All posts by gravediggerhebner

Became a baseball fan as an 8 year old while watching the 1973 World Series. Loved the Swingin' A's, with their swagger and their mustaches. Was disappointed to find out the following spring that it would be difficult to watch their games in NY, but found that the team they had defeated in that World Series was readily available to me on channel 9, and I've been following the Mets ever since.

Speaking of future Mets…

alg_martinez-bats.jpgFrom Toby Hyde’s wonderful http://www.metsminorleagueblog.com/

At ESPN.com, Jerry Crasnick wrote about nine prospects who could see the Majors in 2009 and make an immediate impact.  He placed Fernando Martinez at #7 on his list.

There are also industry rumblings that he’s older than 20. No surprise there.

“There’s a lot to like,” an AL talent evaluator said. “But you’ve got to play him every day. He can go in and out of approaches, so he’s not the type of hitter who can play two days, then take a day off, then pinch hit, then take another day off. You need patience with him, and I’m not sure that kind of guy fits in a stretch run.”

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Post game: Dodgers 2, Mets 1

  • The Dodgers completed a three game sweep of the New York Mets defeating them by a score of 2-1.  J.J. Putz (1-3) suffered the loss, allowing the winning run in the bottom of the 8th inning on a sharp single to left by Russell Martin that plated Orlando Hudson.
  • Jose Reyes left the game after grounding out to 2nd base in the top of the 3rd inning.  He aggravated his calf injury attempting to beat the throw to 1st.  Ramon Martinez replaced him at SS and leadoff.  After the game, Met manager Jerry Manuel stated that Reyes’s status for the Mets’ next game, Friday at Boston, was uncertain, but that Reyes would travel with the team to Boston and undergo treatment with the Mets’ training staff.
  • Daniel Murphy made his first major league start at 1B, but his surprisingly stellar defense throughout the game was outweighed by his 0-4 with 2 strikeouts and a double play at the plate.  Murphy left 7 men on base.
  • Met starter Livan Hernandez pitched well, allowing only 1 run on an Andre Ethier sacrifice fly in the first inning, and overall 7 hits and 1 BB in 7 innings pitched, with 2 K.
  • The Mets have now lost 4 consecutive games after starting this road trip 3-0.
  • The Dodgers are 17-3 at home so far this season.
  • It was Casey Blake bobble-head night, and the Dodger third baseman and number 8 hitter thrilled his many fans by singling and walking in 3 plate appearances.
  • Fake President Dennis Haysbert, and pseudo-celebrities Arsenio Hall and Jon Lovitz were seen in the crowd. 000005-dennis_haysbert.jpg
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  • Actor Matthew McConaughey threw out the ceremonial first pitch, but I did not see it so I cannot say whether it or he was high.matthew_mcconaughey-1-we_are_marshall.jpg
  • The probable starters for the Mets’ next game are Johan Santana (5-2, 1.36) and the expected to be activated from the disabled list Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 12.79).
  • Box score courtesy of Yahoo.com
  • I would love to have left spaces between each bullet point, but I am too dumb and tired to figure out how.  Good night!
    NY Mets
    AB R H RBI BB K LOB Season Avg
    J. Reyes ss 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .279
    R. Martinez ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000
    L. Castillo 2b 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 .279
    C. Beltran cf 3 0 2 1 1 0 0 .370
    D. Wright 3b 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 .362
    D. Murphy 1b 4 0 0 0 0 2 7 .263
    R. Church rf 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .276
    F. Tatis ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .282
    J.J. Putz p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    R. Castro c 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .239
    A. Pagan lf-rf 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .357
    L. Hernandez p 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .143
    J. Reed lf 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333
    Totals 33 1 7 1 4 3 15
    Batting
    2B – C Beltran 2 (13, J Weaver 2); R Church (7, J Weaver).
    RBI – C Beltran (29).
    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – R Church 1, L Hernandez 1, F Tatis 2, R Martinez 1, D Murphy 1.
    GIDP – D Murphy.
    Team LOB – 9.
    Base Running
    SB – C Beltran (7, 3rd base off J Weaver/R Martin), A Pagan (1, 2nd base off J Broxton/R Martin).
    Fielding
    Outfield assists – J Reed (A Ethier at 3rd base).
    DP – 1 (D Murphy).
    LA Dodgers
    AB R H RBI BB K LOB Season Avg
    J. Pierre lf 4 1 2 0 0 1 4 .405
    R. Furcal ss 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .239
    O. Hudson 2b 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 .345
    A. Ethier rf 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 .253
    R. Martin c 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 .263
    J. Loney 1b 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .274
    X. Paul cf 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .214
    R. Belisario p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    B. Leach p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    M. Loretta ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .350
    J. Broxton p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    C. Blake 3b 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 .287
    J. Weaver p 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .143
    R. Wolf ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .100
    R. Troncoso p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    M. Kemp ph-cf 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .281
    Totals 30 2 9 2 3 4 12
    Batting
    2B – O Hudson (15, L Hernandez).
    SF – A Ethier.
    RBI – A Ethier (30), R Martin (16).
    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – M Loretta 1, J Pierre 2, R Martin 2.
    Team LOB – 8.
    Fielding
    DP – 1 (R Furcal-J Loney).
    NY Mets
    IP H R ER BB K HR Season ERA
    L. Hernandez 7.0 7 1 1 1 2 0 4.93
    J.J. Putz (L, 1-3) 1.0 2 1 1 2 2 0 3.91
    LA Dodgers
    IP H R ER BB K HR Season ERA
    J. Weaver 5.0 4 1 1 2 1 0 3.00
    R. Troncoso 2.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1.69
    R. Belisario 0.1 0 0 0 2 0 0 2.70
    B. Leach (W, 1-0) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.23
    J. Broxton (S, 11) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.29
    WP – R Troncoso.
    IBB – J Loney (by J Putz).
    Pitches-strikes – L Hernandez 93-62; J Putz 28-12; J Weaver 69-46; R Troncoso 28-20; R Belisario 10-2; B Leach 8-5; J Broxton 15-11.
    Ground balls-fly balls – L Hernandez 7-11; J Putz 0-0; J Weaver 8-6; R Troncoso 3-1; R Belisario 0-1; B Leach 2-0; J Broxton 1-2.
    Batters faced – L Hernandez 28; J Putz 6; J Weaver 20; R Troncoso 8; R Belisario 3; B Leach 2; J Broxton 4.
    Game Details
    Umpires: HP–Jerry Meals. 1B–Mike Dimuro. 2B–Dale Scott. 3B–Jake Uhlenhopp.
    Time: 2:56.
    Attendance: 50,761.
    Weather: 78 degrees, clear.
    Wind: 6 mph, out to center.