Mets Minor League Notebook - April 20th

Tuesday's MMLN is all about the streaks. Craig Brazell's hit streak ends as Norfolk is shut out; Wayne Lydon and Prentice Redman are heating up for Binghamton; Brian Bannister's strong outing and Alhaji Turay's return to the lineup power St. Lucie to victory; and Shawn Bowman is flying under the radar at Capital City. All this and much more in Tuesday's edition of the Mets Minor League Notebook.

Norfolk Tides: The Tides were blanked by the Louisville Bats (Reds) 6-0 Monday as Norfolk could only manage six hits against Matt Belisle who tossed a complete game. RHP Matt Ginter took the loss despite another good showing. After tossing four scoreless innings in his Tides' debut last week, Ginter allowed two runs on five hits in five innings Monday. He has struck out 11 batters and walked 2 in in his first 9 innings for the Tides this season. A couple of streaks came to a crashing halt Monday. 1B Craig Brazell's six-game hit streak was ended when he went 0-2 at the plate Monday. Brazell was hitting .370 (10-27) during his streak, raising his average to .275 prior to Monday's contest. RF Victor Diaz's five-game hit streak (he was hitting .333 during the streak) ended as well, going 0-4 against Belisle. The Tides are off Tuesday before hosting the Durham Bulls in Norfolk on Wednesday.

Binghamton Mets: The New Britain Rock Cats (Twins) rallied for two runs in the ninth inning off of BMets' reliever Tim LaVigne to edge Binghamton 7-6 Monday. The bullpen wasted another solid effort from RHP Matthew Peterson who allowed one run on four hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings. Peterson has his third straight solid start for Binghamton. For the year, Peterson's line is: 15.2 IP, 15 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 17 SO. Super prospect David Wright has cooled off considerably after his amazing start. Wright went 0-3 with two strikeouts Monday and now has gone hitless in four of his last five games, hitting .118 (2 for his last 17) and dropping his average down to .333 for the season. While Wright has struggles as of late, outfielders Wayne Lydon and Prentice Redman are heating up. Lydon went 2-4 with two more stolen bases Monday, giving him 7 stolen bases in the last three games and extending his hitting streak to six games. Lydon has gotten his average up to .234 on the strength of his .333 average during the streak. OF Prentice Redman went 3-5 with a double, a triple, and two more runs scored Monday, extending his hitting streak six games as well. Redman is hitting .458 (11-24) in his last six games and has scored seven runs in his last four games.

B. Bannister
Bannister: Has struck out 23 batters in 16 innings this season.
St. Lucie Mets: St. Lucie nipped Jupiter 3-2 Monday behind a strong outing from RHP Brian Bannister. Despite his 6.30 ERA heading into Monday's contest, Bannister had shown flashes of brilliance in his first two starts of the season and it all came together for him Monday. Bannister allowed just two hits and one walk, while striking out nine batters, in six scoreless innings Monday to earn his second victory of the season. In 16 innings this season, he's allowed just two walks and has struck out 23 batters! RHP Joey Cole pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his fourth save of the young season and keep his ERA a perfect 0.00. Catcher Justin Huber has been heating up as of late, going 2-3 Monday (the only St. Lucie batter with more than one hit) to give him a modest four-game hit streak after going hitless in four of his previous six games. LF/DH Joseph Jiannetti went 0-3 Monday, going hitless in three of his last four games (.143 average during that span). RF Alhaji Turay, playing in his first game in almost a week, went 1-4 with a double and an RBI, extending his hitting streak to five games. Despite just playing in seven games this season, Turay still leads the club in home runs with three and is tied for third with seven RBI.

Capital City Bombers: The Bombers, and the entire South Atlantic League, were off Monday and begin an eight-game road trip Tuesday, starting with a four-game series against the Intimidators in Kannapolis. Everyone's aware of the offensive prowess of the "Dynamic Duo", Ian Bladergroen and Tyler Davidson. Bladergroen has four home runs in his last six games, including 10 RBI during that stretch. The "Blade" has hit safely in ten of hist first eleven games and Davidson has done almost as well, hitting safely in nine of his first ten games. However, Kannapolis might want to take notice of another prospect equally as hot as of late, 3B Shawn Bowman. Bowman enters the series with a five-game hit streak (hitting .471 during the streak) and has 2 HRs & 6 RBI in his last four games.

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