Mets Minor League Notebook - July 22nd

Danny Garcia's hot hitting can't help the Tides in a 7-1 loss to Charlotte; Ken Chenard is heating up as Binghamton edges New Hampshire; Brett Harper makes his return to the St. Lucie lineup as the Mets split a doubleheader; Jamar Hill's torrid hitting is not enough in the Bombers' loss to Augusta; Tyler Davidson remains red hot despite Brooklyn's loss; and Jabe Bergeron's four hits aids Kingsport in their win. <b>Free Preview of Premium Content</b>

Norfolk Tides: The Tides welcomed the Charlotte Knights to town for a 4-game series and promptly lost the opener 7-1 Wednesday. Despite not his best effort, RHP Randy Keisler scattered eight hits in five innings, allowing just two earned runs to pick up his fifth loss of the season. Keisler has pitched pretty well as of late, sporting a 2.25 ERA in his last four starts. 1B Craig Brazell, who entered Wednesday's game with three straight multi-hit games, went 0-4 with a season high three strikeouts. RF Victor Diaz, who has his modest seven-game hit streak snapped Tuesday, also took the collar in the loss. Diaz, who struck out twice Wednesday, has struck out in six straight games and in ten of his last eleven. 2B Danny Garcia was the only Tides' hitter to collect more than one hit, going 2-4 with a stolen base, giving him three straight multi-hit games and extending his current hit streak to six games.

Binghamton Mets: Don't look now, but RHP Ken Chenard has quietly strung together four straight quality starts. Chenard allowed just one earned run on five hits in six innings Wednesday, striking out seven batters Wednesday in a no-decision. He has a 2.34 ERA in his last four starts, striking out 22 batters in 23 innings. LHP Blake McGinley struck out three batters in three innings of relief to pick up his eighth win out the bullpen and now has 14 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings. RF Ron Acuna had his ten-game hit streak halted on Tuesday with an 0-3 night and continued his struggles by going 0-4 Wednesday. After having his five-game hit streak snapped on Monday, CF Wayne Lydon went 2-4 with two stolen bases, giving him 54 SBs this season. RF Jeff Duncan, prone to the strikeout this season at every level, went 1-2 with two runs scored and a stolen base. He also did not strikeout, the second straight game without a K...the first time he has accomplished that feat since being demoted to AA-Binghamton back on July 6th.

St. Lucie Mets: St. Lucie, out of action since Saturday, split two games in a double-header against Fort Myers Wednesday. The big news of the day was the return of 1B/DH Brett Harper from the disabled list. Harper went 2-6 with an RBI in the doubleheader and has hit safely in 9 of his last 10 games since being recalled from Binghamton. 3B Aaron Baldiris went 3-8 in the two games and has hit safely in six of his last seven games, including four multi-hit games. LF Jonathan Slack went 0-5 in game two and is just 1 for his last 17. Talk about struggling! SS Corey Ragsdale went 0-4 in the two games and is hitting just .036 in his last nine games. CF Lastings Milledge combined to go for 2-8 on the day, driving in three runs...all coming in game two.

On the pitching side, RHP Orlando Roman allowed just two earned runs on five hits in six innings in game two. Despite picking up a no-decision, Roman continues to be impressive this season. In his last four starts, Roman has struck out 26 batters in 25 innings with a 1.80 ERA during that stretch. LHP Shane Hawk pitched the final two innings of scoreless relief in game two to pick up his second win for St. Lucie. Hawk ended his streak of three straight appearances of allowing at least one earned run.

Capital City Bombers: The Bombers fell to the Augusta Greenjackets 2-1 Wednesday despite outing hitting them 7-5. RHP Vincent Cordova picked up his second loss in three decisions despite allowing just two earned runs on four hits in 7 1/3 innings. Cordova, who seemingly could not get anyone out earlier in the year, has had three quality starts in his last four (allowing just seven earned runs in his last four starts). Reliever Domingo Acosta pitched 2/3 of a scoreless inning in the loss and has now allowed just one earned run in his last 8 2/3 innings, spanning seven appearances.

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Jamar Hill: Hitting .500 in 8 games in the #2 spot.
RF Jamar Hill, moved into the #2 spot when Lastings Milledge was promoted to St. Lucie, continues to flourish higher in the order. Hill went 1-4 Wednesday to extend his hit streak to six games, just two games shy of his season high. Hill is hitting .500 in eight games as the #2 batter, collecting four 3-hit games...he had just two 3-hit games prior to the move. 3B Shawn Bowman went 1-4 with a double, giving him an extra-base hit in four of his last five games and he has now hit safely in eight of his last nine games.

Brooklyn Cyclones: The Cyclones were shut out by the Vermont Expos 6-0 Wednesday as Brooklyn could only scrape together six singles in the loss. DH Tyler Davidson went 2-4 as the lone Cyclones batter to collect more than one hit. Davidson extended his hit streak to eight games, collecting multi-hit games in five of those contests and is hitting .500 during the streak. LF Derran Watts (1-3) entered Wednesday's game just 1 for his last 22. 3B Kevin Rios went 1-3 to give him a mini four-game hit streak while SS Ryan Coultas (0-3) had his five-game hit streak snapped in the loss. 1B Jim Burt snapped a 1-21 slide by going 1-3 Wednesday.

LHP Joseph Williams allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits in four innings to pick up his first loss as a pro. Williams entered Wednesday's start allowing no earned runs and just five hits in his previous two starts. LHP Edgar Alfonzo had his streak of four straight scoreless appearances (spanning 13 2/3 innings) snapped when he surrendered three earned runs on five hits in his two innings of work.

Kingsport Mets: Kingsport pounded out 18 hits in an 8-3 drubbing of Princeton Wednesday. DH Jabe Bergeron went 4-5 with a home run and 4 RBI in the victory to pace the K-Mets. 2B Marcos Cabral also chipped in with four hits of his own and is hitting .467 in his last four games. RF Carlos Gomez (3-5, Double, RBI) snapped a 2-19 slide with his third three-hit game of the season. RHP German Marte allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in four innings in his longest outing of the season. Marte has a 2.38 ERA in his last four appearances. Troy Fry allowed one earned run on six hits in four innings to pick up his first win of the season and has now allowed 20 hits in his last 13 1/3 innings pitched.

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