Mets Minor League Notebook - April 28th

Victor Diaz and Craig Brazell homer in the Tides' victory; Joselo Diaz keeps his "hitless" streak alive for Binghamton; Miguel Pinango's streak of consecutive innings without a walk ends for St. Lucie; and Ian Bladergroen's RBI streak comes to an end in the Bombers win Tuesday evening. All this and much more in Wednesday's edition of the Mets Minor League Notebook.

Norfolk Tides: The Tides powered past the Charlotte Knights 4-3 Tuesday on the strength of three home runs to stay one game ahead of Charlotte out of last place in the South Division of International League. RF Victor Diaz (1-4, HR, 2 Runs) scored two runs and hit his third home run of the season in the game. Diaz, who has driven in just two runs in his last nine games, is 6 for his last 14, raising his average from .214 to .257 in his last three games. 3B Rodney Nye (2-4) hit his first home run of the season and collected just his third multi-hit game of the year. 1B Craig Brazell (1-4, HR, 2 RBI) hit his International League leading 7th home run in the game and now has hit safely in five of his last six games. RHP Jeremy Griffiths (1-1) allowed just two runs on five hits in five innings to pick up his first victory of the season. Griffiths entered Tuesday's start allowing 11 earned runs in his last ten innings pitched.

Binghamton Mets: The BMets lost to the Trenton Thunder (Yankees) 17-12 Tuesday in a slugfest that saw the teams combine for 29 runs on 25 hits and five errors. Talk about breaking out of a slump! 2B Chase Lambin was both the offensive hero and the defensive "goat" in the game. Lambin, who committed three errors in the field, went 3-5 with 7 RBI. Lambin, who had just one extra-base hit in his last nine games entering Tuesday's contest, had a two-run double, a bases clearing triple, and a two-run home run for his three hits. CF Angel Pagan (1-5, Run) extended his hitting streak to five games Tuesday and now has hit safely in eight of his first nine games played this season. C Justin Huber (2-3, 3 Runs) has scored at least one run in his first three games since being recalled from A-St. Lucie. 3B David Wright (0-4, Run) had his streak of five straight multi-hit games snapped.

J. Diaz
Diaz: Last 14 2/3 IP: 0 Hits, 13 BB, 14 K's.
Fifteen of the sixteen runs were given up by the Binghamton bullpen Tuesday, spoiling another good start from RHP Joselo Diaz. Diaz once again allowed no hits in his start, walking four batters and allowed one unearned run in 4 2/3 innings Tuesday. He was charged an unearned run in the fifth inning when an error by Chase Lambin allowed a Trenton baserunner to score their first run of the game with two outs. Diaz now has a streak of three straight starts, spanning 13 2/3 innings (14 1/3 innings for the total streak), of not allowing a base hit. The downside? Diaz has walked 12 batters during this streak. He last allowed a hit way back in the third inning of his first start of the season on April 9th. Opposing batters are hitting a mind-numbing .071 against Diaz this season!

St. Lucie Mets: Only four St. Lucie batters could manage a hit against Vero Beach in a 3-1 loss to the Dodgers Tuesday. SS Corey Ragsdale (2-4), 2B Rob McIntyre (2-4), and LF Joseph Jiannetti (2-3) combined to get six of the St. Lucie hits. McIntyre, struggling mightily at the plate all season, had his second straight multi-hit game and is hitting .263 in his last four games to inch closer to the "Mendoza line". Ragsdale has been heating up at the plate, collecting his second straight multi-hit game and extending his hitting streak to a season-high five games. "Rags" is hitting .421 during his streak. Jiannetti collected his third mult-hit game in his last four games played, hitting .368 in his last five games. 1B Brett Harper (0-3, Run) had his seven game hit streak snapped Tuesday.

RHP Miguel Pinango (2-2) allowed two earned run on three hits and one walk in three innings for his second loss of the season. Pinango's walk-less streak ended at 17 1/3 innings when he surrendered a walk to the Dodgers' Chris Testa in the second inning. Reliever Ryan Olson pitched three innings of scoreless relief in the loss Tuesday, walking four batters and allowing no hits. Olson has not allowed a run in his last three appearances after allowing one run per game in his previous three games.

Capital City Bombers: The Bombers were at it again Tuesday, pounding out 16 hits in a 13-5 drubbing of Hickory to improve to 14-5 on the season and build up a 2.5 game lead in first place of the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League. SS Wilson Batista (2-5, HR, RBI, 2 Runs) had his fourth straight multi-hit game, extending his current hitting streak to six games (hitting .333 during the streak). It was Batista's first home run of the season and he has now scored at least one run in nine straight him 15 runs scored in his last nine games. 1B Ian Bladergroen (1-5, Run) saw his streak of ten straight games with at least one RBI come to an end Tuesday, but did manage to extend his current hitting streak to eleven games.

1B/DH Tyler Davidson (3-5, 2 RBI, 4 Runs) collected his second multi-hit game in as many days and has 5 RBI and 6 runs scored in his last three games. CF Derran Watts (1-3) extended his current hitting streak to ten games with his second double of the season in the second inning. UT Andrew Wilson (3-3, 2 Runs, 4 RBI) collected his third multi-hit game on the road trip, hitting .500 for the trip with 11 RBI. It hasn't been a great road trip for everybody on the Bombers. 2B Blake Whealy (0-1) hit just .130 on Capital City's 8-game road trip.

The Bombers finished their 8-game road trip with a 6-2 record, averaging 8.5 runs per game 12.25 hits per game, and hitting .311 as a team! Capital City heads home for a quick 5-game home stand, starting with a three-game series against the Savannah Sand Gnats.

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