Zambrano starts Mets' August
New York Mets pticher Victor Zambrano gestures as he leaves the mound in the niinth inning against the Arizona Diamond Backs at New York's Shea Stadium Wednesday, June 1, 2005. The Mets won the game 2

Posted Aug 2, 2005

Mets Notes & Quotes for August 2: Victor Zambrano looks to continue his run of success as the Mets return home... in the minors, Ken Chenard picks up his first win at Triple-A and Victor Diaz has a big day for the Tides...

The Mets start the month of August behind Victor Zambrano on Tuesday night, welcoming the Milwaukee Brewers to town for a three-game midweek series.

New York will be looking to wash away some of the bad flavor left over by a disappointing 2-5 road trip to Colorado and Houston, with the Mets salvaging the Astros portion of the trip with a victory on Sunday afternoon.

To this point in the season, home has been where the wins are for the Mets, who are 11 games over .500 at Shea Stadium (32-21) and 10 games under the break-even mark on the road (21-31).

That considered, the Mets must also like their chances with Zambrano, who has turned his season around of late.

Though the righthander is 1-3 over his last five starts, it hasn't been for lack of performance; only one of those starts – his July 22 effort against the Dodgers – failed to qualify as a quality start. Zambrano won his last time out at Colorado on July 27, firing seven innings of two-run, five-hit ball in a 9-3 Mets victory.

Milwaukee counters with righthander Tomo Ohka, the former Washington Nationals hurler who quarreled with manager Frank Robinson earlier this season.

Ohka faced the Mets twice in April as a member of the Nationals, going 1-1. He lost his lone start at Shea this season, allowing four runs and six hits over three-plus innings, taking a 10-5 defeat.

Minor League Report

TRIPLE-A NORFOLK: Ken Chenard (1-0, 1.35) picked up his first win at the Triple-A level this season, allowing a run on three hits over 6-2/3 innings Monday as Norfolk defeated Columbus, 7-1. Victor Diaz (.298) stole the show offensively, going 4-for-4 with a home run, double, three RBI and two runs scored.

DOUBLE-A BINGHAMTON: Harrisburg scored four times in the bottom of the eighth inning against relievers Rafael Lopez and Jeremy Hill (0-2), sending the B-Mets to a 5-4 loss Monday. Brett Harper homered twice for Binghamton, his eighth and ninth long balls at the Double-A level after hitting 20 for Class-A St. Lucie.

SINGLE-A ST. LUCIE: St. Lucie had Monday off. The Mets open a four-game series at Dunedin on Tuesday night.

SINGLE-A HAGERSTOWN: Hagerstown had Monday off. The Suns open a four-game home series against Lake County on Tuesday night.

SINGLE-A BROOKLYN: Waner Mateo's solid five-inning start went by the wayside Monday, as Lowell put up a six-run sixth en route to a 8-1 win over Brooklyn. Josh Petersen drove in the Cyclones' only run with a sixth-inning double, plating Nick Evans.

ROOKIE-LEAGUE KINGSPORT: The K-Mets' pitching took it on the chin Monday, allowing 20 runs (17 earned) in a 20-8 loss to Bluefield. Starter Jose Gonzalez (2-2, 7.13) allowed nine runs (eight earned) in 3-1/3 innings, while reliever Javier Perdomo allowed eight runs (six earned) over the next 2-2/3 innings. K-Mets third baseman Matt Anderson went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored in the loss.

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