Mets Minor League Notebook - April 23rd

Along with the hitting, the pitching has disappeared at Norfolk as Jeremy Griffiths continues to struggle; David Wright is not the only BMets hitter playing well; Miguel Pinango pitches another gem for St. Lucie; and Ian Bladergroen hits a HR in the sixth of his last nine games. All this and much more in Friday's edition of the Mets Minor League Notebook. (Free Preview of Premium Content)

Norfolk Tides: It was somewhat good news for the Tides least they didn't get shut out for a third straight game. Norfolk is having a complete meltdown these days as the hitting and the pitching have disappeared. The Tides fell to the Durham Bulls 10-2 Thursday. RHP Jeremy Griffiths gave up seven runs on seven hits in five innings, allowing two more home runs. In his last 10 innings pitched, Griffiths has given up 4 home runs. Like teammate Aaron Heilman, Griffiths can not get hitters to miss. The league is hitting .298 off of Griffiths this season. While the pitching continues to struggle, so does the hitting. The Tides are hitting .206 as a team in their last four games (all losses)! The lone bright spot offensively for Norfolk has been 1B Craig Brazell. Brazell went 2-4 and scored one of the Tides' two runs Thursday, giving him five multi-hit games in his last seven games played. Norfolk and Durham will finish the three-game series Friday night before hosting Charlotte for a quick two-game set.

Binghamton Mets: The BMets, and the entire Eastern League, were off Thursday and begin a 6-game home stand on Friday starting with a three-game series against Altoona. Everyone knows David Wright is swinging the hot stick these days, collecting 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. But it hasn't been just Wright supplying the offense these days. OF Wayne Lydon has hit safely in seven of his last eight games (hitting .265 during that stretch with 9 stolen bases) and OF Prentice Redman has hit safely in seven of his last eight games as well.

St. Lucie Mets: The St. Lucie Mets improved to 10-4 on the season after beating Jupiter 5-3 behind another strong start from RHP Miguel Pinango. Pinango (2-1) picked up his second win of the season, scattering five hits and allowing just one earned run through 6 2/3 innings. Pinango did not walk a batter Thursday, his third straight start without allowing a free pass, and now sports a tiny WHIP ratio of 0.94 this season.

The St. Lucie bats collected eight hits in the win, three by 3B Aaron Baldiris (3-4, Run, RBI). Baldiris, while having his 10th straight game without an extra base hit, extended his hitting streak to six games Thurday (hitting .435 during the streak) and raking in his second three-hit game in three games. RF Alhaji Turay (1-4, RBI) extended his hitting streak to eight games with an RBI single in his final at-bat of the game. 1B Brett Harper (1-3, Run, 3 RBI) had a two-RBI double in the 8th inning to hit safely in seven of his last eight games (.367 during that stretch).

Capital City Bombers: The Bombers, appropriately named, crushed Kannapolis 12-5 Thursday and will try to win the four-game series in the finale Friday. 1B Ian Bladergroen (2-5, HR, 2 RBI) once again led the offensive charge for Capital City, giving him his third straight multi-hit game and extending his current hitting streak to six games. It was the sixth home run for the "Blade" in his last nine games, driving in 14 runs during that stretch. CF Derran Watts (3-4, 2 RBI, Run) led the Bombers with three hits in the victory. Hitting just .167 one week ago, Watts has raised his average to .293 on the strength of a .471 stretch in his last five games.

S. Bowman
Bowman: Has 8 RBI in his last 7 games.
SS Wilson Batista has been a force atop the lineup for the Bombers, scoring two more runs Thursday. Batista has scored at least one run in five straight games and has three stolen bases during that span. 3B Shawn Bowman (2-5, Run) extended his hitting streak to eight games. While Bowman has been hot as of late (hitting .419 during his hitting streak), he's going to have to work on his pitch selection. With 3 K's Thursday, Bowman has eight strikeouts in his last four games, drawing just one walk.

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