Down on the Farm: Suns blank Lake County

Jeff Landing pitched five scoreless innings.

Down on the Farm for May 11: Norfolk rained out at Toledo ... Bobby Malek homers in Binghamton's loss to Connecticut ... Jose Coronado's two-run single helps lift St. Lucie ... Jeff Landing and two relievers combined on a three-hit shutout for Hagerstown.

Norfolk Tides
Triple-A International League

Wednesday's game between the Tides and the Toledo Mud Hens was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader in Toledo on June 26.

Left-hander Jeroime Robertson, who had his contract purchased from the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League, had been scheduled to start for Norfolk. Robertson had pitched 12 scoreless innings, striking out 15, in two starts for Newark this season.


Binghamton Mets
Double-A Eastern League

Willie Collazo allowed four runs (three earned) in six innings Wednesday as Binghamton fell to visiting Connecticut, 4-3.

Collazo (3-2) allowed three runs in the fourth inning, all on run-scoring hits. Bobby Malek hit his fourth home run for Binghamton, a solo shot leading off the fourth inning, and Michel Abreu added a two-run double in the sixth.

Notes: Carlos Gomez found his way back to the top of Binghamton's lineup, going 1-for-5 as the leadoff hitter. The speedy 20-year-old had been dropped to the No. 9 spot earlier in the week. … Malek was 2-for-4, with a home run and a double. … Robert Paulk turned in three innings of shutout relief, striking out three.


St. Lucie Mets
Single-A Florida State League

Jose Coronado's two-run double highlighted a three-run seventh inning as St. Lucie edged Sarasota Wednesday, 6-3.

Trailing by a run, the Mets loaded the bases and tied the game on a passed ball by Sarasota catcher John Purdomill before Coronado doubled to center.

The rally made a winner of St. Lucie starter Greg Swindell (1-0), who allowed three runs (none earned) on seven hits over six innings. Swindell walked none and struck out two, with Edgar Alfonzo finishing the final three innings for his fourth save.

Notes: Corey Coles went 3-for-5 for St. Lucie and is batting .333. … Josh Petersen and Coronado each had two RBI. … Jamar Hill also had three hits and is hitting .235.


Hagerstown Suns
Single-A South Atlantic League

Jeff Landing and two relievers combined on a three-hit shutout as Hagerstown blanked Lake County Wednesday, 3-0.

Landing (2-4) allowed two hits in five innings, walking three and striking out five. Hagerstown put up three runs in the fifth inning against Lake County starter Albert Vargas, with Rafael Arroyo and Jose Castro driving runs in on singles.

Notes: Elvis Cruz had a sacrifice fly for the Suns. … Grady Hinchman pitched three innings of one-hit relief, striking out two, and Marcelo Perez pitched the ninth inning for his third save.


On Deck
Wednesday, May 11, 2006 – All Times E.T.

MLB: New York at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
AAA: Norfolk: Off day.
AA: Binghamton at Altoona, 6:35 p.m.
A: St. Lucie at Sarasota, 7:00 p.m.
A: Lake County at Hagerstown, 6:35 p.m.


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