Mets Minor League Notebook - April 30th

The Tides won despite Michael Jacobs' continued struggles at the plate; Wayne Lydon's three hits were not enough in Binghamton's loss; the St. Lucie bullpen spoils Orlando Roman's continued "hot" pitching; and Ian Bladergroen's 12-game hit streak comes to an end in Capital City's loss at home. All this and much more in Friday's edition of the Mets Minor League Notebook.

Norfolk Tides: In what is becoming a rare feat for Norfolk, the Tides put some runs on the board to beat the the first place Durham Bulls 5-1 Thursday. 3B Rodney Nye (1-4, 2 RBI) led the charge for the Tides, hitting safely in his third straight game. RF Victor Diaz (2-4, Run) extended his hitting streak to five games with a single in the fourth inning and hit his fourth double of the season in the sixth inning. 1B Craig Brazell (0-4, Run) had his five game hit streak snapped. C Michael Jacobs (0-3, 2 K's) is mired in a 4-31 slump (.129) over his last eight games with twelve strikeouts, seeing his average dip down to .208 for the season. The Tides head home for a quick four-game series against the Columbus Clippers (Yankees) this weekend.

Binghamton Mets: RHP Jason Scobie and the Binghamton Mets were defeated 6-1 by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays) Thursday. Scobie (0-1) allowed four earned runs on five hits in five innings to pick up his first loss of the season, his worst outing of the 2004 campaign. Scobie had allowed just six earned runs in his previous 15 2/3 innings entering Thursday's start. Reliever Blake McGinley continues to struggle in his first taste of AA. McGinley surrendered two runs on two hits in two innings, raising his ERA to 3.77 for the season. He has given up at least one earned run in five of his first six relief appearances for the BMets this season.

LF Wayne Lydon (3-4, Double) collected half of Binghamton's six hits in the loss, snapping a 1-13 slump he had in his previous three games. 2B Chase Lambin (1-3, HR) drove home the lone run for Binghamton with a solo home run in the sixth inning, extending his team-high in RBI to 19. Lambin, who snapped out of a 2-25 slump with a 1-4 game last Friday, is hitting .368 this past week with 9 RBI. DH Ron Acuna (1-3) extended his hitting streak to five games and has now hit safely in seven of his last eight games. 3B David Wright (0-4) hit into two double plays Thursday, giving him a team-high four DP on the season.

St. Lucie Mets: St. Lucie fell to the Vero Beach Dodgers 3-2 in 13 innings Thursday, but the Mets may have lost something even bigger. 2B Jose Reyes, playing in his second straight rehab game for St. Lucie, took himself out of the game earlier...reaggrivating his hamstring injury. CF Jonathan Slack (3-6) snapped out of a 1-14 funk for his first three-hit game of the season in the loss. RF Bobby Malek (2-5, Double, Run) had his third mult-hit game in his last four games played, collecting an extra-base hit in his third straight game.

O. Roman
Roman: Opposing batters are hitting just .153 off of Roman this season.
The bullpen, the strength of the St. Lucie team, spoiled a wonderful start from RHP Orlando Roman. Roman allowed just three hits and one walk in five shutout innings Thursday and now has given up just one earned run in his last 14 innings pitched. RHP Tim McNab allowed one run on three hits in three inning Thursday, snapping a streak of five straight scoreless relief appearances, spanning ten innings. RHP Luz Portobanco (1-1) picked up the loss when he served up the game winning solo home run to Delwyn Young in the top of the 13th inning. Portobanco's streak of not allowing a walk ended at 16 1/3 innings when he walked the first batter of the 13th inning Thursday. He has allowed four earned runs in his last four innings after not allowing a run in his previous 10 2/3 innings.

Capital City Bombers: After averaging 12.25 hits per game on their road trip, the Bombers could only manage five hits in their first home game back in a 4-1 loss to the Savannah Sand Gnats Thursday. 1B Ian Bladergroen (0-4, 2 K's) had his 12-game hit streak snapped in the loss, hitting .396 during the streak. He struck out twice in the game (he had just three strikeouts in his previous nine games). SS Wilson Batista (1-4, Run) had his five-game multi-hit streak snapped, but extended his overall hitting streak to eight games with a leadoff single in the ninth inning. When Batista scored the Bombers' lone run in the ninth on an RBI single by Tyler Davidson, he made it 11 straight games with at least one run scored. CF Derran Watts (0-3, K) had his ten game hit streak snapped. Watts hit .389 during his streak!

RHP Matthew Lindstrom (2-1) picked up his first loss of the season despite another solid outing Thursday, allowing two runs on four hits in six innings. Opposing hitters are hitting just .151 off of Lindstrom this season and he sports a tidy 0.69 WHIP ratio so far, allowing just 18 hits and walks in 26 innings pitched. Reliever Shane Hawk allowed two runs on five hits in three innings of relief. It was just the third relief appearance in which Hawk has allowed a runner to score.

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