Monday Night: Fuller Rolls, Lutz Rocks

The two hits for Ike Davis in a Mets win was a really nice way to start a Major League career, wasn’t it?

AAA: SWB Yankees 7, @ Buffalo Bisons 1
The Yanks broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the eighth, and then broke it open with five runs in the top of the ninth.  Bobby Parnell was big culprit in the ninth; he didn’t retire a batter, while walking three and giving up a hit.  He left the bases loaded for Travis Blackley who allowed all three runs to score.
Josh Thole (.125/.200/.156) picked up his first two-hit game and his first extra-base hit of the season, going 2-4 with a double.  Ruben Tejada was 1-4 to push his average over the .100 line all the way to .103 in 29 AB.
In our daily “Where’s Fernando” Report, Martinez lined up in left field and was 1-4.

AA: @ Portland Sea Dogs 7, Binghamton Mets 3
Hi.  My name is Zach Lutz.  I can hit.  After a 3-4 with a double Monday, the 23-year old Lutz is up to .375/.519/.725 in 12 games for the B-Mets.  He’s drawn 11 walks against 11 strikeouts and leads the Eastern League in OBP and SLG.  Lutz is simply off to a great start.  When he’s been healthy, which has been too rare, he’s hit.  Staying on the field is a big part of the battle for him and he’s played in every one of the B-Mets games.
Not so hot: Dylan Owen: L, 5 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 6 BB, 1 K, 1 HR.

A+: @ Palm Beach Cardinals 6, St. Lucie Mets 5 (11 innings)
This is kind of a depressing box score.  The Cardinals, who had baserunners every single inning, loaded the bases against Angel Calero in the 11th and then picked up the single they needed for the win.

The highlight performance came from 21-year-old 1B Stefan Welch who was 2-4 to run his hitting streak to six games.  In those six, he’s had multiple hits four times to pick his season line up to: .282/.341/.359.  Rehabbing 32-year old INF Andy Green keeps plugging away.  Monday, he was 2-4 with a homer and 3 RBI.

Now, for the not so much fun:
Eric Beaulac: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 Er, 4 BB, 0 K
3B Richard Lucas: 0-5, 4 K.  He’s now 2-for-his-last 20.
Sean Ratliff: 2-5, 3B, 2 R, 2 K.

The triple was his first extra-base hit of the year and raises his season line to .243/.333/.297 with 12 strikeouts in 37 AB.  I think tonight will be a microcosm for his season: he’ll hit for some power, but the strikeouts are going to kill his batting average.  (Btw, I was inspired to use the word microcosm because it’s a part of James K’s SNY Drinking Game in the 2010 Amazin’ Avenue Annual, which arrived at my office in bound form on Monday and is, of course, awesome.)

SS Jordany Valdespin: 0-4, snapped his 9-game hit streak


A: Savannah Sand Gnats 4, @ Rome Braves 1

Jimmy Fuller (2-1, 0.87) baffled a third different SAL lineup in his third start.  This time he gave up one run on six hits, walked one and struck out three in 6.2 innings of work.  He’s second in the SAL in IP (20.2), has fanned 18, walked just three and given up only 12 hits.

Juan Lagares was the Gnats offense.  In the fourth, he picked up a Little League HR, tripling to center, and then coming home on the Braves’ centerfielder’s error.  In the sixth, he hit one over the wall for a real home run, the Gnats first of 2010.  Lagares, who turned 21 in March, is hitting .286/.280/.469 in 12 games.  He’s never slugged .340 in any of his previous three go-rounds in the SAL.  He’s better than he was, so give him credit for continuing to work.  He’s making much better contact this year.  Still, the 10 strikeouts against 0 BB point to a massive hole in his game.

Anyone have a good, non-copyrighted action shot of Zach Lutz?  I could use one.

There are 2 comments

  1. theperfectgame

    As someone who seen him in action, Toby, has Fuller looked as good as his numbers?

    Also, is it too early to sound the Jenrry Mejia overuse alarm? He’s pitched in 5 games over the last 7 days and 8 games over the last 13 days. Additionally, he’s been used in back-to-back games 3 times already this season.

    And I haven’t seen the transaction yet, but I take it Nick Evans will be/has been promoted to take over 1B in Buffalo. The Bisons currently list just 11 position players on their roster, and Evans didn’t play in the last two AA games, so considering how he’s been raking in AA, I have to assume he’s the one movin’ on up.

    1. Toby Hyde

      The immediate move in Buffalo was…. Tobi Stoner activated today.

      Fuller is pretty similar to what he was last year…. fb 88-89, touches 90, can keep SAL hitters with his curveball. He’s shown a little feel for his changeup…He’s got a chance for sure, although a scout I chatted with last week thought he’s a reliever in the end.

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