The Tides managed just six hits offensively with both runs coming off solo home runs. DH Craig Brazell went 1-4 with a solo home run to extend his season-high hit streak to seven games. It was his 6th home run of the season and his first since knocking a pair of home runs against the Durham Bulls on April 25th. Brazell has five extra-base hits during his hit streak after getting just two in his first 14 games this month. Hitless in his previous three games, 1B Luis Garcia went 1-4 with a solo home run. Three of his last four hits have been home runs, although those have come over his last eight games where he's hitting just .125 during that time. CF Angel Pagan, who went 2-4 in the loss, was the only Norfolk batter to get more than one hit on Monday. He extended his season-high hit streak to eight games, collecting multi-hit games in four of those contests.
Binghamton Mets: Even after four straight postponements in Portland last week could not cool of the B-Mets as Binghamton completed the four-game sweep of the Trenton Thunder (Yankees) this weekend with an 11-5 victory on Monday. Catcher Mike Jacobs is sad to see the Thunder leave town. He went a perfect 4-4 with a double and 4 RBI to pace the 15-hit attack for Binghamton on Monday. It was his third consecutive multi-hit game and he's now hitting .359 this month after going 9 for his last 12 in the Trenton series! RF Bobby Malek went 1-4 with a home run and three RBI in the victory. It was just his second home run of the season and his first since hitting a solo shot against the Portland Seadogs on April 18th. Malek has now scored at least one run in five of his last six games and he has five extra-base hits in his last seven games played. Chase Lambin, playing just his third game at shortstop this season, went 2-5 with his 10th home run of the season, a solo shot in the second inning. Although it is a real small sample size, Lambin is hitting .417 with two home runs in games where he has played shortstop.
RHP Matthew Lindstrom, making his second straight start after relief appearances in his previous three games, allowed two earned runs on seven hits in just four innings of work. He did not walk a batter on Monday which was the first time this season he did not give up a free pass. In games where he has started, opposing Eastern League batters are hitting .282 off of him and his one strikeout on Monday was just his 6th strikeout this month! RHP Rafael Lopez was credited with his second win of the season despite allowing two earned runs on three hits in three innings of relief. All 10 of his earned runs this season have come at home where he has posted a 5.19 ERA at NYSEG Stadium.
St. Lucie Mets: St. Lucie completed the four-game sweep over Clearwater with a 4-3 victory over the Threshers (Phillies) Monday for their first series sweep of the season. DH Brett Harper was one of four St. Lucie batters to drive in a run in the victory, going 1-4 with an RBI to extend his current hit streak to six games. He did strikeout three times in the game for the first time this season and it was the first time he had struck out more than once in his last ten games. CF Jonathan Slack extended his season-high hit streak to nine games in the victory by going 1-4 with an RBI. Slack is hitting .324 during his streak with 7 RBI. 3B Shawn Bowman went 1-3 with a run scored and his second stolen base of the season. He's now hit safely in five of his last six games and he didn't strike out for the second straight game, a feat he's only done one other time this season. SS Corey Ragsdale hit safely for the 11th time in his last 12 games on Monday, going 2-3 at the plate for his 14th multi-hit game of the year...he had 22 multi-hit games all of last season!
RHP Philip Humber was in line for his first professional victory on Monday but the bullpen blew any chance of that. Humber, who allowed two earned runs on seven hits and one walk in 5 2/3 innings Monday, arguably had his best outing since tossing five scoreless innings against Brevard County in his second start of the year. It was just the sixth straight start where he allowed as many hits as innings pitched and opposing Florida State League batters are now hitting .299 against him this season. RHP Anderson Garcia surrendered an earned run on two hits in 2 1/3 innings, spoiling Humber's shot at his first win and picking up his fourth blown save of the year. After posting a 0.84 ERA in April, Garcia has come back down to earth with a 3.94 ERA this month. RHP Dan Foli struck out the side in the 9th inning to pick up his second win of the year. It was his third straight scoreless appearance, which is something he hasn't done since opening the season with three shutout appearances.
Hagerstown Suns: The Suns improved to 7-3 this season against Lakewood with a 12-5 victory over the Blueclaws on Monday. RHP Gaby Hernandez (3-1, 2.63 ERA) won his second straight decision, albeit his first in his last five starts, by allowing just one earned run on five hits and one walk in 5 1/3 innings pitched. He struck out six batters in the win, giving him six or more strikeouts in six of his first eleven starts this season. Opposing South Atlantic League batters are hitting just .181 against him this season and he has posted a 2-0 record with a 2.20 ERA in his starts this month. The nightmarish month of May continues for RHP Matthew Miramontes. Miramontes surrendered three earned runs on two walks in 1 1/3 innings of relief Monday. He has now given up two earned runs or more in each his last four appearances, posting a 12.91 ERA during that time with 5 walks in his last 5 1/3 innings.
DH Dante Brinkley was one of six Hagerstown batters to collect a multi-hit game in the victory on Monday, going 2-3 with a home run, two runs scored, two RBI, and a stolen base. He's now reached base safely in 24 of his 26 games this month after hitting .377 in April, Brinkley is hitting .376 in May. Even though it was his first stolen base in his last nine games played, Brinkley has 13 stolen bases this month. LF Corey Coles continues to produce when he's in the lineup. Coles went 3-4 with two doubles, three runs scored, and two RBI on Monday, giving him 5 RBI in his last two games played. 16 of his 18 RBI this season have come against right-handed pitching along with all nine of his extra-base hits. SS Wilson Batista, who had just 3 home runs in his first 42 games, hit his second home run in his last three games on Monday, going 2-3 with a home run and two RBI. He has collected multi-hit games in four of his last six contests, hitting five extra-base hits during that time.
VSL Mets (Tronconero II): Tronconero II fell to 8-4 on the year with a 10-8 loss to Ciudad Alianza (Red Sox/Padres) on Monday. Catcher Cesar Cordido, hitless in his previous three games, hit safely in just his second game this season by going 3-4 with a double, a run scored, and three RBI in the loss. His double Sunday was just his second extra-base hit of the year and his three RBI were his first runs driven in since his first game of the season, ending a drought of five games without an RBI. LF Julio Perez hit his first home run of the season Sunday, hitting a solo shot while going 1-3 at the plate with two runs scored. Perez has scored at least two runs in two of his last three games. 1B Marcos Vargas, who had his six-game hit streak snapped on Saturday, went 1-5 with an RBI. He struck out three times on Monday, giving him at least two strikeouts in three of his last six games. 3B Cristian Garcia went 0-1 with a walk and a run scored in the loss and he's now not only reached base safely in 10 of his first 11 games, he's also scored at least once in 10 of his first 11 games.
RHP Manuel Olivares, who just turned 19-years old on May 22nd, got roughed up in his second straight start. Olivares gave up eight earned runs, including two home runs, on five hits and two walks in just two innings of work. He sports an 18.00 ERA in his two starts since tossing three scorless innings of relief in his first game of the season. 17-year old RHP Walter Pena walked a season-high five batters in his 2 2/3 innings of relief on Monday, giving up his first earned run of the year on two hits. Pena hasn't struck out a batter since he K'd one batter in his first appearance of the year. LHP Nelson Arriechi made his season debut out of the bullpen on Monday and gave up one earned run on two hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings pitched.
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