Down on the Farm: Lima silences Louisville

Down on the Farm for June 20: Jose Lima pitches six shutout innings for Norfolk ... Binghamton sends Mike Pelfrey to the mound ... St. Lucie's bats slumber in a 7-0 defeat ... Hagerstown prepares for the SAL All-Star Game ... Brooklyn opens its season against Staten Island Tuesday.

Norfolk Tides
Triple-A International League

Jose Lima threw six shutout innings, scattering four hits and striking out five as the Norfolk Tides defeated the Louisville Bats Monday, 4-0.

Lima (6-4) did not walk a batter in the effort, which dropped his ERA to 3.67. Though Lima was 0-3 with an 8.79 ERA in three starts for New York earlier this year, leading up to his designation for assignment on May 20, he has pitched fairly well at the Triple-A level. Lima has won his last two starts at Triple-A and, over 12 starts, has limited opponents to a .248 average.

Notes: Every starting player in Norfolk's lineup had at least one hit, with Chase Lambin and Sandy Martinez stroking two hits each. … Michael Tucker slugged a two-run homer, his fourth, with two outs in the first inning. … Blake McGinley threw two scoreless innings of relief and Royce Ring finished with a blank ninth.

Binghamton Mets
Double-A Eastern League

The Binghamton Mets open a seven-game road trip Tuesday at Akron, sending top prospect Mike Pelfrey to the mound to begin a four-game set with the Aeros.

Pelfrey is looking for his third straight victory, having notched wins over Reading (7.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 SO) and New Britain (6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 8 SO) in his last two efforts.

Overall, the 6-foot-7 right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA in nine starts for Binghamton, striking out 55 batters and walking 18 in 47.1 innings.

St. Lucie Mets
Single-A Florida State League

In their first game back from the Florida State League All-Star Break, the St. Lucie Mets' bats must have still been on vacation. The Mets were held scoreless by the Brevard County Manatees Monday, dropping a 7-0 decision.

Mets starter Jake Ruckle (4-3) allowed two runs (one earned) over 5.1 innings, but though all but one St. Lucie starter had a hit in the game, the Mets couldn't score against Manny Parra and four relievers.

Notes: Brevard County blew the game open in the ninth inning with five runs against relievers Marcelo Perez and Travis Hope. … Alhaji Turay and Jesus Flores had St. Lucie's extra-base hits in the game, both doubles.

Hagerstown Suns
Single-A South Atlantic League

The Suns will be represented by left-handed pitcher Jonathon Niese and outfielder Fernando Martinez at the 2006 South Atlantic League All-Star Game, held Tuesday in Lake County, Ohio.

Niese, 19, has been the anchor of Hagerstown's staff this season. The former Ohio high school standout is 7-4 with a 3.66 ERA in 14 starts for the Suns, striking out 80 and walking 37 in 66.1 innings.

Martinez, 17, has lived up to his billing as a standout prospect after signing a large contract as a free agent from the Dominican Republic last year. Though he lost time due to a hand injury in May, Martinez enters the All-Star Game batting .321 (42-131) with two home runs, 11 RBI and five stolen bases in 31 games.

On Deck
Tuesday, June 20, 2006 – All Times E.T.

MLB: Cincinnati at New York, 7:10 p.m.
AAA: Louisville at Norfolk, 12:15 p.m.
AA: Binghamton at Akron – 7:05 p.m.
A: Brevard County at St. Lucie, 7:00 p.m.
A: Hagerstown – Off Day (All-Star Game)
A: Staten Island at Brooklyn, 7:00 p.m.
GCL (R): GCL Mets at GCL Dodgers, 12:00 p.m.

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