Saturday: Jupiter Hammerheads 8, @ St. Lucie Mets 2Sunday: St. Lucie Mets 11, @ Jupiter Hammerheads 5Sunday, Jeurys Familia was a Wilmer Flores error from a six-inning shutout. With one out and one on, instead of turning two, Flores committed an error that kept the inning going. Familia then gave up a single, a grand slam and and another home run for this line: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 B, 6 K, 2 HR. That's now 36 strikeouts against seven walks in his last 26.1 innings. I'm hoping to get a Familia post up for later Monday.
Rafael Fernandez was the hitting star on Sunday, going 4-5 with a double and two RBI. He was 2-4 with a triple on Sunday. Fernandez, who just turned 22 at the beginning of the month, has hit .312/.343/.455 in 46 games for St. Lucie, significantly better than his .253/.309/.360 line in Savannah. He has some real believers in the organization, and scouts like his athleticism. Those numbers are no joke in the FSL.
Eric Beaulac (5-5, 3.59) Saturday: 6 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K.
In a possible preview of the first round of the SAL playoffs, the Tourists came from behind with two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday, and cruised to a win Sunday in a game that wasn't as close as the final score.
SS Robbie Shields was a combined 5-10 with three doubles and 6 RBI in the two games in Asheville. The 22-year old is hitting .273/.292/.409 working his way back from Tommy John Surgery and .300/.325/.438 in August.
CF Matt den Dekker, was a similar 5-10 with two doubles in the two games in Asheville and has hit safely in all but one of his first 13 games as a Gnat, going .412/.474/.549 in his two weeks in the SAL.
Both Shields and den Dekker will present interesting rankings problems this fall when I get around to my Top 41.
No Cesar Puello, who hasn't played since Saturday the 14th with a back problem he described as cramping. The system is a little short on outfield bodies right now. Jesus Feliciano is in the big leagues, Fernando Martinez has a knee problem in AAA, Sean Ratliff "tweaked" his hamstring last week in AA and is day-to-day, Juan Lagares is out for the year in St. Lucie with a broken ankle and Puello is on the shelf in Savannah.