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Friday, August 11, 2006

The day in...

The day in news:
Top pitching prospect, Mike Pelfrey, has gone on the disabled list for the first time in his career today. Pelfrey has a strained right lat muscle, a similar injury that Kaz Ishii had with the Mets last season, and should be out for up to a month, and should return just in time for September call-ups.

Yesterday the Mets signed 62nd overall draft pick, Kevin Mulvey, who is likely to have a few starts in Port St. Lucie, and then jump to AA Binghamton. I interviewed Mulvey's coach awhile back for NY Baseball Central, and I'll re-post the article here in a few.

The day in the minors:
In AAA Brian Bannister, and his 12.60 era took the mound. 4.1 innings later Bannister is out of the game after allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits. However, despite the overall dissapointing effort Bannister only walked one batter and struck out five, both encouragin signs. In the loss six Tides went 1-4 including Ruben Gotay and Anderson Hernandez.

In AA the Mets and Yankees had a battle of New York minor league affiliates. With Phil Humber on the mound the Mets had a good chance of winning against the Thunder, however after the B-Mets offense scored only two runs Humber ended with a loss. The 23 year old pitched seven strong innings, allowing four runs, although only three were earned. Humber also allowed only six hits, and walked only one batter, while striking out seven. This start was Humber's first succesful start in two chances in AA this season. Ambiorix Concepcion went 2-4 with an rbi, a double, and a run scored in the 6-2 defeat.

In High A Jesus Flores hit two home runs in four trips to the plate en route to a 6-2 victory. The home runs were Flores 15th and 16th on the season, as Flores showed why he is the best catching prospect in the Mets system (exculding Tony Pena's son). Chuck Smith, who has pitched in AAA, AA, and A this season, struck out eight batters over six two run innings.

The day in the majors:
The Mets completed their first home sweep of the season, and they did so by using an outfielder that had no player playing their everyday position. Michael Tucker, who played left out (pun intended) in yesterday's game, actually played left outfield today, with Ricky Ledee manning right. Endy Chavez played centerfield, and Mike DiFelice did the catching. Despite all of the irregulars playing the Mets were able to score seven runs, backing a very strong outing behind Orlando Hernandez. El Duque went seven innings, allowing just five baserunners and three runs. Hernandez improved to 8-8 on the season with the win. Jose Reyes and Jose Valentin each had two rbi, while Chavez, Wright, and Tucker had one a piece.

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