Mets' Minor League Notebook for May 21st

Who needs Jose Reyes when Chris Basak is hitting like this? As hot as Craig Brazell is at the plate, starter Jake Joseph is equally as cold on the mound; Angel Pagan and the St. Lucie Mets are in dire need of some offense; All this and a whole lot more in Wednesday's edition of the MMLN.

Norfolk Tides: OF Matt Watson, who hit .279 for Binghamton in 2002, made his AAA debut Tuesday…going 2-3 with 3 RBI, hitting a 2-run HR in his first plate appearance for the Tides in Norfolk's 12-11 win over Ottawa. Watson was hitting .393 for the BMets this season before his call-up on Tuesday, despite having just three RBI (including two games for St. Lucie) in 10 games. SP Jason Roach entered Tuesday's start as one of the hottest pitchers in the entire Mets' organization, winning his last three starts and allowing just three earned runs in his last 16 innings pitched. Roach surrendered six runs on 11 hits in 5 innings against Ottawa Tuesday, ballooning his ERA to 4.38 for the Tides. 2B Danny Garcia went 3-4 with two RBI Tuesday, extending his hitting streak to 8 games (including his final game in Binghamton) and raising his average to .444 (12-27) in Norfolk. Garcia also hit his farm system leading 15th double (3rd with the Tides) in the game. SS Chris Basak went 2-4 with two more doubles, two runs scored, two RBI, and is how hitting .474 (9-19) in his last five games. Aside from a late season call-up in 2001 to Binghamton where hit hit .372 in 43 at-bats, Basak has not shown this much success at the plate since breaking in with Pittsfield in 2000 when he hit .349 with 32 stolen bases. Basak had 6 doubles in 25 games for the BMets. He collected his 6th double in his 11th game for the Tides Tuesday. Basak has gotten on base in 10 of his 11 games for the Tides, collecting hits in 9 of those games.

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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