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Around the minors 4.15.11

SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 5, BUFFALO 3: Dan Brewer's eighth-inning triple off Manny Acosta drove in the game-deciding run as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rallied. The victory gave the Yankees the 2-1 series win over Buffalo. Buffalo had held the Yankees to 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position until Brewer erased the Bisons’ 3-2 advantage. The right fielder, who only entered the game in the fourth inning when starter Greg Golson was ejected for arguing a called strike, hit a full-count offering from Acosta down the right-field line. That drove in Justin Maxwell and Doug Bernier for the game-tying and go-ahead runs. Acosta recovered to strike out Ramiro Pena, but uncorked a wild pitch to Jesus Montero that allowed Brewer to score an insurance run. Prior to the eighth, the Herd had managed to get out of jams. Dale Thayer relieved starter Casey Fossum with a pair of runners on base in the fifth inning and got Jordan Parraz to ground out. Mike O'Connor took over for Thayer with bases loaded and only one out in the seventh. The southpaw struck out Chris Dickerson and got another groundout from Parraz to end that threat. Trailing 2-0, the Bisons cut the deficit in half in the fifth inning when Justin Turner tripled and scored on a groundout from Raul Chavez. Russ Adams doubled home a pair an inning later to give Buffalo a 3-2 lead. The loss was charged to O'Connor (0-1). The southpaw walked Maxwell and gave up a bunt single to Bernier in the eighth inning before being relieved by Acosta. Prior to Friday's game, the Bisons placed Fernando Martinez on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain. That cleared roster room for Luis Hernandez, who was activated and pinch-ran in the ninth inning. The Bisons were 8-4 in their last 12 games against the Yankees at PNC Field before Friday's loss. Buffalo did not have a home run in the three-game series. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 2, BINGHAMTON 1: Brad Holt tossed seven scoreless innings, upping his streak of run-free innings to 12 to open the season, but Adam Calderone’s two-run homer off Eric Niesen in the ninth was the decisive blow. Strong starting pitching was front and center in the B-Mets second home game of the season as Holt and Fisher Cats starter Chad Beck both cruised through seven innings unscathed. Holt, coming off a strong outing in his first start against Akron last week, gave up singles in each of the first two innings but did not allow another hit until Jonathan Diaz’s double in the sixth. In his Double-A debut, Peck was efficient in eight innings of one-run baseball. The right-hander gave up a single to Jesus Feliciano to lead off the first and then shut the B-Mets offense down. Peck proceeded to retire 20 of the next 21 batters he faced, with a Craig Stansberry fielding error as the only blemish. The Fisher Cats came within inches of striking first in the top of the sixth. Diaz followed his one-out double by advancing to third on a groundout. With two outs, Holt’s first pitch to Mike McDade bounced in front of the plate, squeaked behind catcher Kai Gronauer, and ricocheted off the right leg of plate umpire Andy Dudones. Diaz immediately broke for the plate while Gronauer tracked down the ball, which sat 15 feet from the plate. The catcher collected it, dived headfirst back toward plate, and applied a tag on Diaz before he could score. With the contest scoreless in the seventh, Holt found himself in his second jam of the game. After Mike McDade singled and Travis d’Arnaud walked, New Hampshire had two runners aboard with one out. Moises Sierra’s chopper to the left side was intercepted by third baseman Eric Campbell, who made a backhand flip to Josh Satin at second to retire d’Arnaud. Holt got ahead Yan Gomes with an 0-2 count before a breaking ball bounced away from Gronauer and allowed Sierra to get to second. The B-Mets pitcher rebounded on the very next offering, getting Gomes to chase a pitch outside the zone to end the threat. After Erik Turgeon worked a perfect eighth, the B-Mets’ scoring in the bottom half of the frame was quick and powerful. With one out, Brahiam Maldonado was ahead in the count 2-0 and crushed the next pitch he saw from Beck off the message board beyond the left-field fence for his third homer of the season. Niesen was called upon to close the door for the B-Mets in the ninth. Things got off to a rocky start as he walked leadoff batter Anthony Gose. McDade followed with a chopper to short that had double-play potential. Jordany Valdespin fielded it cleanly and stepped on second, but his off-balance throw to first pulled Mike Fisher off the bag and allowed McDade to reach safely. New Hampshire manager Sal Fasano sent out John Tolisano to pinch-run as Adam Calderone stepped to the plate as the go-ahead run. The left-handed hitting outfielder connected on the first pitch he saw and sent it over the right-field wall to give the Fisher Cats a 2-1 lead. Ronald Uviedo came on to pitch the ninth and made the lead stand, earning his first save of the season with a perfect frame. The B-Mets (2-6) will be back in action Saturday afternoon against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (5-4) for the third game of a four-game series. Left-hander Robert Carson (0-1, 0.00) will start for the B-Mets and right-hander Joel Carreno (0-1, 9.45) will go for the Fisher Cats, with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, CHARLOTTE 4 (10 innings): After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, Jefry Marte evened the score in the fourth with a solo home run, his first of the season. The game remained tied 1-1 heading into the eighth inning, when closer Jeffrey Kaplan walked in the lead run with the bases loaded. The Stone Crabs tacked on a third run in the ninth inning, pulling ahead 3-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth and setting the stage for the Mets’ dramatic comeback. Juan Centeno walked to lead off and advanced to third on back-to-back walks with two outs. Rafael Fernandez singled to left, plating two runs to tie the score. In the 10th, Rhiner Cruz came on in relief for the Mets and couldn’t hold off the Charlotte offense, allowing one run and putting the Mets in a 4-3 hole. Pedro Zapata led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Cesar Puello. Centeno, who replaced rehabbing catcher Ronny Paulino after four innings, came up and drove a two-run homer over the right-field wall to complete the come-from-behind walk-off victory. Centeno led the Mets’ offensive attack, scoring twice and driving in two in only three at-bats. Puello added two hits and Fernandez drove in a pair to lead the Mets offensively. Kyle Allen got the start for the Mets and tossed 4 2/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits. Mike Powers tossed two scoreless innings of relief and Cruz picked up the win in his first appearance of the season. The Mets close out their series with the Stone Crabs Saturday night at Digital Domain Park. Collin McHugh gets the start for the Mets. McHugh got the win in his first start of the season, tossing five innings and allowing two runs on six hits in a Mets victory over the Fort Myers Miracle. Box

SAVANNAH 4, GREENVILLE 3: In front of their largest home crowd in two years, the Savannah Sand Gnats won a thriller at Historic Grayson Stadium. The Gnats’ offense gave the big crowd something to cheer early with a pair of first-inning home runs. Left fielder Alonzo Harris led off the bottom of the first with a solo shot. After shortstop Robbie Shields drew a walk, center fielder Cory Vaughn pounded a hanging curveball from Greenville Drive starter Brandon Workman down the left-field line for a two-run shot and a 3-0 Gnats advantage. Alonzo Harris’ speed gave the Gnats their fourth run, in the third inning. Harris dropped a bunt down the third-base line for a single, stole second on the first pitch of the next at-bat, and went to third on a wild pitch. He scored on a sacrifice fly from Shields. Meanwhile, on the hill, Savannah right-hander Yohan Almonte cruised. After giving up a one-out double in the second inning, Almonte retired 12 straight batters through one out in the sixth. That innings, after a pair of singles, Drive right fielder Lucas Leblanc dumped a single into shallow right field. Drive third baseman Jason Thompson scored Greenville’s first run, but Gnats right fielder Javier Rodriguez short-circuited a potential rally by throwing a strike to third base to nail a runner and end the inning. Almonte departed after six innings, having allowed one run on four hits. He eventually earned the win, although the game tightened after his depature. The Drive scored twice off reliever Guillaume Leduc in the seventh to pull within a run. After Gabriel Zavala worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning for Savannah, the Gnats handed the ball to Josh Edgin for the ninth with a 4-3 advantage. After getting a leadoff groundout, the Drive loaded the bases on a walk, single and another walk to push the tying run to third and the potential go-ahead run to second base with one out. After a visit from pitching coach Glenn Abbott, Edgin struck out catcher Carson Blair looking for the second out. He then fell behind the No. 9 hitter, Jason Thompson, 3-0. Again, Edgin recovered, bringing the crowd to its feet for the full-count offering, a fastball he blew past Thompson, sealing the Savannah victory. The paid attendance of 4,313 was the largest for Savannah since drawing 4,780 fans on Opening Night, April 9, 2009. Box

Compiled from team reports