*** New York Mets Minor League Report - April 26th *** From The Sports Network
NORFOLK TIDES - The Tides had dropped five straight games coming into this past weekend, but they were able to take back-to-back contests from Charlotte, including a 3-2 victory on Sunday. Norfolk is now 7-8 on the year and just two games out of first place in the International League's South Division. Pat Strange gave up two earned runs in three innings of relief, but still was able to come away with his second win of the season on Sunday. Outfielder Victor Diaz provided much of the offense for the Tides, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Diaz is now hitting .250 on the season and his eight RBI are second on the team. Matt Ginter pitched six shutout innings and now has an ERA of just 1.20 in his three starts. Ginter has also struck out 13 batters and walked just two in 15 innings.
BRINGHAMTON METS - The Mets had Sunday's scheduled game with Altoona postponed, but they were able to take one of the two previous meetings from the Curve. That win came on Friday when Binghamton posted a 4-3 victory in the bottom of the 10th, as outfielder Angel Pagan scored on a two-out passed ball. The victory marked the Mets' seventh straight win in Binghamton, but that streak came to an end on Saturday when Altoona squeaked out a 5-4 decision. Sunday's cancellation will be made up as part of a doubleheader May 3rd at Altoona. Outfielder Prentice Redman continues to find himself on base for the Mets, having hit an impressive .350 in the team's last 10 contests with three home runs and eight RBI. Third baseman David Wright is also tearing the cover off the ball and has managed to hit .381 with two home runs and five RBI over the past five games. Binghamton now leads the Northern Division of the Eastern League with a record of 10-6, a half game ahead of Trenton.
ST. LUCIE METS - Third baseman Aarom Baldiris' RBI single in the top of the 11th inning on Sunday proved to be the game-winning hit for the Mets in their thrilling 2-1 victory over Brevard County. Although it was Baldiris' only base knock of the game, he is still hitting a team-best .354 on the season. Outfielder Jonathan Slack and first baseman Brett Harper each finished with a pair of hits, while Bryan Edwards registered his second save after pitching a perfect 11th inning. Righty Kevin Deaton started the game for the Mets and gave up just one earned run through six innings of work. Deaton, who is 1-0 on the year, has an ERA of just 2.70 over his four starts and has struck out 16 Florida State League batters in 20 innings, while walking only four.
CAPITAL CITY BOMBERS - It took 11 innings and 16 hits for the Bombers to post their nail-bitting 11-10 win against Hickory on Sunday. Capital City has now won its last five games and has a strangle hold on the South Atlantic League's Southern Division with an impressive mark of 13-4. Third baseman Ian Bladergroen, who is in the Top Five in nearly every statistical category in the South Atlantic League, belted his league-leading seventh home run of the season in yesterday's victory. He finished the game 3-for-5 with six RBI and raised his batting average to a blistering .431. Bladergroen has a seven-game hitting streak as well and has posted multiple hits in five of his last six contests. Reliever Bryan King (3-0) gave the Bombers 2 1/3 scoreless innings of work on Sunday and has not allowed a single run in six appearances and 11 1/3 innings.