Down on the Farm: Tides dominated by Hamels

Down on the Farm for April 28: Cole Hamels makes quick work of the Tides ... Binghamton manager Juan Samuel won't travel with the team ... Gaby Hernandez returns with a victory over his old St. Lucie teammates ... Jonathon Niese improves to 3-0 for Hagerstown.

Norfolk Tides
Triple-A International League

The Tides couldn't figure Phillies pitching prospect Cole Hamels, who dominated in his 2006 debut Thursday as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre shut out Norfolk, 5-0.

Hamels struck out 14 in seven innings and allowed just three hits, with Juan Tejeda going down on strikes three times. Three other Tides fanned twice, and Chris Basak had two of Norfolk's three hits.

Notes: Yusaku Iriki (1-2) started for Norfolk and allowed four runs on 10 hits in five innings. Iriki struck out eight and allowed a two-run homer to Carlos Ruiz in the sixth.


Binghamton Mets
Double-A Eastern League

The B-Mets had Thursday off. Binghamton opens a three-game series at Erie on Friday night.

At 10-10, Binghamton is tied with Portland for second place in the Eastern League's Northern Division, trailing Connecticut by two games. The B-Mets were swept in a three-game series this week by the Akron Aeros and have lost four straight.

Notes: According to the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, manager Juan Samuel will not travel with the team on its seven-game road trip. Samuel was hit in the face by a foul ball Monday and suffered a broken nose and two facial fractures.


St. Lucie Mets
Single-A Florida State League

Gaby Hernandez returned to Tradition Field in style, allowing three runs and striking out eight in six innings as the Jupiter Hammerheads defeated the Mets Thursday, 12-7.

Hernandez, a right-hander dealt to Florida by New York last December in the Paul Lo Duca trade, walked one and scattered six hits. He allowed a two-run home run to former teammate Mike Carp in the first inning, accounting for most of Carp's three-RBI day.

Notes: Mike Devaney (0-2) wasn‘t quite as sharp for St. Lucie. Devaney allowed eight runs (six earned) and nine hits in four inningsm, surrendering two home runs. … Lefty Edgar Alfonzo, Jr. gave up four runs in two innings of relief. … Corey Coles, Carp and Alhaji Turay each had two hits for the Mets.


Hagerstown Suns
Single-A South Atlantic League

Jonathon Niese (3-0) kept his perfect start in order, allowing one run on six hits over five innings as the Hagerstown Suns edged the Lakewood Blue Claws Thursday, 2-1.

Niese struck out six and walked two in the effort, with only a fifth-inning double by Lakewood‘s John Hardy inflicting damage.

The Suns scored both of their runs in the second inning, as Elvis Cruz stroked a two-run double that plated Nick Evans and Matt Anderson.

Notes: Fernando Martinez had two hits in four trips and is batting .333. … Cruz also had two hits for the Suns and is batting .231. … Josh Appell held the Blue Claws scoreless on three hits over 3-1/3 innings in relief, striking out seven. … Kevin Tomasiewicz recorded the final two outs for his first save.


On Deck
Friday, April 28, 2006 – All Times E.T.

MLB: New York at Atlanta, 7:05 p.m.
AAA: Scranton/WB at Norfolk, 12:15 p.m.
AA: Binghamton at Erie, 6:35 p.m.
A: Jupiter at St. Lucie, 7:00 p.m.
A: Hagerstown at Lakewood, 7:05 p.m.


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