Around the minors 5.10.11

May, 10, 2011
5/10/11
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BUFFALO 9, SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 5: Valentino Pascucci hit his first homer this season and notched six RBIs, helping the Bisons beat Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Bisons starter D.J. Carrasco struck out nine batters while giving up seven hits in five innings. He gave up a two-run homer to Jorge Vazquez in the third, but no other damage. Vazquez has hit three homers in two games at Coca-Cola Field. "I felt like I was throwing the ball well,” Carrasco said. “They weren't putting the bat on the ball, or squaring anything up too much, other than the home run.” Carrasco put two runners on in the second with one out before striking out the next two batters. In the fourth inning he loaded the bases on a walk and two singles. Carrasco escaped by getting Jesus Montero to ground into a force play. "I think the more we get him out there the more he's going to have a feel of comfort and executing his pitches," manager Tim Teufel said. Following Carrasco’s bases-loaded escape act, Fernando Martinez homered to even the score at 2. The Herd took the lead in the fourth after Valentino Pascucci doubled down the left-field line, scoring Nick Evans and Luis Hernandez and making it 4-2. "It was nice to see," Teufel said. "We finally got some clutch hitting. Pascucci really came through tonight." The Bisons tacked on another run in the fifth and then two more in the sixth. Salomon Manriquez led off the sixth with a single. That was followed by Pascucci's homer, giving the Bisons a five-run lead. Bisons reliever John Lujan gave up a leadoff homer to Chris Dickerson in the seventh. Lujan gave up a single to Vasquez and then a double to Brandon Laird before being relieved by Manny Acosta. With two out and runners on first and second, Acosta gave up a two-run-double to Jordan Parraz. Acosta struck out the next batter, keeping the Bisons ahead by two. Pascucci struck again in the seventh, driving in Evans and Hernandez to put the Bisons in front 9-5. "We've been talking the whole year -- we have a great team here,” Pascucci said. “I've been saying it the whole time. It's just a matter of time till we have a game like this." Pascucci became the first Bisons player since Todd Linden to have six RBIs in one game. Linden did it on July 31, 2008. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, NEW BRITAIN 2: New additions Jeurys Familia and Brandon Sage teamed for nine strong innings on the mound and the B-Mets’ hitters supplied five runs in their final two turns at the plate for a come-from-behind win over the New Britain Rock Cats at NYSEG Stadium. Familia’s Double-A debut got off to a bumpy start as Michael Hollimon led off with a single to right field. After a fielding error by Josh Satin moved the runner to third, Joe Benson bounced into a double play that plated Hollimon with the game’s first run. The Rock Cats added to their lead as Benson led off the fourth by stroking a screaming line drive that ricocheted off Eric Campbell at third base and landed in center field. Benson followed his single by swiping second base, his fifth successful steal of the year. The center fielder came home to give New Britain a 2-0 lead on Evan Bigley’s single later in the frame. After allowing the pair of runs, Familia was able to shut the door on the Rock Cats over his final three innings. From the fifth through the seventh, the right-hander from the Dominican Republic posted three scoreless innings and allowed one hit. He finished his night with six strikeouts and no walks over six innings. On the flip side, the B-Mets could not figure out Rock Cats starter Steve Hirschfeld in the early stages. The right-hander tossed four no-hit frames before Allan Dykstra managed to stroke a single to center field to lead off the fifth. The Utah native, who came in owning the sixth-best ERA in the league, escaped a jam in the fifth and tossed a perfect sixth before things unraveled in the seventh. Trailing 2-0, Binghamton got the first two men aboard as Campbell singled and Dykstra walked. Raul Reyes pushed both runners up a base with a sacrifice bunt. Kai Gronauer got the B-Mets on the board with a sacrifice fly. With Dykstra representing the tying run at second base, Rock Cats manager Jeff Smith made the call to the bullpen and brought in left-hander Jake Stevens. B-Mets skipper Wally Backman countered by sending up Carlos Guzman to pinch-hit for Lorenzo Scott. Guzman, batting right-handed, worked out a 2-2 count before dunking a ball in front of Bigley in right field. Running on contact with two outs, Dykstra was able to slide in at home ahead of the throw with the game-tying run. With the game knotted at 2, Sage entered in the top of the eighth. The left-hander, who was added to the B-Mets’ roster on Tuesday, kicked off his Double-A career in style by working a perfect frame against the top of the Rock Cats order. The B-Mets wasted little time against Stevens in the bottom half of the frame. Designated hitter Mike Fisher led off by squeaking a fly ball over the left-field fence for his third homer. Owning their first lead of the night, Binghamton piled on. Brahiam Maldonado stroked an infield single to short and Campbell followed by blasting his first home run of the year, over the left-field fence, to give the B-Mets a 5-2 lead. Sage picked up where he left off by working a perfect ninth to complete the B-Mets’ comeback win. With two scoreless innings, the southpaw earned his first win in a B-Mets uniform. The B-Mets (12-17) will complete their three-game series against the Rock Cats (17-13) Wednesday with the first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Right-hander Brandon Moore (3-0, 2.76) will square off against right-hander Liam Hendricks (2-1, 3.33). Box

LAKELAND 10, ST. LUCIE 2: 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey suffered his worst professional outing. Harvey allowed a first-inning grand slam and a two-run homer in the third inning, putting the Mets in a deep 6-0 hole. Harvey would not make it out of the fourth inning. His line: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 8 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP. It was his shortest outing of the season. Trailing 9-0 in the fifth inning, the Mets got their only scoring on a two-run double off the bat of second baseman Matt Bouchard. Wilmer Flores and Rafael Fernandez each had two hits in the loss. Stefan Welch, Bouchard and Pedro Zapata accounted for the other three Mets hits. Zapata and Fernandez each scored. The bullpen threw the final 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits with one strikeout. Relievers Adam Kolarek, Estarlin Morel and Todd Weldon all made their first appearances with St. Lucie. The Mets look to rebound with a game Wednesday morning at Digital Domain Park. Kyle Allen gets the start for the Mets in the second game of the four-game series with Lakeland. Allen is 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA in five appearances (four starts). He has 14 strikeouts and 12 walks, with opposing batters hitting .264 in 18 2/2 innings. Box

SAVANNAH 3, HICKORY 1: Savannah pitching has given up just four earned runs in the first six games of the team’s eight-game home stand. The Gnats (14-17) broke a 1-all tie with a two-run third inning. Center fielder Darrell Ceciliani singled to start the inning and third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez walked with two out to put two men on for shortstop Robbie Shields. On a 2-0 pitch, Shields lined a double deep to the left-center gap to score Ceciliani and Rodriguez and give the Gnats a 3-1 lead that Savannah pitching made hold up. Savannah starter Greg Peavey gave up just one unearned run in the second inning on his way to earning his second win of the year. Peavey gave up four hits, did not walk a batter and fanned five. He threw first-pitch strikes to 19 of the 24 batters he faced. The Gnats’ bullpen of Angel Cuan and Josh Edgin combined on three scoreless innings to finish the game. Cuan retired all six batters he faced, in the seventh and eighth innings. The Crawdads (19-12) put the tying runs aboard against Edgin in the ninth, but Edgin punched out catcher Kellin Deglan to convert the save. The Gnats will look for their third win in a row with right-hander Taylor Whitenton (2-0, 0.77) taking on Hickory right-hander Randol Rojas (5-0, 3.86) Wednesday in Game 3 of the four-game series. 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
12 3.82 130 167
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .301
HRL. Duda 26
RBIL. Duda 76
RD. Murphy 73
OPSL. Duda .845
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.44
SOZ. Wheeler 155