Down on the Farm: Pelfrey strikes out 11

Down on the Farm: Evan MacLane suffers his fourth straight loss ... Mike Pelfrey strikes out 11 for Binghamton ... Michael Devaney wins again at St. Lucie ... The Suns split a doubleheader ... Brooklyn and Kingsport both fall.

Norfolk Tides
Triple-A International League

Evan MacLane suffered a loss for his fourth consecutive start Saturday as the Durham Bulls defeated the Norfolk Tides, 10-3.

After beginning the season with six victories in seven starts, MacLane (6-4) was handed defeats by Pawtucket, Louisville, Toledo and, on Saturday, Durham. The left-hander allowed five runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out three.

The Bulls' attack was highlighted by top prospect Delmon Young, who went 4-for-5 with four RBI, collecting a hit for the seventh straight at-bat. Former Mets farmhand Rodney Nye had three hits for Durham, while Chris Basak had two hits and two RBI for the Tides.


Binghamton Mets
Double-A Eastern League

Mike Pelfrey struck out 11 in seven innings Saturday, winning for the fourth time in five starts as the Binghamton Mets defeated the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 6-4.

The Mets' top pitching prospect, Pelfrey allowed just one run and two hits over the seven-inning performance, the first time he has faced New Hampshire. Pelfrey walked three before turning the ball over to Eddie Camacho, who allowed two runs in the eighth inning.

Since joining Binghamton on April 29, the 6-foot-7 Pelfrey has gone 4-2 with a 2.71 ERA in 12 starts. In 66.1 innings, Pelfrey has allowed 60 hits and 23 runs (20 earned) while walking 26 and striking out 77.

Henry Owens picked up his 11th save despite allowing an earned run on two hits in the ninth inning, the first time Owens had been scored upon since suffering a loss on April 20 against Erie.

Corey Ragsdale hit a two-run homer, his fourth, and Michel Abreu contributed a two-run double to pace Binghamton's offense.


St. Lucie Mets
Single-A Florida State League

Michael Devaney continued a string of solid starts for the St. Lucie Mets, spinning six innings in a 10-2 victory over the Vero Beach Dodgers Saturday.

Devaney (8-3) won for the third straight start, allowing two runs and four hits while striking out six and walking two at Tradition Field. The right-hander has not lost in seven starts since a May 24 defeat facing the Tampa Yankees.

Jamar Hill and Alhaji Turay had two RBI for the Mets, while Josh Petersen scored three runs. Enrique Cruz was 3-for-5 with two doubles, scoring a run.


Hagerstown Suns
Single-A South Atlantic League

The Hagerstown Suns split a doubleheader with the Lakewood BlueClaws Saturday at Municipal Stadium, dropping the first game 9-5 and coming back with a 2-1 victory in extra innings in the nightcap.

In Game One, Suns starter Bobby Parnell (2-6) allowed eight runs and nine hits in three innings, including home runs to Avenilo Asprilla and Welison Baez.

Game Two was decided in an extra eighth inning, as Nick Evans worked a one-out walk from reliever Brett Harker. Leivi Ventura followed with a double to left, bringing home the winning run.

Eric Brown allowed an unearned run over six innings in the start, scattering four hits, striking out three and walking two. German Marte (2-0) pitched a pair of scoreless innings for the victory.


Brooklyn Cyclones
Single-A New York-Penn League

The Aberdeen Ironbirds rallied for five runs in the eighth inning, coming from behind for a 6-4 victory over the Brooklyn Cyclones Saturday at KeySpan Park.

Jorge Reyes started for Brooklyn and allowed a run on seven hits over five innings, but reliever Nick Abel struggled opening the eighth, leaving after the first two Aberdeen batters reached base. Aberdeen then put up five runs against Timothy Haines, highlighted by a two-run single by Robert Andrews.

Elvis Cruz hit a solo home run, his second, in the ninth inning – one of two hits in the game by the Brooklyn designated hitter. Jonathan Schemmel also had two hits for the Cyclones.


Kingsport Mets
Rookie Appalachian League

Junior Contreras and Sean Henry homered, but the Kingsport Mets faltered late and fell to the Pulaski Blue Jays Saturday, 6-5.

Pulaski scored two runs in the eighth against Brandon Wilson (0-2), negating a four-run Kingsport third inning. In that frame, Henry hit a two-run homer and Contreras followed a run-scoring wild pitch with a solo home run.

Duane Privett started for Kingsport, allowing four runs and five hits in four innings. Privett struck out five and walked none.


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