Down on the Farm: Suns rally yet again

Down on the Farm for Friday, April 21: John Maine takes his third loss for Norfolk ... Henry Owens allows three runs in the 13th as Binghamton falls in a marathon ... St. Lucie's Blake Eager edged despite a quality start ... Hagerstown rallies again in the ninth inning, coming from behind to top West Virginia.

Norfolk Tides
Triple-A International League

John Maine was rapped for seven runs (four earned) and nine hits in five innings, including a solo homer to designated hitter Jason Hart, as the Tides fell at Rochester, 9-3.

Maine, acquired in the Kris Benson deal from the Baltimore Orioles, fell to 0-3 with the decision, despite a 3.18 ERA. He walked one and struck out three.

Chase Lambin homered and had two hits in three trips for Norfolk, scoring a run and driving in two. Jeff Keppinger also had two hits and an RBI.

  • Notes: Lastings Milledge was 1-for-3 with two runs scored … Juan Perez allowed two runs in the sixth, raising his ERA to 9.82 … Steve Schmoll lowered his ERA to 8.64 with two scoreless innings, striking out two … Norfolk has lost seven of nine.

    Binghamton Mets
    Double-A Eastern League

    Henry Owens allowed three runs in the top of the 13th inning Thursday as Erie defeated Binghamton in a marathon four hour, 49 minute contest, 9-6.

    Pitching his second inning, Owens committed a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt and threw a wild pitch to Tony Giarratano, plating the go-ahead run. Giarratano then connected with a two-run single to center, giving Erie a three-run advantage.

    Jay Caligiuri and Bobby Malek each hit their second home runs for Binghamton. Caligiuri hit a three-run shot in the first inning and Malek hit a two-run homer in the fifth.

    Notable: Shortstop Corey Ragsdale was hit in the nose by a line drive in the 13th inning, according to the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin.

  • Notes: Jorge Padilla had four of Binghamton's 17 hits, including a run scored. Brett Harper went 3-for-6 and is batting .404. … Bryan Edwards started for Binghamton and allowed six runs and seven hits in five innings. … The B-Mets got two innings of scoreless relief from Maldonado Oquendo, Ryan Cullen and Orlando Roman, bridging inning six to Owens in the 12th.

    St. Lucie Mets
    Single-A Florida State League

    Blake Eager held Palm Beach to two runs and five hits over six innings, but was tagged with his second loss as St. Lucie fell Thursday at Tradition Field, 5-2.

    Palm Beach added three runs in the ninth against Rafael Cova. Joe Mather connected for a solo homer, Jose Coronado committed an error that allowed the second run to score, and Juan Lucena came through with a sacrifice fly.

  • Notes: Ambiorix Concepcion went 3-for-5 with a double, raising his average to .328. … Josh Petersen and Corey Coles each had two hits for St. Lucie.

    Hagerstown Suns
    Single-A South Atlantic League

    The Suns rallied in the ninth inning for the third straight game, scoring two in their final turn on Thursday to defeat West Virginia, 6-5.

    Trailing by a run after West Virginia put up two runs in the top of the ninth against Kevin Tomasiewicz and Marcelo Perez, Elvis Cruz hit a two-out solo homer off Joe Thatcher to tie the game. Jose Castro reached on a bunt single and would race around the bases on a Hector Pellot single to center, scoring when centerfielder Darren Ford misplayed the ball.

  • Notes: Sal Aguilar turned in a quality start for Hagerstown, allowing two runs (none earned) and seven hits over six innings. Aguilar struck out two and walked none, lowering his ERA to 1.12. … Castro scored three of Hagerstown's five runs. … Nick Evans went 2-for-4 for the Suns and is batting .281.

    On Deck
    Friday, April 21, 2006

    MLB: New York at San Diego, 10:05 p.m.
    AAA: Norfolk at Rochester, 7:05 p.m.
    AA: Erie at Binghamton, 7:00 p.m.
    A: Palm Beach at St. Lucie, 7:00 p.m.
    A: West Virginia at Hagerstown, 6:35 p.m.

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