Mets Minor League Notebook - May 11th

Patrick Strange continues to struggle in the Tides' loss Monday; Prentice Redman enters the series against the Norwich Navigators red-hot; Brett Harper extends in his hitting streak in a losing effort for St. Lucie; and all of the sudden Matthew Lindstrom can't get anybody out for Capital City. All of this and much more in Tuesday's edition of the Mets Minor League Notebook.

Norfolk Tides: The Tides lost for the second time in the four-game series against the Columbus Clippers with a 5-2 loss Monday and will look for the series split on Tuesday. RHP Patrick Strange (2-2), used solely as a reliever this season, made his first start of the year. Strange allowed two earned runs on five hits in four innings to pick up his second loss of the season. Strange's nightmarish season continued, surrendering at least two runs in each of his last five appearances. The culprit? The longball! Strange allowed a home run Monday, his sixth home run served up in his last 14 1/3 innings pitched. Reliever P.J. Bevis gave up three earned runs on three hits in two innings Monday. Bevis entered Monday's relief appearance allowing just one earned run in his last eight appearances, spanning 9 1/3 innings.

RF Victor Diaz went 1-4 at the plate Monday, snapping his mini 1-17 slump. Diaz entered the game 0 for his last 12 after having his 11-game hit streak snapped on Friday. 1B Craig Brazell went 0-4 in the loss. Brazell had three multi-hit games in his previous four games before the 0fer Monday. CF Jeff Duncan (0-3) struck out three times Monday, his sixth strikeout in his first three games since being demoted from the Mets.

Binghamton Mets: The Binghamton Mets were off Monday after taking three of four games from New Britain this past weekend and host the Norwich Navigators for a three-game set starting Tuesday. RF Prentice Redman had a phenomenal series against New Britain, hitting .400 (6-15) with two doubles, a home run, and six RBI. Redman enters the series against Norwich hitting .419 with 13 RBI in his last eight games. The top of the BMets lineup is also red hot. CF Angel Pagan enters the series with a seven-game hit streak, hitting .345 during the streak with six runs scored. LF Wayne Lydon has a six-game his streak of his own, hitting safely in ten of his last eleven games. He's hitting .357 in his last eleven games with seven runs scored and seven stolen bases. Oddly enough, 3B David Wright enters the series as one of the colder hitters in the Binghamton lineup, hitting just .176 in his last five games.

St. Lucie Mets: Playing a four-game series against the Sarasota Red Sox, St. Lucie lost (after winning the first two games) 4-3 Monday and will look for the series win on Tuesday. 2B Robert McIntyre (3-3) led a 10-hit attack by St. Lucie with three hits and one RBI. After struggling for most of the season, McIntyre has now hit safely in six of his last seven games with six RBI during that stretch. 1B Brett Harper (1-4) extended his current hitting streak to 12 games and has hit safely in 19 of his last 20 games. He has also reached base safely in 28 straight games for St. Lucie this season! CF Jonathan Slack (2-4) collected just his fourth hit in his last seven games, hitting just .154 in that time.

RHP Brian Bannister (2-3) allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits in six innings to pick up his third loss of the season. Bannister is 0-2 in his last four starts despite pitching solid baseball. In his last four starts, Bannister has allowed eight earned runs and just three walks in his last 21 innings pitched, striking out 16 batters. Reliever Luz Portobanco pitched three scoreless innings of relief in the loss Monday, allowing just one hit. Portobanco has allowed just one earned run in his last eight innings pitched, giving up just two hits and two walks!

Capital City Bombers: The Bombers were crushed 15-9 Monday by Lexington as RHP Matthew Lindstrom struggled mightily in his second straight start. Lindstrom (2-2) allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits in just three innings to pick up his second loss in his last three starts. He has allowed seven earned runs in his last eight innings pitched...he allowed just six earned runs in his first 26 innings pitched! Reliever Bryan King allowed four earned runs on five hits in his one inning of work Monday. King has now allowed eight earned runs in his last four relief appearances (spanning 6 2/3 innings) after not allowing an earned run in his first six relief appearances.

1B Ian Bladergroen (2-5, 2 RBI) collected his fourth multi-hit game in his last six games played...his 14th multi-hit game of the season. The "Blade" has seven RBI in his last six games, giving him a South Atlantic League leading 41 RBI this season. 1B/DH Tyler Davidson went 0-4 Monday and is now hittting just .111 in his last ten games with no extra-base hits and just one RBI. RF Jamar Hill (2-5, Run, RBI) had his second straight multi-hit game Monday and has now hit safely in five of his last six games. Hitting 5th most of the season, Hill's RBI Monday was just his second RBI in his last eight games.

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