Mets Minor League Notebook for June 18th

Rain slowed down the Mets' farm clubs on Tuesday, as both Capital City and Brooklyn had their game suspended. Norfolk would have liked if it had rained in the middle of their game, but instead they blew a two-run lead and lost in thirteen innings. Binghamton likewise would have appreciated some rain during a doubleheader in which they were swept by identical 5-2 scores. St. Lucie and Kingsport each fell in close road games, as well, making for a winless night for the Mets' farm system.

Norfolk Tides: The Tides took a 3-1 lead into the ninth inning of their game with the Buffalo Bisons before reliever Jim Serrano surrendered the tying runs to send the game to extra innings. In the thirteenth inning, newcomer Jason Scobie allowed an unearned run in a game that featured eight errors. Scobie (0-1) was making his first appearance at Triple-A this year after pitching at Binghamton and St. Lucie this year. Serrano's poor outing was his first since May 2nd, when he allowed three runs in two-and-a-third innings in a 9-3 loss to Pawtucket. Prior to Tuesday's blown save, Serrano had allowed just three runs in his last twenty-three innings, good for a 1.17 ERA during that stretch. The bullpen's struggles shifted the focus off of Aaron Heilman, who should have gotten a win for his efforts, but instead saw his winless streak go to four games. Heilman threw seven very strong innings, allowing just five hits and a walk while fanning four. Coming off a start in which he also threw seven innings and working on four days' rest, there was some concern as to whether Heilman, who leads the International League in innings pitched, would be durable enough to make another quality start. He passed the test, however, and showed once again that he is ready for a promotion to the majors. The Tides continue their four-game series with Buffalo on Wednesday night at home.

Binghamton Mets: The Mets were swept in their doubleheader at New Haven on Tuesday, losing by a 5-2 margin in each game while nearly doubling their opponents' hit totals. Lenny DiNardo (0-2), making his third start of the year with the Mets since being promoted from St. Lucie earlier this month, took the loss in the opener after giving up four runs in three innings. DiNardo had given up six runs in thirteen innings in his first two starts, but saw his ERA rise to 5.63 after the outing. Tyler Yates, making his first start at Double-A since his promotion from St. Lucie this month, fared much better in starting the nightcap. Yates threw five innings of one-hit ball and left the game with a 1-0 lead. The normally reliable Nick Mattioni then entered the game and promptly surrendered five runs on four hits and two walks. Mattioni had come into the game with an ERA of 1.91 on the season and an ERA of 1.06 in his last seven appearances over a stretch of seventeen innings. The Mets wrap up their three-game series at New Haven on Wednesday night.

St. Lucie Mets: The Mets wasted another fine start from Wayne Ough and lost 3-2 at the Vero Beach Dodgers. Ough threw seven solid innings and allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk. Ough did surrender a home run, but settled down and didn't allow run in his last four innings of work. Ough had not lost in over a month since getting shelled for eight earned runs in a 16-2 drubbing by Ft. Myers. Over that five-start stretch, Ough had posted an ERA of 1.57 and a 3-0 record, allowing just five earned runs in twenty-eight and two-thirds innings pitched. David Wright's wretched June continued on Tuesday night, as an 0-4 lowered his average this season to .248. Wright's numbers in June are absolutely dreadful: he is now batting just .132 this month and has not homered since the first of the month. Wright is also three for his last forty, which translates to a miniscule .075 batting average. The Mets wrap up their three-game series at Vero Beach on Wednesday and hope to avoid being swept in the opening series of the second-half of the season.

Capital City Bombers: The Bombers' series opener at the Rome Braves was suspended after seven innings on Tuesday night because of rain. The game will be resumed on Wednesday afternoon, immediately prior to the team's scheduled game. The Bombers then finish up their series at Rome on Thursday and return home over the weekend for a three-game series with the South Georgia Waves before the South Atlantic League takes a break for their annual All-Star Game.

Brooklyn Cyclones: The Cyclones season got off to a false start on Tuesday night after rain halted the club's game at the Aberdeen IronBirds after six innings. The game will be made up Wednesday afternoon prior to clubs' regularly scheduled game. The 2-2 score of the game will carry over tomorrow, as well as the game's statistics. Rashad Parker scored the Cyclones' first run of the 2003 season and has three hits in the game thus far. Ian Bladergroen and Yunir Garcia each drove in a run as well for Brooklyn.

Kingsport Mets: The Mets lost their first game of the season on Tuesday night, falling 5-3 to the Johnson City Cardinals. Second baseman Todd Dulaney had a good night leading off for the Mets with three singles in four at-bats. Catcher Danilo Reynoso, coming off a night in which he doubled, hit a solo homer in the eighth for the Mets while right fielder Jesus Gamero also had a hit after tripling three times Monday night. Center fielder Roberto Solano tripled on Tuesday night and third baseman Brendan Mannix went two-for-four with a run batted in. The Mets return home on Wednesday night to face the Elizabethton Twins in the first game of a home-and-home series.

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