Mets Minor League Notebook - May 5th

Victor Diaz extends his hitting streak in the Tides' loss Tuesday; David Wright's 14th multi-hit game of the season was not enough in Binghamton's loss; Orlando Roman's scoreless streak could not help St. Lucie in their loss; and Ian Bladergroen snaps his hitless streak and the Bombers' loss made it a clean sweep as all Mets' minor league teams lost Tuesday. All this and much more in Wednesday's edition of the Mets Minor League Notebook.

Norfolk Tides: The Tides were destroyed by the Toledo Mudhens 9-2 Tuesday as Norfolk pitching surrendered fifteen hits. After winning his first two decisions, LHP Randy Keisler (2-3) lost his third straight decision after allowing seven runs (five earned) on ten hits in just 3 1/3 innings. In his three losses, Keisler has given up 24 hits and 11 earned runs in just 13 1/3 innings as International League batters are now hitting .302 off of him this season. RF Victor Diaz (1-4, 2 RBI) drove home both Norfolk runs with a two-run single in the fourth inning, extending his hitting streak to nine games. Diaz entered Tuesday's game with just two RBI in his previous 14 games. His streak of at least one strikeout in a game also reached twelve games in the loss. C Michael Jacobs, in a 1-18 slump entering Tuesday's contest, went 2-4 with a double, just his third extra-base hit in his last fourteen games.

Binghamton Mets: The BMets' rally in the ninth inning fell one run short as the Altoona Curve defeated Binghamton 6-5 Tuesday despite pounding out thirteen hits. 3B David Wright (2-4, HR, 2 RBI) continued to stay red hot, smashing his sixth home run of the season. His two hits Tuesday gives him fourteen multi-hit games this season and is hitting .440 in his last twelve games. RF Prentice Redman (3-5, Run) collected his third straight multi-hit game and has scored at least one run in four straight games. Redman is hitting .367 in his last seven games with two home runs, nine RBI, and five runs scored, raising his average to .313 on the year. Talk about turning around your season...Chase Lambin went 2-4 with an RBI in the loss and is how hitting .344 with 13 RBI in his last eight games after hitting .075 in his previous eight games.

RHP Jason Scobie gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits in six innings Tuesday. In his last 16 2/3 innings, Scobie has allowed 18 hits and has struck out just nine batters. Reliever Tim LaVigne (1-4) allowed two runs on three hits in his one inning of work to pick up the loss. LaVigne has now surrendered at least one run in four straight relief appearances, allowing eight earned runs and twelve hits in his last eight innings pitched.

O. Roman
Orlando Roman's Last 20 IP: 10 Hits, 1 Earned Run, 5 Walks, 23 K's.
St. Lucie Mets: The St. Lucie Mets could only muster six hits in a 1-0 loss to the Fort Myers Miracle (Twins) Tuesday, spoiling another gem from starter Orlando Roman. Roman allowed just four hits and two walks in six shutout innings, striking out five batters. He has allowed just one earned run in his last last four starts and has struck out 23 batters, spanning 20 innings. Opposing batters are hitting just .160 off of Roman so far this season and he has just one win to show for his efforts. Roman is fourth in ERA (1.59) among starters in the Florida State League.

1B Brett Harper (2-4) extended his hitting streak to six games and has now hit safely in thirteen of his last fourteen games. Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that Harper has reached base safely in 22 straight games. The last time he didn't reach base safely was way back in the second game of the season on April 9th. Harper was the only St. Lucie hitter to collect a mutli-hit game Tuesday as all six St. Lucie hits were singles. RF Bobby Malek (1-3) extended his hitting streak to seven games while SS Corey Ragsdale's hitless streak rang up to six games after an 0-3 game in the loss.

Capital City Bombers: The Bombers fell 5-4 to Charleston-SC in 10 innings Tuesday for their fourth straight loss despite the fact that Charleston's four errors allowed four unearned runs to score. RHP Matthew Lindstrom had his worst outing of the 2004 season, allowing four earned runs on eight hits in five innings. Lindstrom entered Tuesday's start allowing just four earned runs in his previous 22 innings pitched! RHP Celson Rondon pitched two innings of scorless relief in the loss, allowing just one hit. It was the first time this season Rondon pitched two innings in any of his appearances and he has now struck out six batters in his last four innings pitched. RHP Domingo Acosta (0-1) allowed one earned run on three hits in 2 2/3 innings, picking up his first loss of the year. It was just his second relief appearance in which he allowed at least one runner to score.

1B Ian Bladergroen (2-4, Double, RBI) snapped his four-game hitless streak with a two-hit game Tuesday. It was Bladergroen's 11th multi-hit game of the season and he had just his third RBI in his last seven games played (he had 24 RBI in his previous ten game stretch). 2B Blake Whealy went 0-3 at the plate Tuesday and has rung up quite a dubious streak of his own: Whealy currently has a streak of 17 straight games below the infamous "Mendoza" line! The last time Whealy's average was above .200 was way back on April 14th when his average stood at .217.

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