Mets Minor League Notebook - May 20th

Jeremy Griffiths and the Tides fell to Rochester Wednesday; Joselo Diaz finally does not allow a walk as Binghamton splits a doubleheader; Brett Harper's base hit extended his streak in St. Lucie's win; and Lastings Milledge's debut is spoiled by a Bombers' loss. All this and much more in Thursday's edition of the Mets Minor League Notebook.

Norfolk Tides: RHP Jeremy Griffiths and the Norfolk Tides fell to the Rochester Redwings 7-4 Wednesday to fall one game under .500 (18-19), tied for last place in the South Division of the International League. Griffiths (2-2) allowed seven runs (five earned) on eight hits and and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. It was Griffiths first loss after winning two of his last four decisions. He entered Wednesday's start allowing just four earned runs in his last 23 innings pitched. LHP Royce Ring pitched one inning of scoreless relief in the loss, his fourth straight appearance without allowing an earned run. Ring has pitched very well after a shaky beginning to the season, allowing just two earned runs in his last 14 1/3 innings pitched, giving up just twelve hits and four walks.

RF Victor Diaz (2-4, RBI) had two of the eight Norfolk hits Wednesday, extending his mini-hit streak to five games after going hitless in five of his previous six games. Diaz's RBI was just his third RBI in his last eleven games and has a 12-game streak of no extra-base hits. 1B Craig Brazell (0-4) went hitless for the second straight game and is now hitting just .161 with 0 RBI in his last eight games. LF/CF Jeff Duncan (0-2) has gone hitless in his last five games for the Tides and is just 2 for his last 25 (hitting .080 in his last 8 games).

Binghamton Mets: After being rained out Tuesday, the Binghamton Mets played a double header Wednesday, splitting the two games with the Harrisburg Senators (Expos). RHP Joselo Diaz and the BMets won the first game 3-2 as Diaz and two relievers combined on a four-hitter. Diaz (2-1) allowed just two earned runs on three hits in five innings, walking none, to pick up his second win of the season. It was just the first time this season that Diaz did not issue a walk (spanning eight starts)! RHP Jeremy Hill struck out two batters in a perfect seventh inning to pick up his sixth save of the season. Hill has strung together ten straight scoreless relief appearances, allowing just four hits in his last 13 1/3 innings. RHP Kenneth Chenard (1-1) was blasted in game two of the doubleheader, lasting just 3 1/3 innings for the second straight start. Chenard allowed nine earned runs on eight hits and has allowed a mind-numbing 16 earned runs in his last 12 1/3 innings pitched.

Binghamton's big guns, 3B David Wright and RF Prentice Redman, each took the collar in the doubleheader. Wright (0-5) has now gone hitless in four of his last five games while Redman (0-7) has gone hitless in three straight games after having his ten-game hit streak snapped on Sunday. C Justin Huber went 1-3 in game two and has now hit safely in seven of his last eight games, hitting .480 during that stretch. CF/LF Angel Pagan (4-6) has three multi-hit games in his last four games played. Binghamton finishes their seven-game road trip in a afternoon matinee with Harrisburg Thursday.

St. Lucie Mets: The St. Lucie Mets pounded out thirteen hits in a 10-5 trouncing of the Palm Beach Cardinals Wednesday. LF Joseph Jiannetti (3-4, HR, 5 RBI) was the offensive catalyst for St. Lucie, errupting for his second three-hit game in the last week. 1B Brett Harper (1-4, Run) extended his current hitting streak to six games and has now reached base safely in 37 straight ball games! Jay Caligiuri, playing 3B in Aaron Baldiris' absence, went 1-2 with two runs scored while RF Bobby Malek went 3-5 with two runs scored and an RBI after going hitless in the doubleheader on Tuesday. SS Corey Ragsdale (1-4, Run), batting leadoff Wednesday, has now hit safely in seven of his last eight games.

RHP Robert Paulk, alternating good starts with bad ones recently, allowed just two runs (one earned) on nine hits in six innings. Despite allowing 28 hits in his last 18 innings pitched, Paulk has won three straight decisions. Ryan Olson allowed three runs on three walks in 1 1/3 innings of relief Wednesday and has now given up five earned runs in his last two appearances after not allowing a run in his previous eight games.

Capital City Bombers: The Bombers fell 6-5 to the Savannah Sand Gnats Wednesday but the big story of the day was the season debut of Lastings Milledge who went 1-5 with two runs scored batting leadoff. SS Wilson Batista (2-4, RBI, 2 SBs) and 3B Shawn Bowman (2-5, HR, 2 RBI) collected half of Capital City's eight hits in the game. 1B Ian Bladergroen (1-5, RBI) is hitting just .095 in his last six games with just 2 RBI and one walk. UT Andrew Wilson (1-4, RBI) extended his hitting streak to six games in the loss and has five RBI in his last seven games played. RHP Matt Miramontes allowed three earned runs on one hits and six walks in just one inning of work and has now walked ten batters and allowed twelve earned runs in in his last two innings pitched.

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