Around the minors 4.22.11

BUFFALO 4, LEHIGH VALLEY 2: Josh Stinson allowed two hits in five innings as the Bisons topped the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Jose De La Torre and Manny Acosta closed out the Herd's third straight victory. The Bisons pitching staff has posted a 1.58 ERA in the first five games of this home stand, allowing 26 hits in 40 innings. Stinson kept the solid work going with a gem against the rival IronPigs. The righty allowed one run and recorded a pair of strikeouts. Lehigh Valley got a run in the second inning, but never really threatened to score more. The I-Pigs did have two runners on base with two outs in the fifth, but Stinson retired pinch-hitter Matt Miller on a fly ball to left. De La Torre allowed a run in three innings of relief work before Acosta pitched the ninth inning for his first save. The Bisons had plenty of chances to score with runners in every inning. They left 12 men on base, but cashed in four runs. Lucas Duda hit a sacrifice fly and Ronny Paulino singled home Kirk Nieuwenhuis to give the Herd a 2-0 lead in the first. Nick Evans singled home a third run in the fourth inning and Luis Hernandez cashed in Russ Adams for some insurance in the seventh. The game was delayed by 39 minutes at the start due to the threat of weather. Nieuwenhuis went 1-for-1 with a single and three walks. The outfielder extended his hitting streak to an International League-best 12 games. Paulino left the game with an intercostal muscle issue on his side. IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg and shortstop Jeff Frandsen were ejected in the fourth inning after Frandsen took exception to a tag applied to him by Stinson. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 2, BINGHAMTON 0: Josh Satin muscled three hits for the second straight night, but New Hampshire’s Chad Beck baffled Binghamton over seven scoreless innings. Beck allowed four hits and struck out six for his second straight win. Robert Carson drew the start for Binghamton and was impressive through three innings. The southpaw allowed a baserunner with one out in the fourth when he hit Moises Sierra in the right knee with a slider. After Mike McDade flied out to center, Travis d’Arnaud doubled to the gap in left-center to score Sierra from first, staking the Fisher Cats to a 1-0 lead. New Hampshire (9-5) added to its slim lead in the sixth courtesy of the long ball. Carson served up a fastball to McDade with the bases empty and one out. The Fisher Cats slugger sent it out of the yard to left-center for his first Double-A home run to double the lead to 2-0. Carson departed after the six innings and suffered the loss. He allowed a pair of runs on five hits and struck out a season-high eight. The B-Mets got a pair of runners on base in the eighth with one out against Yohan Pino, but failed to score. After Jesus Feliciano and Satin singled, Pino struck out Eric Campbell. Mike Hinckley relieved Pino and induced a flyout to center off the bat of Raul Reyes to silence the threat and maintain the shutout. Alan Farina entered in the ninth for New Hampshire in search of his third save. Despite allowing a double to Mike Fisher and a walk to Allan Dykstra, Farina struck out the side to secure the Fisher Cats’ fourth straight win. Binghamton (5-8) outhit New Hampshire 7-6 in the loss. In addition to Satin, Fisher had a multi-hit showing with a 2-for-4 night. Binghamton looks to salvage the series finale Saturday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. Right-hander Brandon Moore (0-0, 7.00) will start opposite right-hander Joel Carreno (0-2, 8.49) of New Hampshire. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, CHARLOTTE 2: 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey (4-0) tossed six scoreless innings while striking out seven, walking two and surrendering four hits. In 22 professional innings, Harvey has allowed only one run -- and it was unearned. Darin Gorski tossed the final three innings for his first save. Cesar Puello went 4-for-4 and scored twice. Stefan Welch had a two-run homer in the first. Box

LEXINGTON 6, SAVANNAH 3: Lexington catcher Chris Wallace went 4-for-5 with two triples and a home run to lead the Legends over the Sand Gnats at Historic Grayson Stadium. For the third night in a row, the victorious team used a four-run inning to take control. Wednesday and Thursday, the Gnats (7-8) came from behind for the win. But Friday, the Legends (8-8) returned the favor with a four-run seventh. Savannah took a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Second baseman Wilfredo Tovar and center fielder Rafael Fernandez drew walks and shortstop Robbie Shields reached on an error to load the bases. First baseman Sam Honeck brought home a run with a groundout to second and then left fielder Cory Vaughn doubled down the left-field line to bring home Fernandez for a 2-0 Savannah advantage. Tovar was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate, with a single and a double, two walks and a run scored. Savannah starter Gonzalez Germen kept the Legends at bay through four innings, until the Legends picked up one run in the fifth inning to make the score 2-1. Chase Huchingson relieved Germen in the sixth and was greeted by Wallace, who tripled to right-center. Wallace scored the tying run a batter later on a wild pitch. In the seventh, four straight Legends reached with one out to snap the 2-all tie. With two on, first baseman Telvin Nash singled into left to put the Legends ahead. Wallace followed with a long three-run home run to left for a 6-2 Legends lead. Savannah rallied in the ninth, loading the bases with one out, and brining the tying run to the plate. Honeck brought home the Gnats’ third run with a sacrifice fly, but Vaughn grounded out to end the game. The Gnats will conclude their five-game series and nine-game home stand Saturday when they send right-hander Greg Peavey (1-1, 3.86) to the hill against Lexington right-hander Mike Foltynewicz (0-3, 4.76). Box

Compiled from team reports