Thursday, August 2, 2007

Big win for Lawrence

Welcome back to the big leagues, Brian Lawrence.

The former Northwestern State Demon turned in a solid 2007 MLB debut Thursday as his New York Mets thumped Milwaukee 12-4.

Lawrence got by on guts and guile, as he has for most of his big league career. The sinker specialist allowed three runs in five innings, but got plenty of support from the Mets' potent bats in the win.

The win was the first in almost two calendar years for Lawrence, who missed all of 2006 after tearing his labrum in a bullpen session prior to spring training.

Lawrence wasn't sure if Thursday was a one-and-done kind of performance and if he would be heading back to Triple-A. After the game, the man of few words said, "I'll plan on pitching my next turn until someone tells me something else."

Given the dearth of starting pitching depth in Queens, it wouldn't hurt for the Mets to give Lawrence one or two more shots in their rotation.


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