Jenrry Mejia started and pitched very well, tossing six shutout innings with two walks, three hits and six strikeouts. A note of caution however on Mejia: he threw just 49 of his 88 pitches for strikes (55.7%). The big league average is 62%. I wasn't able to watch any of his start, but this suggests to me that his stuff was so nasty, he was getting by on below (MLB) average command.
Manny Alvarez gave up two runs in the eighth that allowed the Chiefs to take a 2-1 lead, before Buffalo scored in the bottom of the inning to even the game at 2-2.
After four hits on Opening Day Thursday, Fernando Martinez took the collar, going 0-4 with a walk and two strikeouts. He also dropped down a successful sacrifice bunt that led to the winning run in the 13th.
LF Jason Pridie led the way for Buffalo with a 3-6 afternoon/evening with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Pridie began the 13th with a single up the middle, moved to second on Justin Turner's single, third on Martinez's sacrifice bunt and scored on the wild pitch.
@ Akron Aeros 6, B-Mets 4Mark Cohoon pitched pretty well, maneuvering around seven hits and two walks to hold the Aeros to just one run in five innings. He fanned five and threw a wild pitch. Cohoon left Dylan Owen a 3-1 lead in the sixth, but that disappeared quickly when Akron scored four times on a walk and four hits, three of which went for extra bases, against Owen in 0.1 of an inning, to take a 5-3 lead
SS Jordany Valdespin was 2-4 with a double and a walk while C Kai Gronauer was 2-3 with a walk and an RBI. The interesting thing about Valdespin's first two games is not that he's 2-8. Rather, it's that he's been playing SS. Valdespin played SS in the first half for St. Lucie last year, but moved to second when Wilmer Flores was promoted from Savannah to St. Lucie and then played 2B exclusively for AA. A few years ago, I recall scepticism among scouts that his hands would play at SS. However, if he can play SS, obviously, his value will be significantly higher than if he's a 2B.
Palm Beach Cardinals 4, @ St. Lucie Mets 1Jeurys Familia was the star of Friday night.
His line: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K.
Wow. That's better than any single one of his 2010 starts in St. Lucie. In 2010, among his 24 starts, he had one zero-walk outing - on August 12 when he gave up seven hits and a run in seven innings while striking out nine.
I was mildly surprised the Mets started Familia back in St. Lucie after it looked like he'd turned the corner late in 2010 as part of an August with a 3.44 ERA in 36.2 innings with 51 K and 11 BB. However, I'm also a big fan of leaving players at a level, and letting them learn to dominate before promoting them. This first start was a tremendous sign.
Combined with the Opening Night performances of Matt Harvey, Greg Peavey, and Jenrry Mejia, the hard-throwers are off to a very nice start.
The offense didn't do much, accounting for six hits total, but 3B Jefry Marte was 2-4.
Savannah @ West Virginia: PPD by Rain
They'll play two on Saturday.