Mets Minor League Notebook - April 29th

Craig Brazell's home run in his second straight game could not lead the Tides to victory; David Wright's multi-hit game could not help Neal Musser and the BMets; Jose Reyes starts in St. Lucie's win Wednesday, but Bobby Malek leads the charge; and Yusemeiro Petit's string of impressive starts for the Bombers comes to an end. All this and much more in Thursday's edition of the Mets Minor League Notebook.

Norfolk Tides: 1B Craig Brazell hit his International League leading 8th home run Wednesday in Norfolk's 5-2 loss to Durham. Brazell, who homered for the second straight day, has put together a modest five-game hit streak together and has hit safely in six of his last seven games...hitting .333 during that stretch to raise his average to a respectable .275 for the season. RF Victor Diaz (1-4, Run) hit safely in his fourth straight game and struck out once. Diaz has been fighting the strikeouts all season. He has struck out at least once in his last seven games, totalling eleven K's in those seven games. While Brazell and Diaz have been the offensive "catalysts" for the Tides this season, the two have combined to draw four walks this year. LHP Randy Keisler allowed four earned runs on seven hits in five innings to pick up his second straight loss. Keisler has allowed 14 hits in his last 10 innings pitched.

Binghamton Mets: LHP Neal Musser (1-1) and the Binghamton Mets were crushed 11-5 by the Trenton Thunder Wednesday. Musser surrendered five earned runs on five hits in 2 1/3 innings, easily his worst start of the 2004 campaign. He entered Wednesday's game coming off two quality starts where he gavme up just three runs in his last twelve innings pitched. RF Prentice Redman, mired in a 1-12 slump heading into the game, supplied the offense for Binghamton. Redman (2-5, 2 RBI) hit his team-leading fourth home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning.

3B David Wright (3-4, Run), who had his five game multi-hit streak snapped Tuesday, bounced back with his second three-hit game of the year. Wright has collected at least two hits in nine of his last fourteen games. In fact, the last game in which Wright got just one hit in a game was way back on April 12th. CF Angel Pagan (0-4) had his five-game hit streak snapped Wednesday and C Justin Huber (0-3, Run) scored a run in his fifth straight game (four with Binghamton). Binghamton, 1/2 game out of first place in the Northern Division of the Eastern League, begins an eight-game road trip, starting with a four game series in New Hampshire Thursday.

B. Malek
Malek: Hitting .346 in last six games.
St. Lucie Mets: 2B Jose Reyes played in St. Lucie's 6-0 win over the Vero Beach Dodgers Wednesday, going 1-5 with a double and a run scored. RF Bobby Malek (3-5, 4 RBI) led the offensive charge for St. Lucie, hitting two doubles and a triple. It was Malek's second three-hit game of the week and he is hitting .346 in his last six games with seven RBI. 3B Aaron Baldiris (2-5, RBI, 2 Runs) collected his seventh multi-hit game of the season in the victory. RHP Scott Erickson began the game for St. Lucie, allowing just one hit in his one inning of work. RHP Robert Paulk (2-0) threw six innings of shut out relief Wednesday to pick up his second win of the season. Paulk has not allowed an earned run in his last 11 innings pitched and has not given up a walk in his last 14 innings.

Capital City Bombers: Despite out hitting Savannah, the Bombers fell to the Sand Gnats 8-4 Wednesday. Capital City's defense let down RHP Yusemeiro Petit as he was the victim of three unearned runs in his first loss of the season. Petit (3-1) allowed five runs (two earned) on five hits in four innings. He had allowed just seven hits in his previous three starts, spanning 17 innings. Reliever Bryan King, who entered Wednesday's game with a streak of six straight scoreless relief appearances, gave up two runs on three hits in his three innings of work. Even with his letdown in the loss, opposing batters are hitting just .140 off of King this season.

1B Ian Bladergroen (2-5, 2 RBI) was once again the offensive stalwart for the Bombers, extending his hitting streak to twelve games and giving him 34 RBI on the year. Bladergroen leads the South Atlantic League in most hitting categories, including RBI. In fact, his 34 RBI are 16 more than the two hitters tied for second! SS Wilson Batista (2-4, 2 Runs) had his fifth straight multi-hit game in the loss and has strung together a seven game hit streak overall. What's even more impressive is Batista scored a run in his 10th straight game and has 17 runs scored during that stretch. Batista is not only getting on base via the hit either. He has drawn at least one walk in seven of his last eight games to sport an impressive .424 on-base percentage in the leadoff spot for Capital City this season.

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