Mets take another loss in Pittsburgh

Mets Notes & Quotes for July 10: The team is disappointed again in Pittsburgh, with only Pedro Martinez left to save the weekend; Jae Seo takes an ugly win at Norfolk; Brian Bannister beaten by Norwich again...

The Mets will not reach the ceremonial halfway point of the season with any great momentum, not after dropping the middle game of three with the Pirates in frustrating fashion.

After Jack Wilson's grand slam capped a seven-run seventh inning, the best the Mets can manage of their weekend in Pittsburgh would be one win, something they'll try to achieve on Sunday behind the gifted right arm of Pedro Martinez.

The Mets are hoping Martinez can give them what Kazuhisa Ishii failed to do on Saturday. Taking his eighth loss of the year against two victories, Ishii was mediocre at best, going 5-2/3 innings and allowing four runs on six hits, striking out five.

Cliff Floyd and Mike Cameron homered for New York, but even a wardrobe change - the Mets wore the uniforms of the Negro Leagues' New York Cubans - couldn't stop it all from coming undone in the seventh.

Pittsburgh sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning, with Danny Graves facing three hitters and not retiring one, including Wilson, who golfed a grand slam over the left field wall.

A Pirates fan was ejected from the stadium by security after the play for spitting on Floyd.

Minor League Report

TRIPLE-A NORFOLK: Jae Seo (W, 7-3) had one of his poorest starts for the Tides, allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits over six innings, but still managed to pick up a win as Norfolk defeated Richmond, 8-7. Victor Diaz went 1-for-3 with three runs scored, while Chase Lambin doubled twice. Rodney Nye collected two RBI.

DOUBLE-A BINGHAMTON: Brian Bannister (L, 9-4) lost to Norwich for the second time this year Saturday, allowing five runs in four innings en route to a 7-2 loss. Joe Hietpas was 2-for-3, including a double, in the defeat.

SINGLE-A ST. LUCIE: St. Lucie was rained out Saturday against Fort Myers in a contest that will not be made up. The Mets resume play Monday at Lakeland.

SINGLE-A HAGERSTOWN: Jose Sanchez (W, 11-3) fired five innings of shutout, two-hit ball as the Suns shut out West Virginia Saturday, 6-0. Four Hagerstown players stroked two-hit games, with Grant Psomas driving in a pair of runs.

SINGLE-A BROOKLYN: Caleb Stewart crushed three home runs and drove in six runs as the Cyclones defeated Hudson Valley Saturday, 7-3. Stewart hit a two-run shot in the first inning, a three-run shot in the fifth and a solo blast in the seventh for Brooklyn. Jorge Reyes (W, 2-1) tossed six innings of one-run (none earned), four-hit ball for the Cyclones.

ROOKIE-LEAGUE KINGSPORT: Jusef Frias (L, 0-3) allowed four runs in 3-1/3 innings and Jared Eichelberger surrendered another five in 3-2/3 innings as Kingsport fell to Princeton, 12-2. Greg Gonzalez had another three-hit day for the K-Mets.

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