SAVANNAH SAND GNATS
4/8 v. West Virginia 9-3
4/9 v. West Virginia 5-0
4/10 v. West Virginia 4-0
4/11 v. West Virginia 6-1 (L)
The Sand Gnats got their season off on the right foot by taking three of four from the visiting West Virginia Power. It was the Gnats who showed the combination of power in the lineup and on the mound in the series’ first three games. Savannah pitching ran a streak of 22 consecutive scoreless innings during the series. It is the second straight season Savannah won its first three games of the season.
Wilmer Flores: 7-for-17, 3 R, 2 2B
Flores had a very steady opening weekend to the 2010 season. The Sand Gnats shortstop was not outstanding in any one area, but consistently hit his way on base. Flores opened the season with a 3-for-5 effort and two runs scored on Thursday night. He recorded one double on Friday and Saturday.
Juan Lagares: 7-for-17, 5 RBI, R, 2 2B, SB
Lagares recorded the go-ahead 2-run double on Opening Night and tallied three RBI for the game, setting the pace for four solid games over the weekend. Lagares backed up his first effort with a 3-for-4, one RBI night on Saturday.
James Fuller: Win, 6 IP, 2 H, 6 K, BB
Fuller was as impressive as can be in his full-season debut. Fuller spent his first two seasons in Brooklyn, but showed no signs of growing pains in his first Savannah appearance. Fuller never gave West Virginia a chance and his lineup spotted four runs in the fifth inning to get the left-hander the victory.
Armando Rodriguez: ND, 4 IP, R, 3 H, 5 K, 2 BB
Rodriguez took the ball on Opening Night for the Sand Gnats and put together four quality innings. He surrendered an unearned run in the first inning, but then limited West Virginia to just two hits and one walk over his last three innings. Rodriguez returns to Savannah after putting together three very strong starts (2-1, 2.16 ERA, 16 2/3 IP) with the club to close the 2009 season.
ST. LUCIE METS
4/8 @ Jupiter 7-2 (L)
4/9 @ Jupiter 6-4 (L)
4/10 v. Jupiter 10-7
4/11 v. Jupiter 6-3 (L)
St. Lucie opened the season with a home-and-home series with the Jupiter Hammerheads, but could not quite find the right combination of pitching and offense to level the series. Only one St. Lucie starter went five innings this week which was not quite the start one envisioned given the Mets’ talented starting rotation.
Jordan Valdespin: 5-for-18, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
Valdespin was productive in his St. Lucie debut, including a 2-for-5 effort on Friday followed by a 1-for-5 night with a three-run home run. Valdespin did not record a walk in 18 at-bats, but tallied only two strikeouts.
Richard Lucas: 5-for-17, HR, 2 RBI, 2B
Lucas, like Valdespin, made his Florida State League debut over the weekend. He went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored on Opening Day. He homered and went 2-for-4 on Friday night. Lucas cooled off on Saturday by striking out three times, but scored a run. He got back on track on Sunday by going 2-for-4 with one RBI.
Josh Satin: 7-for-13, RBI, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 BB
Satin returns to St. Lucie after finishing the final week of 2009 with the club and got off on the right foot. He went 1-for-3 with a single in the opener, but came back on Friday with a 3-for-3 effort with a double and a walk. Saturday, Satin went 2-for-3 with one RBI, one double, two runs scored and a walk. He concluded the weekend with a single in four at-bats.
Jeurys Familia: Loss, 3 2/3 IP, 7 ER, 6 H, 3 K, 3 BB
It was not the start many envisioned when Familia lined up to take the ball on Opening Day for St. Lucie. Familia’s start went well for the first two innings, but ran into serious trouble in the third inning and could not make it out of the fourth. He hit three batters and tallied a narrow ball-strike ratio.
Kyle Allen: ND, 5 IP, ER, 4 H, 2 K, 4 BB
Allen put together the best start of any St. Lucie starter this week. Allen gave up the lone run in the second inning, but recovered for three additional harmless frames. Allen, who has been working to keep the ball down more consistently, recorded nine of 12 outs on the ground.
4/8 v. Akron 7-6 (L)
4/9 v. Akron 5-1
4/10 v. Akron 11-10 (L)
4/11 v. Akron 11-8 (L)
It was a rough Opening Day for the B-Mets in more way then one. The B-Mets home opener was suspended by rain before being picked up the next day. When play resumed, the B-Mets failed to come from behind and fell to the Aeros. The B-Mets recovered on Friday thanks to excellent starting pitching, but dropped consecutive slugfests with Akron by a combined 22-18 score.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 7-for-19, HR, 3 RBI, 5 R, 2B, BB, SB
Nieuwenhuis filled the stat sheet in only the way he can. The B-Mets centerfielder went 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a walk in the season opener. He followed that up with five hits, two runs scored, his home run and two RBI over the next two nights. Nieuwenhuis closed the weekend with a 1-for-6 effort with one RBI and three strikeouts on Sunday.
Lucas Duda: 5-for-14, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, 2B, 3 BB
Duda had the best week at the plate of any Mets farm hand. He got things started with a 1-for-3 effort on Opening Day that included a two-run home run, two runs scored and two walks. He went 0-for-2 with one RBI on Friday, but rebounded with a 2-for-4 effort with three RBI, two runs scored and a walk on Saturday. He punctuated the week with a 2-for-5 effort, a solo home run and two runs scored.
Dylan Owen: Win, 5 IP, 6 K, 3 BB
Owen stepped into the starting rotation to take the ball for Brad Holt who began the year on the 7-day disabled list. Owen, who went 4-10 with a 5.93 ERA with Binghamton last season, shut down Akron for five innings of a seven-inning back end of a doubleheader. He issued three walks, but did not permit another Aero to reach base.
4/8 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 1-0 (L)
4/9 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7-6
4/10 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2-1
4/11 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4-1
The Mets’ Triple-A affiliate kicked off the season by traveling to the Yankees’ Triple-A club and taking three of four from the SWB Yankees. The Bisons dropped an Opening Day pitching duel in which the Yankees came on top after scratching out a fourth-inning run off reliever Michael O’Connor. However, the Bisons fought back and took the rest of the series by a combined 13-8 score.
Ike Davis: 5-for-13, HR, RBI, 4 R, 3 2B, 5 BB
Ike Davis showed no slippage in his Triple-A debut following a strong Spring Training season. Davis went 3-for-4 with two doubles on Opening Day. He followed that performance with a solo home run, two runs scored and two walks on Friday. Davis went 0-for-3 with two walks on Saturday, yet left a mark on the first weekend of the season by closing it out with a 1-for-3 afternoon with two runs scored and a double.
Fernando Martinez: 3-for-17, R, 2B
Martinez will hit from the heart of the Bisons order, but has yet to find a rhythm in 2010. Martinez went 2-for-4 with a run scored and one stolen base on Saturday and knocked a double on Saturday, but those days were bookended by 0-fers. He has struck out five times against zero walks.
Tobi Stoner: ND, 3 1/3 IP, 2 H, 4 K
Stoner was cruising through his Opening Day start before the rains came and knocked him out of the game. He gave up one double but was otherwise hardly touched. Stoner went 7-7 with a 3.96 ERA in 16 starts (97 2/3 IP) with the Bisons in 2009.
Dillon Gee: Win, 6 IP, 2 H, 4 K
Gee returned to the mound of the first time since late May 2009 and showed he has not missed a beat. Gee, who shut down the Scranton Yankees, went 1-3 with a 4.10 ERA in nine starts (48 1/3 innings) with Buffalo last season.