Mets Minor League Notebook for June 19th

The Mets' farm clubs had another frustrating night on Wednesday. Rain forced postponements for Binghamton, Capital City and Kingsport while Norfolk and St. Lucie fell again to extend their respective losing streaks. Brooklyn lost the opener of their doubleheader at Aberdeen before recording their first win of the year in the nightcap.

Norfolk Tides: Coming off consecutive one-run losses at home to the Buffalo Bisons, the Norfolk Tides were in desperate need of a better result on Wednesday night in the third game of a four-game set with the Bisons. Unfortunately, the Tides trailed before they had their first at-bat and managed just three hits all night to lose 5-1 for their third straight loss. The Tides forced Buffalo into facing just three batters over the minimum and their only offense on the night was a consolation home run by center fielder Esix Snead in the ninth inning after the game's outcome was well in hand. Jake Joseph made his third start for the Tides since his promotion from Binghamton. After pitching a gem in his first start and getting shelled in his second, Joseph (1-2) split the difference in his third, allowing three earned runs in five innings while surrendering eight hits and a walk to take the loss. Jason Roach appeared in mop-up duty for the Tides, his first appearance since rejoining the Tides following his demotion from the Mets this week. Roach pitched a scoreless ninth, working around a walk and a hit. Following three losses to Buffalo, the Tides must win on Thursday afternoon to avoid being swept at home for the first time this season in a series of three games or more.

Binghamton Mets: Binghamton, in the midst of a four-game losing streak that has seen them score two or less runs in each game, had another rain-out on Wednesday, their seventh postponement due to inclement weather this season. The Mets' finale at New Haven has been rescheduled for July 13th, as part of a doubleheader with the Ravens. The Mets (31-38) will try to get their season back on track on Thursday night at home against the Akron Aeros (46-26). The Aeros, who possess the best record in the Eastern League, come into Binghamton for a four-game series.

St. Lucie Mets: The Mets lost their fourth straight game on Wednesday night, falling 5-4 at the Vero Beach Dodgers. The Mets have lost all four games in their losing streak at the Dodgers, scoring a total of eight runs in the four contests. Harold Eckert (0-2) took the loss for the Mets despite a quality start. Making his third start of the year, Eckert gave up three runs on five hits and two walks in six innings of work and was hurt by a two-run homer in the second inning. Third baseman David Wright continued to struggle in June, going hitless in three turns at bat. Wright is now three for his last forty-three. The Mets' lone bright spot on the night was right fielder Bobby Malek, who had his best game of the season since his promotion from Capital City. Malek was just a single short of the cycle, belting his first homer and first triple of the season. Malek also scored two and drove in two while going three-for-four. The good news for the Mets is that they finally get to leave Vero Beach on Thursday and head home to St. Lucie. The bad news is that the Dodgers will be following them back for a one game series.

Capital City Bombers: The Bombers, who had planned to finish Tuesday's suspended game on Wednesday night, saw rain postpone both that game and the team's scheduled game at the Rome Braves. The teams will attempt to make up both the suspended game, which remains 3-3 in the eighth inning, and Wednesday's game on Thursday at Rome. They then will also attempt to play Thursday's game as well, making for a tripleheader of sorts. Regardless of Thursday's action, the Bombers, who have not finished an official game since Sunday, will return home on Friday to start a three-game series with the South Georgia Waves.

Brooklyn Cyclones: The Cyclones resumed and lost their first game of the season on Wednesday night at the Aberdeen IronBirds. The Cyclones finished a game that was suspended with a score of 2-2 on Tuesday night and lost 3-2. In the day's regularly scheduled game, the Cyclones got their first win of the year, a 6-0 drubbing of the IronBirds in which two Cyclone pitchers combined on a one-hitter. Tanner Osberg got the start for Brooklyn in the first game and threw for four innings, allowing just one hit, a solo home run. In the nightcap, Bob Keppel took the hill for the Cyclones in a rehab start, his first appearance since going on the disabled list at Binghamton in early May. Keppel (1-0) showed no ill effects from his injury, throwing five perfect innings with six strikeouts before giving way to Brian Bannister, who was just as impressive, allowing just one hit and striking out seven IronBirds. At the plate, second baseman David Housel had his second two-for-four of the year and smashed two doubles. Right fielder Seth Pietsch got his first start of the year in the nightcap and added Brooklyn's first homer of the year. The Cyclones finish their three-game series at Aberdeen on Thursday night.

Kingsport Mets: The Mets had their third game of the season postponed on Wednesday because of rain. No makeup date has been announced. Kingsport, who split their first two games of the season against the Johnson City Cardinals, was scheduled to host the Elizabethton Twins on Wednesday but will resume their schedule by taking on the Twins Thursday night at Elizabethton.

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