Down on the Farm: Basak, Keppinger go deep

Down on the Farm for June 28: Chris Basak and Jeff Keppinger homer for the Norfolk Tides ... The Cyclones drop their seventh straight to open the year ... Ivan Nacarrata homers twice in Kingsport's victory.

Norfolk Tides
Triple-A International League

Chris Basak and Jeff Keppinger homered as the Norfolk Tides defeated the Toledo Mud Hens Tuesday, 5-1.

Basak's three-run homer in the second inning off Toledo starter Chad Durbin was enough to help the Tides out of a three-game losing streak. John Maine (3-5) picked up the victory for Norfolk, allowing a run on five hits over 5 2/3 innings. Tides relievers Juan Perez, Steve Schmoll and Royce Ring combined to blank Toledo over the final 3 1/3 innings.

Binghamton Mets
Double-A Eastern League

Tuesday's game between the Binghamton Mets and the Reading Phillies was postponed due to rain.

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday, with the first game beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET. Right-hander Miguel Perez (2-4, 4.31 ERA) and left-hander Rich Rundles (5-6, 4.60 ERA) will start the doubleheader for Binghamton, with Rundles making his first appearance in the Mets organization since being acquired in a trade from the St. Louis Cardinals system.

St. Lucie Mets
Single-A Florida State League

Tuesday's scheduled doubleheader between the St. Lucie Mets and the Brevard County Manatees was postponed due to wet grounds.

The contest marked the second straight day St. Lucie was rained out at Brevard County, wiping out the entire series. The Mets head back to Tradition Field to face the Jupiter Hammerheads Wednesday.

Hagerstown Suns
Single-A South Atlantic League

Wednesday's game between the Hagerstown Suns and the Delmarva Shorebirds was postponed due to rain.

The Suns continue their series with the Shorebirds on Wednesday, playing a 7:05 p.m. contest at Hagerstown's Municipal Stadium.

Brooklyn Cyclones
Single-A New York-Penn League

The Brooklyn Cyclones lost their seventh straight to open the 2006 season Tuesday, dropping a 6-3 decision to the Hudson Valley Renegades on the road.

Jacob Eigsti's run-scoring double tied the game at 3-3 in the seventh inning, but Evan Longoria slammed a two-run homer – his second long ball of the game – off Cyclones reliever Josh Appell (0-1) in the bottom half of the inning, giving the lead back to Hudson Valley.

Nelson Portillo started for the Cyclones and picked up a no-decision, allowing three runs (two earned) and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings, walking none and striking out six.

Kingsport Mets
Rookie Appalachian League

Ivan Naccarata homered twice and Greg Mullins pitched five scoreless innings for the Kingsport Mets, who notched a 4-0 victory over the Bristol White Sox Tuesday.

Naccarata slugged a solo shot in the fourth inning and a two-run blast in the sixth off Bristol starter Anthony Carter. Jusef Frias followed Mullens' (2-0) five-hit performance with three innings of shutout relief, with Dustin Childress pitching a perfect ninth inning.

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