Down on the Farm: MacLane strikes out 12

Down on the Farm for May 14: Evan MacLane shines in his second start for the Tides, striking out 12 ... A rough fourth inning sinks the B-Mets against Altoona ... Jonathan Malo hits a grand slam in St. Lucie's loss to Sarasota ... Hagerstown comes up short in 11 innings to Lakewood.

Norfolk Tides
Triple-A International League

Evan MacLane struck out 12 in seven innings and allowed four hits, notching his second Triple-A victory as the Tides blanked Columbus Saturday, 6-0.

MacLane – who allowed a single and a double to start the game before settling in – was backed by a five-run Tides outburst in the first inning, with Clippers starter Matt DeSalvo leaving after just two-thirds of an inning, walking five straight hitters and bringing in three runs.

Chris Basak led the way for Norfolk's offense with three hits in four trips and three runs batted in, while Michael Tucker also went 3-for-4 with a run scored.

Notes: In two starts at Triple-A, MacLane has allowed one earned run in 14.0 innings pitched, a 0.64 ERA. He has walked one and struck out 16. … Chase Lambin scored two runs for Norfolk.


Binghamton Mets
Double-A Eastern League

Vic Buttler's two-run triple highlighted a five-run Altoona fourth inning facing Binghamton starter William Vazquez, as the Curve rolled to a 5-0 victory over the B-Mets Saturday.

Vazquez allowed five runs and five hits in the fourth after holding Altoona scoreless in the first three innings. Michael Connolly and Javier Guzman also had run-scoring hits for the Curve.

Notes: The B-Mets managed just five hits in the game, two of them by catcher Yunir Garcia. … Altoona starter Michael Connolly surrendered all five in 5 2/3 innings, and two relievers held Binghamton's offense quiet the rest of the way.


St. Lucie Mets
Single-A Florida State League

Blake Eager got St. Lucie off to a rough start Sunday, allowing six runs and seven hits in 1 2/3 innings as the Mets fell to Sarasota, 10-6.

The Mets rallied back with five runs in the third against Reds starter Homer Bailey, with Jonathan Malo's grand slam following Shawn Bowman's RBI double. But Sarasota continued scoring, putting up two runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth against Mets relievers Jacob Ruckle (0-2) and Travis Hope.

Notes: Malo's grand slam was the first of his professional career, and his second home run of the year overall. … Corey Coles and Josh Petersen had two hits for St. Lucie.


Hagerstown Suns
Single-A South Atlantic League

Avenilo Asprilla and John Urick had run-scoring hits facing Hagerstown reliever Kevin Tomasiewicz in the 11th inning, helping lift Lakewood past the Suns, 5-3.

Lakewood tied the game in the eighth inning, as Asprilla doubled off Josh Appell and Clay Harris walked. Urick then greeted reliever Marcelo Perez with a run-scoring single to right before Perez struck out the next three hitters.

Notes: The Suns put up two runs in the first inning on Leivi Ventura's RBI double and a Nick Evans run-scoring groundout. Hagerstown added a run in the sixth as Jonel Pacheco scored on a throwing error by the first baseman Urick. … Hagerstown starter Bobby Parnell allowed two runs and three hits in five innings, walking two and striking out five.


On Deck
Sunday, May 13, 2006 – All Times E.T.

MLB: New York at Milwaukee, 2:05 p.m.
AAA: Columbus at Norfolk, 1:15 p.m.
AA: Binghamton at Altoona, 3:05 p.m.
A: St. Lucie: No game.
A: Lakewood at Hagerstown, 1:35 p.m.


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