Down on the Farm: Bannister injured in start

Down on the Farm for May 19: Brian Bannister is injured in his Triple-A rehab start and will need an MRI in New York Friday ... The Binghamton Mets lose twice to Connecticut, both in extra innings ... St. Lucie rides a five-run inning to a victory over Dunedin ... Hagerstown loses two leads and drops a decision to Lake County.

Norfolk Tides
Triple-A International League

Brian Bannister left his rehab start after aggravating his earlier injury after just two batters and five pitches, and the Toledo Mud Hens went on to rap out 16 hits in a 8-2 victory over the Norfolk Tides.

Bannister (0-1) re-injured his hamstring covering first base on Ryan Raburn's groundout in the first inning. He will have an MRI performed in New York on Friday.

Raburn homered twice and Mike Hessman hit a solo home run in the Toledo victory. Tagg Bozied homered and Lastings Milledge had a run-scoring double for Norfolk.

Notes: After using Ryan Cullen, Royce Ring, Jason Scobie, Tim Lavigne and Juan Perez to clean up the first six innings, Norfolk turned to their bench for the final three. … Catcher Joe Hietpas pitched a scoreless seventh around two hits with one strikeout, and infielder Ray Navarette allowed a run on four hits in a two-inning stint, including allowing Raburn's second home run of the game in the eighth. … Navarette struck out one. … Anderson Hernandez had two hits for the Tides.

Binghamton Mets
Double-A Eastern League

The Binghamton Mets were swept in a doubleheader by the Connecticut Defenders Thursday, losing both contests in extra innings. Binghamton fell 3-2 in the first game and 2-1 in the second game.

In Game 1, scheduled as a seven-inning contest, Travis Ishikawa reached reliever Robert Paulk (1-1) for a run-scoring double in the bottom of the eighth, scoring Brian Buscher with the winning run.

Alay Soler started that game for Binghamton and allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings, walking two and striking out eight. In three starts at Binghamton, the 26-year-old Soler is 1-0 with a 2.75 ERA, and has struck out 22 batters in 19.2 innings pitched.

In Game 2, Connecticut's Jake Wald doubled to open the 10th against B-Mets reliever Ivan Maldonado and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. The Mets loaded the bases on intentional walks, but Maldonado threw a wild pitch to Buscher, ending the game.

Notes: Kevin Rios had a two-run single in the second inning of Game 1 … The two teams traded solo home runs in the sixth inning of Game 2, with Corey Ragsdale clubbing his third for Binghamton and Alex Requena going deep for Connecticut. … Miguel Pinango started Game 2 for Binghamton and allowed a run on seven hits in five innings.

St. Lucie Mets
Single-A Florida State League

Jonathan Malo's two-run homer highlighted a five-run fourth inning for the St. Lucie Mets, who defeated the Dunedin Blue Jays Thursday, 5-2.

Dunedin scored both runs – which were unearned - in the first inning against Mets starter Michael Devaney, who pitched seven innings for his fourth victory with St. Lucie. Devaney (4-2) walked three and struck out five in the seven-hit effort.

Notes: Matt Lindstrom pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his second save … Mike Carp was 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and an RBI … Malo was 2-for-3.

Hagerstown Suns
Single-A South Atlantic League

Two runs scored on Chris De La Cruz's seventh-inning single, victimizing Hagerstown Suns reliever Grady Hinchman (0-1) and lifting the Lake County Captains to a 9-8 victory Thursday.

Leivi Ventura homered twice in the loss for Hagerstown, slugging a solo shot in the second inning and a two-run blast in the fifth inning. Joe Holden hit a three-run homer, his first with the Suns, in the second inning.

Notes: Bobby Parnell started for Hagerstown and allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings, walking five and striking out two … Hinchman allowed three runs and four hits in 2 1/3 innings for his first blown save … Ventura's two home runs gave him six for the year.

On Deck
Friday, May 19, 2006 – All Times E.T.

MLB: New York Yankees at New York Mets, 7:10 p.m.
AAA: Toledo at Norfolk, 7:15 p.m.
AA: Altoona at Binghamton, 7:00 p.m.
A: St. Lucie at Fort Myers, 7:05 p.m.
A: Hagerstown at Lakewood, 7:05 p.m.

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