Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Mets Minor League Report 4-12-2006

Stars of the Day:

AAA: Jose Lima/Chase Lambin

AA: Jay Caligiuri

A+: Mike Pelfrey**

A: Jonathan Niese/Rafael Arroyo

Norfolk 6, Buffalo 4

Jose Lima recovered from a disastrous first start and dealt six one run, four hit innings. Bartolome Fortunato was rocked for 3 runs in .2 of an inning in the eighth, but Heath Bell came in and shut the door with the bases loaded. Bell struck out 3 in his 1.1 IP.

Chase Lambin was the only Tide with 2 hits. He scored twice and drove in a run. Chris Basak continued his fine start in a 1-3 night with a walk and a run scored. Lastings Milledge was 1-3 with a double and a walk.

Tide Corey Aldridge was thrown out at the plate, and called out when he was ruled to have pulled the ball out of Buffalo catcher Einar Diaz’s mitt. Aldridge credited playing lots of ping-pong recently for quickening his hand speed!

Binghamton 8, Reading 7

Jay Caligiuri drove home Carlos Gomez with the winning run with two out in the bottom of the ninth on the 11th pitch of an excellent AB. The Mets fell behind by five runs, rallied to take a 6-5 lead in the eighth, only to Reading retake the lead in the top of the 9th, setting up Caligiuri’s heroics. Caligiuri finished the game 3-4 with 2 2B, 2 R, and the game winning RBI. Corey Ragsdale was 2-4. Gomez was 1-4 with a SB in the ninth.

Reading jumped on B-Mets starter Evan MacLane for 5 runs, all earned in five innings. MacLane still fanned 6 while walking just one and retired the final nine batters he faced. Reading scored a run in the top of the first, ending the B-Mets starting pitchers scoreless innings streak at 26.

St. Lucie 4, Dayftona 1

Mike Pelfrey was dominant over six innings allowing four hits and an unearned run while punching out seven Cubs without issuing a walk. In 13 FSL innings, Pelfrey has allowed but 6 hits, and struck out 13 batters with one walk. It’s early, but it’s very good.

The southern Mets had just four hits, and scored a pair of unearned runs. Jesus Flores doubled home a run in a 1-4 night. The top three batters in the order, Ambio Concepcion, Jose Coronado, and Shawn Bowman each scored a run.

Hagerstown 3, Lakewood 2

Jonathan Niese, last June’s 7th round pick, struck out five in five innings. He allowed two unearned runs and three hits in earning his first win of the year. Two non-drafted free agents, Brandon Nall and Joseph Serfass each contributed 2 scoreless innings of relief.

Fernando Martinez, he of the $1.4 million bonus, was 1-3 with a 2B, walk and a run. Catcher Rafael Arroyo, the 24th round pick in 2004, was the only Sun with two hits. He added a double and an RBI.