SS Chris Basak was one of the offensive heroes for the Tides on Sunday, going 2-2 with a home run and four RBI in the victory. Basak owns a somewhat modest three-game hit streak. He has driven in at least one run in each of his last four games, driving in a total of 11 runs during that time with two doubles and two home runs. His 11 RBI in the last four games are two more than he had in his first 31 games for the Tides this season. 2B Jeffrey Keppinger made the middle infield a dangerous combination on Sunday, going 3-4 with two runs scored and a solo home run. It was his fifth multi-hit game in his last six games played, hitting .464 during that time and increasing his average to .372 on the road this season. 1B Brian Daubach hit a home run in his second straight game, a feat he's now done twice this season, by going 1-3 with two runs scored and hitting a solo home run in the victory. He has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, collecting seven extra-base hits during that time.
Binghamton Mets: The B-Mets avoided the three-game sweep against Norwich by beating the Navigators 3-2 in 10 innings on Sunday. 1B Jay Caligiuri went 2-4 with a home run and three RBI, hitting a two-run shot in the bottom of the 9th inning to help send the game into extra innings. It was his third home run this month and he already has as many RBI (7) in June as he did the entire month of May. LF Jeff Duncan went 3-4 with a double and a run scored in the victory, giving him two 3-hit games in his last five starts. Duncan is hitting .280 in his last 29 games after starting off the year hitting just .220 through the end of April. 2B Aarom Baldiris went 2-5 with a run scored for his third consecutive multi-hit game on Sunday. Baldiris, who owns an 11-game drought without an RBI, had just one RBI in his last 18 games played.
RHP Brian Bannister got the start for Binghamton on Sunday and picked up his third no-decision in his last four games by allowing two earned runs on six hits and one walk in seven innings and tying a season-high with nine strikeouts. After hitting a "rough patch" in May, Bannister sports a 1.71 ERA in his last three starts and he already has more strikeouts in June (20) than he did the entire month of May (15). RHP Bryan Edwards struck out two batters in a scoreless 10th inning to pick up his second win of the season. Edwards has owned right-handed batters this season, holding them to a .184 batting average.
St. Lucie Mets: St. Lucie fell to Jupiter 5-1 on Sunday in game two of the three-game set with the Hammerheads. RHP Vincent Cordova continues to struggle on the road big-time this year. Cordova, who allowed five earned runs on ten hits and one walk in six innigs, ran his record to 1-4 away from Tradition Field and now sports a 6.28 ERA away from home. Opposing Florida State League batters are hitting a robust .333 off him on the road and just .212 off of him at home. 26-year old RHP Greg Belson, despite giving up three hits and one walk, pitched one inning of shutout relief for his fourth straight scoreless appearance in the loss while RHP Henry Owens struck out the side in his one inning of work for his third straight scoreless appearance.
|TURNING THINGS AROUND?: Shawn Bowman is hitting .455 in his last 9 games with 5 HRs & 13 RBI. (Photo: Patrick Teale)|
Hagerstown Suns: The Suns have picked the wrong time to have their season-long losing streak with the first half of the South Atlantic League wrapping up next Sunday. Hagerstown lost their fourth straight game, falling three games behind first place Lexington after getting blanked by the Legends 5-0 on Sunday. RHP Jose Sanchez, who hadn't lost in any of his first 11 starts, lost his second straight game on Sunday. He gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks in five innings. Sanchez has now given up 8 earned runs in his last two starts after allowing just 6 earned runs in his previous five starts. He hasn't been the same pitcher since the beginning of May as opposing South Atlantic League batters are hitting .296 off of him in his last 9 starts. RHP Charles Bowman surrendered one earned run on two hits and two walks in two innings of relief on Sunday. Despite pitching two fewer games on the road than at home, all three of Bowman's earned runs this season have come away from Municipal Stadium.
CF Carlos Gomez collected half of the Suns' hits on Sunday, going 1-4 at the plate and getting caught stealing for the 7th time this year. He extended his current hit streak to six games and he has now hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games. Gomez was caught stealing for just the second time in his last 18 attempts on Sunday. 2B Russ Triplett went 1-4 with a double in the loss, which was his first extra-base hit of the year and he has hit safely in three of his first five games since being called up from Extended Spring Training. DH Mike Carp, who seemingly had snapped out of his funk, went 0-3 for his third consecutive hitless game while 1B Jim Burt, who went 0-3 as well, has gone hitless in four of his first five games with Hagerstown since being promoted.