Down on the Farm: Lima returns to Triple-A

Jose Lima is 3-3 this year with Norfolk.

Down on the Farm for May 26: Jose Lima is dominant in his return to Triple-A action ... Binghamton can't solve a former B-Met ... St. Lucie falls again to Tampa and looks to avoid a sweep ... Hagerstown drubbed by Delmarva.

Norfolk Tides
Triple-A International League

Lastings Milledge and Chris Basak homered, while Jose Lima handled the pitching as the Norfolk Tides downed the Syracuse Sky Chiefs Thursday, 7-2.

Making his first appearance since being demoted from New York, Lima (3-3) allowed a run on nine hits in eight innings, walking none and striking out five. The only run Lima allowed came on Rob Cosby's solo home run in the fourth inning.

Milledge led off the game with a home run off of Syracuse starter Gustavo Chacin, who was making a rehab start.

Notes: Tim Lavigne allowed a home run to Chad Mottola in the ninth inning. … Basak went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a double and a sixth-inning homer. … Jeff Keppinger had three hits in five at-bats. He is batting .287.


Binghamton Mets
Double-A Eastern League

The Binghamton Mets managed just four hits against Portland Sea Dogs pitching Thursday, dropping a 4-0 decision at NYSEG Stadium and completing a series sweep.

Binghamton starter Bryan Edwards (1-3) allowed four runs (two earned) in four innings, while the B-Mets went quietly against Portland's Philip Seibel.

The right-hander, a former B-Met, limited his old club to two hits in five shutout innings before Devern Hansack and Victor Ramos completed the blanking.

Notes: Catcher Zac Clements, batting .105, had two of Binghamton's four hits. … After Edwards, Robert Paulk finished with five shutout innings of three-hit relief. … Mike Pelfrey (0-1) will try again for his first Double-A victory Friday at Trenton.


St. Lucie Mets
Single-A Florida State League

Edwar Gonzalez's two-run homer highlighted a six-run third inning for the Tampa Yankees, who blasted past the St. Lucie Mets Thursday, 10-5.

Jose Sanchez (3-3) started for St. Lucie and pitched 5 2/3 innings, only scored upon in the big third inning. He allowed seven hits, striking out four and walking two.

Five St. Lucie players had two hits in the game, including Corey Coles and Mike Carp, who each doubled and scored a run.

Notes: Travis Hope allowed four runs (three earned) in 2-1/3 innings of relief. … Carlos Muniz pitched a scoreless ninth inning. … Tampa has taken the first three games of the Florida State League "Subway Series" and can sweep with a win Friday.


Hagerstown Suns
Single-A South Atlantic League

Ryan Meyers allowed three runs in five innings as the Hagerstown Suns continued to struggle, dropping a 4-1 contest to the Delmarva Shorebirds Thursday.

Meyers (1-5) was charged with two earned runs and allowed a solo home run to Mark Fleisher in the second inning. He walked five and struck out four.

The Suns scored their run in the second inning, when Rafael Arroyo doubled home Rafael Arroyo.

Notes: Hagerstown committed three errors in the game. … Three of the Suns' five hits were doubles, with Hector Pellot, Arroyo and Elvis Cruz stroking two-base hits.


On Deck
Friday, May 26, 2006 – All Times E.T.

MLB: New York at Florida, 7:35 p.m.
AAA: Norfolk at Syracuse, 7:00 p.m.
AA: Binghamton at Trenton, 7:05 p.m.
A: Tampa at St. Lucie, 7:00 p.m.
A: Delmarva at Hagerstown, 6:35 p.m.


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