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Edgy DC
Jun 08 2005 03:13 PM

Brian Bannister has simply been Pedro II this season. Last night he beat the Altoona Curve almost single-handedly with eight innings on the hill and two doubles at the plate.


Also looking good right now is the Benson trade, as Altoona will be throwing former B-Met Matt Peterson at the Bingo tonight. Peterson enters the game with a 4-3 record, but a 7.00 ERA. Owitch.

I got confused in the transfer; who's our Bingo correspondent again?

Jun 08 2005 03:16 PM

I think it's SI Franco

Jun 08 2005 03:41 PM

I claimed them, but never followed up. I'll take it from here.

Frayed Knot
Jun 17 2005 03:16 PM

Check out the season to date for Anderson Hernandez - the swag from Detroit in the Vance Wilson deal:
.314/.345/.455 -- 11 2Bs, 1 3B, 7 HRs in 242 ABs

Known as a defensive SS before the deal, this kind of offense could make him a future ML backup or, even more likely, a trading chip since the starting job is pretty much spoken for in the foreseeable future.

He'll turn 23 at the end of this season.

SI Metman
Jun 17 2005 03:22 PM

There are rumblings that Humber and Milledge could be making appearances up there in the next few weeks. Petit finally came back on Tuesday and struck out 6 in 2 2/3 IP. He was on a 50 pitch count.

Edgy DC
Jun 17 2005 03:37 PM

Get on the stick C-Wolf.

SI Metman
Jun 17 2005 10:22 PM

Brian Bannister pitched a 4 hit shutout tonight, striking out 10 as the B-Mets beat Norwich 1-0.

Edgy DC
Jun 18 2005 10:23 AM

That was even more remarkable than "four-hit shutout" suggests. Bannister had a minimum-batter game, facing only 27 hitters. In some ways, that's more impressive than a no-hitter. I'm certain it's rarer.

Five batters reached first -- four on singles and one on an error. Of those five, one was erased on a double play and the other four were all caught stealing. Joe Hietpas caught three of them and Bannister picked off the fourth.

Johnny Dickshot
Jun 18 2005 02:37 PM


Jun 18 2005 02:41 PM

That's my boy - the best defensive catcher in the minors!

SI Metman
Jun 22 2005 12:06 AM

Kevin Deaton took a no-no into the 7th for the B-Mets tonight as they beat New Britain 10-4.

The B-Mets smacked out 17 hits. 3 each for Hernandez, Duncan and Lydon.

Deaton gave up a homer in the 8th. His line:

8 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K

Jacobs caught and had 2 sac flys.

SI Metman
Jun 24 2005 11:58 PM

Petit tonight:

6 IP 8 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K, ND

Jacobs had 2 homers for the B-Mets, 14 total for the season, B-Mets won 9-8 on a walkoff single by Victor Hall after the pen blew an 8-4 lead in the top of the inning

SI Metman
Jun 27 2005 04:18 PM

Yesterday was a good one.

Tigers Justin Verlander pitching his second start for AA Erie against Binghamton:
7 IP 4 H 0 R 2 BB 7 K

It doesn't matter though. B-Mets score 4 in the 9th and win 4-3 on a walkoff 3 run homer by Victor Hall against former Met Edwin Almonte who did not record an out

Kevin Deaton started for the B-Mets, but left with a shoulder injury:
5.2 IP 3 H 3 ER 2 BB 5 K

Anderson Garcia got the win:
1 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 BB 2 K

Joe Hietpas was 2-3, both hits off Verlander.

Frayed Knot
Jun 29 2005 03:57 PM

For most of the season, Brian Bannister has been pretty unhittable at Double-A Binghamton, last night (Tuesday) was not one of the those nights. The Mets righthander could not get out of the fifth inning as New Britain touched him for six earned runs over 4 1/3. The Southern California product allowed eight hits, three walks and fanned only one.

SI Metman
Jun 29 2005 11:50 PM

Binghamton won 10-6 over New Britain tonight

Baldiris 3-4, 2 HR (2) 4 RBI
Jacobs C 3-4, HR (15), 2 RBI
Lambin 2-4, 2B, HR (14), 2 RBI

In other B-Mets news, First Baseman Brett Harper and SS Corey Ragsdale have been promoted from St Lucie and will join Binghamton on Thursday.

Mike Jacobs is going back to full time catching.

Edgy DC
Jun 30 2005 08:22 AM

This episode of "Declining Prospects," starring Aarom Baldiris and Ambiorix Concepcion, has been cancelled.

Jun 30 2005 08:27 AM

If Jacobs is going back to catching full time, what happens to my adoptee, Joe Hietpas? He's a better defensive catcher, and from what I've been reading his bat has really come around this year.

SI Metman
Jun 30 2005 08:24 PM

Actually, now Lind says that Jake and Harper will rotate between 1st and DH, and Jacobs will catch about 3 or 4 times a week now, so Heitpas is still safe as long as they keep playing those AL affiliates.

Johnny Dickshot
Jun 30 2005 08:55 PM

Sounds like the org likes Jacobs as a utility bat. A first baseman who can catch (and hit) is a handy thing to have.

Jun 30 2005 09:03 PM

What can you tell me about Chase Lambin, since he just got promoted? He seems to have come out of nowhere to put up really strong numbers this year, but at 25 (26 next week) is he a legit prospect?

Any idea when Bannister and Petit will see Norfolk?

Edgy DC
Jun 30 2005 10:43 PM

Lambin is a Houston man with good power for a middle infielder, but whiffs a lot, with 234 strikeouts and 102 walks in 286 career games. His big break came at the end of last season, when either the Arizona Fall League or the Mets decided at the last moment that Jeff Keppinger saw enough time in the big legues, and Keppinger's name was withdrawn from the AFL list, and Lambin's added. Chase hit only .227, but slugged four homers and two doubles against some higher-level competition than he was used to, and like his Peoria Saguaro teammate Brian Bannister, developed some important experience (and maybe confidence) heading into AA this year.

With Keppinger down, Lambin may steal his bacon again. Certainly the slow start of Aarom Baldiris (and Aarom's inability to show power, which Chase certainly has, before his two-homer game the other night) may have helped him move ahead on the organizational depth charts this year.

SI Metman
Jul 01 2005 12:07 AM

Petit pitched into the 8th tonight, and Brett Harper hit a tiebreaking pinch hit homer to lead the B-Mets to a 6-4 victory.

Petit: 7.2 IP 7 H 4 ER 2 BB 7 K

Harper: 1-1, HR (1), 2 RBI
Jacobs 1B: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, SB
Lydon: 2-4
Heitpas C: 1-3, RBI
Clements DH: 2-3, RBI

It was a good night for the B-Mets 3 catchers.

Jul 06 2005 09:32 PM

Jacobs now has 17 homers.
When are they going to promote him to AAA?


Jul 07 2005 12:12 PM

I'll be in Norwich, CT on Saturday to catch the B-Mets and the Navigators. Full report when I return.

Jul 07 2005 12:57 PM

]Jacobs now has 17 homers.
When are they going to promote him to AAA?

When Diaz is done learning 1B, I suppose . . . Valent's been playing there lately as well. Speaking of which, I forgot to mention that in my Tides report!

Jul 10 2005 09:32 AM

Official Game Story:

Brian Bannister lost his third straight start and two Norwich Navigators pitchers combined to limit the Binghamton Mets to five hits as Norwich took the first game of a four-game series 7-2 at Dodd Stadium Saturday in a game delayed by rain for nearly an hour and a half in the sixth.

Norwich (40-47) got to Bannister in the first. Jamie Athas led off with a single, stole second, moved to third after Dan Ortmeier walked and Carlos Valderrama was hit by a pitch, and scored on a wild pitch for a 1-0 Navigators lead.

Athas led off the fifth by doubling to right off Bannister (9-4) and scored on Ortmeier’s RBI single. After Ortmeier stole second and advanced to third on a flyout, he came home on an Eliezer Alfonzo base hit. Two batters later, A.J. LaBarbera made it 5-0 with a two-run homer.

The B-Mets (40-43) rallied in the fifth for a pair of runs. Jeff Duncan led off by drawing a walk against Merkin Valdez (5-4) and stole second. Victor Hall drove Duncan home with a double to right and Hall would later score on a wild pitch, cutting Norwich’s lead to 5-2.

After play resumed, the Navigators tacked on two more insurance runs in the eighth against B-Mets reliever Matt Lindstrom with Julio Cordido drawing a bases-loaded walk and Fred Lewis bringing another run home with a groundout to first. Norwich’s Matt Palmer relieved Valdez after the stoppage and pitched the final 3 2/3 innings for his first save.

Seawolf Game Notes:

Brian Bannister was awful. I watched him warming up; he had to keep apologizing to Joe Hietpas, because he was bouncing balls all over the place. He threw two wild pitches in the first inning (the game story above calls it a SB for Athas, but it wasn't), scoring a run (I originally scored the first one a PB, but when he threw the second one, I went back and changed it). In the third, they smacked him all over the park, including a looooong home run. Every ball was hit hard.

The Mets threatened in the fifth, so they pulled Bannister for a PH, but they only picked up two.

Then the rains came. It monsooned for about ten minutes, but the grounds crew couldn't get the tarp on the field. They pulled it out, but started unrolling it too far in right field, so it didn't cover the whole field. So they tried to fold it back up and re-do it, but by that point, the rain was stopping, and the damage was done. A ten-minute rainstorm turned into a 90-minute rain delay while the grounds crew remade the field.

We had to catch a 6:00 ferry, so we had to bolt after the delay, causing me to miss my adoptee, Matt Lindstrom, pitching in relief. We listened to the game on the radio the rest of the way; Lindstrom got punked by an error by 2B Aarom Baldiris on a double-play grounder, which eventually led to two unearned insurance runs.

I forgot to take any action photos, but I have a lot of inaction photos, plus a short digital video of Bannister warming up (about 8 MB - if anyone wants to host it, let me know).

Brian Bannister in the bullpen

OFs Victor Hall and Wayne Lydon stretch

1B Mike Jacobs

2B Corey Ragsdale

3B David Bacani

Minor league baseball at its finest. Note that the Gators use two different styles of numbering on the back of the jerseys.

The scouts were out in force; here they're gunning Merkin Valdez.

The monsoons. Note how they started the tarp way out in right field, and as a result, it didn't cover the infield.


The B-Mets are not impressed.

Finally, the sun comes out again. Sewaolf adoptee Matt Lindstrom (facing away) exits the dugout to head down and warm up. Note Mike Jacobs (far right) hanging out with fans.

Jul 10 2005 09:44 AM

Nice job Seawolf!

Jul 10 2005 09:48 AM

Thanks. Forgot this part:

Schaefer BMotG:

MLindstrom 3
VHall 3
JDuncan 2
JRodgriuez 1
JHietpas 1

Jul 10 2005 10:30 AM

What did Joe do to merit his point.

And, moreso, why didn't you take any pictures of my adoptee, huh?

Jul 10 2005 10:59 AM

Nice job, Wolf.

Too bad you had to waste a shot on Corey Ragsdale who is already a waste of oxygen.
If that waste a of a high draft pick ever gets his average above .250 at Binghamton (its around .100 now), I will allow him to breathe again.


Jul 10 2005 05:02 PM

Lastings Milledge promoted to Binghamton.
Brian Bannister promoted to AAA
Humber and Gabi Hernandez promoted up a peg as well.

SI Metman
Jul 10 2005 06:24 PM

Yes, the B-Mets got swept today in a DH, but the big news is the promotions.

Tomorrow night's starting pitcher is Phillip Humber. Lastings Milledge could be playing centerfield, or he could wait to join the team back home on Thursday after the All Star break.

Jul 10 2005 06:27 PM

Oh, sure. NOW everybody gets to see Mr. Number One Draft Pick and Mr. Thumping Outfield Prospect, while I had to sit through monsoon season to see Brian Bounceypitch and Matty Mormon.

Johnny Dickshot
Jul 10 2005 09:53 PM

MFS62 wrote:
Nice job, Wolf.

Too bad you had to waste a shot on Corey Ragsdale who is already a waste of oxygen.
If that waste a of a high draft pick ever gets his average above .250 at Binghamton (its around .100 now), I will allow him to breathe again.


What an obnoxious post. Who would you have chosen?

Jul 10 2005 09:55 PM

BTW, great job on the report and pictures,.

SI Metman
Jul 10 2005 11:03 PM

I had the pleasure of meeting Jake (Mike Jacobs) earlier this season, and that last photo is exactly the type of person he is. Very outgoing.

Frayed Knot
Jul 25 2005 03:42 PM

I think someone was asking about this guy on some thread somewhere.
Well a note just popped up on him in BA:

Mets lefthander Evan MacLane just keeps mowing down hitters. He threw a five-hit complete-game shutout Sunday against Bowie in his Double-A debut. He struck out seven batters and walked two in a 2-0 Binghamton win. MacLane, 22 and a 25th-round pick from Feather River (Calif.) Community College in 2003, was 8-5, 3.20 with a 92-15 strikeout-walk ratio in 112 innings at high Class A St. Lucie.

Jul 25 2005 04:24 PM

He's a soft-tossing lefty in the Blake McGinley mold.
He has good control and a decent breaking ball, which can usually guarantee success through the lower minors. But I believe his FB tops out in the mid 80's. I hpe he can keep it up at this (and higher 0 levels.


Jul 25 2005 04:44 PM

="Johnny Dickshot"] What an obnoxious post. Who would you have chosen?

Take a look at his numbers and please explain to me what he has shown at any level since he was drafted as a number 2 pick to justify his subsequent promotions to higher levels.

They say he is an excellent fielding shortstop, but last year he had over 30 errors. In fact, he had more errors than RBI for the season.
To quote sportswriter Dick Young (talking about Pirate bonus baby Bob Bailey, "On one hand, he can't hit. On the other hand, he can't field, either." But he was talking about Bailey atthe major league level. Ragsdale has been demonstrating the lack of both abilities in the minors.

I'd have chosen just about anyone else on the B-Mets. I dunno. Victor Hall?


Edgy DC
Jul 25 2005 05:04 PM

He had a lousy 30 at-bats of course when that post was made, but he's just as lost now 80 at-bats into his B-Mets season.

But just about everybody, unless they're looking to attack somebody, knows that error totals do not equal fielding ability. They're certainly not irrelevant, but they're not the last word.

The draft is a hit-and-miss thing, and it's not the success of one pick that reflects on a team, but the overall success. It's not like the rest of league is basking in the success of their picks from the second round of the 2001 draft.

The Mets, of course, are two general managers past the one who was in charge when that pick was made. To accuse them of promoting him to somehow cover themselves, as you've suggested in the past, is paranoid. To bash the player and the team over a single pick that hasn't worked out is really cheap. To wish death on him, even jokingly, as if you or I are entitled anything at all...

He may well be a washout sooner rather than later. One of dozens in the system every year -- some with high draft positions. The post still seems small to me.

A better question than Dickshot's is who the Mets should have drafted second this year (since they didn't get one) now that very little data is in? who should they draft second next year?

Jul 25 2005 05:14 PM

Ok, so maybe it wasn't a nice thing to say, even in jest.
But some players seem to hit the same at all levels, neither showing dramatic improvement nor degradation as they get promoted.
One who stayed about the same was Bud Harrelson, who seemed to hit around .230-.250 (IIRC) at every level, but played in the day when a shortstop's defense was how he was measured. You knew what you were getting and you got it. And it is an old baseball axiom that defense is the only thing consistent from level to level. I don't see that great defense in Ragsdale's numbers.
And Todd Hundley was touted as a good field/ no hit catcher when he came up to the majors, where he improved his offensive numbers.
But I don't get the same feeling about Ragsdale.

I don't follow the draft as much as I follow the minor leagues, so I really can't answer your other question.


Frayed Knot
Aug 05 2005 04:03 PM

The Mets are trying to get Mike Jacobs more innings behind the plate as the season winds down. Jacobs, a 38th-round pick in 1999, has played primarily first base this season. Wherever he plays, Jacobs shows no ill-effects at the plate--he's hitting .358-7-34 in 134 at-bats when he catches, .296-13-41 in 203 at-bats when he plays first base, and .308/.360/.584 in 377 at-bats overall this season at Double-A Binghamton.

Aug 05 2005 04:21 PM

Yep, as for those traditional counting stats, those 34 doubles, 22 HR and 78 RBI don't look too shabby, either.


Edgy DC
Aug 05 2005 04:32 PM

MFS62 wrote:
And it is an old baseball axiom that defense is the only thing consistent from level to level. I don't see that great defense in Ragsdale's numbers.

He may well be dreadful, but that axiom is completely unsupportable.

And the only numbers we're working with here are error totals, which we know to often be deceptive. Particularly with minor leaguers.

Yancy Street Gang
Aug 05 2005 04:42 PM

Are you suggesting that defense isn't consistent from level to level?

Or just that there's no proof that it is?

I've always thought it logical to assume that chasing down a fly ball, or scooping up a grounder, is pretty much the same in A ball as it is in the big leagues. But Kaz Matsui's Gold Gloves in Japan make me wonder about that.

What factors, though, would make catching and throwing a ball different from league to league?

Aug 05 2005 04:44 PM

That was a blast from the past. I thought you already mentioned that in another thread. We're on to bigger and better things.


Edgy DC
Aug 05 2005 04:51 PM

]Are you suggesting that defense isn't consistent from level to level?

Or just that there's no proof that it is?

The latter.

]I've always thought it logical to assume that chasing down a fly ball, or scooping up a grounder, is pretty much the same in A ball as it is in the big leagues. But Kaz Matsui's Gold Gloves in Japan make me wonder about that.

An excellent example.

]What factors, though, would make catching and throwing a ball different from league to league?

Two are age and experience. They're big ones. Another is the quality of opponents and teammates. For instance, according to Bill James, you can measure the quality of a league --- from tee ball right to the top --- by the number of chances the pitchers get.

Aug 05 2005 06:32 PM

Another is how hard the ball gets hit.

Look at a great woman tennis player playing against a top male player. She'll look awkward just because of the new level of velocity.

Aug 11 2005 09:42 AM

Jerrod Riggan is back in the Mets organization? Since when?


]Welcome Back

Last night, Riggan pitched a scoreless ninth in his first appearance for Binghamton in five years. The righthander, who saved a club-record 28 games in 2000, last pitched for Japan's Hanshin Tigers in 2004 before signing with the Mets this past off-season, is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

SI Metman
Aug 11 2005 11:28 AM

He's been working his way up the last few weeks. He started out with the GCL team, then pitched a week for St Lucie and is now back up to Bing. Jake Joseph is another recovering reliever who will be following him up the charts.

As for the team, Jacobs clobbered a pair of homers last night. He's up to 25 on the season. There should be mass rioting in the streets if he doesn't get a September callup.

Aug 11 2005 11:39 AM

IIRC, the reason he went to Binghamton was to see if his surgically repaired arm was ok. He had mastered AA the year before his injury. Seems to me that he should have at least been brought up to AAA by mid season once he showed he was healthy.

BTW_ about his reputation for not having a good arm. This year's Baseball America scouting book commented that his problem lies in taking a long time to straighten up before throwing. There was nothing said about his arm strength or accuracy.


Aug 17 2005 09:25 AM

In searching the B-Mets pitching stats for updates on my adoptee, I noticed this line:

Bacani 4 G, 4 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K

That's a pretty impressive pitching line for a 5'7" infielder.

Aug 17 2005 09:30 AM

I mentioned that in another thread - a few weeks ago. I think I posed it as a trivia question - something like "What Met minor leaguer hadn't given up an earned run in the last two years?"

Bacani had some scoreless innings last year, too.


Edgy DC
Aug 17 2005 09:32 AM

Hollins goes nuts.

"Indefinitely." Wow.

Johnny Dickshot
Aug 17 2005 09:51 AM

Good stuff. When Hollins played for the Phillies, teammates thought he was crazy and nicknamed him "Mikey" -- their name for Hollins evil inner personna that would show itself in tense moments.

I wouldn't doubt he was a roid user, along with Dykstra, on that 93 team.

Hollins banned after minor melee
By Jeff Horrigan
Wednesday, August 17, 2005 - Updated: 07:19 AM EST
DETROIT – Binghamton Mets coach Dave Hollins has been suspended indefinitely by the Eastern League for a bizarre incident Monday night, when he charged the bench of the Red Sox' Double-A affiliate Portland Sea Dogs and set off a melee at Hadlock Field.

     Hollins, who played 12 seasons in the major leagues, including a 1995 stint with the Sox, erupted after Portland manager Todd Claus asked for an umpire's clarification regarding whether a Corey Beam pitch hit Binghamton batter Corey Ragsdale or his bat in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Hollins took offense and exchanged words with Sea Dogs pitching coach Fernando Arroyo before charging into the home dugout from the first base coach's box.

     Portland hitting coach Russ Morman intercepted Hollins, 38, before he could reach Arroyo, 53, and ended up being treated at a nearby hospital for an injured finger on his right hand. Eastern League commissioner Joe McEachern did not allow Hollins and Arroyo to dress for the second game.

     ``I've spoken with the Mets organization and they're equally as concerned about this and for Dave as we are,'' McEachern said.

Edgy DC
Aug 17 2005 10:00 AM

]Hollins, who played 12 seasons in the major leagues, including a 1995 stint with the Sox, erupted after Portland manager Todd Claus asked for an umpire's clarification regarding whether a Corey Beam pitch hit Binghamton batter Corey Ragsdale or his bat in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

Sometimes I think the minor leagues is just one big festival of Coreys.

Frayed Knot
Aug 17 2005 11:17 AM

A couple of quickie comments from Baseball America's 'Hot List':

Continuing to transform from a tools king to a complete baseball player, Lastings Milledge has improved his plate discipline at Double-A, leading (not surprisingly) to more hits and better power (.547 slugging in August).

A physical doppelganger of Bartolo Colon, Yusmeiro Petit has recovered from a slow start in the Eastern League by going 3-0, 1.57 in three August starts while allowing just 11 hits in 23 innings. Petit's 118-18 strikeout-walk ratio is among the best in the minors.

SI Metman
Aug 17 2005 04:08 PM

Hollins is one of those guys who looks like he could still play if you put him in the lineup today.

Petit went 8 shutout innings today, 3 hits and 12 k's.

Mike Jacobs extended his hitting streak to 22 straight games.

Aug 19 2005 03:06 PM

]The New York Mets have announced that infielder David Bacani has been called up to Triple-A Norfolk and catcher Rafael Arroyo and infielder Russ Triplett have been added to the Binghamton roster from Low-A Hagerstown.

After picking up a hit in his only at-bat in Binghamton’s 4-0 win at Portland Wednesday, Bacani departs with a .291 average, five homers and 40 RBI in 86 games with the B-Mets, getting into 36 games at third base, 22 games at shortstop and 18 games at second base. Last month, the Long Beach, CA native was selected to play in the Eastern League All-Star Game for the second straight year. The Norfolk call-up is Bacani’s second in as many seasons. After starting the 2004 season with Binghamton, the fifth-year pro hit .264 with two homers and 14 RBI in 44 games with the Tides. Bacani has spent his entire pro career with the Mets after they drafted him in the 22nd round in 2001 out of Cal State-Fullerton. He was in uniform for Norfolk’s game at Toledo tonight, but did not play.

Arroyo will be joining the B-Mets for the first time. The Panorama City, CA native combined to hit .206 with five homers and 11 RBI in 43 games between Hagerstown and SS-A Brooklyn this year and threw out 40 percent of would-be basestealers between the two stops. Arroyo, drafted by the Mets in the 26th round in 2004 out of Division II Cal State-Los Angeles, will serve as Binghamton’s backup catcher, replacing Mike Jacobs on the roster. The New York Mets called up Jacobs Wednesday.

This will also be Triplett’s first action with the B-Mets. The Johnson, SC native hit .271 with three homers and 18 RBI in 42 games with Hagerstown, playing 23 games at third base, 14 at second base and seven at shortstop. The second-year pro was signed by the Mets in June, 2004 as a non-drafted free agent out of Clemson (SC) University.

Both Arroyo and Triplett are expected to be in uniform Friday night when the B-Mets start a seven-game homestand with three against the Trenton Thunder. The Harrisburg Senators are in town for the final leg of the homestand Monday through Thursday.

Aug 19 2005 04:20 PM

Petit’s Eight Shutout Innings Lead B-Mets Past Portland

Yusmeiro Petit struck out a season-high 12 and retired 24 of 27 to face him Wednesday afternoon as the Binghamton Mets salvaged the finale of their five-game series against the Portland Sea Dogs with a 4-0 win at Hadlock Field. The win, Binghamton’s seventh shutout of the season, snaps their six-game losing streak.

After Portland (68-57) starter Anibal Sanchez retired nine of the first 10 to face him, the B-Mets were able to get on the board in the fourth. Wayne Lydon began the frame with a leadoff walk followed by an Aarom Baldiris groundball that shortstop Raul Nieves threw away for an error, putting Lydon at third and Baldiris at second. After Sanchez (3-3) intentionally walked Mike Jacobs, Brett Harper lined a single into center, scoring Lydon with the game’s first run.

The B-Mets (53-71) picked up two more runs in the sixth. After Lydon led off with a single and Baldiris walked, Jacobs singled to right, scoring Lydon. The single extended Jacobs’ hit streak to 22 games. After Harper bounced into a double play, Jay Caligiur reached on an infield single that brought home Baldiris for a 3-0 Binghamton lead.

Binghamton got its final run in the seventh. Zac Clements doubled to start and Lastings Milledge followed with an infield hit. Clements moved to third and then came home when the ball was booted by second baseman Scott Youngbauer.

A Sheldon Fulse double in the fourth, Jared Sandberg’s single in the fifth and Bret LeVier’s infield hit in the eight were all Portland could muster off Petit (9-3), who didn’t walk anyone en route to winning his fourth consecutive start.

After an off-day Thursday, the B-Mets are back in action Friday, starting a seven-game homestand with a three-game set against the Trenton Thunder. Orlando Roman (3-4, 5.08) will start for Binghamton. The first pitch from NYSEG Stadium is slated for 7:00 with the Horizons Federal Credit Union Pre-Game Show kicking off the radio broadcast at 6:45 on Newsradio 1290 WNBF.

SI Metman
Aug 19 2005 05:47 PM

The minor rosters are being shook up because of Jacobs callup and Angel Pagan's absence, attending his father's funeral.

Edgy DC
Aug 19 2005 05:56 PM

Jeff Duncan, who, in the wake of the Beltrameron collision and the Pagan inactivity, certainly would have gotten some of the opportunitites he longed for when he asked for his release, has caught on with the AA Southern League Mobile BayBears (San Diego affilliate) and has been waxin' and milkin'.

Aug 26 2005 11:59 PM

We're going to see the kids tomorrow night in Trenton (there's a day/night doubleheader to make up for a rainout in June - we have tickets for the nightcap, complete with fireworks). Whom shall we keep an eye on?

Frayed Knot
Aug 27 2005 12:12 AM

Well Lastings Milledge mostly.

Slugging IFer Brett Harper also, plus maybe OFers Bobby Malek or speedster Wayne Lydon.

Aug 27 2005 12:13 AM

OK - Thanks.

SI Metman
Aug 27 2005 01:12 AM

You'll be seeing the pen piece together 7 innings in the nightcap with Tim McNab first up, and the B-Mets pen makes the Mets pen look like the Reds Nasty Boys of 1990.

Expect a lot of runs from the opposition.

Trenton took a 4-0 victory tonight, the only bright spot for the B-Mets was Russ Triplett who went 3-3.

Aug 27 2005 09:45 PM

Message from Mama Knight, present at the game:

Wayne Lydon hit a MONSTER home run - the longest we've seen in 10 years
in Trenton.

B-Mets up 6-2 in the 7th

And later:

Update - it's 6-4. Jeremy Hill has walked in 2 runs with the bases full

9-5 is the final :)

Aug 27 2005 11:19 PM

McNab went 4 innings, so Anderson Garcia gets the win :)

Aug 27 2005 11:41 PM

Thanks cooby :)

It was a nice night for baseball. This was the nightcap of a day/night doubleheader - I don't know the details, but Trenton won the early game (a make-up game from the June rain-out). There was a wedding at home plate before the game, complete with bridesmaids, ushers, and Thunder mascot Boomer dressed in a tux. Yup © - no wedding is complete without a huge mascot in your wedding photos....

Tim McNab was shaky, but went 4 innings and only gave up 2 runs. Anderson Garcia looked pretty good, and got the win in relief. Lastings Milledge had two RBI singles and made some nice plays in center. Corey Ragsdale was a double shy of the cycle, and was pissed off when he was HBP in the 9th.

MK won a flashlight in Baseball Bingo, and that made him very happy. The fireworks after the game were fun. All in all, it was a nice night of baseball in Trenton for Mets fans :)

SI Metman
Aug 27 2005 11:46 PM

Russ Triplett hit a grand slam in the day game.

That is the same Anderson Garcia who was acquired for the gentleman who got the save in the Mets game today.

on edit: I was at the Cyclones game tonight, which was far less pleasurable.

Frayed Knot
Oct 03 2005 11:29 AM

AA Eastern League rankings out: Milledge #2, Petit #11
On-line Q&A at 2PM today.

Frayed Knot
Oct 03 2005 03:58 PM

Q: steve from new york asks:
how high of a ceiling does lastings milledge have and do you think petit can be a #2 starter in the bigs

A: Alan Matthews: Milledge could be an occasional all-star as a solid everyday major league center fielder. Petit was the source of much deliberation during calls to scouts and managers who worked in the Eastern League this year. His stuff is all average, but it all plays up because of his remarkable control and pitchability. This kid really has an idea of how to pitch, adding and subtracting off all of his pitches, and his fastball has a rising action that gave hitters fits. History indicates major league hitters punish fringy stuff, regardless of feel for that stuff, but I bet Petit develops into at least a reliable back-of-the-rotation starter, though his ceiling might be what you suggested, Steve.

Q: J.P. from Springfield, IL asks:
How close was Mike Jacobs?

A: Alan Matthews: Very. He was knocking on the door at the 21-25 range. Jacobs ' lack of ability as a catcher is what might have made the difference. If he's relegated to first base, he's going to have to hit a ton to play every day, and there are doubts he can keep up the clip he was on late in the year in New York. He has a 40 arm [below average], can receive but is stiff behind the plate. He has mostly a pull approach but can drive balls to the opposite field, as well. He has abv avg raw power and could possibly hit 30 home runs each season at the very best scenario.

Q: Ravecc from New Jersey asks:
Why no love for Brian Bannister? I know he’s 24, but a 2.56 era and a 94/27 KBB ratio shouldn’t be ignored.

A: Alan Matthews: Bannister put up nice numbers and was considered for the list, though ultimately his stuff profiles at the back end of a rotation.

Johnny Dickshot
Oct 05 2005 03:14 PM

The bad news B for manager Jack Lind and pitching coach/former Met Blaine Beatty, who won't B asked back.

Seeing as most coaches and minor league staff are retained on a year to year basis, the internet fanboi scoop press association account of this story as a "firing" doesn;t appear to be technically accurate. As you might guess, it's reported as if it were a mass murder.

Mets will not bring back Lind

Binghamton went 63-79 under skipper
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BINGHAMTON -- Jack Lind will not manage the Binghamton Mets in 2006.


Lind, who last season piloted a Double-A club decimated by injuries and call-ups to a 63-79 record that was tied for worst in the 12-team Eastern League, wasn't offered a contract extension by the New York Mets. The Mets, citing a change in philosophy, also didn't renew Binghamton pitching coach Blaine Beatty's contract.

"They called and said they weren't bringing me back," Lind said by phone Tuesday from his home in Mesa, Ariz. "It surprised me a little bit. They didn't say much, just that it was a change in direction."

Lind, 59, has worked in pro baseball for 34 years, the past two as a manager in the Mets' farm system. Under his tutelage, the Mets' low-A Capital City club went 89-47 and reached the South Atlantic League championship series in 2004.

But last season, Binghamton couldn't survive midseason call-ups of ace pitcher Brian Bannister, shortstop Anderson Hernandez and closer Tim Hamulack and arm injuries suffered by pitchers Philip Humber, Kevin Deaton and later Ken Chenard, a failure that may have been pinned on Beatty.

Mets farm director Kevin Morgan wouldn't comment Tuesday on the dismissals of Lind and Beatty except to say, "We're going in a different direction."

Morgan phoned Lind on Monday to break the news. Lind said Mets deputy general manager Jim Duquette and special assistant Tony Bernazard were also on the call but didn't speak.

Despite Binghamton's poor record, Lind did contribute to the ascendance of slugging first baseman Mike Jacobs, who batted .321 with 25 home runs and 93 RBI and was named the Eastern League most valuable player before slugging 11 homers and batting .310 in 30 major league games.

Lind also has aided in the progress of center fielder Lastings Milledge, the Mets' top prospect who batted .337 with 17 homers and 82 RBI for Capital City and Binghamton over the past two seasons.

"I had some good players the last two years, and I think we developed some guys that are going to be major league players," Lind said. "Guys like Jacobs and Milledge. It was fun to have them on my teams."

Lind said he's looking for a baseball job that will keep him on the West coast, possibly as a scout or as a manager of a rookie-level or short-season team.

Edgy DC
Nov 13 2005 06:11 PM

Norwich Bulletin: Connecticut Defenders Seek to Supplant B-Mets.

Nov 13 2005 06:26 PM

My first thought was "Who the hell are the Connecticut Defenders?"

Apparently, they're the old Norwich Navigators -- which is weird to me, because we went to a Gators-BMets game this year, and I never saw any news of a pending name change on their Web site. I guess my free giveaway Gators hat is a collector's item of sorts now.

Nov 13 2005 06:28 PM

i don't think i'd want to see them replace Binghamton

Nov 13 2005 07:05 PM

Being totally selfish here, I would love to have the B-Mets move to the CT coast, but I would prefer either Bridgeport or New Haven....

Johnny Dickshot
Nov 13 2005 09:56 PM

Whatever happens, the Bingo team needs a better identity.

Binghamton Big Blue, or something.

Nov 14 2005 08:05 AM

There's a fairly new team in New Haven, playing at Yale Field.
Its the New Haven County Cutters, playing in an Independent league.

Their slogan is "fun is good"

Can't argue with that.


Edgy DC
Nov 14 2005 12:44 PM

I like the Bingos. I do agree that they could use a new identity, as they are one of only two teams (the Reading Phillies being the other) in the Eastern League that shares a nickname with their parent club.

Biinghamton is a depressed town that is pretty lifeless in the summer ("Fun Fest Cancelled") when the students clear out. I think we shold pool our funds and buy the B-Mets.