Mets' Minor League Notebook for April 16th

Jorge Toca leads the Tides past the Braves; four B-Mets' pitchers combine on a 3-hit shutout; Lenny Dinardo continues to struggle on the mound for the St. Lucie Mets; and Alhaji Turay fills up a box score for the Bombers. All of this and the update "Top Five" in this edition of the Mets' Minor League Notebook.

Player

.Avg

Team

Player

HR

Team

R. Acuna

.441

BMets

D. Wright

3

St. Lucie

D. Garcia

.424

BMets

A. Baldiris

3

Bombers

J. Phillips

.417

Tides

J. Phillips

2

Tides

J. Slack

.400

Bombers

A. Turay

2

Bombers

R. Gonzalez

.400

Tides

Redman/Gonzalez

2

Tides

Player

Runs

Team

Player

RBI

Team

J. Slack

12

Bombers

A. Turay

16

Bombers

R. Parker

10

Bombers

J. Phillips

9

Tides

J. Reyes

9

Tides

D. Wright

9

Bombers

A. Turay

9

Bombers

A. Baldiris

8

Bombers

J. Duncan

8

BMets

D. Garcia

8

BMets

Player

SB

Team

Player

2B

Team

Jose Reyes

11

Tides

D. Garcia

6

BMets

R. Parker

7

Bombers

B. Malek

4

Bombers

D. Watts

5

Bombers

J. Toca

4

Tides

J. Slack

5

Bombers

F. Corr

4

St. Lucie

E. Snead

5

Tides

D. Wright

3

St. Lucie

Player

BB

Team

Player

OBP

Team

B. Whealy

11

Bombers

J. Slack

.537

Bombers

J. Slack

10

Bombers

J. Phillips

.517

Tides

B. Malek

9

Bombers

C. Lambin

.514

St. Lucie

R. Parker

9

Bombers

R. Gonzalez

.500

Tides

C. Lambin

9

St. Lucie

R. Acuna

.459

BMets



Norfolk Tides: Who's the hottest hitter in baseball right now? You could guess until you are blue in the face, but unless you guessed Tides' 1B Jorge Toca...you would be wrong! Toca went 4-4 with 4 RBI Monday to lead the Tides to their sixth straight victory as Norfolk beat the Richmond Braves 4-2. Jorge is hitting a blistering .833 (10 for his last 12) in the last 4 games. He drove home two runs with a ringing single in the sixth inning and two more with his team leading 4th double of the season in the 8th inning. C Jason Phillips went 1-3 with one run scored and drew two walks. Phillips now sports a .417 on-base percentage! SP Jeremy Griffiths, still looking for that elusive first win of the year, gave up two runs on six hits in five innings. After Jim Serrano pitched a scoreless sixth inning, reliever Dan Wheeler (2-0)pitched the final three innings of 1-hit, shutout baseball to earn his second victory of the season. Wheeler struck out four Braves' batters in his three innings of work, and now has 11 K's in 8 IP this season. For the year, Wheeler has allowed just three hits, two walks, and one earned run.

Binghamton Mets: As the weather is warming up in the northeast, so are the B-Mets' bats. After collecting 14 hits against Portland on Monday, Binghamton did it once again...collecting 14 hits in a 12-0 defeat of the Sea Dogs on Tuesday. LF Marvin Seale, hitless in his last six games (0-14), led the B-Mets' hit parade with a 4-4 night. Seale, who's last hit came in the 1-0 win over Norwich on Opening Day, also scored three runs. 2B Daniel Garcia continues to swing the hot stick, going 2-4 with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored. Garcia started a five run rally in the third inning with an RBI double, his sixth double of the young season (he leads all Mets' minor leaguers with six doubles). There has been only one game so far this season where Garcia has not collected at least one hit. CF Jeff Duncan went 1-3 with two runs scored at the lead off spot. Duncan has raised his average to .303 for the year by going 8-16 (.500) in his last four games, scoring five runs in that span. While the batters' were on their way to 12 runs, SP Phil Seibel (1-1) and three relievers combined a on 3-hit shutout of Portland. Seibel surrendered just two hits and one walk in five innings to earn his first victory of the season, lowering his season ERA to 0.90 in the process. Chad Elliott pitched two innings of no-hit relief before giving way to Aaron Hee and Nick Mattioni. Hee and Mattioni, each making their third appearances of the season, have yet to be scored upon.

St. Lucie Mets: LHP Lenny Dinardo continued to struggle Tuesday night in a 6-4 loss to the Phillies in Clearwater. Despite striking out six batters in 4 1/3 innings, Dinardo (0-2) gaves up three runs on six hits. He has been the symbol of control this season, walking just one batter in 10 2/3 innings, but he has surrendered 13 hits. For the season, opposing hitters are hitting .310 (13-42) off Dinardo. The one bright spot pitching-wise on Tuesday was reliever Rafael Lopez. Making his fourth appearance of the season, Lopez shut down the Phillies for an inning and has been unscored upon so far this season (0.00 ERA in 6 2/3 innings). DH Frank Corr went 2-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. He also hit his team leading fourth double. Corr makes every plate appearance worthwhile. He has yet to draw a base-on-balls in 13 games this season.

Capital City Bombers: The Capital City Bombers improved to 7-4 on the season with a 10-1 beating of the Augusta Greenjackets (Boston Red Sox) Tuesday. The Bombers pounded out 11 hits as Corey Ragsdale, Blake Whealy, Jonathan Slack, and Alhaji Turay (our "Stat Line of the Day", see below) each had two hits in the game.

Stat Line of the Day

Player

Team

AVG.*

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

Alhaji Turay

Cap City

.238

4

2

1

3

2

2

1

2



Turay has had a slow go of it in the batting average department, but as we pointed out in the April 15th edition of the Minor League Notebook, he has been a great run producer so far this season...and he showed it all in the game against August Tuesday. His 16 RBI this season leads all Mets' minor league hitters. OF Jonathan Slack went 2-3 Tueday, raising his batting average to an even .400. He also scored two runs and had two RBI. The key to the Bombers' success at the plate this season has been patience. Bombers' hitters collected five more walks Tuesday, giving them 71 for the year. By comparison, St. Lucie has drawn 33 walks as a team this year. Throw in Cap City's propensity for stolen bases (four more SBs Tuesday, 35 as a team for the season), you have a great recipe for scoring success.

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