Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Mets Minor League Recaps for 8-31

I think it’s time I buy a David Wright jersey. In August: .314/.346/.549.

Bob Klapisch summed up the last looooong month for the Mets on espn.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=klapisch_bob&id=1871002

Stars of the Day:
AAA: Victor Diaz
AA: Jason Scobie
High A: Joe Jiannetti
A: the raindrops
SSA: Scott Hyde/Tyler Davidson

Norfolk 6, @ Charlotte 9
After the Tides tied it at 6 with a run in the top of the seventh, the Knights regained the lead with a pair in the bottom half, and added one more insurance run in the eighth with all three runs coming off reliever Blake McGinley. Pat Strange started, surrendering six runs, all earned, on nine hits.
Victor Diaz’s three run homer in the first put Norfolk up 3-0 before the Knights had recorded an out. Diaz was 2-4 with a walk and 5 RBI in upping his average to .290/.330/.496. He has played rightfield exclusively this year. I believe his value would be maximized by playing as many positions as possible, and he has played first, second and third over the last three years. Craig Brazell had a solo homer. Shortstop Chris Basak was 2-4 with a walk and a triple.
With the loss, the Tides have dropped 5 of 6.

Portland 3, @ Binghamton 0
Jason Scobie took the loss. Scobie managed to only allow one run, on a solo homer, over his six innings even though he gave up six hits, walked five and struck out just one. Scobie’s only 1-2-3 inning was the fourth. Jake Joseph gave up a pair in the seventh to complete the scoring.
Five hits for the B-Mets. Ron Acuna was 1-4 with a double and Bobby Malek was 1-3 with a double.
Rain stopped the game after eight innings.
Note: I almost didn’t assign a star of the day for the B-Mets in this game, but decided that Jason Scobie, who hasn’t won a game since August 8th deserved a little love even if the linescore wasn’t pretty.

Vero Beach 4, @ St. Lucie 2
Kevin Deaton threw a very solid six innings over which he allowed two runs on five hits. A rehabbing Scott Strickland was charged with two runs and his first FSL loss. Jose Rodriguez was effective following Strickland, walking one and striking out one in his 1.2 innings.
St. Lucie lead 2-0 on solo homers in the first and second innings respectively by firstbaseman Jay Caligiuri and thirdbaseman Joe Jiannetti. Jiannetti was 3-4 with a would as well. Secondbaseman Robert McIntyre, who added two singles was the only other Met with multiple hits.
This was the final regular season home game for St. Lucie which finishes up at Vero Beach, Jupiter and Daytona. The St. Lucie website notes that the Mets and Dodgers are now tied in the race for the Treasure Coast Cup. With the loss, St. Lucie falls to 27-33, and 11.5 games behind Vero Beach in the second half.

Columbus @ Capital City
Rained out.
Do you know how many rainouts there have been in the California League this year? 0. A pitcher said to me Sunday that he was looking forward to going home (to Illinois) in part to see some rain.

Batavia 2, @ Brooklyn 5
The tastefully named Scott Hyde improved to 4-3 with seven innings of one run ball. He struck out eight without a walk, and allowed five hits. The Muckdogs scored their only run on a solo homer by shortstop John Hardy. For the year, Hyde has a 3.23 ERA, 3.42 R/G, with a .218 BA against and 16 BB versus 45 K. Remove his one bad start, when he allowed seven runs on four innings on August eighth, the only time he has given up more than three runs, and his numbers become: 2.07 ERA, 2.28 R/G, in 43.1 IP, 13 BB, and 40 K.
Ambio Concepcion was 3-4 with an RBI and a run. Tyler Davidson tripled, scored and drove in a run in a 2-3 night. The triple was the Cyclones only extra basehit.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Mets Minor League Recaps for 8-25

It’s been a dizzying few days of roster moves, and I have only a rough idea where most Mets players are. Aaron Heilman was returned to Norfolk today while Ober Moreno was placed on the 60 day DL freeing up a spot on the 40 man roster, which was turned over to Heath Bell who made a very good big league debut. In the last two days Matt Ginter has been up and down from AAA. Fortunato and Keppinger have both appeared at the big league level. And I’m having trouble making myself care…
By the way, I’ve solved the Mets problems. Yeah, yeah, everyone has an idea, but this one’s good. There’s a brilliant baseball man out there, sacked by his former club in an awful power struggle. He’s helped build two of the teams contending for the AL West title, each time developing talent from within and pulling off a few shrewd moves, and leaving his former clubs with stacked farm systems, and a talented big league roster. Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present my choice for the next Mets GM:….. GRADY FUSON. Maybe this isn’t an original thought, but I swear, I haven’t seen it anywhere else. Anyway, Grady was run out of Texas this summer after essentially signing on as the Rangers GM. I’ve met him, interviewed him, talked baseball with him, and been consistently impressed. Let us begin the movement: Fuson for the Future

Stars of the Day:
AAA: Prentice Redman/Tyler Yates/Victor Diaz
AA: Ron Acuna/Ken Chenard
A: Blake Whealy/ Lastings Milledge
A: Jamar Hill

Norfolk 5, @ Charlotte 3 (15)
Prentice Redman’s only hit of the night, a two run homer in the top of the 15th, pushed Norfolk to the extra inning victory. Victor Diaz also launched two solo homers for the Tides. Craig Brazell was 2-6 with a walk.
Randy Keisler gave up all of the Charlotte runs in his seven innings before turning the game over to the bullpen that dealt eight scoreless innings. Tyler Yates threw the final two perfectly while fanning two to earn the win. Yates followed three innings each from Vic Darrensbourg and Jake Joseph.

Binghamton 3, @ Norwich 2
The B-Mets touched up Brion Treadway for three runs over six innings. Treadway started off the year in the California League where he was 7-5 with a 3.95 ERA, but bounced 13 WP and hit 8 batters in 111 + IP I’ve also seen him and wasn’t that impressed. For a full scouting report on Treadway, click here: http://www.calleaguers.com/TreadwayBrion.html to read Sam Gaeney’s report. (I often use information from Sam’s work in my broadcasts.)
Binghamton was held without an extra base hit tonight. Bobby Malek and Ron Acuna each went 2-4 and Acuna drove in a pair.
Ken Chenard was very good giving up just two unearned runs on three hits over seven innings, while fanning nine without walking a batter. Micah Mangrum and PJ Bevis each pitched a scoreless inning in relief to preserve the one run win.

Daytona @ St. Lucie
PPD. Yesterday Vero Beach took two from St. Lucie. Yusmeiro Petit lost the first game and allowed three runs, one earned on four hits over six innings while striking out seven. He didn’t walk a batter.

Rome 5, @ Capital City 8
The Bombers took a little while to get revved up but racked up eight runs in the bottom of the sixth to win this one in their final turn at bat. Wilson Batista doubled home a pair, but the big blow of the inning was a Blake Whealy grand slam that drove home the third-sixth runs of the inning before an out was recorded. Lastings Milledge also singled home a pair.

Rome 4, @ Capital City 6
Another final AB win, this time Capital City scored three in the bottom of the seventh on Jamar Hill’s dramatic two out homer to complete the sweep. Lots of homers here, as the Braves did all of their damage by going over the wall, and Shawn Bowman had a two run dong as well. Lastings Milledge also singled home a run.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Mets Minor League Recaps for 8-19

Stars of the Day:
AAA: Vic Darrensbourg/Ozzie Timmons
AA: Brett Harper/Ron Acuna
High A: Jonathan Slack/Jose Rodriguez
A: Tim Worthington/Wilson Batista
SSA: Joseph Williams
Rookie: Josh Wyrick

Charlotte 4 @ Norfolk 3
Jae Seo walked six and gave up nine hits in 5.1 innings on his way to allowing only four runs. Given that line, it could have been worse, but Seo induced two double plays. Vic Darrensbourg settled things down with 2.2 innings of one hit ball, with two strikeouts.
Thirty-four year old Ozzie Timmons who’s bounced between the majors, AAA, Japan and independent ball in the last nine years had the only two extra base hits for the Tides: a homer and a double. Victor Diaz was 2-4. Prentice Redman was 1-3 with a sacrifice fly and an RBI.

New Hampshire 4, @ Binghamton 3
Brett Harper and Ron Acuna were each 2-4. Josh Pressley, who I discussed yesterday doubled and drove in a run (and scored one) for his only hit in 4 AB.
Ken Chenard gave up all four runs in his seven innings, but struck out eight. He gave up a pair of homers, which accounted for three runs, included a tie-breaking solo shot in the fifth.

St. Lucie 2, @ Jupiter 1
Jonathan Slack singled home Corey Ragsdale with the winning run in the eighth. Bobby Malek, who was 2-4 with a homer and a double, put the Mets in front with a solo shot in the fourth.
Once again, a lot of St. Lucie pitchers, each throwing just a few innings. Michael Cox started, walking three and striking out three. Domingo Acosta went the next two fanning four, but giving up the only Hammerheads run of the night. Jose Rodriguez won the game for his three scoreless innings.

Hagerstown 5, @ Capital City 2
Tim Worthington, who was a non-drafted free agent last spring, and pitched for Brooklyn, and has split time between Kingsport, Brooklyn and Capital City, took a hard luck loss. Worthington allowed just one run on two hits through five innings while fanning seven Suns. Bryan King was hit a little harder, giving up four runs, two earned over the next two innings.
Wilson Batista was 2-5 with a double. Ryan Harvey and Blake Whealy were each 2-4 with a run scored in the eighth, and Harvey also walked.

Brooklyn 1, @ Staten Island 0
Dante Brinkeley drove in the game’s only run with a bases loaded walk in the third inning, as the teams combined for eight hits. Jim Burt singled twice, and scored the Cyclones only run.
Joseph Williams turned in his fifth scoreless performance of five innings or more in 2004, and this one lasted six. He fanned six and walked one, while allowing three hits.

Elizabethton 6, @ Kingsport 2
Josh Wyrick was 3-5. Seth Pietsch launched a solo homer and Josh Petersen was 2-4 with a double and a run scored.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Mets Minor League Recaps for 8-18

Is it possible for Zambrano to retro-actively fail a physical? Can we make it possible?

Stars of the Day:
AAA: Blake McGinley
AA: Josh Pressley
High A: Luis Pineda
High A: Yusmeiro Petit
A: Lastings Milledge

Charlotte 4, @ Norfolk 2
Matt Ginter took the loss for giving up four runs, three of them earned. He allowed six hits and a walk while striking out six. Blake McGinley was perfect over the final two innings striking out three.
A depleted Norfolk lineup managed three hits. Victor Diaz and Ozzie Timmons each singled home a run and David Bacani doubled and scored.

New Hampshire 6 @ Binghamton 2
Brian Bannister allowed three runs on seven hits through the first six innings.
Josh Pressley was 2-4 with a double and a run scored to improve to .296/.381/.404 in 307 AB with 42 strikeouts against 58 walks. The 24 year old first baseman has never really hit for much power, - the last time his SLG was over .400 was back in 2000, with Charleston in SAL, but that OBP and strike zone judgment is intriguing. He’s hitting .316/.390/.430 with 20 2B vs. righties.

ST. Lucie 4, @ Palm Beach 2
Luis Pineda gave up only one hit over the final three innings for the win, while striking out four. Brian Edwards and Luz Portobanco each allowed a run in their two innings.
Only two RBI, for St. Lucie, even though four crossed the plate. Jay Caligiuri singled and doubled in four AB and shortstop Corey Ragsdale was 2-3 with a run scored and an RBI. No other Met had more than one hit, although catcher Zach Clement doubled in a run in hit only at bat.

St. Lucie 1, @ Palm Beach 5
Palm Beach did all their damage in a five run fourth against Tim McNab who didn’t get anyone out in the inning was charged with three runs. Yusmeiro Petit struck out three in a perfect two innings to start the game. Are all the pitchers essentially now on bullpen pitch counts so everyone’s available with all the hurricane outs and doubleheaders coming up?

Hagerstown 4, @ Capital City 11
Lastings Milledge led the charges by going 3-4 with two doubles and a homer with a walk and three driven in. Andy Wilson was also 3-3 with a walk.
Tanner Osberg coasted through 6.2 allowing three runs on five hits to lower his ERA to 6.16. He struck out six, and walked three.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Mets Minor League Recaps for 8-17

So I’ve been slacking recently, and haven’t written much in a while. I don’t really have a good explanation. It’s true that I’ve moved – from one end of Stockton to the other. It’s true that I’m tired from the endurance contest that is a minor league baseball season – and I’m the radio guy, just imagine how the players feel. It’s also true that I was, and am still, very upset about trading Kazmir and Huber. I mean, if the Mets management won’t take their prospects seriously, why should I? Anyway, now I’m back with a vengeance.
We’ll start with what I thought was a funny joke. At ESPN.com, Jayson Stark wrote:
One reason the Mets' end of those trades might not look so bad in the end is the two prospects they got back from Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh -- pitcher Bartolome Fortunato and second baseman Jeff Keppinger.
One scouting director we talked to raved about Fortunato's 97-mph fastball and projected him as a potential No. 2 starter. Keppinger, meanwhile, was described as "a hard-nosed guy" who is hitting .336 in Double-A, with just 19 strikeouts all year in 400 trips to the plate.

Let’s start with Fortunato. He’s 30 years old. He has appeared in 35 games in AAA this year out of the ‘pen. Let’s start small and get to a AAA rotation first, before moving to the front end of a big league rotation, huh? Nineteen and 20 year olds, projectable, 30 year olds, not. To be fair, Fortunato made four AAA starts in 2003, but of his 163 career minor league appearances, only 31 have been starts and he has started a grand total of 11 games in the last three years, including five in High A Bakersfield in 2002.
Keppinger was hitting .338 with Altoona to go along with a solid .387 OBP. However, his slugging was just .413. That’s an isolated slugging percentage of .085, and the second year in a row he has seen his ISO slide from .128 in the SAL in 2002, to .106 in the Carolina League in 2003.
Let me be perfectly clear: These two are not elite prospects. Fortunato has as small a chance to be a #2 starter as any pitcher in affiliated baseball. Keppinger could be a useful utility man.

In cleaning out my room I found an article that Alan Schwarz wrote for the May 3rd, New York Magazine titled “Re-Engineering the Mets - In the playoffs by 2006…” that my parents were kind enough to send to me. I enjoyed the article, because it laid out a solid plan. The Plan: 2004: Assesment – figure out which young arms can be trusted, Winter 04-05 Sign a bopper, while letting Piazza go, 05: trade an elderly arm (Leiter or Trachsel) freeing up more time for the young guns, Winter 05-06: buy more talent. The basic premise was the following: the Mets had a good young infield core, and some interesting minor league arms to go along with an aging big league roster that could still be turned into an asset by trading some older more expensive players. He summed it up with: “A new philosophy must grow from within.” (Of course, Schwarz, a Baseball America writer takes a few cheap shots at Moneyball, which is stupid because the basic premise in Moneyball, that there are imperfections in the market for baseball players because teams do not evaluate talent properly seems to apply to the Mets as much as any other major league franchise. By the way, Baseball America does not include OBP in their stat packages.) Schwarz, I suppose, helped inspired me to start writing about the farm system by hyping the young guns.
The point that made the made the most sense was that the Mets needed a few of their minor league arms – Schwartz names Kazmir, Jae Seo, Tyler Yates, Matt Peterson, Bob Keppel and Jeremy Griffiths - to pan out. One by one: Kazmir – Traded. Peterson – Traded. Griffiths – Traded (good trade). Yates – in bullpen with 7.07 ERA. Seo – a cheap average big league pitcher, and now back in AAA. Baseball Prospectus puts Seo four runs below average for the season – a classic back end of the rotation guy. (Those two Studs the Mets paid dearly for are not much better: Victor Zambrano was two runs above average with the Devil Rays, and Benson was one run above average for Pittsburgh.) Keppel – struggling (2-6, 5.11 ERA) in AAA.
The Mets assessed, and dispatched their talent to other teams.
And on to the remaining talent…

Stars of the Day:
AAA: Prentice Redman/Jeff Keppinger
AA: Micah Mangrum
High A: Vincent Cordova
A: Blake Whealy
SSA: Ambio Concepcion/Jim Burt

Norfolk 2, @ Indianapolis 6
Pat Strange gave up six runs on eight hits in five innings. Jeff Keppinger singled twice to up his AAA average to .625 (5H/8AB) each time driving in Prentice Redman who singled twice as well. Redman and Keppinger were the only Tides with multiple hits as Norfolk was held without an extra base hit.

New Hampshire 4, @ Binghamton 0
Binghamton managed only three singles while Mike Meyers gave up all four runs, three earned in his four innings. Micah Mangrum was awesome in relief. He gave up just one hit while fanning seven, without a walk over the next four innings.

Brevard Country 1, @ St. Lucie 0
Vincent Cordova lost a pitchers duel to Expos top-prospect Clint Everts. Cordova, in his fourth FSL start and second in a row against the Manatees, made it his best, going seven three hit innings while fanning a very nasty 12.
Like their AA brethren, St. Lucie managed only three hits. Joe Jianetti had two, including a double. Alhaji Turay singled as well.

Hagerstown 3, @ Capital City 5
Blake Whealy homered twice in a 3-4 night, while driving in three runs. Thirdbaseman Shawn Bowman drove in a run with a single and a double. Catcher Yunir Garcia launched a solo homer along with a single in a 2-4 night.
Greg Ramirez lasted only four innings, allowing all three runs. Twenty-four year old Jose Gomez earned the win for his three innings of one hit baseball. He fanned six and didn’t walk a batter to up his strikeout total to 15 in 8.2 SAL innings.

Aberdeen 5, @ Brooklyn 4
Ambio Concepcion homered and drove in a pair. Former Hurricane Jim Burt singled, doubled and drove in a run in four trips. Catcher Aaron Hathaway came out of the game after two at bats.
Mike Swindell gave up four runs, two earned on five hits in six innings.

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Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Mets Minor League Recaps for 8-3

Sad day in Metsland, with Bob Murphy’s passing. One of the voices that made me want to become a broadcaster won’t speak again.
I realized that after every victory I tell listeners to Ports games that “we’ll be right back with a happy recap.” I knew I stole it straight from Murph, but it just seems like such a good way to celebrate. Someday, maybe I’ll be smart enough or good enough to coin my own phrase. Right now, I think I’ll settle for borrowing from a great one, and think of my Mets after every victory I call.
Lets do some recaps before I get choked up.

I shouldn’t do this, but if you want to get more upset about the Mets idiocy last Friday, read http://theraindrops.weblogs.us/. I should warn you, Avkash will make you more upset than you might want to be.

Stars of the Day:
AAA: Bob Keppel/Prentice Redman
AA: Jason Scobie/Gil Velazquez
AA: Orlando Roman/Josh Pressley/Brett Harper
High A: Hurricane season
A: Blake Whealy/Tanner Osberg
A: Jamar Hill
SSA: Scott Hyde/Ambio Concepcion

Norfolk 6, @ Toledo 3
Bob Keppel won his third game of the year for his six one run innings. He gave up seven hits without walking a batter, while striking out two. Blake McGinley gave up two runs, one earned and a homer in his three inning save.
The Tides featured a balanced attack as no Tide scored more than one run, nor drove in more than one, while only two had more than one hit. Prentice Redman tripled and doubled, drove in a run and scored one. Rodney Nye also doubled as part of a 2-4 night, drove in a run, and scored one. Tom Wilson homered for his only hit in four tries.

Binghamton 3, @ Trenton 4 (Game 1)
I listened to the early parts of this game, thanks to the beauty of webcasting. I learned a lot. For example Trenton features the first female headsgroundkeeper in AA.
Wayne Lydon was the only B-Met with multiple hits: two singles. Gil Velazquez tripled and walked twice.
Jason Scobie gave up four runs, three earned, in 5.2 innings. He hit two batters, but didn’t walk one, while striking out five.

Binghamton 5, @ Trenton 2 (Game 2)
Orlando Roman won his first AA start giving up just two runs on four hits through six innings. He walked four while fanning only two. PJ Bevis gave up a couple of hits, but completed his fourth save. Roman, who was originally drafted in the 31st round in 1999, began his career as a starter, but spent most of 2001, 2002 and 2003 as a reliever. At the end of July 2003, he was sent from St. Lucie, where he’d worked out of the pen, back to Capital City where he resumed his starters career.
Jeff Duncan singled and doubled. Brett Harper and Josh Pressley each singled and doubled while driving in a pair and a run respectively. Catcher Jimmie Gonzalez was 2-4 with an RBI.

Palm Beach @ St. Lucie
Rained out.

Capital City 5, @ Delmarva 2 (Game 1)
Blake Whealy drove in a pair with a single and a double. Ryan Harvey tripled and scored a run. Andy Wilson homered and scored a pair of runs thanks to his walk.
Tanner Osberg allowed two unearned runs on six hits. He walked a batter, and hit a batter while retiring four on strikes.

Capital City 5, @ Delmarva 8
2001 fourth rounder Brian Walker gave up the first five runs and took the loss. The good news I suppose is that he struck out seven while walking one. Anderson Garcia allowed three runs, but only one was earned over the final inning and two thirds. He gave up two hits and two walks, so it’s not as though he was completely the victim of bad luck.
Jamar Hill homered and drove in two in a 2-4 nightcap. Blake Whealy tripled, so he was shy of a homer for a cycle split between the two games of the doubleheader. Jesus LInares singled home a pair.

Brooklyn 8, @ Aberdeen 5
My boy Scott Hyde (no relation) allowed only one run two hits and two walks over 5.2 innings. Unfortunately, one of those hits was a solo homer. He struck out six to improve to 2-0. In 19.2 IP, he’s given up just three runs, while striking out 16 and walking seven and holding the NYP to a .141 BA against.
Ambio Concepcion singled, doubled, tripled, drove in three, and stole a base. He’s already got 16 stolen bases in 35 games to go along with a .300/.340/.469 line. Matt Fisher doubled and scored twice. Dante Brinkley singled twice and scored each time.

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Monday, August 02, 2004

Mets Minor League Recaps for 8-2

Stars of the Day:
AAA: Prentice Redman/David Bacani/Randy Keisler
AA: The Rain
High A: Yusmeiro Petit/Lastings Milledge
A: More Rain
SSA: Evan MacLane/Ambio Concepcion

Norfolk 9 @ Toledo 7
Norfolk led 4-1, then 7-3, but the bullpen gave away the lead, and the Tides needed two in the top of the tenth to win the ballgame. Tyler Yates blew the save by giving up a two run homerun, but gave up just a walk in the bottom of the tenth to earn the win. Randy Keisler sent the first six innings allowing three runs on two homers and six hits. He fanned six. New Tide Bartolome Fortunato retired two batters.
Prentice Redman drove home the winning run with a bases loaded walk in the top of the tenth. Rodney Nye drove in his second run of the game by grounding into a fielder’s choice. Secondbaseman David Bacani went 2-4 with a three RBI triple. Rodney Nye singled twice and walked twice in six plate appearances and drove in a pair. Victor Diaz launched a solo homer.

Rained out. Binghamton will play two tomorrow at Trenton. Jason Scobie will start the first game, and Orlando Roman will make his AA debut. The 26 year-old Roman was 4-5 with a 3.71 ERA, 3.88 RA. He held the league to a .220 batting average while walking 33 and striking out 99 in 102 IP. He was originally a 31st round draft pick in 1999 out of Indian Hills (IA) CC.

St. Lucie 1, @ Palm Beach 2
Yusmeiro Petit allowed just one run on seven hits over the first 6.2 IP. The new top Mets pitching prospect fanned 11 while walking one to lower his FSL ERA to 1.19. David Byard gave up the deciding unearned run in the bottom of the eighth.
Lastings Milledge tripled and scored in his 2-4 night. Corey Ragsdale drove him home with a sacrifice fly.
Now starting for Palm Beach: Rick Ankiel. The only hit he allowed in his two innings was Milledge’s triple.

Capital City
Rained out at Delmarva. The Bombers and the Shorebirds will play two on Tuesday.

Brooklyn 4, @ Aberdeen 5
The Ironbirds scored four in the bottom of the ninth to beat first place Brooklyn.
Evan MacLane who has absolutely no business being in the New York Penn League dealt the first 5.2 innings allowing only one unearned run on seven hits. He fanned four without a walk. Remember up in the SAL MacLane was 5-2 with a 2.39 ERA, 2.79 RA. The SAL was hitting only .225 against him, and he’d struck out 66 while walking only 10. I guess this is old news, but it never ceases to be frustrating. With Brooklyn, MacLane has horrified the NYP with 35 K and just 2 (!) walks in 42 innings.
Ambio Concepcion singled and homered and drove in two. Dante Brinkley had a pair of singles. Ryan Coultas was 1-4 with a single and an RBI.