Around the minors 5.3.11

May, 3, 2011
5/03/11
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LEHIGH VALLEY 3, BUFFALO 2: The IronPigs' lineup featured the Philadelphia Phillies' top prospect, Domonic Brown, but it was a 24-year-old catcher in his first Triple-A game that had the biggest hit of the day. Joel Naughton's bloop single over a drawn-in infield scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning. The loss dropped the Bisons to 4-9 on the road this season. Buffalo was 3-5 on their most recent trip, which ended with Tuesday's loss. Naughton was promoted from Class A Clearwater to Lehigh Valley on April 29, but the catcher had yet to appear in a game for the IronPigs. In fact, the seven-year pro had yet to appear above the Class A level in his career. With a morning first pitch following the Bisons' 10-inning win on Monday night, Naughton got the start. In the seventh inning, former Bison Josh Barfield led off with a double and advanced to third base when Jose De La Torre struck out Brian Bocock on a wild pitch. That forced the infield to come in and Naughton came through with the game-deciding hit into shallow left field. Jon Malo had given the Bisons an early lead with a sac fly in the second inning, but that was erased with Delwyn Young's two-run homer off starter Pat Misch in the bottom of the frame. Ruben Tejada doubled home a run in the fifth inning to tie the score at 2. Raul Chavez posted a season-high three hits. Brown went 1-for-4 with a double in the game. Box

ERIE at BINGHAMTON (ppd.): The Binghamton Mets’ game against the Erie SeaWolves was postponed due to inclement weather. The contest will be made up as part of a doubleheader at NYSEG Stadium on May 31 at 5:35 p.m. The teams will play two seven-inning contests. Tuesday’s rainout represents the fifth postponement this season for the Binghamton club and their third at home. The B-Mets had six postponements in the 2010 season, five of which came at home. The B-Mets (8-13) will be back in action Wednesday against the SeaWolves (10-13), with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m. Left-hander Robert Carson (1-3, 3.79) will square off against right-hander Jacob Turner (0-1, 2.70).

LAKEWOOD 4, SAVANNAH 3: Sam Honeck delivered a three-run double in the first inning, but the Gnats were blanked for the rest of the game. Miguel Alvarez scored the game-deciding run after reaching on an error by shortstop Wilfredo Tovar in the seventh. In fact, the BlueClaws took advantage of shaky Savannah defense to score two late runs and salvage the finale of the four-game set in Lakewood, N.J. The Gnats (10-15) finished their nine-game trip at 3-6. After an off-day Wednesday, the Gnats open an eight-game home stand Thursday night against the Rome Braves. In a 3-3 game, the BlueClaws (11-14) took the lead on a strange play in the bottom of the seventh. With the bases loaded and one out, Lakewood right fielder Anthony Hewitt popped a ball on the right side of the infield. The batter was called out on the infield fly rule, but the Gnats allowed the ball to drop. The runner from third, Alvarez, headed home and scored on an error charged on catcher Albert Cordero. It was the second error on Savannah during an inning that also saw Gnats manager Ryan Ellis ejected arguing a bunt play that put runners at first and second with none out. Lakewood tied the score at 3 in the sixth inning -- on a double, a groundout to move the runner to third and a passed ball on Cordero. Savannah left-hander Chase Huchingson was charged with the loss for giving up two unearned runs on one hit in three innings. In the first inning, center fielder Rafael Fernandez and DH Robbie Shields drew walks and left-hander Cory Vaughn was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs, setting up Honeck’s bases-clearing double. The Gnats’ offense collected just three singles in the final eight innings of the game. The Gnats will hand the ball to right-hander Greg Peavey (1-1, 4.50) against Rome right-hander David Filak (1-1, 6.91) in the opening game of the home stand. 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

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187