Mets Minor League Notebook - April 27th

Aaron Heilman's impressive start could not overcome the struggling Tides' offense Monday; In Binghamton, David Wright extends his mult-hit streak while Matthew Peterson picks up his first victory of the season; Scott Kazmir continues to struggle getting people out; and Ian Bladergroen extends both his hit streak and <b>RBI</b> streak! All this and more and Tuesday's edition of the Mets Minor League Notebook.

Norfolk Tides: The Tides' offense was once again non-existent Monday as they fell to the Charlotte Knights 2-1 in 13 innings. RHP Aaron Heilman had his most impressive outing since striking out nine batters on Opening Day. Heilman struck out nine again on Monday, allowing just one run on three hits and two walks in six innings. He entered Monday's game allowing 20 hits in his last 10 1/3 innings pitched. C/DH Michael Jacobs went 2-5 with his second home run of the season and has hit safely in three of his last four games. 1B Craig Brazell, the team's top run producer, went 1-4 at the plate in the loss and now has a streak of seven straight games without an RBI! RF Victor Diaz went 2-6 Monday, his second straight multi-hit game, but collected three more strikeouts. Diaz has struck out at least once in five straight games (9 total K's in his last 5 games) and now has a team-high 19 strikeouts this season.

Binghamton Mets: 3B David Wright is officially on fire! Wright, 2-3 with three stolen bases in Binghamton's 5-2 victory over the Trenton Thunder (Yankees) Monday, has a 5-game multi-hit streak and has at least two hits in eight of his last twelve games. He now sports an Eastern League high .494 on-base percentage. Wright's nine total stolen bases is second in the entire Eastern League...second only to teammate Wayne Lydon's 14 SBs. CF Angel Pagan went 2-4 with 4 RBI Monday, hitting safely in his third straight game since coming off the DL. 2B Chase Lambin, hitting just .069 in his last eight games entering Monday's game, went 2-3 with two runs scored in the victory to collect just his second multi-hit game of the season.

RHP Matthew Peterson (1-0) finally picked up his first win of the season, pitching six solid innings Monday. Peterson allowed just one run for the third straight game, scattering four hits and striking out five batters. He's allowed just three earned runs in his last 16 2/3 innings and is now holding opposing batters to a .244 batting average in his starts this season. Reliever Blake McGinley, who kept Florida State League batters baffled in 2003 with a 1.03 ERA for the year, allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings of relief Monday. McGinley has allowed at least one run in four of his five relief appearances for Binghamton this season. At 11-6, Binghamton leads the Northern Division of the Eastern League by 1.5 games.

St. Lucie Mets: The St. Lucie Mets pounded out 16 hits in an 11-7 victory over the Vero Beach Dodgers Monday to improve to 13-5 on the season, maintaining their half-game lead over Palm Beach in the East Division of the Florida State League. RF Bobby Malek (3-5) led the charge for St. Lucie, hitting his first home run of the season. Malek has hit safely in six of his last seven games and collected his second 3-hit game of the season. 1B Brett Harper (1-4, Run) extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single in the fifth inning. SS Corey Ragsdale (3-5, 3 RBI) extended his mini-hit streak to four games Monday and has hit safely in six of his last seven games. 3B Aaron Baldiris, who had his seven-game hit streak snapped on Saturday, went 1-6 with a double in St. Lucie's victory. It was just his second double of the season, snapping his 13-game streak of games without an extra-base hit!

LHP Scott Kazmir continues to struggle this season. Kazmir allowed four runs on three hits and three walks in four innings Monday, raising his ERA to 6.14 for the season. Kazmir is just not getting enough batters to miss. Opposing batters are hitting .328 off of Kazmir so far this season. RHP Luz Portobanco (1-0) picked up his first victory of the season despite allowing three runs on six hits in two innings of relief Monday. Portobanco entered the game allowing just 5 hits in his previous 10 2/3 innings of shutout relief. Coming off two straight dreadful seasons that saw Portabanco walk 73 batters in 136 innings, Portobanco surprisingly has been the epitome of control this season. He has yet to allow his first walk of the season, spanning 15 1/3 innings in six relief appearances.

Capital City Bombers: The Bombers, who could not out-hit Hickory in a 12-11 loss Monday, still lead the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League by 1.5 games. 1B Ian Bladergroen (2-6, 2 RBI) continues to be the main man for the Bombers and deserves a call up to St. Lucie soon. The "Blade" extended his current hitting streak to ten games Monday. It's tough when you get two hits and you lower your season average! His two hits gives his six multi-hit games in his last seven played and has now hit safely in 17 of his first 18 games played for the Bombers. Perhaps even more impressive? Bladergroen's two RBI Monday extended his RBI streak to ten games with at least one RBI. He has 24 RBI during his streak!

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Wilson Batista: Has scored at least one run in eight straight games (13 total).
1B/DH Tyler Davidson, who entered Monday's game hitting just .136 in his last five games, went 2-4 with 3 RBI and his third HR of the season in the loss. RF Jamar Hill (2-5, HR) homered in his second straight game. Hill's bat is finally coming alive for Capital City. He has hit safely in in five of his last six games, hitting .357 during that stretch with seven runs scored and six RBI. SS Wilson Batista (2-6, RBI, Run) had his third straight multi-hit game Monday and he has hit safely in seven of his last eight games (hitting .324 during that stretch). CF Derran Watts (2-5, 2 Runs, SB) extended his current hitting streak to nine games. Watts is hitting .394 during his streak, raising his average over 100 points to .298 (he was hitting .167 before the streak began).

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