Down on the Farm: Pelfrey wins third straight

Down on the Farm for June 21: Evan MacLane takes a tough luck loss for the Tides ... Mike Pelfrey coasts to his third consecutive victory for Binghamton ... Michael Devaney fires a two-hit shutout for St. Lucie ... The Cyclones drop their season opener by 18 runs.

Norfolk Tides
Triple-A International League

Evan MacLane allowed a RBI single to Norris Hooper in the seventh inning, scoring the decisive run as the Norfolk Tides fell to the Louisville Bats Tuesday, 2-1.

MacLane's loss (6-2) was a rare blemish on what has otherwise been a terrific season for the left-hander. MacLane allowed two runs and 10 hits in 6.2 innings, walking none and striking out two.

Notes: Norfolk's run scored in the second inning when Joe Hietpas doubled home Chase Lambin against starter Phil Dumatrait, who went seven innings for the victory. … Chris Basak and Michael Tucker had two hits each for Norfolk.

Binghamton Mets
Double-A Eastern League

Ray Navarette and Rashad Eldridge homered, backing Mike Pelfrey to his third straight victory as the Binghamton Mets trounced the Akron Aeros Tuesday, 7-1.

Pelfrey (3-1) went seven innings, allowing just a second-inning run on four hits. The 6-foot-7 right-hander walked three and struck out six in the effort, leaving with a five-run lead.

Pelfrey has a 2.48 ERA in 10 starts for Binghamton, striking out 61 batters and walking 21 in 54.1 innings.

St. Lucie Mets
Single-A Florida State League

Michael Devaney pitched a complete game two-hit shutout Tuesday, striking out 10 as he led the St. Lucie Mets to a 2-0 victory over the Brevard County Manatees.

Stepping up this season as St. Lucie's staff ace, Devaney has compiled a 1.61 ERA in 14 starts for the Mets, and has allowed a grand total of one earned run in his last five starts.

Since a loss against Tampa on May 24, Devaney has limited opposing clubs to one earned run over 34.2 innings, a span in which he is 2-0.

Notes: St. Lucie brought home runs in the fifth and sixth innings against Manatees starter Stephen Hammond. Caleb Stewart hit his first Florida State League home run in the fifth and Enrique Cruz singled home Corey Coles in the sixth.

Hagerstown Suns
Single-A South Atlantic League

Left-handed pitcher Jonathon Niese pitched a scoreless fifth inning for the North All-Stars in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game Tuesday at Lake County, Ohio, striking out two.

Outfielder Fernando Martinez, who has missed time with a recent hand injury, was also selected but did not play in the contest. The North All-Stars defeated the South All-Stars, 4-0.

Brooklyn Cyclones
Single-A New York-Penn League

Opening Night at KeySpan Park turned out to be all Staten Island Yankees, as the Brooklyn Cyclones' geographical rival pounced on the home team for 18 runs in a season debut disaster.

Kyle Larsen led Staten Island's offensive attack with two home runs, while Brian Aragon and Tony Roth each connected. Brooklyn starter Jorge Reyes allowed seven runs (six earned) and six hits in 1-1/3 innings.

On Deck
Wednesday, June 21, 2006 – All Times E.T.

MLB: Cincinnati at New York, 7:10 p.m.
AAA: Norfolk – Off Day
AA: Binghamton at Akron, 7:05 p.m.
A: St. Lucie at Brevard County, 7:00 p.m.
A: Hagerstown – Off Day
A: Brooklyn at Staten Island, 7:10 p.m.
Rookie: Kingsport vs. Greeneville, 7:00 p.m.
Rookie: GCL Dodgers at GCL Mets, 12:00 p.m.

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