Mets Minor League Notebook - May 3rd

Jeremy Griffiths chimes in with another solid start Sunday while Victor Diaz extends his hitting streak in the Tides' win Sunday; Joselo Diaz's hitless streak ends in a big way for the BMets; Brett Harper and Bobby Malek continue to say hot for St. Lucie; and the "Big Four" are struggling mightily as the Bombers' offense has disappeared. All this and much more in Monday's edition of the Mets Minor League Notebook.

Norfolk Tides: The Tides held on to beat the Columbus Clippers 2-1 Sunday behind some stellar pitching to manage at least a split of the four-game series. Norfolk goes for the series win in a matinee affair at 12:15pm Monday. RHP Jeremy Griffiths (2-1) had his second straight quality start, allowing just one hit and four walks in five shutout innings to pick up his second win for the Tides this season. While Griffiths has been keeping the runs at bay, he has been prone to the free pass as of late, allowing eight walks in his last ten innings pitched.

1B Craig Brazell (2-3, RBI) drove home one of the two Tides' runs in the victory and has driven in six runs in the series against the Clippers. RF Victor Diaz (1-4) extended two streaks on Sunday. Diaz extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single and extended his streak to eleven straight games with at least one strikeout. C Michael Jacobs, mired in a 1-18 slump, had the day off Sunday.

Binghamton Mets: The BMets outlasted New Hampshire 10-8 Sunday to salvage a split of the four-game series against the Fisher Cats. The streak is over for Joselo Diaz in a big way! Diaz, who entered Sunday's contest not allowing a hit or a run in his last 14 2/3 innings, allowed eight earned runs on four hits in just 1 1/3 innings in his worst outing of the season. Diaz also walked 6 batters Sunday, giving him a total of 18 walks in his last 15 innings pitched. Reliever Blake McGinley, who had allowed at least one run in five of his first six relief appearances, pitched 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief in Binghamton's victory Sunday.

J. Huber
Huber: Hitting .154 for Binghamton this season.
DH Prentice Redman (2-5, HR, 6 RBI) hit his team leading fifth home run Sunday and has three mult-hit games in his last five games played. He is tied for third in the Eastern League in home runs. 3B David Wright (1-2, 2 Runs) drew three more walks Sunday to give him a .471 on-base percentage, good for second among Eastern League hitters. Wright's lone hit Sunday was his first game with just one hit in games in which he collected a hit in his last 17 games played. The last time Wright collected just one hit was way back on April 12th went he went 1-3. C Justin Huber (0-5, K) is just 1 for his last 17 while Angel Pagan (0-4, Run) is now hitting just .050 (1-20) in his last five games.

St. Lucie Mets: A day after pounding out 19 hits and scoring 22 runs against Dunedin, St. Lucie beat the Blue Jays again, this time 6-4 on Sunday powered by 12 hits. CF Jonathan Slack (3-5, Run, RBI) led the St. Lucie hit brigade with three hits, his third multi-hit game in his last four games played to beef up his average to .245 for the season. RF Bobby Malek (1-4, RBI) continued to stay red hot, extending his current hit streak to five games, driving in 11 runs during that stretch. Malek has hit safely in nine of his last ten games! 1B Brett Harper (2-5, 2 RBI) is equally as hot, hitting safely in eleven of his last twelve games. However, Harper's double Sunday was his first extra-base hit in his last seven games. SS Corey Ragsdale's "see-saw" season at the plate continues. "Rags", 0-3 Sunday, is hitless in his last twelve plate appearances with seven strikeouts.

Capital City Bombers: Home has not been kind to the Capital City offense as of late as the Bombers fell to Charleston-SC 3-1 Sunday, managing just three hits in the loss. It was the third time in their last four home games that the Bombers have scored just one run. A big reason the offense has faltered? The "Big Four" (Batista, Bladergroen, Bowman, and Davidson) have combined to go 0-27 in their last three games! SS Wilson Batista (0-3), after having his "run" streak snapped at eleven games on Friday, has now gone three straight games without a hit, let alone a run scored. 1B Ian Bladegroen (0-3) also has gone hitless in his last three games after having his 12-game hit streak snapped on Thursday. The "Blade" has not driven in a run in his last three games, the longest RBI drought of the season for him. 1B Tyler Davidson (0-1) is hitless in his last three games and 3B Shawn Bowman (0-2) is hitless in his last four games. Maybe the Bombers can find their offense when they go back on the road Monday.

LHP Evan MacLane (1-1) was the victim of the poor offensive output Sunday, picking up his first loss of the season. MacLane allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings, walking none. He continues to impress in his first taste of long-season baseball. MacLane has walked just two batters in his last 19 1/3 innings pitched. RHP Anderson Garcia threw one inning of scorless relief in the loss, his first outing in which he did not allow at least one run this season.

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