Mets Minor League Notebook - May 4th

The Tides were rained out Monday and hit the road for eight games starting Tuesday; David Wright's first four-hit game of the season carries Binghamton to victory; Robert Paul's streak of scoreless innings comes to an end in a big way in St. Lucie's loss; and in a weird twist, Ian Bladergroen can't buy a hit in Capital City's loss. All this and much more in Tuesday's edition of the Mets Minor League Notebook.

Norfolk Tides: The fourth and final game in the series between the Columbus Clippers and Norfolk Tides was postponed due to rain Monday. It will be made as part of a doubleheader on August 19th. The Tides begin an 8-game road trip Tuesday, starting with a four-game series against the Toledo Mudhens. 1B Craig Brazell, who has hit safely in eight of his last nine games, has three 3 HRs and 10 RBI in his last six games while only striking out three times. RF Victor Diaz will look to improve on his current eight-game hit streak while Raul Gonzalez will to try and better his five-game hit streak. Gonzalez has hit safely in nine of his last ten games.

D. Wright
Wright: Hitting .435 in his last 11 games.
Binghamton Mets: The BMets pounded out 13 hits in an 8-5 victory over Altoona Tuesday to keep pace in second place, 1/2 game out of first place behind Trenton in the Northern Division of the Eastern League. 3B David Wright (4-4, HR, 2 RBI, SB) led the offensive charge for Binghamton, collecting his 13th multi-hit game of the season and his first four-hit game. Wright is hitting .435 in his last 11 games with 4 HRs, 8 RBI, 9 Runs, and 6 SBs. RF Prentice Redman (2-5, RBI) had his fourth multi-hit game in his last six games played, collecting at least one extra-base hit in each of those four games after smacking two doubles in the win Tuesday.

CF Angel Pagan snapped his 0-15 slump by going 1-5 with a run scored. SS Chris Basak, mired in a 1-15 slump entering Tuesday's game, went 2-3 with his third home run of the season. It was Basak's first mutli-hit game since April 20th. LHP Neal Musser (2-1) picked up his second win of the season despite allowing five runs (one earned) on six hits and five walks in five innings Tuesday. Musser has now allowed nine walks in his last 7 1/3 innings. Opposing batters are hitting .310 off of Musser this season. Reliever Jeremy Hill picked up his second save of the season, tossing two innings of one-hit scoreless relief. It was Hill's fourth straight relief appearance without allowing a run after allowing at least one run in three of his previous four appearances.

St. Lucie Mets: RHP Robert Paulk and the St. Lucie Mets fell to the Dunedin Blue Jays 6-4 Tuesday. Paulk (2-1), who entered Tuesday's start not allowing a run in his last two starts (both wins), was lit up for five runs on nine hits in six innings to pick up his first loss of the season. His two walks Tuesday were also the first free passes he has allowed in his last 14 innings. Reliever Tim McNab allowed one run on two hits in his two innings of relief. It was the second straight relief appearance in which McNab has allowed an earned run after not allowing a run in his previous five outings.

RF Bobby Malek (2-4, Run) extended his hitting streak to six games and has now hit safely in ten of his last eleven games. Malek has at least one extra-base hit in five of his last six games. 1B/DH Brett Harper (1-4) extended his hit streak to five games and has hit safely in twelve of his last thirteen games. 3B Aaron Baldiris (0-3) is mired in a 7-41 slump, hitting just .171 in his last ten games. Baldiris, who had 36 extra-base hits last season, has just four extra-base hits this season with just one in his last 20 games played. SS Corey Ragsdale (0-3) is now hitless in his last five games, spanning fifteen at-bats.

Capital City Bombers: After a slumbering offense on their homestand, the Bombers' bats woke up on the road Tuesday but it was not enough as Capital City fell in Charleston-SC 8-6. SS Wilson Batista, hitless in his previous three games, went 3-4 with a run scored and two stolen bases. It was Batista's first stolen base in seven games, his longest stretch of the season without a stolen base. 2B Blake Whealy (3-5, HR, 3 RBI), who entered Tuesday's game hitting just .115 with 0 RBI in his last eight games, also chipped in with his first three-hit game of the season (third multi-hit game of the year). 3B Shawn Bowman (1-3, Double) broke out of his four-game hitless streak but is still only hitting .107 in his last eight games, dropping his average from .321 to .247 in that time. 1B Ian Bladergroen (0-3), who had just one hitless game in his first 20 games, has now gone hitless in four straight games. He also struck out two more times Tuesday, giving him eight strikeouts in his last seven games...he had only 7 strikeouts in his first 17 games!

RHP Yusemeiro Petit allowed just two runs on three hits in five innings, but walked four batters Tuesday. Petit had allowed just five walks in his previous 21 innings! Opposing batters are hitting just .167 off of Petit this season. When it rains, it pours for Shane Hawk this season. Hawk (1-1) allowed two runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief Tuesday to pick up his first loss of the season. Hawk has surrendered eight earned runs this season, coming in four of his nine relief appearances. Reliever Bryan King, who had his string of six straight scoreless relief appearances snapped on April 28th, gave up four runs (two earned) on three hits in 1 2/3 innings in the loss. King has surrendered four earned runs in his last 4 2/3 innings pitched after not allowing an earned run in his previous 11 1/3 innings.

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