Mets Minor League Notebook - May 17th

Randy Keisler and the Tides continue to win on good pitching; David Wright's second four-hit game of the season paced the BMets to victory Sunday; St. Lucie could not score in Bob Keppel's second start since coming off the disabled list; and Dante Brinkley is heating up for the Bombers. All this and much more in Monday's edition of the Mets Minor League Notebook. (Free Preview of Premium Content)

Norfolk Tides: Once again the Tides defeated the Syracuse Skychiefs behind some stellar pitching to take the series three games to one, led by LHP Randy Keisler. Keisler (3-3)allowed just one earned run on four hits and one walk in 7 1/3 innings Sunday for a 3-1 Norfolk victory. Keisler snapped a streak of three straight losing decisions in his last four starts that saw him surrender 15 earned runs in his previous 18 1/3 innings. RF Victor Diaz (2-4, RBI) had his first multi-hit game since banging out two hits back on May 1st, snapping a .097 (3-37) slide in his previous eight games. Diaz has just five RBI in his last 16 games! 2B Chris Basak (1-4, HR) has hit safely in six of his first eight games for the Tides since being called up to AAA on May 7th, but has struck out a whopping eleven times during that stretch. 1B Craig Brazell (1-4) has put together a four-game hit streak and has hit safely in six of his last seven games.

Binghamton Mets: The Binghamton Mets pounded out 15 hits in a 9-1 victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to win the series Sunday and to get even in a first place tie with them in the Northern Division of the Eastern League. Binghamton was paced by 3B David Wright who went 4-5 with 2 RBI Sunday. It was Wright's second four-hit game of the season and his 18th multi-hit game of the year. Wright is hitting .444 with five RBI in his last seven games. RF Prentice Redman continues to stay red hot, going 2-4 with two doubles Sunday and extending his current hitting streak to ten games. Redman is hitting .421 during his streak with seven doubles, four home runs, and twelve RBI. Catcher Justin Huber (2-4) is finally starting to heat up, collecting his fourth multi-hit game in his last five games played, hitting .529 in that span.

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Jake Joseph: Opposing batters are hitting .158 off of Joseph this season.
RHP Wayne Ough allowed just three hits and three walks in seven shutout innings Sunday to earn his first win of the season. Ough who has pitched decentlly this season, entered Sunday's start allowing eight earned runs in his previoius 16 2/3 innings. RHP Jake Joseph pitched a perfect ninth inning in the victory. Used primarily as a starter in his professional career, Joseph has thrived coming out of the bullpen this season. Joseph has allowed just seven hits, one walk, and two earned runs in his last ten appearances, spanning 14 2/3 innings. The BMets travel to Harrisburg Monday to open a four-game series against the Senators.

St. Lucie Mets: RHP Bob Keppel made his second straight impressive start since coming off the DL, allowing just one earned run on five hits in five innings Sunday in a 1-0 loss to Palm Beach. Keppel (1-1), who threw five scoreless innings in his season debut Tuesday, picked up the loss as the St. Lucie batters had no answer for the Palm Beach pitchers. Reliever Tim McNab allowed just one hit and two walks in his three innings of shutout relief Sunday. McNab had allowed at least one earned run in his previous four appearances, giving up five earned runs in 8 2/3 innings before Sunday.

St. Lucie scrapped together ten hits but could not plate a runner in the shutout. RF Bobby Malek (3-3, Double) had the lone extra-base hit for St. Lucie Sunday and has now hit safely in six of his last seven games. 1B/DH Brett Harper, who had his 14-game hit streak snapped in St. Lucie's 9-6 loss to Daytona on Friday, went 2-5 Sunday. Despite having his hit streak ended, Harper has now reached base safely in 34 straight games! 1B Jay Caligiuri (0-3) had his eight-game hit streak snapped Sunday. St. Lucie heads to Jupiter Monday to play a double-header against the Hammerheads.

Capital City Bombers: The Bombers made it three in a row over Charleston-WV with a 5-3 victory Sunday and will look for the four-game sweep Monday evening. CF Dante Brinkley (1-4, HR, 4 RBI) was the offensive hero for the Bombers, connecting on a grand slam in the seventh innning for his second home run of the season. Brinkley, who has been fighting the "Mendoza" line all season, has finally been heating up. He is hitting .357 with eight RBI in his last seven games. 1B Ian Bladergroen (1-4, RBI) snapped his three-game hitless streak Sunday but has certainly cooled off as of late. The "Blade", who had 7 home runs in his first 17 games, has just one home run in his last 18 games played. Super utility man Andrew Wilson, who entered Sunday's game playing 1B, 2B, 3B, and all the outfield positions this season, played a little bit of catcher Sunday. Wilson has also been heating up as of late, hitting in four straight games after going hitless in five of his previous seven games. 2B Blake Whealy, who had his streak of 24 straight games below the "Mendoza" line snapped Saturday, went 0-2 Sunday to dip below once again.

RHP Tanner Osberg allowed two runs, scattering six hits in five innnings Sunday for his first decent start since April 30th. Osberg had allowed nine earned runs in his last two starts, spanning 7 1/3 innings. Reliever Celso Rondon (1-2) allowed one earned run on two hits in two innings of relief Sunday, picking up his first victory of the season. Rondon, who was getting smacked around in the early part of the season, has been very effective lately. Sunday's earned run was just his second in his last seven appearances. He has struck out twelve batters in his last 10 2/3 innings pitched, walking just three batters. RHP Domingo Acosta threw two scoreless innings to pick up his third save of the season. Acosta has allowed just one earned run in his last ten innings pitched, striking out eleven batters.

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