Down on the Farm: Abreu muscles for B-Mets

Michel Abreu is batting a league-leading .338.

Down on the Farm for June 30: Willie Collazo spins his first Triple-A victory ... Michel Abreu homers twice as Binghamton splits a twinbill with Reading ... Alhaji Turay homers to power St. Lucie past Jupiter ... Ryan Meyers touched up for Hagerstown ... Cliff Floyd goes hitless for Brooklyn.

Norfolk Tides
Triple-A International League

Willie Collazo picked up his first Triple-A victory Thursday, pitching 5 1/3 innings as the Norfolk Tides defeated the Columbus Clippers, 8-4.

Collazo (1-0), who was 6-5 with a 2.86 ERA at Double-A Binghamton before being promoted, allowed just one hit through the first five innings. Columbus touched Collazo for three runs and six hits in the sixth inning, chasing the 26-year-old lefty.

The Tides took an early lead in the first inning against Clippers starter Tommy Phelps, with Michael Tucker and Victor Diaz delivering run-scoring singles. Norfolk added three runs in the second inning and two more in the fifth to open up a 7-0 lead.

Notes: Jeff Keppinger had three of Norfolk's 11 hits, scoring two runs and stroking a double … Tagg Bozied had two doubles and two runs scored … Tucker, Diaz and Joe Hietpas also had two hits. … Tim LaVigne pitched 2 2/3 innings for his third hold and Juan Perez pitched a scoreless ninth inning.


Binghamton Mets
Double-A Eastern League

The Binghamton Mets split a doubleheader with the Reading Phillies on Thursday, winning the first game, 7-6, and losing the nightcap, 6-3, at NYSEG Stadium.

First baseman Michel Abreu hit two home runs and drove in three runs to lead the B-Mets past Reading in game one, improving his Eastern League-leading batting average to .338. Binghamton scored the decisive run in the fifth inning, when pinch-hitter Rashad Eldridge doubled home Jay Caligiuri with the B-Mets' seventh run.

In Game 2, the B-Mets managed just four hits to back Rich Rundles' debut in the Mets organization. Rundles – acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals system last week - allowed four runs (three earned) and six hits in 5 1/3 innings, walking two and striking out one.

Kevin Rios and Mike DiFelice drove in runs for Binghamton.

Notes: Miguel Perez was rocked in Game One, allowing six runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. Eddie Camacho (2-1) got the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings, and Henry Owens struck out two in a perfect ninth inning.


St. Lucie Mets
Single-A Florida State League

Alhaji Turay blasted a three-run homer, helping the St. Lucie Mets to a 7-2 victory over the Jupiter Hammerheads Thursday.

Turay also had a run-scoring hit in St. Lucie's attack, with all seven runs being scored in the second and third innings.

Corey Coles also had two RBI for the Mets, backing starter Sal Aguilar (3-3), who allowed one run and eight hits over seven innings, walking none and striking out two for the victory.


Hagerstown Suns
Single-A South Atlantic League

Ryan Finan homered twice Thursday, powering the Delmarva Shorebirds past the Hagerstown Suns, 8-3.

Hagerstown starter Ryan Meyers (1-8) allowed seven runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings, including Finan's first home run, a solo shot in the third inning. Finan victimized reliever Waner Mateo for a three-run blast in the fourth inning as Delmarva opened up an 8-0 advantage.

Leivi Ventura, Jose Castro and Rafael Arroyo had run-scoring hits for Hagerstown late in the game.


Brooklyn Cyclones
Single-A New York-Penn League

Even putting Cliff Floyd in the lineup didn't help the Brooklyn Cyclones, who dropped a 3-1 decision to the Aberdeen Ironbirds Thursday at KeySpan Park.

Floyd joined the Cyclones on a rehabilitation assignment and went 0-for-2 as Brooklyn's left fielder, eyeing a return to the major leagues for this weekend's Subway Series at Yankee Stadium.

Cyclones starter Tobi Stoner (0-1) allowed three runs and five hits over 5 2/3 innings, walking none and striking out seven. He allowed a solo home run to cleanup hitter Chris Vinyard in the second inning.

Brooklyn managed just five hits in the contest, one of them being Jonathan Sanchez's eighth-inning solo homer.


Kingsport Mets
Rookie Appalachian League

Thursday's game between the Kingsport Mets and the Bristol White Sox was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Monday, July 24 in Kingsport.

The K-Mets (5-2) open a four-game homestand Friday against the Pulaski Blue Jays.


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