Mets' Minor League Notebook for May 19th

Recent callups SS Chris Basak and 2B Danny Garcia enjoy success at the AAA level; the BMets are having a hard time filling Garcia's shoes at 2B; St. Lucie continues to struggle, losing their fifth straight game; and what happened to the Bombers' offense? All this and the "Top Five" in each hitting category in Monday's version of the Mets Minor League Notebook.

Player

.Avg

Team

Player

HR

Team

D. Garcia*

.336

Tides

C. Brazell

8

BMets

C. Brazell

.320

BMets

D. Wright

5

St. Lucie

R. Acuna

.313

BMets

P. Redman

5

Tides

D. Wright

.286

St. Lucie

B. Whealy

5

Bombers

B. Malek

.285

Bombers

A. Baldiris

4

Bombers

Player

Runs

Team

Player

RBI

Team

W. Lydon

28

St. Lucie

C. Brazell

31

BMets

J. Duncan

27

BMets

D. Wright

30

St. Lucie

J. Slack

25

Bombers

D. Garcia*

29

Tides

D. Wright

24

St. Lucie

B. Malek

26

Bombers

P. Redman

23

Tides

A. Baldiris

26

Bombers

Player

SB

Team

Player

2B

Team

W. Lydon

29

St. Lucie

D. Garcia*

14

Tides

J. Reyes

19

Tides

D. Wright

13

St. Lucie

E. Snead

18

Tides

A. Turay

11

Bombers

J. Duncan

12

BMets

R. Nye

11

BMets

P. Redman

10

Tides

M. Scutaro

10

Tides

Player

BB

Team

Player

OBP

Team

D. Wright

26

St. Lucie

J. Slack

.403

Bombers

B. Whealy

24

Bombers

D. Garcia

.392

Tides

R. Nye

24

BMets

B. Malek

.390

Bombers

B. Malek

23

Bombers

M. Scutaro

.388

Tides

J. Slack

23

Bombers

D. Wright

.376

St. Lucie



Norfolk Tides: The Tides were shutout by the Ottawa Lynx (Baltimore Orioles) 7-0 Sunday in a game where the Tides' offense could manage only four hits. SP Jeremy Griffiths (2-3, 3.88 ERA) was once again lit up for five runs in five innings. In his last two starts, Griffiths has allowed 9 earned runs in 10 2/3 innings…surrendering 17 hits and seeing his ERA balloon to 3.88 for the year after enjoying some early season success. 2B Danny Garcia continues to impress, collecting another hit (1-3, .389 at AAA) Sunday…his 5th straight game with a hit after being called up from AA Binghamton. Garcia is hitting a combined .336 with a .392 on-base percentage and is looking like Jose Reyes' "double play" partner as the future 2B at Shea. After hitting only .197 with 10 RBI in 25 games for the AA B-Mets, SS Chris Basak (playing his second game at 3B) went 2-3 at the plate Sunday. He has enjoyed mild success at AAA so far, hitting .270 with 4 doubles, 6 RBI, and 2 stolen bases in 9 games for the Tides. Basak, better known for his speed, had no stolen bases in Binghamton. He has gotten on base in 8 of his 9 games for the Tides, collecting hits in 7 of those games. Despite the loss, the first place Tides still own a 2.5 game lead over the Charlotte Knights in the Southern Division of the International League.

Binghamton Mets: 1B Craig Brazell continues to be scorching hot. Brazell extended his hitting streak to 8 games Sunday, going 1-2 with an RBI. He's hitting .367 (11-30) since going 0-3 in last Saturday's 10-4 loss to Harrisburg. Brazell has 4 HRs & 12 RBI during his hitting streak. 2B David Bacani is not making most of his opportunity as the starter at 2B after Danny Garcia was promoted to AAA Norfolk. Bacani went 0-5 Sunday and is now hitting .071 (1-14) since becoming the starter. Along with Bacani, OF Marvin Seale has had his struggles at the plate. Seale, hitless in his last three games entering Sunday's game, went 1-3 with two strikeouts in the B-Mets' 7-1 loss to Altoona. Seale is just 3 for his last 21 (.143) with 12 strikeouts in his last 7 games. SP Phil Seibel (2-5, 3.89) is the poster child for hard-luck losers. The B-Mets' defense let him down again Sunday, committing five more errors, which lead to four unearned runs in his six innings of work. Seibel has allowed 26 runs this season, although just 15 of them were earned. With the loss, the B-Mets now stand in third place in the Northern Division of the Eastern League, 3 games behind the front-running Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox).

St. Lucie Mets: St. Lucie ran their winless streak to five games with an 11-5 loss to the Dunedin Blue Jays Sunday. SP Matthew Peterson (1-1), the last pitcher to win a game for St. Lucie (a 3-0 win over Ft. Myers on Tuesday which was Peterson's first win of the year), was a victim of two errors Sunday which lead to six unearned runs and his first loss of the season. Peterson allowed seven runs in all (six earned) on seven hits in four innings. Despite losing Sunday, Peterson has allowed just one earned run in his last 9 innings pitched, surrendering 10 hits and just one walk in the span. C Justin Huber snapped a four-game hitless streak with a 2-4 day Sunday. Huber is hitting just .118 (2-17) in his last five games. After going 2-5 Saturday, OF Wayne Lydon made it two straight multi-hit games…going 3-5 with a run scored. Lydon had been hitting .083 (1-12) in his last four games prior to Saturday's two-hit performance. St. Lucie's five-game skid has put them 4 games out of first place in the East Divison of the Florida State League.

Capital City Bombers: Where has the hitting gone in Columbia? The Bombers beat the Lexington Legends 6-5 Sunday, "pounding" out 7 hits in the victory. Cap City is just 2-6 in the last 8 games, hitting a paltry .198 as a team and averaging just 2.33 runs per game during that stretch. OF Derran Watts, who entered Saturday's game in an 0-9 stretch, went 2-3 with his first HR of the season, driving in four of the Bombers' six runs. 3B Aaron Baldiris went 1-5 Sunday, but is still only hitting .136 (3-22) in his last 6 games. OF Bobby Malek, who was having a whale of season, is mired in a 4-22 (.182) stretch of his own in the last 6 games. P Brian Walker (3-1) "earned" the victory Sunday, despite allowing three runs in three innings of work. Counting last Sunday's 9-5 loss to Rome, Walker has allowed 8 runs on 11 hits in his last 8 innings pitched, raising his ERA to 4.09 for the season. OF Jonathan Slack went 2-5 and has at least one hit in six of his last seven games. SP Matthew Lindstrom takes the mound in the rubber match Monday afternoon.



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