Around the minors 5.8.10


BUFFALO 4, INDIANAPOLIS 3: Tobi Stoner put an end to a pair of losing streaks with an impressive showing. The right-hander struck out eight in six innings while snapping a personal five-game losing streak and helping Buffalo pick up its first win since Tuesday. The 25-year-old rebounded by allowing one run on four hits and four walks. Indy threatened for most of the game, but Stoner and two Herd relievers forced the Indians to strand 11 runners and go 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position. The Indians nearly rallied against the Bisons’ bullpen. The I-Tribe scored two runs in the seventh inning and came very close to tying the score in the eighth. Jose Tabata singled with a runner on second base and two outs, but Herd right fielder Jesus Feliciano threw out Luke Carlin trying to score on the play. Buffalo closer Elmer Dessens stopped the Indians from threatening any more. He struck out two batters in the ninth to earn his fourth save. The Bisons scored two in the second and two more in the fourth to build a 4-0 lead. Josh Thole and Ruben Tejada produced back-to-back RBI hits with two out in the second to get the Herd on the board. Mike Hessman added to his league-leading RBI total with a run-scoring double in the fourth. The slugger now has 33 RBIs. Two batters later, Hessman scored on Russ Adams' single. After an intentional walk to Tejada with two out in the fourth inning, Indianapolis pitchers retired the final 16 Bisons hitters. Chris Carter singled in four trips to extend his hitting streak to nine games. The 13 combined strikeouts from Stoner (eight), John Lujan (three) and Elmer Dessens (two) set a single-game season-high for the Bisons.

BINGHAMTON 13, NEW HAMPSHIRE 5: Binghamton tied a franchise record with eight doubles, three of which came from Mike Nickeas. The eight-double day ties the 1999 B-Mets, who accomplished the feat July 29 of that season against Trenton. Nickeas, who went 3-for-5, has recorded two or more hits in four of his last five games. The weather conditions were conducive for a big day offensively, with the wind howling out to right field. The teams combined for 25 hits, but none cleared the outfield wall. Binghamton (17-12) scored first, with a two-run second off starter Bobby Bell. After the first two men in the frame reached, Nickeas had an RBI double. The B-Mets’ second run came courtesy of a throwing error committed by New Hampshire leftfielder Eric Thames. The Fisher Cats rallied to tie in the fourth off starter Eddie Kunz on a sac fly from David Cooper and an RBI double from Adam Calderone. In the fifth, the Fisher Cats took their only lead, 3-2, courtesy of Darin Mastroianni’s sac fly. Mastroianni extended his hitting streak to 14 games and his on-base streak to 33 games dating back to last season. The B-Mets took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth. Kirk Nieuwenhuis singled to reach with one out and was joined on base by Nick Evans, who singled off Bell after a 14-pitch at-bat. Evans’ plate appearance proved to be a turning point. Lucas Duda followed with an RBI double that tied the score. After Bell hit Zach Lutz with a pitch to load the bases, Marshall Hubbard hit a sac fly to right to give Binghamton the lead back at 4-3. The inning’s run-scoring concluded with a two-run double from Nickeas. Binghamton plated seven more runs over the next three innings to take a commanding 13-4 lead. Kunz departed in the sixth after permitting the first two hitters to reach base. The right-hander fired five-plus innings and allowed four runs on five hits for his third win. Roy Merritt and Edgar Ramirez fired the final four innings to nail down the victory. Nieuwenhuis produced three hits and scored three runs. He leads the Eastern League with 31 runs. Evans, Duda and Hubbard all had two hits.

ST. LUCIE 3, FORT MYERS 2: Eric Campbell and Josh Satin had first-inning RBI doubles. Kyle Allen limited Fort Myers to two runs and three hits in 6 1/3 innings. Manuel Alvarez picked up his seventh save.

SAVANNAH 11, LAKEWOOD 7: Wilmer Flores fell a single shy of the cycle and had a hand in four of the Gnats’ five scoring innings. In the first inning, the 18-year-old prospect drove in the Gnats’ first run with a double. Flores was hit by a pitch as part of the Gnats’ six-run second inning. He blasted a solo homer to straight away center field in the sixth. Leading off the eighth, he tripled and scored on a wild pitch. Flores finished 3-for-4 with a double, a triple a homer, a hit by pitch, a strikeout, three runs scored and two RBIs. He is now hitting .328 with 12 doubles, two triples and five homers in his first 119 at bats for Savannah this season. Pedro Zapata singled and Juan Lagares walked to begin the first. Flores then doubled home Zapata, and Lagares scored on a groundout by third baseman Jefry Marte, giving Savannah the 2-0 lead. Right fielder Cesar Puello began the second inning for Savannah by reaching on an error. Second baseman Alonzo Harris doubled to put runners at second and third for Zapata, who brought them both home with a single to left field. After Zapata was erased on the bases, center fielder Juan Lagares got the inning going again with a triple to center. Flores was hit by a pitch and left fielder Nick Santomauro, making his first start for Savannah, reached on a fielder’s choice that brought home a run. Kai Gronauer then walked to load up the bases for first baseman Alex Gregory, who cleared them with a three-run double that put the Gnats up 8-0. Left-hander Jimmy Fuller left the bases loaded in the first and second innings, but three Savannah errors behind him in the latter frame helped Lakewood score three runs. Fuller (4-1), who struck out seven and walked four, completed five innings, struck out seven and gave up only those three unearned runs. Flores’ solo homer in the top of the sixth made it 9-3. The BlueClaws put together a rally, helped by a pair of Gnats errors in the bottom of the sixth, to draw within two runs at 9-7. Savannah put the game away with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, Gregory walked, advanced to third on a Harris double and scored on a Zapata single to left. In the eighth, Flores did it by himself, tripling and scoring on a wild pitch, to complete the game’s scoring.

Compiled from team reports