MMLN - Psomas on Fire
Binghamton Mets: 3B Jay Caligiuri went 1-4 with a home run and two RBI for the second straight day, helping the Binghamton Mets to the 5-3 victory over Akron Saturday. Caligiuri didn't hit his second home run until May 3rd last season. CF Jeff Duncan went 2-4 in the victory, hitting his first home run of the 2005 season. Duncan did not hit his first home run last season until May 9th and did not hit one home run at all in 38 games for the BMets last year.
RHP Yusmeiro Petit, on a strict pitch count, pitched three innings of perfect baseball, striking out four batters in the process to begin the season strong. Petit started off his 2004 campaign with a strong April as well, pitching to a 1.28 ERA last April. RHP Eric Junge allowed just one run in 4 2/3 innings in relief of Petit, striking out five batters to earn his first victory of the season. RHP Tim Lavigne pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his second save of the season. Lavigne did not earn his second save last season until July 5th.
St. Lucie Mets: St. Lucie must have used up all their hits on Friday when they pounded out 15 hits in an 11-7 victory over the Vero Beach Dodgers. On Saturday, St. Lucie managed just three hits in a 1-0 win, mostly on the strength of their pitching. RHP Greg Ramirez threw six innings of shutout baseball, limiting the Dodgers to just three hits and walking none. Ramirez, used mostly as a reliever for the Capital City Bombers in 2004, did not make his first start of the season last year until July 24th.
SS Corey Ragsdale went 2-3 with an RBI tripe to drive in the lone run for St. Lucie. Ragsdale, who took just until the third game of the season to drive home his first run, didn't drive home his first 2004 RBI until April 15 - his 9th game last season. 3B Shawn Bowman is getting off to a somewhat dubious start to his 2005 campaign. Bowman went 0-4 with four strikeouts Saturday and he his just 1-13 with 7 K's to begin the new season. Not to be outdone, LF Alhaji Turay went 0-3 in the win and he is just 1-12 so far this season.
Hagerstown Suns: The Suns made it three wins in a row to start off the season, edging the West Virginia Power 2-1 Saturday. RHP Jeff Landing threw five shutout innings Saturday, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out four batters en route to his first professional victory. Landing went 0-8 with a 10.18 ERA in two stops between Kingsport and Brooklyn in 2004 after being drafted in the 12th round of the 2004 MLB Draft out of Virginia Tech. The only other time Landing had pitched as many as five innings as a professional was the five innings he pitched against New Jersey last season in which he surrendered seven earned runs in five innings.
3B Grant Psomas continues to swing the hot stick, going 3-4 with a pair of doubles Saturday. It was Psomas' second career three-hit game and after not having a .300 average at any point in the 2004 season, Psomas is hitting a cool .545 after his first three games. DH Ambiorix Concepcion went 2-4 with a stolen base, collecting his first hit of the season in the victory. 1B Tyler Davidson got his first start of the season, as did CF Corey Coles. Both players went 0-4 in their season debuts.