Down on the Farm: Gomez's big day for B-Mets

Down on the Farm for May 8: Miguel Perez takes a loss for Norfolk ... Carlos Gomez homers and drives in three runs for Binghamton ... Shawn Bowman homers and drives in three runs for St. Lucie ... Hagerstown manages little in a loss to Lakewood.

Down on the Farm for May 8: Miguel Perez takes a loss for Norfolk ... Norfolk Tides
Triple-A International League

The Tides managed three hits in seven innings off Columbus starter Kris Wilson and Melky Cabrera slugged a two-run homer as Norfolk fell Sunday, 4-1.

Miguel Perez (0-2) allowed two runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings for Norfolk, walking five and striking out two while throwing a run-scoring wild pitch.

The Tides scored their run in the fifth inning as Chris Basak stole second and came home to score on a double error, with catcher Wil Nieves tossing the ball into center field and Cabrera committing a second error on the play in center field.

Notes: Victor Diaz (.222) and Chase Lambin (.185) each had two hits for the Tides. … Anderson Garcia allowed two runs in relief, raising his ERA to 1.93.

Binghamton Mets
Double-A Eastern League

Carlos Gomez drove in three runs, including a two-run double in the seventh inning, as Binghamton edged New Hampshire Sunday, 5-4.

Gomez and Jay Caligiuri also homered for Binghamton, which pulled ahead with a three-run seventh. With the bases loaded, Gomez stroked a two-base hit to tie the game and Jonathan Slack plated the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly.

Notes: Ryan Cullen (1-3) picked up the victory with two innings, allowing a solo home run. … Miguel Pinango started for Binghamton and allowed three runs and seven hits over six innings, striking out two and walking two. … Eddie Camacho nailed his first save with a scoreless ninth, striking out one.

St. Lucie Mets
Single-A Florida State League

Shawn Bowman and Jesus Flores homered as St. Lucie powered past Fort Myers Sunday, 9-6.

Driving in three runs and scoring two, Bowman led a Mets offense that scored in every inning but the first and the eighth. Corey Coles and Mike Carp added three hit days, supporting starter Mike Devaney (2-2), who allowed three runs (two earned) and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. Devaney walked three and struck out four.

Notes: Carlos Muniz recorded the final two outs after Rafael Cova allowed three runs in two innings. That gave Muniz his ninth save. … Flores struck out three times and is batting .202.

Hagerstown Suns
Single-A South Atlantic League

Starter Bobby Parnell allowed two unearned runs in three innings Sunday as Hagerstown fell at Lakewood, 3-2.

Parnell (0-1) saw the runs score in the third, as third baseman Matt Anderson committed a one-out throwing error. The right-hander walked two in the inning, including a bases-loaded pass to Clay Harris and a wild pitch that plated Greg Golson.

Nick Evans stroked a RBI single in the first inning and Drew Butera added a ground-rule double in the eighth, coming around to score on a wild pitch, to account for Hagerstown's scoring.

Notes: Hagerstown actually played two games Sunday, completing their 22-hour marathon from April 26. Lakewood pulled the game out on four walks in the 22nd inning, two by Josh Appell and two by Grady Hinchman.

On Deck
Monday, May 8, 2006 – All Times E.T.

MLB: New York – Off Day
AAA: Norfolk at Toledo, 6:35 p.m.
AA: Connecticut at Binghamton, 6:00 p.m.
A: Fort Myers at St. Lucie, 7:00 p.m.
A: Hagerstown at Lakewood, 6:35 p.m.

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