The old-model UCL.
*All results from games played on May 9th, 2012
Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (26-7)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 4, BREVARD COUNTY 2 (Box)
More sunshine out of St. Lucie. Less than a year after holes were drilled into the ulna and humerus bones of his right noodle, Jenrry Mejia is back throwing a 95-mph fastball just like any old healthy person. In a five inning display, Mejia's moneymaker hovered around 92 and touched 95, his two-seamer was dribbled for groundouts, and a still raw-looking curveball was bailed out by a lovely change. "We're working really hard just holding the reins back on him," observed sensei Dan Warthen, "because he's feeling so good and everything is going so well." According to team sources, the Mets would like to see three more rehab starts before evaluating Jenrry's place in Queens. (Reached at home for comment, Kevin Burkhardt prefers the lad now, not three rehab starts from now, but he wearies of explaining his temporal axiology.)
The first place Mets converted just a half-dozen hits into four runs, which doubled-up their Manatee opponents, who were well handled by a crack bullpen duo of Cuan and Rosario (4 IP, 1 H, 4 K). Manatee-on-Met violence all came early against Mejia, who walked two and allowed two earned on four hits. Undoubtedly the sweetest thing happened in the top of the ninth, when CF Cesar Puello faced off against Stosh J. Wawrzasek. But that's not all! Puello laced a triple into the right field corner and scored when the throw sailed in over somebody's head, maybe Stosh's. SS Wilfredo Tovar, in the nine hole, cracked a pair of doubles; RF Rafael Fernandez launched his first 2012 home run.
- RF Cesar Puello: 2-4, R, 3B, 2 K
- 3B Wilmer Flores: 0-4, 2 K
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 2-4, R, 2 2B, RBI
- RF Cory Vaughn: DNP for a second straight game. I'm not aware of anything wrong. Here's a nice little profile of the pedigreed stripling with 8 homers: "I like to see the numbers on outfielders' backs."
- 2B Danny Muno: 1-4, K
- RHP Jenrry Mejia: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
- LHP Angel Cuan: 3 IP, 1 H, 2 K
- RHP Adrian Rosario: 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (20-13)_______________________________________
BUFFALO 4, GWINNETT 1 (Box)
Jeurys Familia, the 6'4" 230-pound right-handed "big-time guy" (Paul DePodesta), has struck out 29 batters in 26.2 innings, but also walked 25. That's called potential. In last night's satisfying little win over the Gwinnett Braves, Familia positioned his team beautifully, pitching six innings of two-walk, six-strikeout ball with only one run to show. 3B Zach Lutz gave me a prospect bat to talk about, singling twice and coming through in the two-out spot to chase a pair of insurance runs home. Gwinnett, GA, is named for Button Gwinnett, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, slain in a duel.
- 3B Zach Lutz: 2-5, 2 RBI, K
- PH Josh Satin: 0-1, R
- 1B Valentino Pascucci: 1-4, R, 3 K
- 2B Bobby Scales: 1-4, R, 2B, 2 K
- C Jean Luc Blaquiere: 2-4, R, K, E(1); Jean Luc is from Quebec
- RHP Jeurys Familia: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
- LHP Justin Hampson: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 K
- RHP Elvin Ramirez: 1.2, 2 K
AA - Binghamton Mets (14-17)_____________________________________
NEW BRITAIN 5, BINGHAMTON 1 (Box)
It was all square in the New Britain eighth when a fellow named Joe Benson -- your average fellow -- put a ball on the ground for 3B Jefry Marte to receive without ceremony and deliver to first. He booted it, and three doubles and four unearned runs later, bleh. Does Jefry see Wilmer Flores in his rear view mirror? Probably not while he's hitting .313 with some patience (but no power,) but then again Wilmer may force his way up to colder climes. That's Marte's fourth error. It was really a nasty little game. CF Matt Den Dekker legged out a triple, but struck out twice. LF Juan Lagares knocked in a run, but struck out twice. Five more hits fell in to almost no purpose. SP Collin McHugh was the quality of the outfit, striking out five in seven innings with only a solo blast hurting him. It's a shame he didn't get to go home happy.
- LF Juan Lagares: 2-4, RBI, 2 K
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 1-4, 3B, 2 K
- 3B Jefry Marte: 1-4, R, E(4)
- LF Pedro Zapata: 0-3, K
- RHP Collin McHugh: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (20-12)__________________________________
★ Beaming Star of the Night ★