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 season...one 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.
|Shawn Bowman: Hit his 16th HR of the season Monday.|
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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