Around the minors 5.1.11

May, 1, 2011
5/01/11
7:42
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LEHIGH VALLEY 7, BUFFALO 2: Through five innings, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda had driven in runs and starter Chris Schwinden had as many hits at the plate as he allowed on the mound. Then Jeff Frandsen took over. The IronPigs’ shortstop hit a three-run home run in the sixth and singled in two more runs in the seventh as Lehigh Valley rallied. Buffalo is now just 2-4 on its eight-game trip. Schwinden came into Sunday's game with a sparkling 1.15 ERA. The Triple-A rookie cruised through the first five innings, allowing just one hit and facing the minimum 15 batters. Schwinden also got the first batter of the sixth inning, but began to run into trouble when he walked the No. 8 hitter Erik Kratz and pinch-hitter Matt Miller. Josh Barfield followed with an RBI single to cut the Herd's lead to 2-1. Schwinden then took a 1-0 delivery from Schwinden into left field for a three-run blast. Frandsen's two-run single in the seventh came off Jose De La Torre as part of a three-run outburst. Buffalo scored both of its runs in the third inning as Nieuwenhuis tripled home Raul Chavez before scoring on a Duda hit. Nieuwenhuis had four hits, the Bisons’ third four-hit performance of the season and second on their current trip. Ruben Tejada had four hits on Thursday in Rochester. Chavez was 2-for-4 for his first multi-hit game as a Bison. He also threw out Barfield twice trying to steal second base and picked off a runner with a snap-throw to first base. Box

AKRON 10, BINGHAMTON 1: The B-Mets allowed a season-high 16 hits as the Akron Aeros took the final game of the series. Akron jumped on Binghamton starter Mark Cohoon right out the gate, plating two runs on a Chun Chen home run in the first inning. Chen struck again with another homer off Cohoon in the fourth, his third long ball of the series and fourth in four days. A pair of fielding errors on consecutive batters by Jordany Valdespin helped the Aeros bring home another run in the fourth for a 4-0 lead. The B-Mets plated their only run of the game in the fourth inning off Akron starter Austin Adams. Josh Satin led off with a double to right field and came around to score on Carlos Guzman’s single. The Aeros broke the game open with a five-run sixth inning. Back-to-back base hits to start the frame chased Cohoon from the game. He was relieved by newly promoted Michael Powers, who made his Double-A debut. Powers was greeted rudely by the first batter he faced. Karexon Sanchez ripped a triple down the first-base line to bring both runs home. Akron would tack on three more runs in the inning. It was the fifth time in the last six games in which the B-Mets have allowed an opponent to score five runs or more in a single inning. For the second time this season, Austin Adams put in a strong effort against Binghamton. The right-hander allowed one run on three hits and struck out eight in seven innings, the longest outing of his three-year career. Ricky Brooks tossed the seventh and eighth, allowing one run on three hits. John Lujan pitched the ninth and allowed a leadoff single before striking out the final three batters he faced. The B-Mets (7-13) will be back in action Monday to kick off a four-game series against the Erie SeaWolves. Right-hander Brad Holt will start for Binghamton. Box

JUPITER 10, ST. LUCIE 4: The St. Lucie Mets have dropped consecutive games for the first time this season. St. Lucie remains in first place in the Florida State League’s South Division with a 19-6 record, 5 games ahead of the second place Ft. Myers Miracle. Jupiter struck first, capitalizing on a leadoff double and a throwing error that placed the first batter of the game on third base. An RBI single by Kyle Jensen put the Mets down 1-0 early. Mets starter Collin McHugh would settle down to retire 13 of the next 15 batters. The Mets evened the score in the third inning when Juan Centeno scored on an error. The Hammerheads pulled ahead 4-1 by scoring three times in the top of the sixth inning, keyed by a dropped fly ball by Pedro Zapata that allowed two runs to score. The Mets pulled to within one at 4-3 on Jefry Marte’s homer, but that is as close as the Mets would get. The bullpen could not hold off the Hammerhead offense, allowing six runs over the final three innings. The Mets nearly put together a rally in the eighth inning, loading the bases with two outs, but could not get the clutch hit to pull them back into the game. McHugh went six innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. He is 1-2 on the season. Centeno had two hits. Marte hit his fifth homer of the season and drove in a pair of runs. Matt den Dekker and Wilmer Flores both scored once in the loss. The Mets close out their series with the Jupiter Hammerheads Monday night at Digital Domain Park. Darin Gorski gets the start for the Mets. Gorski is coming off his first start of the year, during which he struck out 10 batters in four innings. He allowed one run on three hits. Gorski has yet to record a decision in six appearances while sporting a 3.60 ERA and 24 strikeouts to three walks in 15 innings. Box

SAVANNAH 3, LAKEWOOD 2: The Savannah Sand Gnats’ bullpen held the Lakewood BlueClaws to one run in seven innings in Lakewood, N.J. The Gnats (9-14) have now won two games in a row. Savannah broke a 1-all tie with a two-run seventh inning. Second baseman Wilfredo Tovar began the frame by smashing a double into left field. Left fielder Cory Vaughn brought Tovar home with a single into center field for a 2-1 Savannah lead. After shortstop Robbie Shields walked to push Vaughn to second, Vaughn scored on a throwing error by Lakewood second baseman Jeremy Barnes for the Gnats’ third run. Lakewood right fielder Anthony Hewitt had given the BlueClaws (10-13) a 1-0 lead in the second off Savannah starter Yohan Almonte. Almonte lasted two innings before handing the game over to the bullpen. Three Savannah relievers combined to limit the BlueClaws to one run in seven innings with six strikeouts and no walks. Luis Rojas relieved Almonte with four scoreless innings, striking out three BlueClaws to earn his first win of 2011. Josh Edgin worked the seventh and eighth, yielding just one single while striking out two. Savannah reliever Ronny Morla had to wriggle out of trouble in the ninth. Hewitt homered off Morla leading off the frame to pull Lakewood back within a run. Catcher Cameron Rupp then singled to put the tying run aboard with none out. Morla’s balk and a sacrifice bunt advanced speedy pinch-runner Aaron Altherr to third with one out. However, Morla recovered, fanning center fielder Miguel Alvarez and inducing a foul pop-up from shortstop Edgar Duran to lock up his first save. The Gnats tied the score at 1-all in the second inning. Aderlin Rodriguez doubled to extend his hitting streak to eight games and came home on a sacrifice fly from catcher Blake Forsythe. Looking for their third win in a row, the Gnats will send right-hander Erik Goeddel (0-1, 5.00) to the hill Monday against left-hander Jesse Biddle (0-3, 7.16) for Lakewood. 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
.295 8 42 62
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 19
RBIL. Duda 60
RD. Murphy 62
OPSL. Duda .864
WB. Colon 10
ERAJ. Niese 3.23
SOZ. Wheeler 125