Down on the Farm: Coles leads St. Lucie

Down on the Farm for June 25: Norfolk is swept in a doubleheader ... Binghamton is paced by Michel Abreu's three RBIs ... St. Lucie rides Corey Coles' hot day to a victory ... Hagerstown's Bobby Parnell settles in after a rough first to pitch six no-hit innings ... Brooklyn and Kingsport battle the rain.

Norfolk Tides
Triple-A International League

The Norfolk Tides were swept in a doubleheader Saturday by the Charlotte Knights, losing by scores of 6-1 and 13-6.

The doubleheader was necessitated by a rainout Friday. In game one, Jason Scobie (1-11) allowed six runs and 10 hits in four innings, including three home runs, raising his ERA to 7.91.

The Tides fell in the nightcap as starter Jeriome Robertson (1-6) allowed nine runs and seven hits in two innings, with Charlotte's attack highlighted by a 3-for-4, four-RBI evening by Josh Fields.

Notes: Sandy Martinez homered in the second game for Norfolk … Anderson Hernandez was 3-for-4 with a RBI single in the second game after going hitless in the first game.


Binghamton Mets
Double-A Eastern League

Michel Abreu drove in three runs and Wilson Batista scored three as the Binghamton Mets defeated the Harrisburg Senators Saturday, 6-1.

Abreu stroked an RBI single in the first inning and scored on a Jay Caligiuri hit, and then helped Binghamton extend their lead with a two-run double as part of a three-run fourth inning.

Tim McNab (3-2) started for Binghamton and allowed four hits and five runs over 5 1/3 innings. Harrisburg catcher Salomon Manriquez homered off B-Mets reliever Ivan Maldonado in the seventh.


St. Lucie Mets
Single-A Florida State League

Corey Coles went 3-for-5 with two runs batted in as the St. Lucie Mets defeated the Jupiter Hammerheads Saturday, 5-3.

Coles stroked a RBI single in the third inning, then stole two bases en route to scoring himself on Enrique Cruz's sacrifice fly. Coles also brought Jonathan Malo home with a run-scoring hit in the fifth inning, part of a three-run frame for St. Lucie.

Chuck Smith (2-4) started for the Mets and allowed a run on four hits over five innings. Travis Hope allowed two runs in 3 1/3 innings of relief, getting the ball to Carlos Muniz for a two-out save, his 16th.


Hagerstown Suns
Single-A South Atlantic League

After allowing two runs in the first inning, Hagerstown Suns starter Bobby Parnell settled in and did not allow a hit the rest of the way in his seven-inning outing – an impressive stint.

But Lakewood Blue Claws starter Josh Outman was just a little better. Outman held the Suns to just two hits over seven scoreless innings and Hagerstown went quietly against Brett Harker in a two-inning save.

Parnell (2-5) allowed a RBI groundout to Mike Spidale and a solo homer to John Urick in the first inning before stifling Lakewood the rest of the way.


Brooklyn Cyclones
Single-A New York-Penn League

The game between the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Aberdeen Ironbirds was postponed due to rain Saturday in Aberdeen, Md.

The Cyclones are searching for their first victory of the New York-Penn League season after losing three to the Staten Island Yankees and one to Aberdeen to open their schedule.


Kingsport Mets
Rookie Appalachian League

The game between the Kingsport Mets and the Johnson City Cardinals was suspended Saturday due to rain.

Kingsport was leading 5-4 going into the fifth inning, helped by two-RBI performances by designated hitter Sean Henry and catcher Sean McCraw, when play was halted. The game will resume Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET, followed by Sunday's scheduled contest.


On Deck
Saturday, June 24, 2006 – All Times E.T.

MLB: New York at Toronto, 12:07 p.m.
AAA: Norfolk at Charlotte, 2:15 p.m.
AA: Binghamton at Harrisburg, 1:05 p.m.
A: St. Lucie at Brevard County, 1:00 p.m.
A: Lakewood at Hagerstown, 5:35 p.m.
A: Brooklyn at Aberdeen, 5:35 p.m.
Rookie: Kingsport at Johnson City, 2:00 p.m.


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