Mets Minor League Notebook for August 5th

Jason Middlebrook is giving up home runs at an alarming rate; Neal Musser & the B-Mets get crushed in Maryland; 9-1 in their last 10 games, only the rain could cool off St. Lucie; Derran Watts and the Bombers lose their sixth straight; Ian "Blade" Bladergroen continues to provide the heroics in Brooklyn; and does anyone realize that Tyler Davidson sports a .684 slugging percentage for Kingsport? All this and much more in Tuesday's editon of the Mets Minor League Notebook.

Norfolk Tides: SP Jason Middlebrook "scattered" nine hits and seven runs in just four innings in Norfolk's 8-5 loss to the Richmond Braves Monday. Middlebrook allowed two more home runs Monday, giving him a whopping 18 dingers surrendered in 89 1/3 AAA innings this season. To put it into perspective, Middlebrook has given up as many home runs as Jason Roach and Mike Bacsik have….combined! Despite walking four batters, RP Patrick Strange pitched three decent innings of relief, allowing just one run on four hits. Strange has allowed just one run in his last 8 1/3 innings of work. OF Prentice Redman extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a 2-4 night at the plate. Redman is hitting .378 (14-37) during his streak. 2B Danny Garcia continued his recent success at the plate, going 1-4 with a run scored…his fourth straight game with at least one run scored. Garcia is hitting .435 (11-23) in his last five games. OF Kenny Kelly, who entered Monday's contest just 2 for his last 14 (.143), went 2-4 with an RBI.

Binghamton Mets: LHP Neal Musser took it on the chin for the second time in three starts as the B-Mets got crushed by the Bowie Baysox 15-2 Monday. Musser allowed six earned runs on six hits and four walks in just 3 1/3 innings as he could not get past the fourth inning for the second time in three starts. In his last 13 2/3 innings pitched, Musser has allowed 18 hits, 12 earned runs, 9 walks, and just 4 strikeouts…ballooning his ERA to 4.27 at AA this season. C Justin Huber went 0-3 Monday and is now just 5 for his last 29 (.172), lowering his average to .279 with Binghamton. C/1B Michael Jacobs and OF Frank Corr each had solo home runs to account for both of Binghamton's runs Monday. Jacobs, who hit his 13th HR of the season, drove in a run for the fourth straight game. Along with his team-leading 28 doubles, Jacobs also sports a team-leading .535 slugging percentage. 3B Rodney Nye went 1-2 Monday, extending his hitting streak to 8 games (.429 average during that stretch), while OF Ron Acuna extended his streak to 7 games with a 1-3 night.

St. Lucie Mets: Losing 4-0 in the top of the third inning, St. Lucie's game with Palm Beach was suspended due to rain. The game will be completed on Tuesday evening. St. Lucie entered Monday's contest 9-1 in their last 10 games, outscoring their opponents 48-27 during that stretch. At 30-13, the first place St. Lucie Mets have a commanding 7.5 game lead over the second place Daytona Cubs in the East Division of the Florida State League.

Capital City Bombers: The Bombers were swept in four games by Lake County after getting shut out 6-0 Monday. It was Capital City's sixth straight loss overall and ninth in their last eleven games. Making his 13th start of the season, SP Omar Anez fell to 4-7 after allowing six runs on ten hits in just four innings Monday. Anez entered Monday's start allowing just 14 hits and 5 earned runs in his last 19 2/3 innings. 3B Aaron Baldiris went 3-4 Monday, collecting half of the six Bombers' hits on the day. Baldiris has hit safely in 9 of his last 10 games, hitting .359 during that span and raising his batting average to .313 for the year. Going 1-4 Monday, OF Derran Watts continues to struggle as of late in the leadoff spot for the Bombers…hitting just .205 in his last 9 games.

Brooklyn Cyclones: 1B Ian Bladergroen is quickly becoming a fan favorite in Brooklyn. Bladergroen picked a great time to collect his second hit of the night Monday, lacing an RBI double into left centerfield to give the Cyclones a 4-3 win over Aberdeen…snapping Brooklyn's four-game losing streak. Bladergroen went 2-4 with 3 RBI Monday, giving him his third multi-hit game in his last four games (7 for his last 15). OF Jonathan Slack went 2-5 with a run scored and is just 4 for his last 22 (.182) at the leadoff spot. 3B Shawn Bowman, who entered Monday's game just 2 for his last 14, went 1-4 with a run scored. Making his second straight start against Aberdeen, SP Brian Bannister did not far as well as he did last Wednesday (4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO). Bannister allowed two runs (just one earned) on two hits and four walks in four innings Monday. Bannister, the Mets' 2003 7th round pick out of Southern Cal, has held opposing batters to a paltry .155 average this season.

Kingsport Mets: 1B/OF Tyler Davidson went 4-4 with 3 RBI to lead Kingsport to an 8-5 win over Danville Monday. Among his four hits, Davidson hit his 6th triple of the young season…giving him an unthinkable .684 slugging percentage this year. Davidson, who has 52 hits in just 44 games this season, is hitting .478 over his last 8 games with 6 RBI. CF Roberto Solano broke out of his mini 1-13 slump with a 2-5 evening. Evan MacLane improved to a perfect 3-0 this season, allowing three earned runs on five hits in six innings. MacLane struck out five batters and walked none. He's allowed just 7 walks this season in 40 1/3 innings pitched. Celso Rondon pitched two shutout innings to earn his 9th save of the season. Rondon struck out three batters and walked just one. For the season, Rondon boasts a .79 WHIP ratio (walks + hits per innings pitched)…allowing just 9 hits in 19 innings this year.

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