Mets Minor League Notebook - June 17th

The Tides get blasted Wednesday even though David Wright keeps streaking along; Justin Huber and the BMets continue to win since Wright's and Redman's promotion; Brett Harper's torrid hitting can't help Brian Bannister and the St. Lucie Mets Wednesday; and Shawn Bowman leads the Bombers to their fourth straight road victory. All this and much more in Thursday's edition of the Mets Minor League Notebook.

Norfolk Tides: RHP Patrick Strange and the Norfolk Tides were blasted by Syracuse 15-3 in a laugher Monday. Strange made his seventh straight start after being used solely as a reliever earlier in the season, allowing seven earned runs on ten hits in 5 1/3 innings. Once considered a top pitching prospect, Strange has surrendered 16 earned runs on 27 hits in his last 16 1/3 innings pitched. RHP Jake Joseph threw fuel on to the fire, allowing two earned runs in two innings of relief for the second straight appearance.

In what is becoming his M.O., 3B David Wright did not take long to get his first home run at a new level. Wright (2-4, HR, RBI) hit a solo home run in the seventh inning in just his third AAA game...he homered in just his second AA game played earlier this season. In his first three AAA games, Wright has collected three mult-hit games and has 32 multi-hit games between the two levels this year. He currently has a 10-game hit streak and is hitting .514 during the streak with six doubles, three home runs, and twelve RBI. Not to be outdone, LF Prentice Redman (1-4) has hit safely in each of his first four AAA games this year since being promoted Saturday. 1B Craig Brazell (1-4, HR, RBI) hit his 16th HR of the season in the loss, extending his current hit streak to five games. It was Brazell's first home run in 14 games, his longest streak this season without a home run.

Binghamton Mets: The BMets rolled on to their third straight victory since losing David Wright and Prentice Redman to the Tides Saturday night, beating Akron 10-5 Wednesday on the strength of 14 hits. C Justin Huber (2-2, HR, 3 RBI) led the charge for Binghamton, hitting his sixth home run of the season and getting on base five times (he had three walks). Huber entered Wednesday's contest hitting just .111 in his previous five games. LF Wayne Lydon (2-4, Run) collected his sixth multi-hit game in his last ten games played and has scored at least one run in each of the last four games. Ronald Acuna, playing right field exclusively since Redman's promotion, went 2-5 with two runs scored in the victory, extending his current hitting streak to seven games, hitting .424 during the streak. CF Angel Pagan (1-5, Run) extended his hitting streak to six games with a single to right field in the second inning.

RHP Wayne Ough allowed three earned runs on four hits and four walks in just 1 2/3 innings Wednesday. After pitching so well at the start of the season, Ough has been lit up for 16 earned runs on 20 hits in his last 8 2/3 innings pitched! LHP Blake McGinley (5-1) allowed just one earned run on two hits and one walk in 4 1/3 innings of relief, his longest outing of the season, to pick up his fifth win of the year. He has struck out 15 batters in his last 8 1/3 innings while not allowing a walk.

St. Lucie Mets: RHP Brian Bannister and the St. Lucie Mets were defeated by the Lakeland Tigers 7-4 Wednesday. Bannister (5-5) surrendered four earned runs on seven hits in five innings to pick up his fifth loss of the season. It was the third time in his last five starts that Bannister has allowed more hits than innings pitched. Despite having a solid season, Florida State League batters are hitting .262 off of him so far this season. RHP Robert Paul allowed one run (unearned) on four hits in 1 1/3 inning of relief in the loss. Paulk is giving up hits at an alarming rate this season, surrendering 42 hits in his last 25 innings pitched as FSL batters are hitting .323 off of him.

1B/DH Brett Harper (1-4, HR, 3 RBI) once again led the offensive attack for St. Lucie, clubbing his 9th HR of the season in the loss. Harper has hit safely in all five games since his "demotion" from Binghamton back on June 7th, driving in ten runs. CF Jonathan Slack (1-3, RBI) extended his current hitting streak to seven games Wednesday, tying his season high, and has also driven in at least one run in each of his last four games. Slack, who's hitting .407 during his hit-streak, has raised his average 20 points from .251 to .271. RF Bobby Malek went 1-4 in the loss, extending his current hit streak to five games. SS Corey Ragsdale went 0-4 at the plate Wednesday and is now hitting just .121 in his last ten games.

Capital City Bombers: After losing their first game of the current six-game road trip. the Bombers made it four straight road victories with a 6-4 win over Greensboro Wednesday. 3B Shawn Bowman (1-4, HR, 3 RBI) led the offensive attack for Cap City, hitting his 9th home run of the season. Bowman, who snapped a three-game hitless streak on Tuesday with a pair of hits, has hit four home runs in last seven games, driving in nine runs. 1B Ian Bladergroen chipped in with two RBI in the victory Wednesday. The "Blade" has driven in at least one run in ten of his last twelve games (15 RBI during that stretch). One day after having a season-high 6 RBI, SS Wilson Batista drove home a run in his third straight game and has a mini three-game hit streak after snapping a 1-35 slump with a pair of hits on Monday. 2B Blake Whealy (0-3, Run) entered Wednesday's game as one of the hottest hitters in the entire Mets' farm system, hitting safely in eight of his previous nine games (hitting .456 during that time) before taking the collar Wednesday.

The Bombers were able to stay in the game Wednesday thanks in large part to a great effort by the bullpen. RHP Celso Rondon pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, striking out three batters and allowing no base runners, to pick up his third victory of the season. Rondon, who struggled mightily for most of the season, has now had five straight scoreless relief appearances. His longest streak prior to this one was three straight scoreless appearances. In his last 12 innings pitched, Rondon has given up just six hits and one walk while striking out 17 batters! RHP Greg Ramirez put the clamps on the Bombers' victory Wednesday, shutting down Greensboro for the final two innings to earn his sixth save of the season. Ramirez continues to be one of the more reliable relievers among all relief prospects. In his last 25 2/3 innings pitched, Ramirez has allowed just 3 earned runs on 16 hits and 6 walks while striking out 25 batters, sporting a 1.05 ERA in his last 12 outings.

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