Mets Minor League Notebook - April 22nd

The Tides can't score and Aaron Heilman can't get anybody out; David Wright is earning the nickname "Mr. Multi-Hit" at Binghamton; St. Lucie's bullpen spoils Scott Kazmir's first good outing of 2004; and Andrew Wilson is starting to make a name for himself with the Bombers. All this and much more in Thursday's edition of the Mets Minor League Notebook.

Norfolk Tides: Where has the offense gone in Norfolk? The Tides were shut out for the second straight game, this time 4-0 by the Durham Bulls Wednesday. Norfolk is batting a paltry .200 (19-95) as a team in their last three games, scoring a grand total of three runs. As 1B Craig Brazell goes offensively, so does the Tides. The last time the Tides scored, oddly enough, was the last time 1B Craig Brazell notched a hit (0-5 in his last two games). RF Victor Diaz is hitting .176 in his last four games and his average has dropped to .244 on the year.

Talk about "regressing". RHP Aaron Heilman (0-1) was smacked around in his second straight start, allowing four runs on eleven hits in six innings Wednesday. In his last 10 1/3 innings, Heilman has surrendered 20 hits and struck out a grand total of 5 batters! International League hitters are hitting a whopping .343 off of Heilman so far this season.

Binghamton Mets: 3B David Wright was at it again in Binghamton's 5-2 win over New Britain Wednesday, going 2-4 with a two-run home run (his 3rd HR of the season). Wright's two-hit night gives him seven multi-hit games this season and he has hit safely in five of his last five games...collecting two hits in each of those five games. While Wright supplied the offense, LHP Neal Musser had his second straight solid outing. Musser (1-0) allowed two runs on five hits in six innings Wednesday to earn his first win of the year. He has surrendered just three runs and struck out nine in his last twelve innings.

SS Chris Basak went 0-4 at the plate in the victory, snapping his five-game hitting streak. Basak entered Wednesday's game hitting .421 in his last five games. 2B Chase Lambin (0-4) continues to struggle at AA so far. Lambin has hit safely in just one of his last seven games, hitting .040 (1-25) during that stretch, striking out nine times, and seeing his average plummet to .160 on the year.

St. Lucie Mets: For the second straight game the St. Lucie bullpen let down the Mets, this time a 3-2 loss to Jupiter. Jupiter scored two runs in the ninth inning to steal another game from St. Lucie, spoiling Scott Kazmir's first good outing of 2004. RHP Joey Cole was not able to pick up his 5th save of the season, allowing two runs (one unearned) to score in the ninth. Cole entered Wednesday's game allowing just one hit in his previous five relief appearances. LHP Scott Kazmir, who had allowed six runs on ten hits in his first 5 2/3 innings (two starts), scattered six hits in five innings Wednesday. He struck out four and allowed no walks, returning to his old form.

DH Alhaji Turay (1-4) drove home one of the St. Lucie runs and extended his hitting streak to seven games. Turay has hit safely in all but one of the games he has played this season. 3B Aaron Baldiris (1-3) extended his hitting streak to five games while C Justin Huber (1-4, run) ran his hitting streak to six games with his second double of the season.

A. Wilson
Wilson: Has 3 HRs and 9 RBI in his last five games.
Capital City Bombers: Super-utility man Andrew Wilson (3-5, HR, 5 RBI) powered the Bombers to a 9-8 victory in 10 innings over Kannapolis Wednesday with a two-run double, a two-run home run, and the game winning single in the 10th, scoring Aaron Baldiris. After starting the season on fire (hitting .391 in his first six games), Wilson entered Wednesday's contest 0 for his last 11 before errupting for three hits in Wednesday's win. He has played 1B, 2B, 3B, and left field for the Bombers this season and has proven that Cap City must find a way to keep his bat in the lineup. RHP Greg Ramirez (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings of relief to earn the victory and continues to be "lights out" out of the bullpen for Capital City. Through five games, Ramirez has not allowed a run and has struck out 15 batters in nine innings of work, while walking just one batter.

1B Ian Bladergroen went 2-5 with an RBI, his fifth straight game with at least one run driven in! The "Blade" has hit safely in 12 of his 13 games played and now has a five-game hit streak after having his seven-game hit streak snapped on April 15th. 3B Shawn Bowman extended his hitting streak to seven games by going 2-4 at the plate Wednesday and scoring three of the Bombers' nine runs. Bowman has scored eight runs in his last five games. RF Jamar Hill (2-4, RBI, 2 runs, 1 SB) has been heating up as of late, hitting .385 in his last three games.

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