Down on the Farm: Padilla lifts B-Mets in 13

Jorge Padilla is hitting .287 at Binghamton.

Down on the Farm: Juan Perez takes the loss as Norfolk falls to Charlotte ... Wilson Batista and Jorge Padilla lift Binghamton in extra innings ... Philip Humber makes his second start for St. Lucie ... Leivi Ventura lifts Hagerstown ... Brooklyn and Kingsport both win.

Norfolk Tides
Triple-A International League

Reliever Juan Perez was roughed up for four runs in the sixth inning Monday as the Charlotte Knights came from behind to defeat the Norfolk Tides, 7-6.

Perez (0-1) inherited a lead from Tim LaVigne, who limited Charlotte to three runs (two earned) over five innings, including a home run to catcher Pascual Matos. Matos rapped Perez for a two-run single in the four-run frame, which also featured a run-scoring hit by Tony Torcato.

Anderson Hernandez had a two-run double and Chase Lambin had a two-run triple for Norfolk, while Sandy Martinez and Jose Offerman also drove in runs. Charlotte starter Charlie Haeger (9-2) allowed six runs and eight hits over seven innings.


Binghamton Mets
Double-A Eastern League

Wilson Batista and Jorge Padilla came through with run-scoring singles in the bottom of the 13th inning, lifting the Binghamton Mets to a 4-3 victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

New Hampshire took a one-run lead in the top half of the 13th inning as Ron Davenport singled following two walks by Eddie Camacho. Henry Owens (2-1) walked one and struck out Curtis Thigpen looking to end the damage, becoming the winning pitcher when Binghamton rallied against New Hampshire's Brian Wolfe and Kurt Isenberg.

Binghamton catcher Mike DiFelice went 3-for-5 in the victory. B-Mets starter Rich Rundles allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings, striking out three and walking five.


St. Lucie Mets
Single-A Florida State League

Caleb Stewart and Josh Petersen homered as the St. Lucie Mets chalked up their ninth straight victory Monday, defeating the Vero Beach Dodgers 3-2.

Stewart slugged his second home run of the year in the seventh inning, a solo shot. Petersen added a two-run shot, his fifth, in the eighth, putting St. Lucie ahead after trailing for the first seven innings.

Philip Humber made his second start for St. Lucie since coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery and overcame a rough beginning, allowing home runs to the first two Vero Beach batters he faced, Xavier Paul and Blake Dewitt. Humber allowed just two more hits the rest of the way in a four-inning outing, walking none and striking out two.

Edgar Alfonzo (3-3) picked up the victory with one inning of scoreless relief. Carlos Muniz recorded the final five outs for his 18th save.


Hagerstown Suns
Single-A South Atlantic League

Leivi Ventura's three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning lifted the Hagerstown Suns to a 6-3 victory over the Lake County Captains Monday.

Ventura snapped a 3-3 tie with his 10th home run of the season, launching a deep fly to center against Lake County reliever Jason Schutt. Ventura was 2-for-5 with four RBI in the victory, while Jonel Pacheco went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and two doubles.

German Marte (3-0) picked up the victory in relief despite suffering his fourth blown save of the year, allowing two runs in two innings. Hagerstown starter Jonathon Niese allowed one run – a solo homer to Mike Conroy – and five hits in 6 1/3 innings, walking three and striking out six.


Brooklyn Cyclones
Single-A New York-Penn League

Joe Holden homered and Dustin Martin had a two-run double, helping lift Jeramy Simmons and the Brooklyn Cyclones to a 4-2 victory over the Hudson Valley Renegades Monday at KeySpan Park.

Brooklyn's scoring was complete in the first two innings, giving a three-run lead to Simmons (2-1). The right-hander allowed two runs (none earned) on seven hits in six innings, walking one and striking out four.

Jeremy Mizell, Grady Hinchman and Timothy Haines each turned in an inning of scoreless relief for Brooklyn, which won for the fourth time this season against nine losses.


Kingsport Mets
Rookie Appalachian League

Greg Mullens and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout Monday as the Kingsport Mets steamed past the Johnson City Cardinals, 7-0.

Mullens (3-0) scattered three hits in seven innings, walking two and striking out two. Steven Cheney and Jorge Figueroa finished off the blanking with a scoreless frame each.

Raul Reyes homered and Ivan Maldonado had four runs batted in for Kingsport. Todd Lietz was 3-for-4 in the victory.


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