Friday, August 3, 2007

Easley's mad dash highlights win

Single-A and below: Brooklyn won though starter Nicholas Waechter lasted only 2.2 innings. He was pulled in the third after Oneonta got its fourth single in the inning. Replacement Steven Cheney got the Cyclones out of the jam, striking out Cory Middleton. In his remaining three innings of work, Cheney struck out five more batters while giving up only three hits and no runs. William Morgan pitched the final two innings. He hasn't given up a run since July 13. His ERA now stands at 0.82. That's a great ERA, even in short-season Class-A.

In a notch above Brooklyn in St. Lucie, the Florida boys beat up on Palm Beach 10-3. Jonathon Niese won his tenth, limiting the Cardinals to a run and five hits in seven innings. This is Niese's second straight strong outing.

Savannah lost, Kingsport won, and the GCL Mets didn't play.

Double-A: The B-Mets mimicked the Big Club, routing Trenton 14-2. Six Mets got at least two hits with both Miguel Negron and Mike Carp getting three and second baseman Mark Kiger, who's old to be playing in Double-A (he's 27), homering twice.

Robert Parnell pitched one of his better games. In six innings he gave up only four hits and a run while striking out eight.

Triple-A: Mike Pelfrey might want to buy a rabbit's foot. He hasn't had much luck this season. In seven innings against Sacramento he gave up nine hits but only two runs, yet he lost, 2-1. He now has a losing record this season in both the majors and the minors.

Sacramento scored both runs in the first when seven batters stepped to the plate. A walk mixed within three singles produced both runs. The lone Zephyr run came in the sixth on Fernando Tatis' 14th homer.

Majors: Though he gave up eight hits and three runs in five innings, Brian Lawrence won his first game as a Met. But Lawrence's victory wasn't the big news. The Mets hitters battered the Brewers pitchers. Led by David Wright's four hits, the Mets collected 18 hits, knocking in 12 runs. Lastings Milledge and Damon Easley each added three hits. One of Easley's was an inside-the-park home run that scored Moises Alou.

With Alou on second base, Easley drove the ball to deep right-center. The race was on, Easley's 37-year-old legs hurrying behind Alou's 41 year-old-legs as two of the Mets' senior citizens rushed around the bases. Rounding third, Easley was wearing down. “I’m hoping for somebody to push me,” the Times quoted him as saying. Easley just managed to beat the throw to home plate. Afterward, the Times quoted him as saying “My legs were done after that for the rest of the game.”

Only one Met starter other than Lawrence was unable to get a hit. New second baseman Luis Castillo couldn't buy one. He went 0-6, flying out twice, popping out three times, and grounding out once. Castillo is now 1-11 as a Met. The man he replaced, Ruben Gotay, lined out in one pinch-hit at-bat.

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