Decent AFL debuts for Dan Murphy and Eddie Kunz, who helped the Peoria Saguaros win 9-3.
Murphy went 2 for 4 with a sac fly. Kunz pitched an inning of relief and allowed a hit and a walk and recorded a strikeout.
Three other guys played as well. Jason Vargas pitched an inning and escaped unscathed despite allowing three hits. Shawn Bowman, a Class AA and AA third baseman, went 2 for 3 with a walk. Tobi Stoner, a Class A RHP, allowed a run over two innings and earned the victory.
Key thing: The Saguaros committed an error â€” alas, it wasn’t Murphy.
The Mets’ two other farmhands didn’t play: Bobby Parnell and 20-year-old Class A catcher Josh Thole (batted .300 in 111 games at Port St. Lucie this year).
It’ll be interesting to see what role Parnell plays down in the desert. At 153 IP this year, Parnell has only thrown nine more innings than he did in 2007. I’d imagine the Mets want him to throw at least 20-25 more in Arizona.