Down on the Farm: Pelfrey roughed up

Mike Pelfrey pitched four innings at Akron.

Down on the Farm for May 5: Lastings Milledge and Victor Diaz homer for Norfolk ... Mike Pelfrey roughed up in second Double-A start ... Mike Carp homers and has three RBI for St. Lucie ... Jacobo Neguilis allows five runs and leaves early for Hagerstown.

Norfolk Tides
Triple-A International League

Lastings Milledge and Victor Diaz homered and four Tides pitchers combined on a three-hitter as Norfolk defeated Columbus Thursday, 5-1.

Milledge homered in the first inning off Jeff Karstens (0-4), his second, and Diaz added his first homer to help start a three-run sixth inning.

Jose Lima started for the Tides and retired all six batters he faced, while Anderson Garcia (1-0), Steve Schmoll and Bartolome Fortunato followed in relief.

Notes: Michael Tucker made his Tides debut batting cleanup and had three hits, including a double, and stole a base … Jeff Keppinger had two hits for Norfolk.


Binghamton Mets
Double-A Eastern League

Mike Pelfrey allowed five runs and 13 hits in his second Double-A start, taking a no-decision as the Akron Aeros defeated Binghamton Thursday, 7-5.

Pelfrey walked one and struck out three in a four-inning start. Akron's Kevin Kouzmanoff lifted the Aeros to the victory with his fifth hit of the game, a run-scoring single off Tim McNab (0-1) in the eighth inning.

Notes: There were 32 hits in the game, 20 by Akron. … Michel Abreu led the B-Mets' offense with three hits, a run scored and an RBI. Since joining Binghamton, Abreu is batting .440.


St. Lucie Mets
Single-A Florida State League

Mike Carp homered and drove in three runs, while Jose Sanchez allowed two hits in seven shutout innings as St. Lucie defeated Palm Beach Thursday, 3-1.

Carp hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning and delivered a run-scoring single in the ninth. Sanchez (3-1) struck out five and walked none in the effort, retiring the last 13 batters he faced before Rafael Cova picked up his 10th save with a two-inning stint.

Notes: The only run Cova allowed came on an eighth-inning home run by Tyler Greene. … Mark Michael started for Palm Beach and allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings, striking out seven.


Hagerstown Suns
Single-A South Atlantic League

Jacobo Neguilis was charged with five runs (four earned) in just 1-1/3 innings Thursday as the Suns fell at Lake County, 6-4.

The Captains touched Neguilis (0-1) for a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the first and loaded the bases on three walks in the second inning before Neguilis was lifted with a leg injury. Grady Hinchman walked in a run and watched two runs score on a Hector Pellot throwing error.

Leivi Ventura hit a three-run homer in the seventh for Hagerstown.

Notes: Ryan Meyers turned in five innings of relief for Hagerstown, allowing five hits and an unearned run.


On Deck
Friday, May 4, 2006 – All Times E.T.

MLB: Atlanta at New York, 7:10 p.m.
AAA: Norfolk at Columbus, 7:25 p.m.
AA: New Hampshire vs. Binghamton, 7:00 p.m.
A: St. Lucie at Palm Beach, 7:05 p.m.
A: Hagerstown at Lake County, 7:05 p.m.


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