Mets Minor League Notebook - July 27th

Aaron Heilman is pitching his way to Shea as the Tides defeated Indianapolis; the suddenly red-hot Ken Chenard starts for the BMets in their series opener against Portland Tuesday; Alhaji Turay's 11th-inning HR lifts St. Lucie to victory; Vincent Cordova continues to shine in the Bombers' win over Augusta Monday; the Brooklyn bullpen can't salvage another gem from Joseph Williams; and only the rain can cool off Carlos Gomez for Kingsport. <b>Free Preview of Premium Content</b>

Norfolk Tides: RHP Aaron Heilman picked up his fourth straight winning decision as the Tides doubled up the Indianapolis Indians 6-3 Monday. Heilman allowed three earned runs on four hits in seven innings and is now 4-1 with a 2.54 ERA in his last six starts. 2B Danny Garcia remains one of the hottest hitters in the entire Mets' system. Garcia (2-4, 2 Runs) collected his third straight multi-hit game Monday and his sixth in his last seven games played. C Justin Huber went 0-1 with a run scored and three walks. It was the tenth time this season Huber has drawn at least two base-on-balls in a game and the third time he's collected three in a game. RF Victor Diaz (1-2, RBI) ended his 1-18 skid with an RBI single to centerfield in the first innnig.

Binghamton Mets: The BMets (and the entire Eastern League) had the night off Monday and open a three-game series on the road in Portland against the Sea Dogs Tuesday before heading home for a weekend series against New Britain. RHP Ken Chenard is scheduled to start for Binghamton in the series opener. Chenard is 3-1 in his last five starts with a 2.89 ERA. CF Jeff Duncan enters the series with a modest five-game hit streak, his second longest of the season. Duncan had a nine-game hit streak for the Tides from June 16th-25th. 3B Chris Basak also has a five-game hit streak on the line, which ties a season high for him. Basak began the season with a 5-game hit streak when he was playing shortstop for Binghamton and accomplished the same feat a week later from April 16th-20th.

St. Lucie Mets: The St. Lucie Mets edged the Lakeland Tigers 4-3 in 11 innings Monday when DH Alhaji Turay (2-5) hit a solo home run in the top of the 11th inning to drive in the game winning run. It was Turay's second home run in his last three games played and his 13th HR of the home run behind Jay Caligiuri for the team lead. Caligiuri (0-4, Walk) is hitting .156 in his last ten games and has not hit a home run in his last 15 games. His longest HR drought of the season was nine games before this current streak. 3B Aaron Baldiris (2-5, HR) hit a solo home run in the top of the 8th inning to tie the game and send it into extra innings. It was Baldiris' second home run of the month (he last homered on July 1st) and just his third of the season. SS Corey Ragsdale (1-3) hit a two-run home run in the 7th inning, extending his current hit streak to five games which is his second longest hit streak of the season. "Rags" had an 8-game hit streak from May 17th-24th.

RHP Brian Bannister started the game for St. Lucie, allowing three earned runs on six hits in six innings. Bannister is 0-3 in his last eight starts with a 5.14 ERA and has not won since defeating the Tampa Yankees way back on June 7th. Reliever Tim McNab pitched the final three innings of scoreless relief to pick up his third win of the season...which is also his third win in his last five appearances.

Capital City Bombers: Cap City opened up their six-game homestand with a 5-2 victory over the Augusta Greenjackets Monday. RHP Vincent Cordova continued his recent brilliance as a starter, striking out 13 batters and allowing just one earned run on three hits in seven innings to earn his seventh win of the season. In his last five starts, Cordova is 3-2 with a 2.20 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings. RHP Carlos Muniz pitched his third straight scoreless relief appearance for his first save of the season with the Bombers.

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Shawn Bowman: Hit his 16th HR of the season Monday.
Offensively, 3B Shawn Bowman (1-2, HR, 2 Walks) homered for the second straight day, his 16th HR of the season. Bowman has now hit safely in 15 of his last 18 games. RF Jamar Hill continues to prosper in the #2 spot in the lineup. Hill (1-4, HR, RBI, 2 Runs) has hit safely in 11 of the 13 games he's played since being moved in the lineup, hitting .389 in 13 games.

Brooklyn Cyclones: The Cyclones were defeated by the Aberdeen Ironbirds 3-1 Monday when reliever Jose Rodriguez allowed three runs in the eighth inning, spoiling another gem of a start by LHP Joseph Williams. Williams tossed six shutout innings, allowing five hits and four walks. It was Williams' fourth start this season without allowing an earned run and is 2-1 in his last four starts with a 0.86 ERA. SS Ryan Coultas (1-4, RBI, SB) drove home Tyler Davidson with the Cyclones' lone run in the fourth inning. 1B Tyler Davidson (1-4, Run) extended his current hit streak to 12 games with a single in the fourth inning before scoring a run in his fourth straight game. 3B Grant Psomas (0-4) and 2B Bryan Zech each continue to struggle at the plate. Psomas is hitting just .111 in his last eight games and Zech is hitting just .107 in his last ten games.

Kingsport Mets: Kingsport's game against Bristol was suspended due to rain in the fourth inning with the KMets leading 4-1. It was the second straight game that Kingsport had suspended. Perhaps the rain will be able to cool off RF Carlos Gomez. Gomez is 10 for his last 16 with six doubles and eight runs scored.

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