Mets' Minor League Notebook for May 30th

SS Jose Reyes is hitting .400 since coming off the DL; Binghamton is hitting .349 as a team in their last 6 games, thanks in large part ot Jeff Duncan and Chris Basak; SP Matthew Peterson keeps on rolling in his second win of the season; the bats of Aaron Baldiris and Jonathan Slack keep the Bombers' offense alive. All this and much more in Friday's edition of the MMLN.

Norfolk Tides: DH(?) Jose Reyes went 1-2 with a run scored and a double in a 6-5 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox Thursday, snapping the Tides' winning streak at four games. Since coming off the DL, Reyes is 8-20 (.400) with two doubles and threes stolen bases. He has hit in all five games, scoring five runs as well. 2B Danny Garcia has put together a modest 6-game hitting streak since going 0-3 in a 3-1 loss to Syracuse on Saturday in game one of a double header, which was significant….that was Garcia's only game without a hit in a Tides uniform. Garcia is hitting .381 (8 for 21) during those six games, lowering his average to .392 with Norfolk. OF Matthew Watson went 0-3 with two runs scored and an RBI Thursday, giving him an RBI in four straight games. Watson, who had one RBI in eight games for the BMets before his call-up, now has 10 RBI in 11 games for the Tides thus far. LHP Mike Bacsik (0-5, 6.00 ERA) lost for the fifth time in nine starts Thursday, allowing five earned runs on eight hits and two walks through six innings. AAA hitters are hitting .328 off of Mike Bacsik so far in 2003 and he sports a 1.52 WHIP…uggh!

Binghamton Mets: Despite hitting three home runs Thursday, the BMets had their mini three-game winning streak snapped in a 12-9 loss to the New Haven Ravens. Binghamton is just 3-9 in their last 12 games. The one bright spot has been the resurrection of the offense: Binghamton has collected double digit hit totals in five of their last six games, hitting an unlikely .349 (73-209) as a team in their last six games and averaging 7.67 runs during that stretch. One of the reasons for the offensive resurgence could be the reinstituting of OF Jeff Duncan at the top of the lineup. Duncan went 2-5 with one run scored and two RBI, hitting his third HR of the season in the losing effort. He's put together a six-game hitting streak since being called down from the New York Mets, hitting .333 (9-27) with 3 runs scored and 5 RBI. Duncan's not the only B-Met that has returned to the lineup with a flurry. SS Chris Basak went 2-3 with one run and one RBI Thursday and has a hit in each of his four games since being recalled from Norfolk, having multi-hit games in three of those four games. Basak is tearing the cover off the ball at a .727 clip (8-11) with five runs scored and two doubles in four games. DH/C Michael Jacobs continues to be the unsung hero for Binghamton. Jacobs went 1-2 with an RBI Thursday, his fourth straight game with an RBI. He's hitting .538 (7-13) in his last four games with 3 runs scored and 6 RBI.

St. Lucie Mets: SP Matthew Peterson tossed five solid innings Thursday, allowing just one run on three hits in St. Lucie's 5-4 win over the Daytona Cubs. Peterson (2-1) picked up just his second win of the season but now has allowed just four earned runs in his last 19 innings, lowering his ERA to 2.63 on the year. He allowed just his third walk of the season and his WHIP ratio (walks & hits per innings pitched) to 1.17. Everyone knows that for a team to be successful scoring runs, you need production at the top of the order. During St. Lucie's 9-game losing streak, OF Angel Pagan struggled mightily. St. Lucie is 4-2 since snapping the losing streak and a big reason has been the hitting of Pagan. Pagan is 8-25 (.320) in his last six games and OF Wayne Lydon (hitting #2 in the lineup) is 6 for his last 18 (.333). OF Bobby Malek has had a rough go of it in St. Lucie. Malek went 0-4 and now has just two hits (2-15, .133) in his first four games with the Mets. 3B David Wright went 0-4 in Tuesday's win over the Cubs and his just 1 for his last 11 (.091), lowering his batting average all the way down to .271 for the season.

Capital City Bombers: SP Yunior Cabrera allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings Thursday in the Bombers' 7-4 loss to the Hickory Crawdads. Cabrera's allowed 10 hits in his last 10 1/3 innings pitched, raising his WHIP ratio to 1.30 for the year…still very respectable. 2B Blake Whealy broke out of a 0-11 slump with a solo home run, his 7th dinger of the year which leads the club. Whealy has been struggling as of late, going just 3 for his 21 (.143) and seeing his batting average plummet to .208 for the year. SS Corey Ragsdale went 0-3 with one run scored Thursday and is now just 1 for his last 15 (.067) and is hitting .168 this season. While Ragsdale and Whealy have been cold, OF Jonathan Slack and 3B Aaron Baldiris have strung together some modest hitting streaks. Slack went 1-3 with an RBI Thursday and has now hit safely in four straight games, going 5-13 (.385) with four runs scored and two RBI. Baldiris also went 1-3 with an RBI Thursday, extending his hitting streak to five games. During that stretch, Aaron is hitting .400 (6-15) with two runs scored and five RBI. Hitless in his last two games, OF Derran Watts went 2-4 with a run scored.



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