Triple-A International League
The Toledo Mud Hens exploded for 10 runs in the last two innings against the Norfolk Tides' bullpen Wednesday, coasting to a 12-2 victory at Harbor Park.
Toledo scored four runs in the eighth inning against Steve Schmoll (0-1) and Ryan Cullen, then put up six more in the ninth facing William Vazquez and Anderson Garcia.
The relief implosion overshadowed a good start by Norfolk right-hander Miguel Perez, who limited Toledo to two runs (one earned) and seven hits in a seven inning no-decision.
Notes: Norfolk scored in the second on Chase Lambin's sacrifice fly, and in the fifth on Victor Diaz's groundout. … The Mud Hens evened the game in the seventh inning facing Perez on Don Kelly's run-scoring double, wiping out a 2-1 Tides advantage.
Double-A Eastern League
Jorge Padilla doubled and scored on Andy Wilson's single in the 14th inning as the Binghamton Mets edged the Connecticut Defenders in a marathon matinee, 2-1.
The two clubs scored one run each after five innings and stayed that way until the 14th, when Binghamton finally took the lead in the top half of the inning. Tim McNab (1-2) set down Connecticut in the 14th around a single and an error to seal the victory.
Notes: Carlos Gomez hit his third home run for Binghamton, a solo shot in the fifth inning. … Left-hander Willie Collazo started for Binghamton and allowed one run and four hits in seven innings, walking two and striking out four. … B-Mets outfielders Bobby Malek and Jonathan Slack were both ejected in the 11th inning by the home plate umpire.
St. Lucie Mets
Single-A Florida State League
The St. Lucie Mets split a doubleheader with the Dunedin Blue Jays Wednesday at Tradition Field, winning the first game, 1-0, and dropping the second game, 3-2.
In the first game, Mike Swindell (2-0) shut out Dunedin for 6 1/3 innings on four hits, backed by Jesus Flores' second-inning sacrifice fly and helped out by closer Carlos Muniz, who recorded the final two outs of the abbreviated seven-inning contest.
In Game 2, right-hander Sal Aguilar (1-1) allowed two runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings, with both runs scoring on Ron Davenport's home run in the fourth inning.
Reliever Edgar Alfonzo also allowed a run, which proved decisive as Jamar Hill tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the seventh inning. Mike Carp's fourth-inning sacrifice fly accounted for St. Lucie's other run.
Notes: Swindell struck out three and still has yet to allow an earned run in 12 1/3 Florida State League innings this year. … Ambiorix Concepcion went 2-for-3 with a triple in the first game and tripled again in the second game, scoring on Carp's sacrifice fly.
Single-A South Atlantic League
Nick Evans homered, had three hits and drove in three runs, and Matt Anderson also drove in a pair as the Hagerstown Suns powered past the Lake County Captains Wednesday, 9-5.
The Suns jumped out with a five-run first inning against Lake County starter Juan Valdes, highlighted by Anderson's two-run single. Evans slugged a two-run homer in the second inning to further Hagerstown's lead to 8-1 after two frames.
Suns starter Eric Brown still left with a no-decision, allowing five runs (four earned) and five hits in four innings. The victory went to Kevin Tomasiewicz (4-1) in relief, as the right-hander pitched 3 2/3 innings of shutout, one-hit ball, striking out three.
Notes: Jonel Pacheco was 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored … Jonathan Sanchez and Evans scored twice … Joe Holden stole a base, his first of the year.
Thursday, May 18, 2006 – All Times E.T.
MLB: New York at St. Louis, 1:10 p.m.
AAA: Toledo at Norfolk, 12:15 p.m.
AA: Binghamton at Connecticut (Doubleheader), 10:35 a.m.
A: Dunedin at St. Lucie: 7:00 p.m.
A: Hagerstown at Lake County, 11:05 a.m.
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