MMLN – Murphy Has Big Day

Murphy is off to a .385 clip through four games

When the weather in Binghamton finally warmed up for Sunday's ballgame, the B-Mets bats warmed up as well. Daniel Murphy led the way as the B-Mets scored a season-high seven runs despite falling to the Trenton Thunder 13-7 in the opening series' finale. Here is a rundown on Sunday afternoon's action.

Daniel Murphy had his most productive day of the season going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, three RBI and two runs scored, and reached base a third time on a throwing error by Thunder third baseman Marcos Vechionacci. Though it was only one day, Murphy looked better in the box with a fluid swing and that cut through the zone. The quick improvement was evident when he redirected a two-seamer on the outside corner from Thunder starter Phil Coke for a line drive double down the right field line which scored two runners. He promptly stole third base uncontested for his first steal of the year. He knocked in another run in the eighth inning with a double off Zach Kroenke. What made both hits even stronger for Murphy was that his ability to drive the ball off left-handers.

However it was not all positives for Murphy as he made two throwing errors, bringing his season total to three in four games. All in all, a very eventful day for the third baseman but the positives he showed at the plate outweighed the negatives.

Unfortunately for Eric Brown, he did not leave the park on Sunday with similar feelings. The right-hander had a tough season debut from the first inning on. Though his fastball historically sits 87-89 MPH, he struggled on Sunday to hit 87 with any consistency and remained at 85-86 MPH for the majority of his outing. His location was spotty at best as his fastball sailed high outside throughout his start. He fell into a bad routine when he would execute a quality pitch, he would come right back with that same pitch which did not fool hitters. His low point for the afternoon was when he surrendered a mammoth home run to Thunder centerfielder Matt Carson on a fastball that got all of the heart of the plate.

Mike Carp continues to look locked in at the plate. His day started off with a bang when he crushed a towering home run high off the NYSEG Stadium scoreboard during batting practice to the awe of those watching. He went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly but still put together quality at-bats and was unlucky on two of them. Twice he hit crisp line drives, going with them to the opposite field, only for each line drive to be snagged by shortstop Ramiro Pena.

Nick Evans' struggles continued on Sunday afternoon as he looked rigid on his swings, not letting his arms relax as the bat traveled through the strike zone. Too often over the weekend, it was visible that Evans was tight in the batter's box. He did finally breakthrough in the eighth inning as he doubled deep to centerfield off Eric Wordekemper. Hopes are his first two RBI of the season will get Evans, who was 1-for-10 coming into Sunday's game, on the right track.

Fernando Martinez had a rough day at the plate as he went 0-3, but his best at-bat came on his sacrifice fly to deep centerfield. The last element of Fernando's swing that appears missing at the moment is building consistency with the upper-half of his body to his hips and legs. His bat speed is very good and he boasts great leverage in his legs and hips but now it is a matter of bringing those elements together. When he does that, his anticipated offense should come to fruition.

Jose Coronado looks much sounder in his game so far this season. He has four hits in his first 11 at-bats and comes to the ballpark with a terrific attitude. Though he may not be blessed with a truly productive bat, he continues to show the scrappiness in the box which manager Mako Oliveras takes great stock in when observing his shortstop. On Sunday, he made a slick play by charging hard on an in-between hop and throwing on the run to nail Colin Curtis at first—one of the few times this weekend Curtis was kept off the bases.

Salomon Manriquez should be an interesting piece to the B-Mets club this season. Signed away from the Texas Rangers organization, Manriquez has a strong catcher's body and possesses good power [he hit 16 home runs and hit .275 at Double-A Frisco last season]. Behind the plate, he has good mobility from side to side and has a strong arm. He would have registered a number of pick-offs over the weekend if on-target throws had not slipped through the hands of his recipients.

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