Down on the Farm: Humber returns to St. Lucie

Down on the Farm for June 29: Anderson Hernandez's hit highlights a four-run frame for Norfolk ... Philip Humber returns to the mound in the Florida State League ... Jonathon Niese pitches five no-hit innings for Hagerstown ... Brooklyn finally puts one in the win column ... Kingsport edges Bristol.

Norfolk Tides
Triple-A International League

Anderson Hernandez's run-scoring single off Ramiro Mendoza highlighted a four-run sixth inning for the Norfolk Tides, who defeated the Columbus Clippers Wednesday 8-5.

Chase Lambin had a bases-loaded walk and Joe Hietpas also drove in a run in the inning, which erased an early 4-0 lead Columbus built against Tides starter Jeroime Robertson. Robertson was gone by the end of the fourth inning, having walked five and allowed six hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Mitch Wylie (1-2) picked up the victory with two innings of relief, and International League All-Star Royce Ring nailed down his sixth save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Jeff Keppinger stroked three hits while playing center field, a new challenge for the infielder, who hopes to raise his value as a potential utility player at the major league level.


Binghamton Mets
Double-A Eastern League

Wednesday's game between the Binghamton Mets and the Reading Phillies was postponed due to a state of emergency and ban on unnecessary travel in the Binghamton area as a result of local flooding.

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday, with the first game beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET. Right-hander Miguel Perez (2-4, 4.31 ERA) and left-hander Rich Rundles (5-6, 4.60 ERA) will start the doubleheader for Binghamton, with Rundles making his first appearance in the Mets organization since being acquired in a trade from the St. Louis Cardinals system.


St. Lucie Mets
Single-A Florida State League

Philip Humber made his Florida State League return from Tommy John surgery Wednesday, pitching five solid innings as the St. Lucie Mets defeated the Jupiter Hammerheads, 9-6, at Tradition Field.

Humber (1-0) allowed three runs and five hits, walking one and striking out five. The Mets' first round selection (third overall) in the 2004 draft, Humber missed just under 12 months after undergoing the reconstructive elbow procedure on July 19, 2005.

He had previously pitched this season with the Gulf Coast Mets, making his official mound return earlier in June.

Jose Coronado had three hits and drove in three runs for St. Lucie. Marcelo Perez struck out the side in the ninth inning to earn his first save for the Mets.


Hagerstown Suns
Single-A South Atlantic League

Jonathon Niese and three relievers combined on a one-hitter over the Delmarva Shorebirds Wednesday, using two homers from Nick Evans as the offensive backing in an 8-1 rout.

The 19-year-old Niese (8-4) pitched five hitless innings for Hagerstown, striking out four and walking three. Reliever Eric Brown allowed Delmarva's only hit of the contest, surrendering a solo home run to Ryan Finan in the seventh inning.

German Marte and Eric Domangue finished off Hagerstown's one-hitter.

Evans had three hits in four at-bats, including his two home runs. Jonel Pacheco and Will Vogl also went deep for Hagerstown.


Brooklyn Cyclones
Single-A New York-Penn League

The Brooklyn Cyclones finally put one in the win column Wednesday, chalking up their first victory of the season with a 4-0 decision over the visiting Hudson Valley Renegades.

Cyclones starter Jeramy Simmons (1-1) struck out seven over five scoreless innings, helping Brooklyn break a seven-game losing streak to open the season. Designated hitter Elvis Cruz had the big offensive day for Brooklyn, stroking three hits, including an eighth-inning solo home run.


Kingsport Mets
Rookie Appalachian League

Brahaim Maldonado hit a three-run homer to highlight a four-run first inning for the Kingsport Mets, who made the lead hold up in a 5-4 victory over the Bristol White Sox Wednesday.

Maldonado went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, victimizing Bristol starter Alexander Woodson for his first Appalachian League home run in the first inning.

Kingsport starter Nicholas Carr (2-0) limited Bristol to one run and three hits over six innings, walking one and striking out four. The effort lowered Carr's ERA to 0.79. Reliever Jose De La Torre picked up a two-inning save, his first.


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