Down on the Farm: Pacheco leads Suns

Down on the Farm for June 19: Jeroime Robertson takes his fifth loss as Norfolk falls ... Matt Lindstrom roughed up for two ninth-inning runs by Trenton ... Jonel Pacheco has three hits, scores two runs and drives home one more in Hagerstown's victory.

Norfolk Tides
Triple-A International League

The long-slumping Victor Diaz went 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI, but it wasn't enough for the Norfolk Tides, who fell Sunday to the Louisville Bats, 6-3.

Jeroime Robertson (1-5) started for Norfolk and allowed three runs and six hits in six innings, finishing his work trailing 3-0. The Tides closed the gap on Diaz's run-scoring single in the sixth and Anderson Hernandez's RBI single in the seventh.

Notes: Louisville starter Justin Germano (4-6) allowed five hits and two runs in 6.1 innings, and also contributed a run-scoring single off Robertson in the second inning. … Former Mets farmhand Earl Snyder had a two-run double for Louisville.


Binghamton Mets
Double-A Eastern League

Kevin Howard tripled home the go-ahead run and Gabe Lopez added one more in the ninth inning against Matt Lindstrom, lifting the Trenton Thunder to a 4-2 victory over the Binghamton Mets Sunday.

Lindstrom (1-2) struck out Trenton's first two batters of the ninth inning, but then walked Omir Santos. Howard tripled to right, breaking a 2-2 tie, and, after another walk, Lopez followed with a single to left that scored Howard.

Jay Caligiuri (10) and Ray Navarette (3) slugged solo home runs for Binghamton, accounting for the scoring. Vince Faison homered for Trenton, slugging a game-tying home run in the seventh off Willie Collazo.

Notes: Both starting pitchers threw seven strong innings. For Binghamton, Collazo allowed two runs and five hits, walking none and striking out six. … Trenton starter Philip Hughes allowed two runs and six hits, walking two and striking out 11.


St. Lucie Mets
Single-A Florida State League

The St. Lucie Mets return to action from the Florida State League All-Star Game on Monday night, hosting the Brevard County Manatees at Tradition Field.


Hagerstown Suns
Single-A South Atlantic League

Jonel Pacheco had three hits, two runs scored and one RBI, and Jonathan Sanchez homered, leading the Hagerstown Suns to a 6-3 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds Sunday.

Deolis Guerra (2-3) started for Hagerstown and went far enough to score a victory, allowing two runs and five hits in five innings. Guerra walked none and struck out three, while relievers Eric Brown, Brandon Nall and Kevin Tomasiewicz limited Delmarva to one run.

Notes: Hagerstown second baseman Jonathan Schemmel had two hits and drove home two runs … Sanchez's home run was his eighth. … The game marked the conclusion of the South Atlantic League's first half. Hagerstown finished at 28-41. … Left-hander Jonathon Niese and outfielder Fernando Martinez have been selected to represent Hagerstown at the league All-Star Game on June 20 in Lake County, Ohio.


On Deck
Monday, June 19, 2006 – All Times E.T.

MLB: Cincinnati at New York, 7:10 p.m.
AAA: Louisville at Norfolk, 7:15 p.m.
AA: Binghamton – Off Day.
A: Brevard County at St. Lucie, 7:00 p.m.
A: Hagerstown – Off Day (All-Star Break)


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