Mets Minor League Notebook - April 14th

Matt Ginter has a great debut for the Tides; Binghamton will play two after being rained out Tuesday; Justin Huber still has not caught a game for St. Lucie; and Matt Lindstrom, Tyler Davidson, and Ian Bladergroen power the Capital City Bombers to another victory. All this and much more in Wednesday's edition of the Mets Minor League Notebook.

Norfolk Tides: The Tides (2-3) picked up just their second win of the season Tuesday as Matt Ginter and Patrick Strange combined on a two-hit shutout of the Louisville Bats (Reds affiliate) as Norfolk won 2-0. Ginter, traded to the Mets in the Timo Perez deal, made a strong debut for the Tides, allowing just one hit and one walk in four scoreless innings. Strange (1-0) struck out five in three scoreless innings to earn his first victory of the season and has allowed just four hits through five innings in two relief appearances in the young season. 1B Craig Brazell went 1-3 and scored a run in his third straight game for the Tides. One bad sign? Brazell also struck out, the fifth straight game with a strike out. OF Victor Diaz played his fifth straight game in right field and broke a mini two game hitless streak with a 1-3 afternoon. C Michael Jacobs went 1-3 in his 2004 debut and scored one of the two Tides' runs.

Binghamton Mets: Binghamton's home game against the Erie Seawolves was postponed Tuesday due to rain. 3B David Wright will look to extend his five-game hit streak Wednesday as the two clubs play a doubleheader, beginning at 5pm. All Wright has done thus far is hit .421 with 6 doubles, 5 runs, and 5 RBI in his first five games at AA this year. OF Angel Pagan has a streak of his own on the line. Pagan, also making the leap from St. Lucie this season, has been a force atop the lineup for the BMets, scoring in each of his first five games (7 runs scored total) while hitting .286 with just two strikeouts.

St. Lucie Mets: The defending 2003 Florida State League Champion St. Lucie Mets (5-1) edged Brevard County 7-5 Tuesday and are now tied with the Palm Beach Cardinals for first place in the East Division of the FSL. 2B Robert McIntyre, who broke out of 0-10 slump Monday, went 1-3 Tuesday with a double and three RBI to lead the way for the Mets. SS Corey Ragsdale also chipped in with a good game, going 2-4 with a double and a triple. Ragsdale is 4 for his last 9 after beginning the season 0-10 with seven strikeouts. Justin Huber DH'ed for the sixth straight game, going 0-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Despite not catching any games so far this season, Huber is hitting just .174 for the year, but has been a run producer with 7 RBI.

M. Lindstrom
Lindstrom: Had 8 more strikeouts Tuesday!
Capital City Bombers: The Bombers blanked Greensboro 5-0 Tuesday to improve to 4-2 on the year. It's still early in the season, but RHP Matthew Lindstrom looked really impressive again Tuesday. Lindstrom struck out eight batters and allowed just two hits in five scoreless innings. Lindstrom's line from his two games: 9 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 14 SO. While Lindstrom has been impressive on the mound, 1B Ian Bladergroen and 1B/OF Tyler Davidson have been equally impressive at the plate. Bladergroen hit a pinch-hit HR in the game (his first HR of the season) to extend his hitting streak to six games and is now hitting .526 to start the 2004 season. Tyler Davidson went 2-4 with two RBI Tuesday, hitting safely in all of his six games as well. Davidson has five doubles, a triple, and a home run to give him an outstanding 29.6 extra-base hit percentage so far.

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