Norfolk Tides: 3B Russ Johnson drove home the lone Tides' run in Norfolk's 2-1 loss to the Richmond Braves Tuesday as the Tides managed just four hits in the game. Johnson extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single in the first inning. OF Prentice Redman went 0-4 Tuesday, ending his hitting streak at 10 games. SP Jason Anderson, the main part of the Armando Benitez deal with the Yankees, pitched well for the first time in the Mets' farm system…allowing just one unearned run on two hits and one walk over four innings Tuesday. Tuesday's effort was better than his last start: 3 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO. A possible closer for the Mets next season, RP Heath Bell pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings Tuesday…allowing just three hits and walk. In his last 11 1/3 innings of work (spanning 8 appearances), Bell has allowed just one earned run on 8 hits and 3 walks while striking out 14 batters. 2B Danny Garcia (0-3, Run) extended his run-scoring streak with his fifth straight game with at least one run scored.
Binghamton Mets: With the score tied 5-5 in the bottom of 8th inning Tuesday, Binghamton's game with Bowie was suspended due to rain. The game will be completed Wednesday night. The B-Mets have been on fire lately, even counting Monday's 15-2 pasting by Bowie. Binghamton is 7-2 in their last 9 games and a big reason has been the success of the starting pitching. In 8 of their last 9 games, Binghamton starters have allowed one run or less and have lasted at least 5 innings. Entering Monday's content, Binghamton starting pitchers had allowed just 5 earned runs in their last 47 1/3 innings pitched!!!
St. Lucie Mets: St. Lucie sent P Chad Elliott to the mound to help keep the Mets close when Palm Beach and St. Lucie resumed the game that was suspended in the top of the third inning Monday. St. Lucie could not have asked for a better effort as Elliott shut down Palm Beach the rest of the way, allowing just two hits in six innings of relief Tuesday. In his last five appearances, Elliott's line looks like this: 17 1/3 IP, 14 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO. LHP Scott Kazmir, making his third start for St. Lucie, allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in five innings of work Tuesday night. Kaz struck out seven more batters, giving him 16 strikeouts in 16 innings at St. Lucie. RP Kole Strayhorn (0-1) took the loss in relief of Kazmir, allowing one run on three hits and one walk in 1 1/3 innings. Strayhorn entered Tuesday's action allowing just one run in his last seven appearances. In fact, he had allowed just one hit in his last 7 1/3 innings of work prior to Tuesday. 2B Chase Lambin went 3-5 with a run scored and a stolen base (his 11th SB of the season) in the two games, giving him a modest 6-game hitting streak. Lambin is 9 for his last 19 (.474) and has raised his average to .295 for the year. 3B David Wright, hitless in his two previous games, went 2-3 with an RBI and stole his 17th base of the season in the loss.
Capital City Bombers: The Bombers had the night off Tuesday, which is probably a good thing. It has been a collapse in all phases of the game for Capital City. Losers of 14 of their last 17 games, the Bombers have been outscored 104-64 during that stretch. More recently, the pitching has been awful. During their current six-game losing streak, the Bombers have given up a minimum of 8 hits per game, allowing double-digit hits in four of the six losses. Opponents are hitting .328 against Capital City in their last six games.
Brooklyn Cyclones: 1B Ian Bladergroen collected his fourth multi-hit game in his last five games to lead the Cyclones to a 6-2 win over the visiting Aberdeen Ironbirds Tuesday. "Blade" went 3-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, including his third triple of the season, and is now 10 for his last 19 (.526) in his last five games. LF Rashad Parker hit his first home run with Brooklyn this year. SP Ryan Danly allowed one run on three hits and two walks in just three innings Tuesday. Danly has struggled as of late with his K:BB ratio, striking out just seven batters and walking five in his last 14 2/3 innings. RP Tim Worthington (1-0) picked up his first win of the season, allowing one run (unearned) on three hits and no walks in his three innings of work. Worthington has been "lights out" in his last five appearances: 11 2/3 IP, 10 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO. 2B Blake Whealy has put together a mini-streak, hitting safely in his last five games after going 1-2 with an RBI Tuesday.
Kingsport Mets: 1B Johan Camacho went 1-3 with two RBI Tuesday, including his first triple of the season, in Kingsport's 5-4 win over Danville. Camacho has now hit safely in five of his last six games, raising his average to .266 by hitting .350 in his last six games. After going 2-5 Monday, CF Roberto Solano made it four out of his last six games without a hit when he went 0-3 Tuesday. RP Julio Freites earned his first save of the season by recording all seven of his outs with strikeouts: 2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO. The big story in the Kingsport box score Tuesday was the continued frustrations of Adam Elliott. Entering Tuesday's game versus Danville, the Appalachian League hitters were teeing off on Elliott to the tune of a .450 average. Elliott was lambasted again, allowing four earned runs on six hits in just 1 2/3 innings. The cumulative line from Elliott's last three box scores looks like something out of a slow-pitch softball game: 5 2/3 IP, 15 H, 12 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO.
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