Mets Minor League Notebook - May 21st

Craig Brazell's RBI drought reaches nine games in the Tides' loss Thursday; Neal Musser is starting to regain is top prospect form in Binghamton's victory; Brett Harper leads St. Lucie to a win; and Yusemeiro Petit pitches another gem in the Bombers' win. All this and much more in Friday's edition of the Mets Minor League Notebook.

Norfolk Tides: The Tides were crushed by the Rochester Red Wings (Twins) 9-2 Thursday as Norfolk could only manage four hits in the game. 1B Craig Brazell (1-4) snapped an 0-8 streak, hitting just .171 in his last nine games with 0 RBI. RF Victor Diaz (0-4, RBI) had his five-game hit streak snapped in the loss but did manage to drive in a run in his second straight game...a feat he's only done one other time this season (he last drove home runs in consecutive games way back on April 16-17). CF Jeff Duncan, hitless in his previous five games, went 1-4 at the plate Thursday, striking out three times. Duncan has struck out in five straight games and is hitting just .053 in his last six games.

RHP Patrick Strange (3-3), making just his second start for the Tides this season, picked up the loss allowing three earned runs on four hits in six innings. He allowed two more home runs Thursday, the third time this season he's allowed two home runs in a game! RHP Jason Roach struck out one batter in two innings of perfect relief in the loss. Roach has found a niche as a middle reliever this season. He has allowed just one earned run in his last 14 2/3 innings pitched, walking just three batters and allowing just seven hits.

Binghamton Mets: LF Angel Pagan (3-5, 2 RBI) laced the eventual game-winning single in the top of the ninth inning in Binghamton's 4-3 win over the Harrisburg Senators Thursday. Pagan had his third straight multi-hit game and fourth in his last five games played, hitting .444 during that stretch. It was just his first three-hit game of the season. 3B David Wright, who was just 4 for his last 15, went 2-5 with a double and an RBI in the victory. It was Wright's 19th multi-hit game this season, tops among all Mets' minor leaguers this year. C Justin Huber (1-3, RBI) has put together a mini four-game hit streak, hitting safely in eight of his last nine games.

LHP Neal Musser scattered four hits and one walk in six shut out innings Thursday, striking out six batters. Musser is starting to regain his form that made him one of the Mets' top pitching prospects a couple of years ago. Thursday's start was the first time this season Musser has not allowed a runner this season and has allowed just 5 earned runs in his 23 innings pitched. Reliever Kole Strayhorn allowed one earned run in his one inning of work, walking two more batters. Strayhorn has walked five batters in his last 3 2/3 innings...he only walked six batters in his previous thirteen innings. Angel Pagan's game winning single made a winner out of Blake McGinley (4-0) despite allowing two earned runs in two innings Thursday. McGinley entered Thursday's relief appearance allowing just two earned runs in his last 14 2/3 innings pitched.

St. Lucie Mets: 1B Brett Harper and the St. Lucie Mets keep rolling along, defeating Brevard County 4-3 Thursday. Harper (2-4, Double, HR, 3 RBI) extended his current hitting streak to seven games this season, reaching base safely now in 38 straight games this season. It was Harper's 16th multi-hit game this year. SS Corey Ragsdale (1-4, Run) has now hit safely in eight of his last nine games and has scored at least one run in six of his last seven games (four straight games). 3B Aaron Baldiris (0-2) continues to slump, hitting .193 in his last 16 games with just one extra-base hit and 2 RBI.

RHP Orlando Roman allowed three earned runs on five hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings Thursday. Roman has now allowed seven earned runs in his last two starts after allowing just a total of six earned runs in his first six starts! Reliever Brian Edwards allowed just three hits in 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn his second win of the season. Edwards has allowed just one earned run in his last 9 1/3 innings pitched and has not walked any batters during that stretch. RHP David Byard pitched the final two innings of scoreless relief to earn his second save of the season. In 15 relief appearances this season, Byard has allowed a runner to score in just four games.

Capital City Bombers: RHP Yusemeiro Petit and the Capital City Bombers shut out the Savannah Sand Gnats 5-0 Thursday. Petit (5-1) allowed just two hits and two walks in six shutout innings, striking out ten batters. It was the first time in four starts that Petit did not allow a runner to score since winning back on April 23rd. He has struck out 34 batters in his last 23 innings pitched! RHP Shane Hawk pitched three innings of scoreless relief, allowing just three hits and striking out four batters, to pick up his third save of the season. It was Hawk's fifth straight scoreless relief appearance. In his last five appearances, Hawk has allowed just three hits and two walks in eight innings, striking out thirteen batters.

SS Wilson Batista (2-5, HR, 2 RBI) hit his second home run of the season to provide the offensive spark for the Bombers Thursday. It was his third multi-hit game in his last five games played and his 14th multi-hit game of the season. RF Jamar Hill (1-4, HR) hit his second home run in his last six games. 1B Ian Bladergroen (2-4), who entered Thursday's game hitting just .095 in his previous six games, had his 16th multi-hit game of the season. 2B Blake Whealy, who has been above the "Mendoza" line just one day in the last 27 games, went 3-4 Thursday to get above that level for just the fifth time this season. CF Lastings Milledge (1-5, Run) hit a double in the game, his first extra-base hit of the season and just the third in his professional career (he had two doubles for Kingsport last season).

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