Down on the Farm: B-Mets' bats alive at Akron

Down on the Farm for June 23: John Maine takes his fifth loss at Triple-A ... Binghamton's bats rack up eight runs in a victory over Akron ... St. Lucie goes quietly in their second half opener ... Hagerstown drops a tough 2-1 decision ... The Cyclones lose their third straight to open the season ... Kingsport is off to a 2-0 start.

Norfolk Tides
Triple-A International League

John Maine allowed three runs in six innings as the Norfolk Tides fell to the Charlotte Knights Thursday, 5-1.

Maine (2-5) walked three and struck out eight in the effort, his fifth start for Norfolk since returning to action from a finger injury. In those five starts, Maine is 1-2 and has allowed 14 earned runs in 27 innings.

Norfolk scored their run in the seventh when Victor Diaz doubled and came home on a Tagg Bozied groundout.

Notes: Mitch Wylie allowed two runs and three hits in two innings of relief, striking out three … Chris Basak went 3-for-3 for Norfolk, the only Tides player to have more than one hit.

Binghamton Mets
Double-A Eastern League

Marcelo Perez held the Akron Aeros to one run over six innings and the Binghamton Mets held off a late four-run rally, finishing off an 8-5 victory that included 14 hits and a four-hit day by Michel Abreu.

Perez (2-4) scattered seven hits and struck out five in his start, but Matt Lindstrom struggled mightily in relief. Lindstrom allowed hits to five of the seven batters he faced in the seventh before Eddie Camacho finally got the last out of the inning.

Jay Caligiuri hit his 11th home run in the victory, a two-run shot in the second inning off Akron starter Sean Smith, who was handed his first loss after an 8-0 start. Carlos Gomez slugged his fourth homer, a two-run shot in the sixth.

Notes: Abreu went 4-for-4 with two runs scored, one RBI and a walk for Binghamton. He is the third B-Mets player to have four hits in a game this season, along with Jorge Padilla and Ray Navarette. … Kevin Rios was 3-for-5 with a run scored, a double and two RBI. … Corey Ragsdale legged out his second triple.

St. Lucie Mets
Single-A Florida State League

After sealing a first half Florida State League championship, the St. Lucie Mets began the second half with a loss, falling 6-2 at Jupiter Thursday.

Yusaku Iriki – back from a 50-game suspension after testing positive for steroids – started for St. Lucie and pitched three scoreless innings. Jupiter came through with six runs against reliever Mayque Quintero (1-3), who allowed four runs in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth when J.T. Restko homered.

Notes: St. Lucie scored in the first two innings, bringing home runs on Mike Carp's RBI single in the first and Ryan Coultas' groundout in the second. … Rafael Cova pitched two scoreless innings.

Hagerstown Suns
Single-A South Atlantic League

The Lakewood Blue Claws rallied for two runs in the seventh inning against Ryan Meyers and Brandon Nall, lifting the visitors past the Hagerstown Suns Thursday, 2-1.

Mike Spidale's solo home run off Meyers (1-7) tied the game, erasing a shutout to that point. Clay Harris greeted Nall with a double and scored on a single by Avenilo Asprilla.

The Suns scored in the fifth inning when Jose Castro was hit by a pitch, stole second base and scored on an Elvis Cruz single.

Notes: Cruz was 3-for-3 as Hagerstown's designated hitter in the contest … Grady Hinchman struck out all three batters in a perfect ninth inning.

Brooklyn Cyclones
Single-A New York-Penn League

The Cyclones' struggles continued Thursday as the Staten Island Yankees defeated Brooklyn for the third straight night with a 5-2 victory at KeySpan Park. Brooklyn is now 0-3 to open the year.

The Yankees jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning against Brooklyn starter Jeramy Simmons (0-1), who allowed four runs and eight hits in four innings.

Stephen Puhl and Junior Contreras each had two hits and a run scored for Brooklyn.

Kingsport Mets
Rookie Appalachian League

The Kingsport Mets won their second straight to open the season Thursday, defeating the Greeneville Astros 3-0.

Kingsport starter Nicholas Carr (1-0) allowed two hits and struck out five over 5.1 shutout innings, and relievers Jusef Frias and Michael Battista held the Astros scoreless the rest of the way.

Kingsport put up two runs in the fifth inning when Brahiam Maldonado tripled home Brandon Caipen and scored on a wild pitch. Sean Henry doubled in an eighth-inning run for insurance.

On Deck
Friday, June 23, 2006 – All Times E.T.

MLB: New York at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
AAA: Norfolk at Charlotte, 7:15 p.m.
AA: Binghamton at Akron, 7:05 p.m.
A: St. Lucie at Jupiter, 7:05 p.m.
A: Lakewood at Hagerstown, 7:05 p.m.
A: Brooklyn at Aberdeen, 7:05 p.m.
Rookie: Greenville at Kingsport, 7:00 p.m.

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