Down on the Farm: Stewart launches late homer

Down on the Farm for July 5: The Tides are held to one run by International League wins leader Heath Phillips ... Caleb Stewart's three-run homer sends St. Lucie into extra innings, but the Mets fall in the 11th ... Waner Mateo and Eric Domangue allow nine runs in Hagerstown's loss ... Tobi Stoner notches his first professional victory for Brooklyn.

Norfolk Tides
Triple-A International League

Charlotte's Heath Phillips posted his International League-leading 11th victory Tuesday, besting the Norfolk Tides in a seven-inning, 2-1 affair.

Phillips allowed one run while pitching a complete game in the shortened contest, surrendering back-to-back doubles in the fourth inning to Tagg Bozied and Jeff Keppinger.

Left-hander Blake McGinley made the start for Norfolk and allowed one run – a leadoff homer to Angel Gonzalez – and three hits over four innings, walking none and striking out four. Japanese import Yusaku Iriki (1-4) allowed a leadoff triple to Josh Fields beginning the sixth inning, then surrendered a sacrifice fly to Ernie Young, giving the Knights the margin of victory.

Binghamton Mets
Double-A Eastern League

Tuesday's contest between the Binghamton Mets and the Bowie Baysox was postponed due to rain at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie, MD. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader beginning at 6:05 p.m. ET Wednesday.

Miguel Perez (2-4, 5.05 ERA) and Miguel Pinango (2-6, 4.57) are scheduled to pitch the twinbill for the 38-44 B-Mets, who completed a 5-1 homestand on Monday by defeating the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

St. Lucie Mets
Single-A Florida State League

Drew Locke's solo home run in the 11th inning was the difference as the Vero Beach Dodgers topped the St. Lucie Mets Tuesday, 5-4, snapping the Mets' nine-game winning streak.

The homer off Mets reliever Joseph Serfass (1-2) came after St. Lucie rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending the game into extra innings. Caleb Stewart followed two-out singles from Jose Coronado and Corey Coles with a three-run homer to left, Stewart's third long ball of the Florida State League season.

Greg Swindell started for St. Lucie and allowed 10 hits and four runs over 4 2/3 innings, including a third-inning home run to second baseman Blake Dewitt. Coles had three hits and two runs scored for St. Lucie, raising his average to .332.

Hagerstown Suns
Single-A South Atlantic League

Waner Mateo allowed five runs in three innings and reliever Eric Domangue allowed four more as the Lake County Captains blew past the Hagerstown Suns Tuesday, 9-4.

Given a two-run lead before throwing a pitch on solo home runs by Armand Gaerlan and Nick Evans, Mateo (0-2) allowed a RBI single to John Drennen and a three-run homer to Josh Noviskey in the home half of the first inning. Noviskey also added a run-scoring single in the third off Mateo.

Jesus Gamero also homered and had two hits for Hagerstown.

Brooklyn Cyclones
Single-A New York-Penn League

In a game highlighted by the return of former No. 1 pick Josh Hamilton, who played in a professional game for the first time in nearly four years following a substance abuse suspension, the Brooklyn Cyclones marked up a 7-2 victory over the Hudson Valley Renegades.

Jonathan Sanchez had three hits, including two triples, scored three runs and drove home one more in the victory, while Tim Grogan added a pair of RBI.

Tobi Stoner (1-1) earned his first professional victory in the contest, allowing two runs and two hits over six innings, striking out five and walking none.

Hamilton had a double and a run scored in three trips for Hudson Valley.

Kingsport Mets
Rookie Appalachian League

Tuesday's game between the Kingsport Mets and the Johnson City Cardinals was suspended due to rain.

Play was halted with two outs in the second inning, with Jusef Frias on the mound for Kingsport. Kingsport held a 1-0 lead at the time after shortstop Emmanuel Garcia led off the game and scored.

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