Week in Review Across the Farm
Fernando Martinez hit over .500 for the week
Fernando Martinez hit over .500 for the week
Inside Pitch Magazine
Posted May 6, 2007


This is a look around the farm system with notes on who led their teams on offense, from the mound and who came up clutch when the team needed him most. Each squad had up and down weeks, but one thing was certain: young players worked their hardest to guide their team to victory.

NEW ORLEANS:

The Zephyrs still fight to find consistency. They have not won a series since a four-game sweep of Memphis from April 16th-April 20th. They dropped their last four games after they started the week with two close wins over Round Rock. They dropped three out of four to Oklahoma in a series that determined first place in the PCL American South.

Pitching Performance of the Week

Steve Schmoll: 7 IP, 2 H, 4 K, 3 BB

It’s not the amount Schmoll pitched this week, it was the importance of his lengthy appearance on Tuesday versus Round Rock. Adam Bostick failed to come back out for the third inning (he gave up five earned runs in two innings), Schmoll entered in the third and shutout Round Rock for four strong innings. In those innings, the Zephyrs plated 10 runs, enough to ensure a close 10-9 victory. On the season, Schmoll now posts a 1.50 ERA at home on the season, a vast difference from his 8.64 ERA on the road.

Offensive Performance of the Week

Chip Ambres: 7-20, 5 runs, HR, 6 RBI, 3 2B, 4 BB, 2 SB

Ambres had the most varied and effective week out of any Zephyr. He collected half his RBI total for the season. He cracked a 3-run, lead-padding home run in that 10-9 contest. The centerfielder registered a hit in five of the team’s six games this week. Despite a crowded outfield, if Ambres extends this type of consistency, he should continue to find his name on the daily lineup card.


BINGHAMTON:

The B-Mets are trying to find themselves after the early part of their schedule was blown up by poor weather all over the Northeast. They have rebounded somewhat despite a seven-game losing streak in which they were swept at Trenton and at New Hampshire. They earned their first back-to-back wins of the season as they took the first two games from Portland - whom they will see again next weekend.

Pitching Performance of the Week

Kevin Mulvey: 7 IP, 4 H, 5 K, 1 BB

The week of rocky pitching from the rotation was cured by Mulvey who shut down Portland for seven shutout innings. (He was featured in a story last Wednesday). He did not earn the win as the game remained scoreless until Mark Kiger scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth for a 1-0 Mets victory. He had a poor first outing in which he allowed seven earned runs in 1 1/3 IP, he has recovered to the tune of five earned runs allowed in his last 28 IP. He currently leads the team in innings pitched, strikeouts and has allowed only one long ball. He also posts the lowest ERA of any starter. Whether he knows it or not, Mulvey may be taking the reigns as the leader of the B-Mets staff.

Offensive Performance of the Week

Fernando Martinez: 11-21, 2 runs, 2 RBI, 4 2B, 4 BB

Martinez totaled four multi-hit games this week. Although he did not rack up much in the power department, he displayed how lethal he can be between the lines. He hit a double in the four games he started (he walked in a pinch-hit at-bat on Saturday). If Binghamton is to turn around its season, his offense will be of large significance. His batting average jumped 90 points in his last 10 games.


ST. LUCIE:

The team is in the midst of a drought. They have dropped seven of their last 10 games. They fell 15-2 to Jupiter last Monday, the Mets played in four straight one-run games, and dropped three of them. They hope to turn around this week at home with a four games series versus Fort Myers. Then, they take a trip cross-state to take on the Tampa Yankees.

Pitching Performance of the Week

Eric Brown: 7 IP, 2 H, 5 K, 2 BB

Brown salvaged the up and down week and hurled seven scoreless innings in the Mets series opening win against Fort Myers. It was a terrific turnaround for Brown who suffered his worst outing of the year in that 15-2 whitewashing when he allowed nine earned runs. His only other poor start came on April 7th when he allowed three earned runs in 2 1/3 innings pitched before the game was rained out. Including yesterday’s outing, he has thrown four quality starts (three earned runs or less in six-plus innings) in his six starts.

Offensive Performance of the Week

Daniel Murphy: 10-26, 2 runs, 6 RBI, 2B, 3B, BB

Murphy earns this distinction after he tallied a hit in each game of the week, including three consecutive multi-hit games. He raised his batting average 33 points to .283 and he now leads all St. Lucie regulars in that department. He had yet to smash his first home run, but the Mets will surely accept his ability to spray the ball to all fields. He is currently hitting .409 in May.


SAVANNAH:

It has been a disappointing season to say the least for the system’s youngest squad. The Sand Gnats have lost eight of nine and tumbled to the basement of the SAL Southern Division. The team’s defensive woes continued as they committed 11 errors this week. They wrap up their series with Rome on Monday. Then the team heads north to take on the Yankees’ affiliate, the Charleston RiverDogs.

Pitching Performance of the Week

Matt Durkin: 11.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 5 K, 7 BB

Durkin was the only Sand Gnat to make two starts this week, but it was the second time he took the ball that impressed. He had a shaky outing on Monday when he allowed three earned runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched, he gathered his repertoire for seven shutout innings on Saturday versus Rome. It was the second time in three starts he did not allow an earned run. He has the lowest ERA for any Sand Gnat pitcher with at least 20 innings pitched.

Offensive Performance of the Week

Elvis Cruz: 2-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, SB

In a week which the Savannah lineup did not exactly hit pitchers out of the park, there was one plate appearance that stood out from the rest. In the team’s lone win this week, Cruz’s two-run blast in the bottom of the fifth inning sparked the Sand Gnats come back from a 3-0 deficit versus Charleston. Cruz has appeared in only two games since April 24th, so this clutch big fly certainly helped him claim so redemption in a down year for the squad.


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