Mets Minor League Notebook - May 27th

Victor Diaz's bat is coming alive as the Tides split a doubleheader Wednesday; Jason Scobie continues Binghamton's great pitching as the BMets sweep Portland; Matthew Lindstrom can't seem to get anybody out in St. Lucie's loss; and Lasting Milledge's first home run is wasted in the Bombers' loss. All this and much more in Thursday's edition of the Mets Minor League Notebook. (Free Preview of Premium Content)

Norfolk Tides: The Tides have split the doubleheader against the Rochester Red Wings Wednesday, winning the first game 5-4 before being edged out in game two 3-2. RF Victor Diaz went 3-4 with a home run and two RBI in game one, extending his RBI streak six straight games and giving him a multi-hit game in five of his last six games before taking the 0fer (0-2) in game two. Diaz's bat is finally waking up, hitting .405 in his last eleven games with ten RBI. 1B Craig Brazell went 3-7 in the two games and has hit safely in five of his last six games. Jeff Duncan, alternating playing left field and center field these days, went 3-8 in the doubleheader and has put together a mini four-game hit streak...his longest hitting streak of the season! Duncan, who had just two extra-base hits in his first twelve games since being sent down to Norfolk, has four doubles in his last four games.

RHP Patrick Strange, used primarily as a middle reliever to start the year, made his third consecutive start in game two of the doubleheader Wednesday. Strange allowed two runs on six hits and four walks and now sports an adequate 4.20 ERA in his three starts after getting lit up for a 9.39 ERA in his seven relief appearances. Reliever Jake Joseph (0-1) took the loss in game two, allowing one earned run on two hits in one inning. Joseph has allowed four earned runs in his first 1 2/3 innings since being promoted to AAA....he had allowed just five earned runs in his 23 2/3 innings pitched at Binghamton where batters hit just .163 off of him.

Binghamton Mets: The BMets closed out the Portland Sea Dogs with another strong pitching effort Wednesday in a 5-1 victory, sweeping the series and outscoring Portland 17-2 in the three game set. RHP Jason Scobie (2-1) scattered six hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings Wednesday, allowing just one earned run and striking out five batters to pick up his second win of the season. It was Scobie's fifth straight start of allowing two runs or less, boasting a 2.10 ERA in those five starts with 20 strikeouts in his last 30 innings pitched. Reliever Kole Strayhorn struck out three batters in his 1 1/3 inning of scoreless relief Wednesday and has given up just two earned runs in his last eleven innings. Strayhorn had just one strikeout in his previous four innings pitched.

3B David Wright (2-3, SB) collected his fourth straight multi-hit game in the victory and stole his 17th base of the season. Wright is just four stolen bases shy of his career high when he stole 21 bags for Capital City in 2002. Wright is showing no signs of slowing down, hitting .478 in his last seven games. RF Prentice Redman (1-5, RBI) has hit safely in five of his last six games, driving in seven runs during that time. LF Angel Pagan (1-5, Double, RBI) has hit safely in eight of his last nine games with six doubles and seven RBI.

M. Lindstrom
Matthew Lindstrom: FSL batters hitting .475 off of him so far.
St. Lucie Mets: The St. Lucie Mets dropped their third straight game to the Clearwater Phillies, losing 9-4 Wednesday, and will look to avoid the four-game sweep Thursday evening. RHP Matthew Lindstrom (0-2) struggled in his second straight start since being promoted from Capital City, allowing six runs (three earned) on ten hits in 5 1/3 innings. Lindstrom has allowed 19 hits and 9 earned runs in his first 9 1/3 innings pitched for St. Lucie as Florida State League batters are hitting .475 off of him thus far. In contrast, South Atlantic League batters hit just .193 off of him while pitching for Capital City this year. Reliever Brian Edwards finished the sixth for Lindstrom, allowing just one hit. Edwards has given up just one earned run in his last seven appearances, spanning twelve innings. He has allowed just ten hits and one walk during that stretch.

CF Jonathan Slack (2-4, HR, 3 RBI) made an immediate impact after coming off of the disabled list after colliding with Alhaji Turay in the outfield last week. Slack extended his hitting streak to seven games, hitting .367 during the streak with four multi-hit games. SS Corey Ragsdale (2-3, Run) collected his fifth multi-hit game for the month of May in the loss, his 10th multi-hit game of the season. "Rags" has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games, scoring 13 runs. RF Alhaji Turay continues to produce when he is in the lineup. Turay (1-4, Run) has scored at least one run in five of his last six games played, collecting three multi-hit games and smacking four doubles. DH Brett Harper (0-4, K) failed to reach base for just the third time this season in his first 46 games played. 3B Aaron Baldiris, who hasn't been providing the power the Mets had hoped, hasn't been hitting much of anything as of late. Baldiris (0-3) is hitting just .184 in May with just two doubles and five RBI.

Capital City Bombers: Capital City dropped the series opener of a four-game series to Columbus Wednesday, 9-8, as the pitching struggled once again. Starter Anderson Garcia allowed one earned run on two hits and five walks Wednesday, lasting just three innings. Garcia has walked twelve batters in his last fourteen innings. In what is quickly becoming old news, Matt Miramontes struggled mightily. Miramontes allowed three earned runs on four hits in just 2/3 of an inning Wednesday. It was his fourth straight relief appearance in which he has allowed at least three earned runs. Miramontes has now given up 19 earned runs in his last 3 2/3 innings! South Atlantic League batters are hitting .378 off of him this season. The only pitcher that did not allow a run Wednesday was RHP Shane Hawk. Hawk pitched a scoreless ninth, his seventh straight scoreless relief appearance. He has allowed just five hits and three walks in his last ten scoreless innings.

While the pitching struggled, the offense did not. CF Lastings Milledge (2-4, HR, 2 RBI) collected his second multi-hit game of the season and hit his first home run as a pro in the loss. DH Tyler Davidson (1-4, HR, 2 RBI) extended his hitting streak to six games, hitting his first home run in 23 games. 2B Blake Whealy (2-4, Run) had his second straight multi-hit game, the first time Whealy has accomplished that feat this season. RF Jamar Hill (1-4, Double, RBI) has been a run producer as of late despite hitting just .240 in his last six games (and for much of the season). Hill has five RBI and five runs scored in his last six games. SS Wilson Batista (0-3, 2 BB, 2 Runs) has reached base safely in eleven straight games, scoring ten runs during that stretch. Continuing to put the ball in play, Batista has just two strikeouts in his last 52 plate appearances.

Subscribe to today! Only $79.95 brings you one full year of Mets Inside Pitch subscription (10 issues), FREE Mets' Yearbook (while supplies last), Total Access Pass, and all premium content on, Scout™ Player and Roster Database (including the 'Hot News' at the top of the site), Breaking News and Information, Total Access to all Websites, and Player Pages, detailing the progress and careers of players from high school, the minors, and the pro ranks.

Sample the Total Access Pass™ at no risk for 5 days, then pay only $7.95 or $21.95. If you want to save 2 months off the monthly subscription price, simply choose the annual Total Access Pass™ at $79.95.

Subscribe to

Do you have an opinion on the Mets? Be sure to let us know on the message board. is always looking for die-hard Mets fans who would like to be writers for the site. Click here to learn more on how to become a Mets beat writer for

Amazin Clubhouse Top Stories