Down on the Farm: Evans' slam lifts Suns

Down on the Farm for April 26: Norfolk is held to one run in a loss to the Red Barons ... Binghamton manages just one hit against Akron pitching ... Alhaji Turay comes up with the big hit for St. Lucie ... Nick Evans' grand slam caps a five-run rally for Hagerstown.

Norfolk Tides
Triple-A International League

Jason Scobie allowed three runs over seven innings for a quality start, but the Tides managed only one run Tuesday in a 4-1 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Tides plated the run in the third inning, when Lastings Milledge singled, moved to second on a hit, then scored on Chase Lambin's single to center.

Scobie (0-2) allowed six hits and struck out four over seven innings. He walked three.

Notes: Milledge went 1-for-3 and is batting .403. … Steve Schmoll allowed an unearned run in the ninth inning after a throwing error by catcher Joe Hietpas. … The 5-15 Tides have the worst record in the International League.

Binghamton Mets
Double-A Eastern League

The B-Mets went quietly Tuesday at NYSEG Stadium, managing just one hit against Akron starter Nick Pesco and two relievers in an 8-0 defeat.

Binghamton's lone hit came in the fifth inning, when Jorge Padilla doubled to right with one out. Otherwise, the B-Mets were silent, with Pesco striking out seven and Binghamton fanning four more times against relievers Jim Ed Warden and Tom Mastny.

Notes: B-Mets starter Miguel Pinango (0-1) took his first loss of the year, allowing four runs and seven hits over six innings. He walked none and struck out three.

Pelfrey promoted: Right-hander Mike Pelfrey, the Mets' first-round selection in the June 2005 Free Agent Draft, will join the B-Mets this week, promoted from St. Lucie. Pelfrey is expected to make his Binghamton debut on Saturday at Erie.

St. Lucie Mets
Single-A Florida State League

Alhaji Turay's run-scoring single in the top of the 10th proved to be the game-winner Tuesday as St. Lucie edged Brevard County, 4-3.

The Mets scored twice in the ninth on a fielder's choice and an error by Manatees catcher Nestor Corredor, taking a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.

But Carlos Muniz (2-0) couldn't finish off Brevard County, loading the bases with one out via a hit and two walks (one intentional). Pinch-hitter Carlos Corporan then brought the tying run home with a single to left before Muniz escaped the inning with two fly ball outs.

Edgar Alfonzo retired the Manatees around a Brendan Katin double in the tenth to secure his third save.

Notes: Blake Eager started for St. Lucie, allowing two runs and seven hits in 5-2/3 innings. He walked none and struck out two, allowing a solo homer to Ryan Braun in the first inning. … Shawn Bowman had three hits in five trips with a run scored for St. Lucie. … Josh Petersen had two hits for the Mets.

Hagerstown Suns
Single-A South Atlantic League

Nick Evans hit a grand slam as the Suns rallied for five runs in the bottom of the ninth Tuesday, pulling out a 7-6 victory over Lake County.

Hagerstown went into the inning trailing 6-2, with the Captains' Chris De La Cruz tagging a solo homer in the top half of the ninth providing what appeared to be insurance.

But Marc Jecmen walked the first two batters of the inning before recording a flyout, and reliever Matt Davis walked Jonathan Sanchez to load the bases. Evans followed with his fourth homer of the season, a grand slam to center, tying the game.

Leivi Ventura singled and Hector Pellot walked, putting the tying run at second base. Davis then threw a wild pitch to Jonel Pacheco, scoring Ventura with the winning run when Captains catcher Omar Casillas committed a throwing error.

Notes: Kevin Tomasiewicz (3-0) picked up the victory for Hagerstown with 2-2/3 innings of relief, allowing two runs and two hits. … Sal Aguilar started for the Suns and allowed four runs in 6-1/3 innings. … Fernando Martinez and Evans scored twice.

On Deck
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 – All Times E.T.

MLB: New York at San Francisco, 3:35 p.m.
AAA: Scranton/WB at Norfolk, 7:15 p.m.
AA: Akron at Binghamton, 6:00 p.m.
A: Jupiter at St. Lucie, 10:30 a.m.
A: Hagerstown at Lakewood, 6:35 p.m.

Inside Pitch Magazine covers the entire New York Mets organization monthly in print, and every day on the Internet. Contact Inside Pitch Magazine's Bryan Hoch at a

Amazin Clubhouse Top Stories