LHP Chase Huchingson was story #1 in his advanced-A debut: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP. Huchingson no-hit the Marauders through 4.2 innings and all three of the hits he allowed were singles.
(I don't know what the hell the box score is counting for pitches, but it had Huchingson throwing 32 strikes and 37 pitches total. Oh, MiLB.com, how cute.)
Story #2: Danny Muno: 3-5, 2B, 3B. The Mets skipped the 23-year old over Savannah after his .355/.466/.514 2011 with Brooklyn in which he launched 23 doubles in 59 games. I was pleasantly surprised during spring training by the amount of power he generates at his listed size of 5'11", 175lbs.
The St. Lucie squad had to deal with hard-throwing Pirates prospect Jameson Taillon who struck out six batters in 3.2 innings.
Story #1: Aderlin Rodriguez: 2-4, HR, 3 RBI, E (5)
Rodriguez launched a majestic home run down the third baseline in the Gnats's five-run fifth that basically put the game away. You can listen to my home run call here.
In the seventh, he ground a single up the middle. In some way, the single swing is as important as the home run swing. After 17 home runs a year ago, we know he can hit the ball a long way. But he also hit .221/.265/.372 in 131 games. Physically, he should be able to hit for a much higher average. And of course, Rodriguez committed his fifth error in three games when he let a routine grounder roll through his legs.
Story #2: On the hill, LHP Alex Panteliodis made his Sand Gnats and his professional debut. He threw strikes all night with his 81 pitches for the following line: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. He's a big, soft-bodied lefthander whose fastball was 88-89 most of the night. He showed a curveball and change-up for strikes. As a college lefty who can spin a breaking ball, he could put up Mark Cohoon-type numbers in the first half.