Mets' Minor League Notebook for May 20th

Aaron Heilman is giving up hits at an alarming rate; Frank Corr makes a huge splash in his AA debut for Binghamton; David Wright has zero RBI in his last 9 games; Derran Watts is scorching hot in his last 3 games for the Bombers; all this, and the "Top 5" in each hitting category in Tuesday's edition of the MMLN.

Player

.Avg

Team

Player

HR

Team

D. Garcia*

.338

Tides

C. Brazell

8

BMets

C. Brazell

.316

BMets

P. Redman

6

Tides

R. Acuna

.313

BMets

D. Wright

5

St. Lucie

B. Malek

.284

Bombers

B. Whealy

5

Bombers

J. Huber

.281

St. Lucie

F. Corr*

5

BMets

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*

30

Tides

D. Wright

24

St. Lucie

B. Malek

26

Bombers

P. Redman

24

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

19

Tides

R. Nye

12

BMets

J. Duncan

12

BMets

B. Malek

11

Bombers

D. Watts

11

Bombers

A. Turay

11

Bombers

Player

BB

Team

Player

OBP

Team

D. Wright

26

St. Lucie

J. Slack

.403

Bombers

J. Slack

25

Bombers

D. Garcia

.392

Tides

R. Nye

24

BMets

M. Scutaro

.388

Tides

B. Whealy

24

Bombers

B. Malek

.386

Bombers

B. Malek

23

Bombers

D. Wright

.383

BMets



Batting averages and On-base percentages are based on 100 at-bat minimums. * Garcia's and Nye's numbers are combined from Binghamton and Norfolk; Corr's numbers are combined from St. Lucie and Binghamton.

Norfolk Tides: 2B Danny Garcia went 2-5 with an RBI in the Tides' 8-6 loss to the Ottawa Lynx Monday, raising his average to .391 in Norfolk. Garcia has 9 RBI and has a six-game hitting streak for the Norfolk Tides since being called up to AAA last week. There's something about this Ottawa squad that doesn't agree with SP Aaron Heilman. Heilman, who lost to Ottawa less than two weeks ago (8 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K), allowed 5 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks in 5 innings Monday. He's allowed 22 hits in his last 20 innings pitched, while striking out only 9 batters and walking 6 during that stretch. Considered a strikeout pitcher, hitters are hitting .266 off of Heilman this season. OF Prentice Redman broke out of a mini-slump Monday, going 2-3 with 3 RBI…including his 6th HR of the season. Redman was 1-9 with 5 strikeouts in his previous two games. SS Chris Basak went 1-4 with a run scored and is how hitting .412 (7-17) in his last four games. He has gotten on base in 9 of his 10 games for the Tides, collecting hits in 8 of those games.

Binghamton Mets: SP Jason Scobie was enjoying great success at AA for the BMets before getting roughed up (5 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO) Monday in a 9-7 loss to the Akron Aeros. His five earned runs shot his ERA up to 3.41 for the BMets. He had allowed only six earned runs in his previous 24 innings pitched at AA. OF Frank Corr made his AA debut for the BMets Monday after being called up from St. Lucie to take the place of OF Jeff Duncan on the roster. Corr made quite a debut, going 3-4 with a double, a HR, three runs scored, and three RBI. He was quite cold before his call-up on Monday, hitting just .167 (3-18) in his last 5 games for the St. Lucie Mets. 1B Craig Brazell (1-5) extended his hitting streak to 9 games Monday. 2B David Bacani has a more dubious streak of his own. Bacani went 0-5 again on Monday, extending his hitless streak to five games, and is now hitting .053 (1-19) since becoming the starter six games ago. OF Marvin Seale also went 0-5 Monday with two more strikeouts. Seale has 14 K's in his last 8 games and is hitless in four of his last five games. Seale is just 3 for his last 26 (.115) and has seen his batting average plummet to .183 for the year.

St. Lucie Mets: The single-A St. Lucie Mets ran their losing streak to six games with a 1-0 rain shortened loss to the Dunedin Blue Jays Monday night. 23-year old lefty Lenny DiNardo pitched 6 innings but was victimized in the third by an error by shortstop Chase Lambin and then some timely hitting by the Jays. DiNardo, who picked up a 4 inning save in the Mets last win on Tuesday, went 6 innings allowing only 2 hits and no earned runs while striking out 5, but he was the tough-luck loser again, falling to 0-4 while lowering his era to 1.51. Justin Huber and Wayne Lydon each went 1-2 for the Mets. 3B David Wright went 0-3 Monday and is now 6 for his last 35 (.171), seeing his average nose-dive from .308 nine games ago to his current .281 average. Wright's 30 RBI ties him for second among all Mets' prospects (with Danny Garcia of the Tides), but he has not driven in a run in the last 9 games. His last RBI was on May 10th in St. Lucie's 6-0 win over Tampa. The Mets have fallen to 23-24 and now are 4 and a half games behind Vero Beach. The Mets move on to Sarasota where they will play 2 games with the last place Red Sox.

Capital City Bombers: The Bombers were "Hungry Like the Wolf" Monday to salvage a dissapointing road trip. Our "Wild Boys" did not " Come Undone" beating the Legends 4-2 to head home to Columbus with a 3-4 road trip. If you haven't picked up on it yet, Derran "Duran" Watts is hot like "Rio". The left fielder in on a tear going 2-4 with a home run and a stolen base. In his last 3 games he is batting .500 with 4 Runs, 5 RBIs 2 HRs, 3 Doubles and a stolen base. Aaron Baldiris showed signs of breaking his slump getting at least a hit for the second straight day going 2-4 with a run scored. Matt Lindstrom turned in another solid performance yesterday giving up only 4 hits in 5 innings of work striking out 5. The Bombers tired pen was lights out for a change. Anthony Acosta and Ryan Olson combined for 2 hitless innings with 3 K's before giving way to Bryan King who shut out the Legends in his 2 innings of work to record his second save of the year. However, this road trip has taxed the pen forcing it to log in 23 innings giving up 22 hits and 15 runs, 10 of them earned. Surprisingly, considering the number of runs and hits surrendered, the pen was only responsible for 2 losses during this stretch. The main culprit has been the offense, which had 1 run or less in 4 out of the 7 games on this road trip. Luckily, the Bombers will take Tuesday off before starting a homestand with the River Dogs.



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