St. Lucie Mets: The Mets snapped a nine game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over Sarasota Friday night. The Mets snapped out of their seemingly endless offensive slump with a 13 hit attack. Angel Pagan and Wayne Lydon had three hits each. For Lydon, it was his 4th multi-hit game in his last 6, he is 10 for his last 26. Pagan hit two doubles and Lydon added his 32nd stolen base. Justin Huber returned to the lineup and smacked his 4th homer of the season. David Wright continued to struggle, he went 0-3 and is now 6 for his last 33. Chase Lambin and Brett Harper each added 2 hits. Matt Peterson rebounded from his poor outing at Dunedin Sunday by going 5 strong innings for St. Lucie, he allowed 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 5. John Franco got roughed up in his worst rehab appearance. Franco went 1 inning allowing 2 runs on 2 hits and a walk. He also made an error. Blake McGinley picked up his 4th win against no losses by pitching 3 scoreless innings allowing only 1 hit and striking out 3. His ERA is now 1.32.
Capital City Bombers: Get your brooms out folks. The Bombers swept a friday night doubleheader against the Charleston Riverdogs, also sweeping the 3 game series and going undefeated against the Dogs in all their first half games against them. Game 1 was a 7-3 route powered by strong performances by thirdbaseman Aaron Baldiris (2 for 4 with a run and 2 RBis,), designated hitter John Toner (2 for 2 with a run and 2 RBIs) and shortstop Corey Ragsdale (1 for 2 with 2 runs and 2 SBs). Ragsdale was given game 2 off, but this was a good sign from a player who as mentioned on Thursday has been painful to watch at the plate and in the field. Ragsdale raised his average 7 points and is now hitting .187. More on the other 2 in a moment. 1# draft pick Scott Kazmir started the game but the organization appears to have him on a 3 inning limit. It didn't prevent the youngster from registering 7 strikeouts. On the downside he did give up 2 earned in that span on 3 hits, one of which was a home run. In his last 2 starts Kazmir has pitched 6 innings given up 5 hits, 3walks 2 earned runs and has a whopping 8 Ks. On the season he has an impressive 36 Ks in only 23.2 innings. Brandon Kentner got the win throwing 2 perfect innings before giving way to Bryan King who finished up, though he surrendered a late home run. This was only Kentner's second appearance this year and it allowed him to cut his ERA in half to a 4.50. In his first appearance he was touched up for 2 earned in 2 innings.
On to Game 2 where it was close but no cigar for Charleston in a 3-2 bomber win. Kevin Deaton went 4 innings giving up 3 hits and 2 runs. This season he has averaged a strikeout an inning, however yesterday he only could muster 2. Anthony Acosta was dead on though taking care of the last 3 innings without a blemish while striking out 4. Acosta hasn't given up an earned run in his last 3 appearances and only 1 hit since May 12. In that time he has pitched 6 innings giving up only 2 walks while striking out 7. Offensively Blake Whealy was the star of the game with a home run and 2 RBIs. Whealy also had a double and an RBI in Game one. Whealy is batting .333 on this homestand. I feel like I am forgetting something...how could I forget? Where is Derran Watts you ask? Rewarded for his recent good play Watts was moved into the 2 hole in the batting order for both games. He continued to contribute going 2 for 5 with an RBI between the 2 games.
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