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PAWTUCKET 8, BUFFALO 3: Pat Misch allowed five earned runs in seven innings. Jason Pridie homered twice and drove in all three runs for the Bisons. Second baseman Tony Thomas drove in five of Pawtucket's eight runs, including a two-out grand slam in the second inning off Misch. The shot was Thomas' first hit of the early season, Pawtucket's first home run of the year and Misch's first grand slam allowed with Buffalo since joining the Mets organization in 2009. Thomas added a fifth RBI when he drove in J.C. Linares with a single in the ninth inning. Pridie provided the Bisons' only offense with two home runs -- a leadoff shot off of Pawtucket starter Matt Fox and a two-run bomb in the bottom of the eighth. Pridie said despite the loss, it always feels good to start off the season hitting well. "It's good to start the team off the right way, especially in the leadoff spot," Pridie said. "My job is to get the team going." After hitting .327 with four home runs and 10 RBIs against Buffalo last year, right fielder Josh Reddick continued to terrorize the Bisons with a solo shot off of Misch in the fifth inning. Bisons manager Tim Teufel said the game got away from Misch with five runs on two home runs. "The second home run was down in the zone," Teufel said. "Left-handers usually like it there. [Reddick] did a good job hitting it out of the ballpark." Misch left the mound after seven, allowing five runs (all earned) on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Pridie hit his first two home runs of the season. The outfielder had three long balls in 40 games with the club in 2010. Pawtucket got a scoreless inning of relief from four-year Boston Red Sox veteran Hideki Okajima. After Friday night's 13-inning game that lasted four hours and 26 minutes, Saturday's game ended in two hours and 35 minutes. Box
BINGHAMTON 6, AKRON 2: Josh Satin drove in three runs with a 2-for-5 performance and Brad Holt pitched worthy of a win with five scoreless innings in his return to Double-A. Binghamton plated all six of its runs with two outs despite striking out 15 times. For the third straight game, Binghamton (2-1) took the early lead. In the third inning, Aeros starter Scott Barnes walked Jean Luc Blaquiere to open the inning. Jose Coronado moved the runner to second with a sacrifice. After Lorenzo Scott struck out, Jordany Valdespin pulled a double inside the first-base bag to plate Blaquiere with the game’s first run. Barnes next walked Jonathan Malo, setting the table for Satin, who lined a single to left to score Valdespin, making it 2-0. Meanwhile, Holt impressed with five strong innings. The right-hander allowed three hits and a pair of walks while striking out three and was in line for the win when the bullpen suffered a hiccup. Ricky Brooks, who had tossed a scoreless sixth, got the first out in the seventh before Karexon Sanchez walked. Donnie Webb then singled, knocking Brooks from the game. Roy Merritt was summoned to face rehabbing major leaguer Grady Sizemore, but gave up an infield single to him following a wild pitch, allowing one run to score. Jordan Henry tied the score with a single. Merritt struck out the next hitter, Juan Diaz, but left with two men in scoring position and two outs in favor of Erik Turgeon. Turgeon preserved the tie by inducing a comebacker to the mound from cleanup man Matt McBride. The B-Mets rallied to take the lead for good in the eighth. Akron reliever Chen-Chang Lee issued a leadoff walk to Valdespin. After the next two hitters struck out, Valdespin stole second to move into scoring position. From there, Eric Campbell drove him in with a single to left, vaulting Binghamton into the lead 3-2. Campbell took second on the throw to the plate. Brahiam Maldonado increased the lead to two with a bloop RBI single. Satin drove in two more with a two-run single in the ninth off Lee to provide the final margin. Lee was tagged with the loss. He allowed four runs (two earned) over 1 2/3 innings. Dylan Owen atoned for the loss on Friday with a scoreless ninth, making a winner out of Turgeon. Binghamton will aim for the series win in the finale Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. when left-hander Robert Carson opposes Akron right-hander Austin Adams. Box
ST. LUCIE 3, PALM BEACH 2: Scott Moviel limited Palm Beach to one run in five innings. Former Mets farmhand Maikel Cleto, who had been sent to Seattle in the J.J. Putz deal, limited St. Lucie to two runs (one earned) in six innings. The tiebreaking run scored on a bases-loaded walk to Wilmer Flores in the seventh. Jeffrey Kaplan recorded his second save with a 1-2-3 ninth. Box
SAVANNAH at WEST VIRGINIA (DH, ppd.): Saturday’s doubleheader between the West Virginia Power and Savannah Sand Gnats was postponed due to inclement weather. The rainout marks the second in two nights. The Power and Sand Gnats will play a doubleheader on Sunday as they conclude the season-opening series.
Compiled from team reports