Binghamton Mets: 1B Craig Brazell went 3-4 with two RBI in a 5-4 BMets' loss to Akron Tuesday. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He's hitting .385 (15-39) with 4 HRs & 14 RBI during his 10-game hitting streak, raising his average to .327 for the season. Is there anyone colder than SP Jake Joseph? For the third straight start, Joseph could not get past the fourth inning. Joseph allowed 5 runs on 8 hits in 4 1/3 innings Tuesday. In his last three starts, he's allowed 19 runs on 23 hits in just 10 innings pitched! Which is worse, his current 5.57 ERA, or the fact that hitters are hitting .312 against him this season? You make the call. Mets' outfielder Jeromy Burnitz went 2-5 with a stolen base in his first game of a rehab assignment with Binghamton.
St. Lucie Mets: The Mets lost their seventh straight game, and their second straight 1-0 affair Tuesday night as they lost to the Sarasota Red Sox. The Sox got to losing pitcher Rafael Lopez (1-3) for the lone run in the 7th inning. The Mets were held to two hits as their anemic hitting continued. St. Lucie has been shutout in three of their last five games, and are hitting .179 as a team during that stretch. The lack of offense can be attributed right from the top. OF Angel Pagan is just 1 for his last 16 (.063) and has not had a hit, nor gotten on base, in three games. The bottom of the order hasn't helped much either. 2B Joseph Jiannetti is also hitless in his last three games and is just 1 for his last 12 (.083). David Wright, mired in a 6 for 35 slump, took the night off, and the Mets received no help any place else in their lineup, striking out 6 times. On the bright side, 24 year old starter, Australian pitcher Wayne Ough, who just 2 weeks ago combined with Mike Cox on a no-hitter of the Tampa Yankees, rebounded from a horrible outing versus Fort Myers when he allowed 8 earned runs in 3.1 innings last Wednesday, to throw 5 1/3 scoreless innings…allowing only 1 hit while walking 4 and striking out 4. Nick Maness had his third straight effective relief outing as he pitched a scoreless 8th inning to lower his era to 2.25. The Mets fell to 23-25 and are now in 4th place, five games behind Vero Beach in the Eastern Division.
Capital City Bombers: The Bombers were off Tuesday and start a three-game series at home against the Charleston River Dogs Wednesday.
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