Down on the Farm: Evans has a big day

Down on the Farm for June 18: Jeff Keppinger has four hits, but it's not enough to help Jason Scobie avoid his fifth straight loss ... Michel Abreu clubs a three-run homer to pace Binghamton's attack ... Six St. Lucie Mets see action in the Florida State League All-Star Game ... Nick Evans homers and drives home four as Hagerstown rolls to victory.

Norfolk Tides
Triple-A International League

Jeff Keppinger was 4-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Louisville Bats from defeating the Norfolk Tides Saturday, 6-2 – Louisville's 10th straight road victory.

The Bats did their damage with a four-run fifth inning against Tides right-hander Jason Scobie (1-10), tacking on two more runs in the sixth before Scobie gave way to the bullpen.

Scobie – who, last year, led the International League with 15 victories, tying a Norfolk club record – allowed six runs and 13 hits in the 5-2/3 inning effort. He walked one and struck out one.

Notes: Jose Offerman and Chase Lambin had two hits for Norfolk … Scobie has lost five straight starts.


Binghamton Mets
Double-A Eastern League

Michel Abreu's three-run homer highlighted a five-run third inning for the Binghamton Mets, who batted around in the frame and rolled to a 8-2 victory over the visiting Trenton Thunder Saturday.

Tim McNab (2-2) started for Binghamton and outdueled Trenton starter Danny Borrell, limiting the Thunder to a run on five hits over five innings. Eddie Camacho and Ivan Maldonado combined to get the ball to Henry Owens, who recorded the final three outs in a non-save situation.

Notes: Jay Caligiuri gave Binghamton some extra insurance with a two-run homer in the seventh off Trenton's Charlie Manning. The homer was Caligiuri's ninth. … Corey Ragsdale had two doubles in three at-bats for Binghamton, scoring a run.


St. Lucie Mets
Single-A Florida State League

The St. Lucie Mets were off, but six of their players saw action in the Florida State League All-Star Game Saturday at Lakeland, Fla.

Reliever Jose Sanchez took the loss in the East All-Stars' 7-4 defeat, allowing three runs (two earned) in the pivotal sixth inning, including a two-run homer to Jeffrey Frazier.

St. Lucie's Ambiorix Concepcion slugged a three-run homer off Joseph Bisenius in the eighth inning to close the gap, but it wasn't enough to spark a rally.

Other St. Lucie Mets appearing in the exhibition were outfielder Corey Coles (0-for-2), catcher Jesus Flores (0-for-2), and pitchers Michael Devaney (one inning, no hits, two strikeouts) and Carlos Muniz (two-thirds of an inning, no hits, one strikeout).


Hagerstown Suns
Single-A South Atlantic League

Nick Evans homered and drove in four runs, helping the Hagerstown Suns to an 11-4 defeat of the Delmarva Shorebirds Saturday.

Hagerstown scored in every inning from the second through the seventh, significantly backing Bobby Parnell (2-4), who allowed a run on five hits over six innings, striking out six. Grady Hinchman pitched the final three innings for his first save.

Notes: Seven of Hagerstown's starting players had multiple-hit games, with Jose Castro contributing a 3-for-3 showing. … Jonel Pacheco scored two runs for the Suns. … The 11 runs was a season high for Hagerstown, with the club's 18 hits tying a season high.


On Deck
Sunday, June 18, 2006 – All Times E.T.

MLB: Baltimore at New York, 1:10 p.m.
AAA: Louisville at Norfolk, 1:15 p.m.
AA: Binghamton at Trenton, 1:30 p.m.
A: St. Lucie – Off Day (All-Star).
A: Delmarva at Hagerstown, 1:35 p.m.


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