Mets Minor League Notebook - April 15th

Matthew Peterson and Joselo Diaz pitch the BMets to a double header sweep of Erie; Corey Ragsdale's turnaround continues as he leads an 18-hit attack by St. Lucie; the Bombers hit three more home runs; and David Wright, Ian Bladergroen, and Tyler Davidson extend their hitting streaks. All this and much more in Thursday's edition of the Mets Minor League Notebook.

Norfolk Tides: The Norfolk Tides were off Wednesday and take on the Indianapolis Indians (Brewers) in an afternoon affair on Thursday at 3pm. 2B Danny Garcia, still looking for his first extra base hit of the season, will look to improve on his .188 average this season. He has just three hits in his first five games.

Binghamton Mets: The BMets swept a double header from Erie Wednesday, winning 3-2 and 5-2. 3B David Wright continues to swing the hot stick, extending his hitting streak to seven games to begin the 2004 season by going a combined 4-6 with two doubles in the two games. RHP Matthew Peterson had his second straight quality start, allowing just one earned run on four hits and walk through five innings. Peterson struck out seven batters and now has 13 K's in 10 innings pitched so far. Joselo Diaz picked up his first victory of the season in game two by throwing five innings of no-hit baseball in game two of the double header, walking four and striking out eight batters. Diaz has allowed just four hits in 8.2 innings in two starts. CF Wayne Lydon went 1-7 on the day, going 0-3 in the first game. Lydon has struggled to find his stroke, going hitless in four of his first six games with eight strikeouts but has still managed to swipe four bases (including two Wednesday) this season.

C. Ragsdale
Ragsdale: Hitting .538 in his last three games.
St. Lucie Mets: The St. Lucie Mets pounded the Daytona Cubs 12-4 Wednesday, powered by seven doubles as a team. RHP Brian Bannister earned his first win of the season despite allowing three runs on seven hits in five innings. RF Bobby Malek led an 18-hit attack by St. Lucie, going 3-4 and extending his hitting streak to five games. Malek has hit safely in six of his first seven games. Aaron Baldiris and Brett Harper also chipped in with three hits while Joseph Jiannetti had a four-hit game.

Talk about your turn arounds! SS Corey Ragsdale, known more for his struggles at the plate than his defensive prowess in the field, had his third straight multi-hit game, going 3-4 and raising his average to .304 for the season. "Rags" is 7 for his last 13 with two doubles and a triple.

Capital City Bombers: 1B Ian Bladergroen hit a home run in his second straight game (2-5, 2 RBI), extending his hitting streak to seven games, leading the Bombers to a 9-8 victory over Greensboro Wednesday afternoon. DH Tyler Davidson also extended his hitting streak to seven games by going 1-4 with two runs scored. OF Jamar Hill went 2-5 Wednesday, only his third game with at least one hit this season. He chipped in with two RBI, giving him more RBI (7) than hits (6) this season. OF Andrew Wilson was the offensive hero for the Bombers, clubbing two home runs and driving in four runs. The Bombers now have 9 home runs in seven games this season.

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