In the last game that the Mets called up Jason Vargas to pitch, against Colorado, he got bombed. Yesterday, Dave Williams got called up from Triple-A to pitch against the Astros. He lasted 3.1 innings during which he gave up 10 hits, 8 runs, and four walks. Both pitched okay in Triple-A; both got called up and got bombed. What's happening to them after they leave the Zephyrs? What's Rick Peterson telling them?
The Zephyrs lost 9-7. In 5.1 innings their starter gave up 11 hits and seven runs, including three home runs. His name? Jason Vargas. And we gave up Henry Owens and Matt Lindstrom for him and Adam Bostick.
The Cyclones won 1-0. Eric Niesen and David Koons each pitched four innings; each yielded only one hit. Koons picked up the win, upping his record to 3-0.
The Binghamton Mets won 12-10. It appeared that their pitchers were having an off-day too. Starter Jose Sanchez's stats: five innings, 12 hits, seven runs. At least he didn't walk anybody. Lead-off batter Lastings Milledge went 3-5, raising his average to .421. No extra base hits, but he scored twice, drove in a run, and didn't strike out.
St. Lucie won 7-3. First baseman Joshua Petersen and second baseman Jonathan Malo each hammered out three hits while Jacob Ruckle limited the Jupiter Hammerheads to one run and five hits in seven innings.
The Sand Gnats had the day off.
The Kingsport (TN) Mets, who have one of the worst Web sites I've ever seen, defeated the Princeton Devil Rays 3-2. It's a site that exemplifies the pitfalls of putting style over substance.
I've saved the best for last. On July 7 the Gulf Coast Mets game was suspended in the top of the 13th due to lightning, tied 0-0. The Mets used seven pitchers who walked seven batters while striking out 13. The amazing part: The Mets pitchers didn't allow a hit. Not one! Starter Scott Moviel's ERA after his three innings of work: 0.90. The Mets selected the six foot eleven inch righty Moviel in the 2007 MLB Draft's second round.