3, BB, 2 Ks, .233
dh Willy Mo Pena 2 for 4, K, .500
3b Mike Lamb 1 for 4, .143
1b Nick Evans 1 for 3, BB, K, .102
rf Jesus Feliciano 3 for 4, .283
Nelson Figueroa 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 Ks, 2.25 era, 84:59:25, 10:9:2
Elmer Dessens IP, H, 0.82 era, 9:6:3, 1:1:0

Binghamton 2, Portland 6

Jose Sanchez has been having a very rough start to his 2009 season, so much so that tonight’s outing (3 earned in 5 innings) served to lower his ERA a full run and change from 9.88 to 8.68.

It was a very frustrating night for the offense, as they had 8 hits and 3 walks, but in a performance the big club could be proud of, went 0 for 11 with RISP and left 11 on base. Josh Thole, Lucas Duda and Jon Malo had multi hit games, while Emmanuel Garcia (0 for 4, run, BB, .243), Shawn Bowman (0 for 5, .250), Mark Kiger (0 for 4, 3 Ks, .214), and Carl Loadenthal (0 for 4, 2 Ks, .288) took 0-fers.

ss Ruben Tejada 1 for 5, 2 Ks, .233
c Josh Thole 2 for 4, 2b, BB, .382
1b Lucas Duda 2 for 3, 2b, BB, .318
2b Jon Malo 2 for 4, run, .500
lf DJ Wabick 1 for 4, 2 Ks, .205
Jose Sanchez 5 IP, 7 H, 4/3 R/ER, 4 Ks, 2 HR, 8.68 era, L (1-3), 5:6:4
Nick Abel IP, BB, K, 1.93 era, 0:2:1
Julio De La Cruz IP, 1/2 BB/K, 2.25 era, 0:0:2
Adam Bostick IP, 4 H, 2 ER, K, HR, 3 era, 1:1:1

St. Lucie 1, Jupiter 1 thru 12.5 innings

Angel Calero went 6 strong innings, followed by 5 terrific innings from Brant Rustich, but the offense has done nothing all night, outside of a run in the 9th to tie it, Ike Davis doubled and scored on Francisco Pena’s single. That’s where we are, 1-1 in the 13th. I’ll edit this post with a full game recap when it goes final.

St. Lucie 2, Jupiter 1 in 14 innings

As I told you earlier, Angel Calero and Brant Rustich were the majority of the story for the Mets tonight, they combined for 11 incredible innings, scattering 4 hits and a run (Calero’s) between them, each struck out 7. But it was Ike Davis who ended up as the main story, he doubled and scored the tying run in the 9th, then singled and scored the winning run in the 14th, ending with a 3 for 6 day. The Mets had just 5 hits, but made 4 of the 5 count heavily. Francisco Pena’s only hit drove in the Mets first run, Reese Havens’ only hit drove in the Mets second run. Matias Carrillo got the win by getting the final out in the top of the 14th.

2b Greg Veloz 0 for 4, 2 BBs, K, .241
cf Kirk Nieuwenhuis 0 for 6, 2 Ks, .216
1b Ike Davis 3 for 6, 2 runs, 2b, K, .297
ss Reese Havens 1 for 6, 2b, RBI (walkoff), 2 Ks, .263
c Francisco Pena 1 for 4, RBI (tying, 9th), .196
rf Carlos Guzman 0 for 5, 2 Ks, .296
3b Matt Bouchard 0 for 5, 3 Ks, .111
lf Brahiam Maldonado 0 for 5, 2 Ks, .241
dh Hector Pellot 0 for 4, 3 Ks, .150
Angel Calero 6 IP, 3 H, ER, 2/7 BB/K, 1.23 era, 5:6:7
Brant Rustich 5 IP, H, BB, 1/7 BB/K, 1.38 era, 4:5:7
Jose De La Torre 1.2 IP, H, 2/1 BB/K, 4.35 era, 1:2:1
Emary Frederick IP, BB, K, 2.19 era, 0:1:1
Matias Carrillo 0.1 IP, BB, K, 5.06 era, W (1-1)

Between the two teams, there were 33 strikeouts (17 by the Mets, 16 by Jupiter), 33 of the 83 outs recorded by both teams were via strikeout.

Savannah 11, Greenville 7

Robert Carson has been alternating good outing-bad outing so far this year, and he had a strong bounceback outing tonight, going 6 strong, allowing 3 hits and 2 unearned runs (due to Jefry Marte’s 10th error of the season). Wendy Rosa and Eric Turgeon combined to give up 5 runs in 2.2 innings, but Jimmy Johnson came in with the tying run at the plate and struck him out to end it, earning his first save.

The Gnats offense exploded tonight for 11 runs on 17 hits and 3 walks, they went a blistering 8 for 18 with RISP, and left 8 men on base. Wilmer Flores, Kai Gronauer (0 for 4, run, 2 RBI, 2 Ks, .214) and Juan Lagares were the only Gnats who didn’t have multiple hits tonight.

rf Rafael Fernandez 2 for 5, 2 runs, 2b, RBI, BB, .268
3b Jefry Marte 2 for 5, run, RBI, K, .280
ss Wilmer Flores 1 for 5, run, K, .313
2b Josh Satin 3 for 5, run, 2b, RBI, K, .379
1b Eric Campbell 2 for 4, run, BB, K, .269
lf Sean Ratliff 4 for 5, 3 runs, 2b, HR, 2 RBI, .289
dh Raul Reyes 2 for 4, RBI, BB, .250
cf Juan Lagares 1 for 5, run, 2 RBI, .265

Couple questions from comments on my blog (MetsProspectHub):

re: my Jordany Valdespin rant/meltdown:

Q: If I remember correctly, they did a similar thing with Jordan Abruzzo last year. He was batting .300 in St. Lucie and then he went down to Brooklyn.

Where is Abruzzo anyway?

Answer: Abruzzo was released by the Mets.

Q: long time no speak.
i have to ask you, what are your feelings on fmart at AAA? personally, i think he should have repeated at AA this year. when a guy like the cards brett wallace is still at AA, it makes me believe that the mets, as usual, are rushing fmart for no good reason….curious to hear your thoughts

Answer: He had spent the last 2 seasons in AA, and was coming off ripping the DWL (which in my eyes is AAA level) to shreds, so in my eyes, it was justified to have him open up in AAA. Brett Wallace was just drafted in 2008, and had just 49 ABs in AA during last season. Starting him in AA was the smart thing to do.
Robert Carson 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2/7 BB/K, 3.48 era, W (2-2), 4:7:7
Wendy Rosa 1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BBs, 9.58 era, 1:4:0
Eric Turgeon IP, H, ER, 5/3 BB/K, 2.45 era
Jimmy Johnson 0.1 IP, K, 1.42 era, SV (1)