Around the minors 4.23.10

PAWTUCKET 5, BUFFALO 3: Jorge Jimenez clubbed a two-run home run and Daniel Nava plated two more with a triple as Buffalo dropped to 8-7 on the season. The Bisons had nine hits to Pawtucket's five, but went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. Still, Buffalo built an early 2-0 lead against its International League North Division rival. Fernando Martinez's sacrifice fly in the first inning gave the Bisons the lead, and Pawtucket pitcher Michael Bowden hit Chris Carter with the bases loaded in the third for the 2-0 edge. From that point, the PawSox took over. Jimenez's homer in the third tied the score. An inning later, Aaron Bates and Dusty Brown drew walks in front of Nava’s triple. Nava then scored on Bubba Bell's sac fly. Buffalo brought the tying run to plate with no out in the ninth against former Bisons reliever Fernando Cabrera. But after Ruben Tejada and Jason Pridie got aboard, Cabrera retired three straight to earn the save. The loss for the Herd went to Tobi Stoner (0-2). He walked five and gave up five runs in six innings. Martinez saw his nine-game hit streak snapped. He had a .308 (12-for-39) since April 12 but, finished Friday's game 0-for-3 with two RBIs. Tejada finished 2-for-3 and now has six hits in his last 14 at-bats. Prior to the game, the Bisons placed Elmer Dessens on the DL with a left hamstring strain.

BINGHAMTON 3, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2: When starter Eric Niesen departed in the second inning due to injury, the outlook appeared bleak. The B-Mets trailed, 1-0, with reigning Eastern League Pitcher of the Week Luis Perez dealing on the mound. However, the bullpen came through, tossing the final 7 2/3 innings. Josh Stinson led the way and picked up the win with 4 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Niesen was hit in the head by a Mike Nickeas throw intended to nab Jonathan Diaz, who was attempting to steal second base. Diaz reached third on Nickeas’ throwing error. He then scored the Fisher Cats’ second run on a single off Stinson, increasing the lead to 2-0. Stinson buckled down and faced one over the minimum until he was removed after the sixth. Binghamton (9-7) broke through against Perez in the fourth. The left-hander walked the first two hitters and loaded the bases when he committed an error on Lucas Duda’s slow roller down the first-base line. Zach Lutz grounded into a double play that plated Luis Hernandez, which pulled the B-Mets within a run. Jonathan Malo rallied the B-Mets back in the fifth. The athletic utility player hit a slow roller in front of the plate that forced Perez to come off the mound to field the ball. The southpaw wheeled and fired to first, but narrowly missed retiring Malo. That was enough to ignite the B-Mets. With Malo in motion on a hit-and-run, Kirk Nieuwenhuis split the gap in right-center with an RBI double to tie the score. Hernandez followed and extended his Eastern League-best hitting streak to 11 games with a single through the right side of the infield to plate Nieuwenhuis and vault Binghamton into the lead. The bullpen proved stingy after Stinson exited. Righty Jose De La Torre fired 2 1/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts and left the game with a man in scoring position and one out in the ninth. De La Torre walked pinch-hitter Adam Loewen and Eric Thames sacrificed him to second to put the tying run in scoring position with one out in the ninth. Veteran lefty Derrick Ellison was summoned to shut the door. Ellison promptly struck out Adam Calderone looking, but ran into trouble by walking the next two hitters to load the bases. However, he recorded a strikeout to strand the bases full and notch his first save. Nieuwenhuis led the offense with a 2-for-3 performance with a double, a run scored and an RBI. The B-Mets league-leading offense was held to just five hits. Perez, a member of Toronto’s 40-man roster, produced a quality start with 6 2/3 innings of three-run work. He walked a season-high five men in his first 2010 loss.

ST. LUCIE 5, JUPITER 4: The Mets built a 5-1 lead with a three-run fifth that included two RBI by Stefan Welch (3-for-3, three RBIs). Welch also walked twice. Kyle Allen improved to 2-0 by limiting Jupiter to two runs and three hits in five innings. Manuel Alvarez picked up his fifth save.

AUGUSTA 9, SAVANNAH 5: Wilmer Flores had seven hits -- all for extra bases -- in a banner series, but the Sand Gnats fell short of the sweep. Flores doubled five times and homered twice, with 13 RBIs in the four-game set. Trailing by one in the sixth, Augusta sent nine hitters to the plate and avoided the sweep. With two out, Chris Dominguez belted a double to tie the game at 3. Later in the inning, Ryan Lollis’ two-run single gave the GreenJackets their first lead. Juan Martinez and Ryan Cavan each brought home a run, on a double and triple respectively, to put Augusta in control. Zack Wheeler looked much better in his third start than in the first two, retiring the side in four of the five innings he worked. His only trouble came in the third when he allowed a walk and three hits, the biggest of which was Flores’ three-run double, which put the Gnats ahead, 3-0. Augusta answered in the bottom half of the inning as Martinez scored on a Flores throwing error. Later in the inning, Tommy Joseph singled home Daniel Cook to pull Augusta within a run. Savannah got one back on a groundout in the eighth but Lollis’ first homer of the year in the bottom half of the inning triggered two more runs, with Cook’s double bringing in the second. The Gnats would score a meaningless run in the ninth as Jason Jarvis got Pedro Zapata to bounce out to short and end the game. Sand Gnats starter Armando Rodriguez (0-3) allowed five runs in five innings, scattering four hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Jose Casilla (1-0) picked up the win in two scoreless innings of one-hit ball with three strikeouts.