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AAA: Gwinnett Braves 8, @ Buffalo Bisons 7 (10 innings)

Fernando Martinez homered twice and singled with one out to start the Bisons' five-run game tying rally in the ninth inning.? J.R. House and Valentino Pascucci hit back-to-back jacks in the inning which ended with Martinez grounding out with the bases loaded.? Martinez, after his 3-5 night with two bombs Thursday is up to .293/.383/.683 in 11 games in July with five walks and five strikeouts.? Patience? Check.? Power? Check.? It's only 11 games, but it's a great 11 games.? Among Martinez's final challenges in AAA: improving against LHP against whom he's hitting .227/.300/.386 this year compared to .278/.335/.500 against RHP.

Lucas Duda (.340/.400/.723 - 25 G) was 2-4 with a double.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Fernando Martinez, Michael Antonini, Toby Hyde
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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 11, Rochester Red Wings 6

Lucas Duda is just unconscious right now.? He was 3-5 with a bomb on Saturday night.? That's eight home runs in his last 12 games.? He's up to .337/.396/.744 in 23 games in AAA with nine home runs.? Combined AA and AAA and he's at .304/.396/.744 wih 23 doubles and 15 jacks.? His platoon splits are still large, but three of his nine AAA long balls have come vs. LHP.

Fernando Martinez (.257/.322/.441) was 1-3 with a walk.? It was his fifth walk in his last six games.? Martinez drew six walks in his first 42 games this year.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Lucas Duda, Michael Antonini, Toby Hyde
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Watching the Marlins play defense felt like I was watching a minor league team.? It's telling that that cheapo Marlins and the awful Nationals, have committed the most errors in the NL.

AAA: @ Buffalo Bisons 9, Syracuse Chiefs 4Tobi Stoner (4-7, 5.28) picked up the win here, more for pitching five innings on a day when the offense was potent than for being really effective himself.? His line: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.? Dylan Owen and his 6.17 ERA came on in relief to throw the final two innings.

LF Lucas Duda homered for the third straight game to run his season line between AA and AAA to .291/.379/.654 with 21 doubles and 10 HR.? For the year, the 24-year-old has drawn 35 walks and struck out just 35 times in 59 games.? Per minorleague splits, his cumulative line vs. RHP: .340/.440/.617 with 21 doubles and 8 HR;? Vs. LHP: .130/.255/.239.? Obviously, they don't have Wednesday's stats in yet, but any questions??? With that line, he just shouldn't play against lefties on the corners, but he really would be a tremendously valuable part of a straight platoon in LF with some right-handed batter.? Duda's 10 HR this year are one off his career high set two years ago in St. Lucie when he had 11.? Duda hit an underwhelming .281/.380/.428 for Binghamton last year.? I left him off my Top 41 this past off-season because of 1. his significant platoon split, 2. his inability to hit LHP and 3. he'd never gone yard more than 11 times, which from a 1B or LF just isn't enough.

Tags: Lucas Duda, Michael Antonini, Sean Ratliff, Toby Hyde
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This is part four of my continuing review of my pre-season ranking of the Mets Top 41 prospects.? Part 1 (36-41) is here, part 2 (31-35) is here and part 3 (26-30) is here.? Among this group, there's only one guy decidedly up (Beaulac) while Nieuwenhuis is in a similar position he was at the beginning of the year.

#21 LHP Angel Calero

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Tags: Angel Calero, Eric Beaulac, Greg Veloz, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Michael Antonini, Top Prospects Series, Toby Hyde
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The Binghamton Mets opened up their exhibition season yesterday in Port St. Lucie with a 7-2 victory over the Jacksonville Suns, the AA affiliate of the Florida Marlins.

According to a team press release, LHP Mike Antonini took the start and threw two solid innings.? The Georgia College & State U. product allowed just one hit while walking none and striking out three.

SS Ruben Tejada, back from the World Baseball Classic, went 3-for-3 with a double, two singles, and four RBIs in the victory.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Daily Recap, Michael Antonini, Ruben Tejada
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The Binghamton Mets announced last week that they will play 11 exhibition games between March 18 and April 2 in Florida before heading north to open their season April 8th against the Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees.

The schedule includes five games against the Jacksonville Suns (AA affiliate of the Marlins) and six games against the Springfield Cardinals (AA affiliate of the Cardinals).

Mets minor league pitchers and catchers reported to camp last Friday while position players will report on Wednesday. However many of the teams top prospects have already been at the Mets' Port St. Lucie complex working and / or seeing action with the major league club over the last few weeks.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Dillon Gee, Josh Thole, Michael Antonini, Shawn Bowman
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