Down on the Farm: Gonzalez twirls a winner

Down on the Farm for Wed., April 19: Lastings Milledge and Jeremi Gonzalez have good nights for Norfolk ... B-Mets' Willie Collazo suffers his first loss at New Hampshire ... Hagerstown rallies for three runs in the ninth to defeat West Virginia.

Norfolk Tides
Triple-A International League

Lastings Milledge and Sandy Martinez each stroked two hits and Jeremi Gonzalez pitched 5-2/3 strong innings for his first win as the Tides won Tuesday at Rochester, 5-3.

Norfolk jumped out to a 5-0 lead after five innings facing Rochester starter Henry Bonilla, who allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits over 4-1/3 innings. Kaz Matsui highlighted a three-run fifth inning for the Tides with a two-run double.

Reliever Heath Bell allowed a run on two hits in the ninth but held on for his third save.

  • Notes: Juan Perez struck out two and walked one in 1-1/3 innings pitched … Chase Lambin drove in his sixth run of the season with a second-inning sacrifice fly … Gonzalez took a shutout into the sixth before allowing a run-scoring triple to former Met Jason Tyner and a RBI single to Jason Bartlett.

    Binghamton Mets
    Double-A Eastern League

    Willie Collazo suffered his first defeat of the season, allowing five runs and nine hits over four innings as Binghamton fell at New Hampshire, 8-4.

    Collazo, last week's Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, had opened the year with two wins and 12 scoreless innings, but broke that string in the second inning when Eric Arnold singled in a run, one of four hits for the New Hampshire third baseman.

  • Notes: New Hampshire tagged Vincent Cordova for three runs and seven hits in three innings of relief … Binghamton second baseman Kevin Rios went 3-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs. … Binghamton had won two straight games and were trying to become the Eastern League's first team to win 10.

    St. Lucie Mets
    Single-A Florida State League

    St. Lucie's Chuck Smith hit a batter and allowed a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the sixth inning Tuesday, allowing the Daytona Cubs to come from behind en route to an 8-2 victory at Daytona.

    Jose Sanchez started for St. Lucie and was strong, scattering five hits and one run over five innings, walking two and striking out four. The Cubs exploded for five runs in the eighth inning against Robert Paulk to put the game out of reach, as Paulk allowed the first six batters of the inning to reach base.

  • Notes: Alhaji Turay hit his first home run of the year for St. Lucie. ... St. Lucie was limited to just three hits in the contest. ... Smith fell to 1-1 with the loss.

    Hagerstown Suns
    Single-A South Atlantic League

    Leivi Ventura drove in Matt Anderson with the winning run Tuesday as the Suns rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, defeating West Virginia 4-3.

    Fernando Martinez had a sacrifice fly in the inning against West Virginia's Dane Renkert, a frame that also included a throwing error. To that point, the Suns had been held quiet, limited to Jose Castro's run-scoring hit in the fifth.

  • Notes: Suns pitcher Jorge Reyes was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances ... Martinez had three hits for Hagerstown, including a double and a run scored, and is batting .347 … Suns starter Ryan Meyers allowed three runs and five hits in five innings, walking three and striking out four … Joseph Serfass threw three innings of shutout relief for the Suns … Ventura had struck out in his first four at-bats before singling in the winning run.

    On Deck
    Wednesday, April 19, 2006

    MLB: Atlanta at New York, 1:10 p.m.
    AAA: Norfolk at Rochester, 1:35 p.m.
    AA: Binghamton at New Hampshire, 11:05 p.m.
    A: St. Lucie at Daytona, 7:05 p.m.
    A: West Virginia at Hagerstown, 1:05 p.m.

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