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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The day in...

The day in news:
The Mets claimed Ricky Ledee off of waivers from the Dodgers. Originally drafted by the Yankees, Ledee is a career .246 hitter who is now with his seventh team in his eight year career. Ledee is the lefty bat off of the bench that Minaya was looking for. The 32 year old makes 1.5 million a season.

As a result of Ledee being claimed the Mets released Eli Marrero who struck out in his last Met at bat today.

The day in the minors:
In AAA Dave Williams, a former Pirate acquired by the Mets earlier this season, pitched six sinnings of one run ball, although the one run allowed was un-earned. Williams allowed three hits, no walks, and struck out six. Williams' era in AAA is now 3.52 on the season. Yusaku Iriki pitched two innings in relief, allowing two earned runs, and taking the loss. Anderson Hernandez also went 2-5 in the loss with a double.

In AA Willie Collazo allowed an astounding 14 hits over six innings, while allowing six runs in his sixth loss of the season. Carlos Gomez went 0-4 with two strikeouts in the game. Michel Abreu hit a home run, and raised his average to an impressive .343. Abreu, 31, is not much of a prospect because of his age, and he is not likely to see the bigs this season.

The St. Lucie Mets played a double header today, and Fernando Martinez shined in both games. In game one the teenager went 2-3 with a double, as Rich Rundles pitched six two run innings (one earned) in the seven inning game victory. In game two Fernando Martinez hit a home run and tripled in four at bats, completing the two game cycle. Blake Eager pitched a complete game, seven innings, of three hit shutout baseball.

The day in the majors:
I was lucky enough to be at one of the most emotional games of the season, and the cheers for Piazza were un-real. During the video tribute I actually got chills when they showed the 9/11 home run. As for the game, Trachsel had good results, but he pitched behind all game. I actually yawned twice in the third inning, which is quite an impressive feat at such a high intense game. The bullpen, despite using five relievers, did a very good job shutting out the Padres for 3.1 innings. Carlos Beltran and David Wright had very good games, each recording three hits. A good win, for sure, and the Mets can take the series tommorow with Pedro on the mound.


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