Around the minors 4.18.11

April, 18, 2011
4/18/11
10:35
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ROCHESTER at BUFFALO (ppd.): Monday’s game between the Buffalo Bisons and the Rochester Red Wings at Coca-Cola Field was postponed due to snow and freezing temperatures. The teams will make up the game as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 19 at Coca-Cola Field. Jenrry Mejia is due to start the first game, which will be televised on MLB Network at 12:05 p.m.

BINGHAMTON 6, PORTLAND 5: The Binghamton Mets withstood a 32-minute rain delay, steady drizzle and 40-degree temperatures and came out with a win over the Portland Sea Dogs at NYSEG Stadium. For the second straight game, the B-Mets used the long ball to jumpstart their offense. With two aboard in the home half of third, a misplay by second baseman Oscar Tejeda on a potential double-play ball prolonged the inning. Josh Satin made the Sea Dogs pay by connecting on his second home run in two days. Satin, in his second start of the season at first base, stroked a 1-0 pitch from Portland starter Michael Lee over the left-field fence for the three-run homer. Binghamton was able to chase Lee from the game in the fourth when Mike Fisher and Jean Luc Blaquiere both got on base to start the frame. Sea Dogs manager Kevin Boles inserted right-hander Caleb Clay. Clay was greeted by a successful sacrifice bunt by Kai Gronauer and then struck out Jordany Valdespin. With two outs, veteran Jesus Feliciano came through by lining a single to right field that plated both runners and gave the B-Mets a 5-0 lead. Right-hander Brandon Moore easily retired Jorge Padron on one pitch to start off the fifth inning. However, things would go downhill for Moore in a hurry. He allowed the next five batters to reach safely, all via singles. By the time Wally Backman called upon Ricky Brooks to relieve Moore, the Sea Dogs had scored two runs and loaded bases. Alex Hassan popped into an infield fly out, but Tim Federowicz smoked a single back up the middle to plate two runs and cut the B-Mets’ lead to one run. Binghamton scratched out its final run in the fifth, when Satin led off with a double and came home on Brahiam Maldonado’s double. With a two-run lead, the B-Mets’ bullpen delivered for the second straight night. Brooks pitched a perfect sixth and gave way to Eric Niesen, who stranded two baserunners in a scoreless seventh. Erik Turgeon kept pace and worked around a two-out double to turn in a shutout eighth. John Lujan started the ninth, bidding for a save on consecutive nights. He retired the first two batters before falling into trouble. Che-Hsuan Lin singled, took second on defensive indifference, and promptly scored on Hassan’s single to right field to make it 6-5. With Hassan on first and the outfield positioned in a no-doubles defense, Tim Federowicz crushed a ball that shot to the right-center gap and rolled to the wall. Right fielder Raul Reyes tracked it down and quickly relayed it to the infield as Hassan was being held up by the third base coach/manager Boles. With the tying run on third and go-ahead run at second, Sea Dogs catcher Ryan Lavarnway put a charge into a 2-0 offering from Lujan and drove it to deep center. Feliciano raced back, had enough room, and made the catch to secure the B-Mets’ fourth win of the season. Binghamton (4-6) will be back in action Tuesday night to take on the Portland Sea Dogs for the second game of a three-game series. Mark Cohoon (0-0, 0.75) will make his third start for the B-Mets while right-hander Alex Wilson (2-0, 2.45) will go for Portland. Box

FORT MYERS 6, ST. LUCIE 4: St. Lucie's winning streak ended at nine games, one shy of establishing a new record for the Florida State League club. Jeurys Familia continued his solid start to the 2011 season, limiting Fort Myers to an unearned run on four hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. With St. Lucie holding a 3-1 lead in the seventh, Fort Myers scored four unearned runs against reliever Michael Powers (0-2), during an inning that included errors by infielders Wilmer Flores and Rylan Sandoval. Rehabbing Ronny Paulino caught seven innings and went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Familia has yet to record a decision on the season despite allowing only one earned run in three starts. St. Lucie struck first on Stefan Welch's RBI single in the second inning. Paulino drove in the Mets’ second run of the game, in the third inning. Matt den Dekker’s RBI double gave the Mets a 3-0 advantage through five innings. Familia was chased from the game in the sixth after allowing a two-out RBI double Box

GREENVILLE 5, SAVANNAH 1: The Greenville Drive stopped the Gnats’ winning streak at four games at Historic Grayson Stadium. However, the Drive couldn’t stop Sam Honeck, who was 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to eight games and maintain a .500 batting average. Honeck doubled in the first inning and reached on an infield single in the eighth inning. During an eight-game hitting streak, he is hitting .500 (16-for-32) with seven doubles, a home run and nine RBIs. For the season, Honeck is 21-for-42. The Drive (7-5) led the whole way Monday after picking up a single run in the top of the first off Savannah starter Greg Peavey, on shortstop Jose Garcia’s bloop single into right field. The Drive added a run in the top of the second on an RBI groundout by center fielder Felix Sanchez. The Gnats (5-6) scored their lone run in the third. Left fielder Alonzo Harris reached on an infield single, was pushed to second on a walk drawn by shortstop Robbie Shields and came around to score on center fielder Cory Vaughn’s RBI groundout to shortstop. Greenville scored three times over two innings against Gnats reliever Luis Rojas. The Gnats will begin a five-game series against the Lexington Legends, South Atlantic League affiliate of the Houston Astros, Tuesday night. Savannah will send right-hander Ryan Fraser (0-1, 2.57) to the mound against Lexington right-hander Tanner Bushue (2-0, 2.57) in the opener. Box

Compiled from team reports
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 7 38 58
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 17
RBIL. Duda 53
RD. Murphy 58
OPSL. Duda .855
WB. Colon 9
ERAJ. Niese 3.13
SOZ. Wheeler 121